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My Philosophy & Values - Michael Lorence, Esq.


Do you know what the REAL Golden Rule is?


Whoever has the Gold, makes the Rules.”


If that feels right to you, you may have found the lawyer for you. Employees without money or power get screwed. Sorry to be so blunt, but why sugar-coat the truth? Likewise, people without money or connections often end up in jail or on probation. Same thing for minorities. Clarence Darrow, the most famous American trial lawyer,  (prior to Gerry Spence, in our time) said “.. most jury trials are contests between the rich and the poor.” 


I am available to fight all forms of employment discrimination - race, sex, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, for any individual or group of employees fired, terminated, discharged, not promoted, not hired or forced to work in a hostile work environment. I am available to defend anyone accused of a crime. ( Do NOT talk to the police before you talk to a lawyer).


Guiding Philosophy


Employees should be judged by their performance, not by the color of their skin, or by their sex or their age, or some other irrelevant characteristic ( such as national origin, religion, disability etc) . Nothing is so sacred or important as each individual’s life and their right to their own life, their own liberty and happiness. Nothing has more value than the individual human being. The individual is more important than any group, club, association, nationality, corporation or country. Fundamentally, what is of utmost importance is respect for the individual’s rights and without that philosophy, nothing else of value or merit is really possible. Listen to John Lennon’s song Imagine and you will “get” where I am coming from. If that makes you feel uncomfortable, I can suggest other more traditional lawyers who might be better suited you. 


I can only take a few cases per year, so I don’t just take any case - it has to be a case with a real injustice to a person with whom I share the value that we (the client and the lawyer) want to leave this world a better place than we found it - for ourselves and others too. If these are your values, we should talk.


Whenever an individual or a group of employees has been subjected to unfair treatment at the hands of a powerful corporation or government agency, or the police I am available to help you fight to defend your rights and your integrity. 




Mr. Lorence is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and California (considered by many as the most difficult bar exam in the United States) representing employees exclusively in state and federal court and defending those accused of crimes.


Mr Lorence was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in analytic philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania prior to taking his law degree at the Duquesne University School of Law. He was one of only 300 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship recipients from 10,000 finalists in the United States and Canada. 


He is also a  former EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) government investigator for the City of Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission where he investigated hundreds of employment discrimination cases.


Mr Lorence is a 2005 graduate of the Trial Lawyers College founded by legendary trial lawyer Gerry Spence. In 2012, he was selected as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for those lawyers with jury verdicts over $1,000,000 dollars. In 2013, he was selected as a Top 100 Litigator in Pennsylvania.


Mr. Lorence also had significant experience as a labor organizer and contract negotiator for  SEIU, a white-collar employees union. He was also a grievance officer for the United Mine Workers Union (UMWA). His grandfathers were coal miners in Western Pennsylvania. He lived in Clarksville, Pa where he played on the farm of progressive  pro-democracy UMWA leader “Jock” Yablonski who, along with his family, were cowardly and brutally murdered one New Year’s Eve by thugs hired by corrupt union president Tony Boyle. Boyle died in prison. Two photographs were in the hallway of my father’s father’s house: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and UMWA president John L. Lewis. This history is the river that runs through me. When I see Injustice, I cannot walk away from it. I fight it. And, I never give up.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 25%
  2. Sexual Harassment: 25%
  3. Discrimination: 25%
  4. Employment: 25%



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    I have known Michael since 1989, when we began attending Duquesne Law School together. We have been friends and colleagues ever since then. I have referred cases to Michael, and always had positive feedback from those who used his services. I can count on him to treat my referral clients with the respect and care, and I know that if he takes a case, he will give it everything he has. What most impresses me about Michael's legal practice is the thoroughness with which he prepares himself and his client's case for litigation. By the time a trial occurs, if it must, Michael knows his case backwards and forwards. His courtroom presence is one of confidence, and his command of the law, the facts, and his opponent's strengths and weaknesses has always impressed me. He also possesses that crucial courtroom trait: he can think on his feet. I endorse Michael Lorence without reservation to anyone looking for top-quality trial attorney representation in the Western Pennsylvania region.


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Contact info

Lorence Law Office

Born Building, Suite 216
1831 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15217-0491

Lorence Law Office

Born Building, Suite 216
1831 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15217-0491



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Litigator in PennsylvaniaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2012
Woodrow Wilson National FellowshipWoodrow Wilson Foundation1971
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A2001 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationN/A1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Witkowski v International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local Union No. 154, C.A. No. 06-874 (U.S. District Court, W.D. PA)Jury Verdict for Plaintiff. Defendant must pay $1.2 Million plus interest for violating the law.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Special Criminal Tribunals Pittsburgh Legal JournalSpecial Criminal Tribunals1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeTrial advocacyCertificate2005
Duquesne University School of LawN/AN/A1993
University of PennsylvaniaAnalytic PhilosophyN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sex Discrimination & Sexual Orientation, Gay Lesbian & Transgender DiscriminationSex Discrimination & Sexual Orientation Discrimination2011
Discrimination in Health Care InstitutionsFiling Discrimination Complaints EEOC, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission & Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission1993