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Bernard R. Rizza

Bernard R. Rizza

Practice areas:

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

About Me

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1984

  1. Medical Malpractice: 80%
  2. Birth Injury: 20%



Contingent (33-40%), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Deborah Maliver

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bernie for 17 years. He is an accomplished, intelligent, highly personable and talented attorney.


    Deborah Maliver Medical Malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sandra S. Neuman

    I endorse this lawyer. Bernie is an exceptional trial lawyer with incredible medical knowledge. Juries love him. He does a fantastic job representing his clients.


    Sandra Neuman Medical Malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerRaizman Frischman Matzus & Rizza PC2011 - Present
PartnerMatis Baum Rizza O'connor2006 - 2011
PartnerGaca Matis Baum & Rizza1993 - 2006
AttorneyGrigsby, Gaca & Davies1987 - 1993
Law ClerkHon. Richard G. Zeleznik, Court of Common Please Allegheny County Civil Division1984 - 1987


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersN/A2005 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Pennsylvania Association for JusticeN/AN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Royer v Johnsonverdict
Confidential Settlement7 figure settlement
Confidential SettlementConfidential settlement

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Publication NameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)How to Try a Civil Case in State Court2012


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duquesne University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Duquesne UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
LitigationBasics of Trial2012
Joint and Several LiabilityJoint and Several Liability2012
Annual meetingHow to Avoid Lawsuits2012
Annual MeetingMedical Malpractice2012
Joint and Several LiabilityJoint and Several Liability2011
Annual MeetingMedical Malpractice2011