Mr. Daffner is the founding member of the firm of Daffner & Associates, and serves as the Managing Attorney. He has personally handled thousands of legal matters in a wide variety of jurisdictions, and is a highly-respected member of the defense bar.
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Daffner serves as a specially-appointed Arbitrator in the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas, as well as in the United States District Court, and recently presided over a trial involving an aggregate $8,000,000.00 claim in a contract action brought by one of the world's largest steel producers. Mr. Daffner also serves as a court-appointed attorney representing children in complex custody matters, and is the Chair of the Civil Service Commission overseeing police disciplinary matters in the South Hills area. In addition, Mr. Daffner is currently serving his fourth term as an elected County Committeeman, and has been a candidate for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.
A firm believer that the key to success is knowledge, Mr. Daffner is also a certified instructor for the Supreme Court mandated Continuing Legal Education program, and has authored a variety of legal texts and teaching materials including the 3-part series, Criminal Practice for the General Practitioner and Essentials of Pennsylvania Criminal Trial Practice.
Mr. Daffner is active in a variety of charitable and community organizations, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the WEAE Missing Children Campaign, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout mentor). Having been nationally-ranked as a martial artist (2003 National All Martial Arts Invitational, Men's 30-39 Div.), Mr. Daffner also serves as an instructor in the areas of traditional martial arts as well as close-quarters unarmed combat, and assisted in the formation of an after-school karate program directed toward inner-city youth developed by internationally-renowned Grandmaster Chun Sik Kim.
The recipient of a variety of honors and commendations, Mr. Daffner has been selected as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer," placing him in the top 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania, as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, and as well as one of Pittsburgh's Legal Leaders.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2013|
|Top Lawyers in Pennsylvania||The Legal Network||2013|
|Legal Leader||Pittsburgh's Legal Leaders||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Pennsylvania Super Lawyers||2007|
|Top Lawyers in PA||Philadelphia Magazine||2007|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2001|
|Attorney/Owner||Daffner & Associates, P.C.||1993 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Association of Federal Defense Attorneys||Member||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||N/A|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar publication||Essentials of Criminal Trial Practice||2003|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar publication||Criminal Practice for the General Practitioner||1999|
|University of Pittsburgh School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|University of Rochester||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Bridge the Gap Program (CLE)||2014|