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By Robert Isenberg


In the legal realm, Friedson practices in Pittsburgh as a respected attorney in Real Estate, Business, Trademark, Copyright, and Contract Law. He won a national best-practice award from NeighborWorks ™ for real estate equity protection.  His experience as a clinical professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, as well as the Graduate Schools of Public & International Affairs, makes him the ideal advisor and presenter —communicative, accessible, and transparent.


Originally trained as a journalist, he is a master of observation and summary, enabling him to work quickly and methodically.  Friedson easily alternates between the corporate and nonprofit worlds.


Friedson has worked extensively in every sector of energy development, from clean coal legislation in 1995 for Indiana to green energy investments in Missouri, Pennsylvania and New York from 1999 to 2007.  Since 2007, oil and gas remains an unavoidable source of work for the nation.  He has personally invested money or donated legal services in each of these markets.


 Having assisted businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits across the country, Friedson recognizes the importance of cooperation and coexistence among America’s many energy developers.  In complement, Friedson has a good track record for spearheading numerous community economic initiatives, each successfully unifying people with common interests for economic purpose.  


To contact Friedson please email him at


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Practice areas


  1. Public Finance & Tax Exempt Finance: 30%
    16 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Real Estate: 30%
    16 years, 2 thousand cases
  3. Commercial: 20%
    16 years, 4.5 thousand cases
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    16 years, 300 cases
  5. Oil & Gas: 10%
    5 years, 600 cases



Hourly ($150-275/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Megan Costello

    Dan is very personable and is very knowledgeable about his area of the law. I endorse this lawyer.


    Megan Costello Internet Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Gregg R. Zegarelli

    I met Dan through a speaking engagement. Dan was impressive for his energy and professionalism.


    Gregg Zegarelli Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

2043 Kendon Drive East
Wilkinsburg, PA, 15221


MONot authorized to practice-Administrative199901/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Advocates for Good GovernmentLocal Government Academy2009
National Best Practice - Equity ProtectionNeighborWorks America2006
Best Brief Award - Wiley-Rutledge Moot Court CompetitionWashington University School of Law1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Director of Code EnforcementWilkinsburg2014 - Present
Zoning OfficerWilkinsburg2014 - Present
AttorneySelf Employed2000 - Present
Senior Title AnalystBTU Information Services, LLC2010 - 2014
Visiting Adjunct ProfessorCarnegie Mellon University2008 - 2010
AttorneyLaw Offices of Wayne D. Gerhold2007 - 2014
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs2005 - 2008
Clinical ProfessorUniversity Of Pittsburgh Law School2004 - 2010
General CounselSustainably Minded Interactive Technology2004 - 2009
Adjunct Professor Community Justice ClinicWashington University In St. Louis2002 - 2002
AttorneyEqual Housing Opportunity Council2001 - 2003
Assistant to Jerrold WattsDirect Contact Services, LLC2000 - 2004
Denali Initiative Program DirectorSouth Side Day Nursery1999 - 2000
AssociateSusman Shermer Rimmel & Shifrin1997 - 1999
Judicial Intern for The Honorable Carol Los MansmannUnited States Court Of Appeals 3d Circuit1996 - 1997
Legal Intern - Citizen Review BoardAmerican Civil Liberties Union Pittsburgh1995 - 1996
Legislative InternTreacy-Boyle Advocacy Group1994 - 1995
Diversity AdvocateIndiana University1992 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Bond AttorneysAttorney Member2007 - 2009
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationAttorney Member2004 - Present
Missouri State Bar AssociationAttorney Member1999 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wawa Inc. v. Haaf, 40 U.S.P.Q.2nd (BNA) 1629 (E.D. Pa. 1996), aff’d 116 F.3rd 471 (3rd Cir. 1997)Affirmed for Plaintiff
Etna’s Main Street Urban Redesign30% price reduction saving borough money
City of Pittsburgh Housing Code EnforcementCode Enforcement Blitzes in Oakland
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Publication nameTitleDate
Pop City MediaCreating Art and Creating Jobs: ArtDimensions Pittsburgh2010
Roger Williams University Law ReviewAn Access to Justice Case Study: A Practitioner’s Call for Leadership in Implementing Homeownership Legal Clinics and Equity Protection Partnerships2010
Artists’ Incubation Research and Programs Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine ArtsCREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS: Stimulating Creativity and Retaining Talent Cultural Industries Research and Programs2009
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAgency Help in Fight to Keep Homes2008
Beaver County Initiative for GrowthBlight Reduction Manual2006
Saint Louis MagazineArt On The Rise2003
Riverfront TimesKeepin' It Real2001
Saint Louis Post-DispatchThey're Making a Scene Where Local Art Can Be Seen2001
Playback : STL Music, Movies, Comics & the RestCulture in the Community: Sound Basics2000
American Bar Association Journal on Affordable Housing and Community Development LawGreenlining Toward a Community of Local Entrepreneurship, Home Ownership, and Quality of Life1999
Herald TimesUrban Gangs Are The Symptom, Not The Disease1993
Indiana Daily StudentShirt's Symbol Battles Racism1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Indiana University School of LawJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteHandling Social Media Issues2013
Micro Finance and the LawThe Future of Micro Finance2009
7th ANNUAL FACULTY CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP: Teaching Transactional and Exempt Organization LawBest Practices Results for Transactional Law Clinics2008
Enterprising WomenLegal Issues for Women Start Up Companies2007
Are You The Victim Of A PredatorPredatory Lending2007
and 6th Annual Faculty Conference & Workshop: Teaching Transactional and Exempt Organization LawBest Practices Survey for Transactional Clinics2007
Talking PittsburghPredatory Lending2006
Fight BlightBlight Reduction Manual for Beaver County2006