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DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis & Berardinelli

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Managing Partner: Walter P DeForest
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 10
Languages: English

Firm Overview:
For over 20 years, DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis & Berardinelli has built a reputation as one of the hardest working firms in Pittsburgh. With offices also in New York and Detroit, the firm has a nationwide practice in federal and state courts and before administrative tribunals. The firm is focused, diligent, and accessible. It measures its success in the value it adds to a matter and the longevity and depth of its relationships with its clients.

Main Areas of Practice:
Commercial Litigation:
3 partners, 7 fee earners, based in Pittsburgh and New York
The firm has litigated matters in more than 20 states, ten federal courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Examples include:
■ Succeeded in having a previously entered $2 Million default judgment against the client stricken; subsequently filed motions to dismiss resulted in plaintiff voluntarily dismissing the claim against the firm’s client
■ Successful defense of lawsuit involving local sports stadium saved millions in taxpayer funds
Key Clients: Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, PNC Bank, NA, Murnane Building Contractors, Inc.
Contact: Walter P DeForest
Tel: 412 227 3101
Email: [email protected]

White Collar Criminal Defense:
2 partners, 5 fee earners, based in Pittsburgh and New York
Headed by a former federal prosecutor from the Southern District of New York.
■ Successfully defended an executive in a federal export fraud investigation; no criminal charges were brought against the firm’s client
Contact: David J Berardinelli
Tel: 412 227 3135
Email: [email protected]

Technology Law:
2 partners, 3 fee earners, based in Pittsburgh and Detroit
■ Comprehensive experience in technology matters, including E-Commerce, Internet Law, Technology Transfer and commercialization programs, policies and agreements, Licensing and Outsourcing transactions, Dispute Resolution and International Collaborations
Key Clients: Henry Ford Health System, University of Pittsburgh 
Contact: Walter P DeForest
Tel: 412 227 3101
Email: [email protected]

Products Liability & Toxic Torts:
3 partners, 9 fee earners, based in Pittsburgh and New York
Successfully litigated products liability cases across the country. Examples include:
■ Obtained summary judgment for clients on claims by an upstream component manufacturer in a major aviation products liability case
■ Successfully achieved dismissal of lawsuit against client for landfill clean-up costs
■ Successfully achieved summary judgment for clients in numerous asbestos defense matters
Key Clients: Teledyne Technologies Incorporated
Contact: Marie DeForest Garcia
Tel: 646 690 9731
Email: [email protected]

Mediation Services:
1 partner, 3 fee earners, based in Pittsburgh
Three of the firm’s most experienced litigators, who have each actively practiced law for over 25 years, serve as Mediators.
■ Clients describe the firm’s mediators as cost-effective, practical, and responsive.
Contact: Walter P DeForest,
Tel: 412 227 3101
Email: [email protected]

Employment Law:
4 partners, 9 fee earners, based in Pittsburgh and New York
National labor and employment law practice is headed by partners who are consistently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for their employment related work. Examples include:
■ Achieved summary judgment in favor of client in a Title VII federal court case.
■ Achieved jury verdict in favor of client in state court case involving claims for sales commissions brought by former salesman employee.
Key Clients: Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, Cox Enterprises, Inc., Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation d/b/a Wabtec Corporation, PNC Bank, NA, St. Barnabas Health System
Contact: Marie DeForest Garcia
Tel: 646-690-9731
Email: mdefor[email protected]

Health Law:
1 partner, 4 fee earners, based in Pittsburgh and Detroit
Extensive knowledge of the legal and regulatory landscape and industry forces affecting the health care industry both nationally and internationally, including Health Care Fraud and Abuse, Tax Exemption, Medical Malpractice, Research Compliance, Medical Technology, Innovation and Commercialization, Operations Policies, Procedures, and Contracts, Business Transactions, Governance, and Litigation.
Key Client: St. Barnabas Health System
Contact: Walter P DeForest
Tel: 412 227 3101
Email: [email protected]

Local Counsel Services:
3 partners, 7 fee earners, based in Pittsburgh
National and international law firms that do not have Pittsburgh offices depend on the firm’s experience in the Pennsylvania state and federal courts, as well as its broad knowledge in commercial litigation and other matters to serve as their local counsel.
Contact: David J Berardinelli
Tel: 412 227 3135
Email: [email protected]