I was born and raised in the Munhall, Homestead area of Pittsburgh and as the great-grandchild of immigrants who labored in the steel mills and factories of our great city, I learned at very young age that nothing gets done without smart, hard work. I employed that philosophy while working nights throughout my undergraduate studies and again as I worked full time as a law clerk trying to obtain my law degree by night.
Never one to back down from a challenge, just one day after getting my law license I was thrown into the fire when I represented my very first client in an Arbitration hearing in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. I am proud to say the Arbitrators did not hold my nervousness against my client and I was successful in helping him receive just compensation. Many successful cases have followed, and I have I continued to build on my hard working philosophy where I have learned that personal attention to each and every client is one of the most important aspects of a successful outcome.
Of all the verdicts my clients have received over the years, my greatest accomplishment as an attorney came when my beautiful, smart and compassionate wife said “yes” to my proposal and agreed to marry me despite my long hours as an attorney, penchant for fishing trout streams and often spending hours away from home playing hockey. My life is living testament to the belief that beside every good man is an even better woman. I am proud to say that we share our lives with four beautiful dogs that run our house (and I have their permission to say so) and we spend as much time with our family and great friends as possible.
Additionally, I am a proud supporter and active participant in various local and national nonprofit organizations including The American Cancer Society, Animal Friends of Pittsburgh, Light of Life Mission, and the United Way Day of Caring.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Lead Counsel, Personal Injury||Lead Counsel||2016|
|Lead Counsel Rated, Personal Injury||Lead Counsel||2015|
|Fellow||Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County||2014|
|Fellow||Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County||2013|
|Attorney||The Law Office of Mark A. Smith||2011 - Present|
|Associate||Pibanic & Pribanic||2002 - 2011|
|Paralegal||Pribanic & Pribanic, LLC||1993 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County||Member||2013 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|American Association of Justice||Member||2002 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Association for Justice||Member||2002 - Present|
|Blog||Car Accidents and Winter Weather||2016|
|Firm Blog||Bus Accident Send 27 People to Hospital||2015|
|Firm Blog||Legalizing Gay Marriage and the effect on Personal Injury Law||2015|
|Duquesne University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|Point Park University||Legal Studies||BS - Bachelor of Science||1998|
|Steel Valley Highschool||Opportunities for Young People||2016|
|Substantive Law Class||The Role of the Paralegal in the Law Office||2012|