Gregg R. Zegarelli has enjoyed a distinguished career as an attorney, business professional, speaker and public servant. He has earned superb ratings that objectively demonstrate the ethical conduct and integrity in the practice of law.
Licenses; Academic Degree
Mr. Zegarelli is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, District of Columbia and State of Illinois. He is a graduate of Duquesne University with dual major areas of study in Accounting and History and dual minors in Philosophy and Political Science. Mr. Zegarelli is a graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law, and he is qualified to sit for the C.P.A. examination in Pennsylvania.
Legal Area of Concentration; Clients
Mr. Zegarelli practices in all transactional areas of law, with a concentration in computer law and the law of corporate and business transactions. His representation includes advising on business formation and entrepreneurial ventures, commercial and corporate litigation, venture capital, franchising, mergers and acquisitions, licensing of technology and information, employee and independent contractor agreements, and intellectual property matters such as copyright, media, trade secret and trademark law. He also represents clients in entertainment enterprises, and he generally assists clients with getting their ideas and products to market. Mr. Zegarelli also focuses in Right to Know, privacy, "sunshine" and social media laws, assisting clients draft policies and procedures for social media.
Mr. Zegarelli serves as general corporate counsel for businesses ranging from the startup stage to large well-established enterprises. His client list includes "INC. 500" companies, the largest technology consulting firms in the region, various local and regional Internet Service Providers, and software developers with products nationally rated #1. Mr. Zegarelli has also been retained as special counsel for technology development contracts, such as for the automated parking facility at the Pittsburgh International Airport.
Mr. Zegarelli has directly performed legal work and negotiated contracts with well-known companies including Acclaim, Borland, Coca-Cola, Disney, General Electric, Intel, Mattel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Microsoft, Sony and Xerox.
Mr. Zegarelli has strong litigation experience. Mr. Zegarelli has represented clients in Federal as well as state courts, and he has successfully litigated technology disputes with extremely complicated deliverable logistics. Mr. Zegarelli has litigated technology-related emergency injunctions and has worked with the FBI on technology investigations. Mr. Zegarelli has been selected and served several times as an Arbitrator (Judge) for the American Arbitration Association for technology-related disputes, and has presided over more than 100 arbitrations in the largest class action settlement in history. Mr. Zegarelli was appointed to the panel of neutrals for the United States Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel for two years prior to the statutory internalization. Mr. Zegarelli was appointed by the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to its panel of available neutrals as an Early Neutral Evaluator and as an Arbitrator.
Mr. Zegarelli was lead counsel in Borings v. Google, the first case against Google and its Street View program for infringement, with a successful overturn at the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that resulted in the only known final judgment against Google as an intentional trespasser.
Mr. Zegarelli was appointed by the Executive Director of the Allegheny County Bar Association ("ACBA") for two terms as the first Chairman of the ACBA Allegheny Lawyers Online program—the first telecommunications service to be sponsored by a local bar association. Mr. Zegarelli has been interviewed by television and Internet media, such as CBS-affiliate KDKA (Internet gambling), CNN (electronic privacy in the workplace), and USLive (getting inventions to market), and he is author of the article on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for the MacMillan (Gale Group) Encyclopedia (now available for download), and Current Technology Issues by the Ohio CPA Journal. Mr. Zegarelli has been a member of the Innovation Works Investment Advisory Panel. In addition, Mr. Zegarelli has published several short articles on computer software protection techniques called "Legal LinksTM" (which are available online at www.zegarelli.com). Mr. Zegarelli also was interviewed by on TBC Today regarding entrepreneurism and the qualities of an entrepreneur and appeared multiple times on Suzanne Caplan's WMNY Pittsburgh Business Radio 1360 AM (simulcast on Talkshoe) discussing intellectual property issues and corporate ethics.
Mr. Zegarelli is a frequent lecturer for accredited continuing education series on technology-related, entrepreneurship, law office management and intellectual property issues. He has the distinction of being a member of the faculty of both the National Business Institute (NBI) and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI). Drafting LLC Agreements, Protecting Intellectual Property, Sarbanes-Oxley and Drafting LLC and LLP Agreements, Proving Your Case with Computer Forensics and Limited Liability Companies, Ethical Issues of Email, Attachments & Meta-Data, for accredited seminars attended by other attorneys for their continuing legal education. Mr. Zegarelli will be on the faculty of two upcoming CLE classes for NBI: LLCs: From Formation to Special Uses on August 23, 2011 and Business Contracts A-Z on November 9, 2011, go to http://www.nbi-sems.com for more information.
Public Service, Etc.
Mr. Zegarelli also enjoys public service. Mr. Zegarelli began public service by being chosen for various elected offices while attending college, including the President of the Student Government Association of Duquesne University. At Duquesne University, Mr. Zegarelli enjoyed membership in various honor and leadership societies and was awarded the Outstanding Dedication and Service Award by his fellow students.
Following college, Mr. Zegarelli served his community as a Councilman in the Municipality of Penn Hills—which is second in population only to the City of Pittsburgh. Mr. Zegarelli was the youngest Councilman to ever be elected in that jurisdiction. With regard to that office, Mr. Zegarelli was concerned that public meetings were not satisfactorily "open" to the public, so he authored and published The Sunshine Act, which was republished by the Pittsburgh Legal Journal at 135 P.L.J. 39, 1988, and is the only article cited by the Pennsylvania Statutes (Purdon Supp. 65 P.S. § 271) on the issue of open meetings. Mr. Zegarelli was chosen by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette East Edition as one of five community persons identified as the "Ones to Watch in the 90's."
Mr. Zegarelli is the author of ONE, the Unified Gospel of Jesus, in which he has systematically unified the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John into one seamless text for study.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Host Committee, Media and Mental Health Awards||Entertainment Industries Council||2014|
|Domain Name (.US) Resolution Panel||American Arbitration Association||2002|
|Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys||Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys||1992|
|Ones to Watch in the 90's||Pittsburgh Post Gazette||1989|
|Certificate||Local Government Academy||1987|
|Councilman||Municipality of Penn Hills||1986|
|Outstanding Dedication and Service Award||Duquesne University Student Government Association||1985|
|President - Student Government Association||Duquesne University||1985|
|Vice President - Student Government Association||Duquesne University||1984|
|Managing Shareholder||Technology & Entrepreneurial Ventures Law Group, PC||1990 - Present|
|Associate||Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney||1988 - 1990|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California University of Pennsylvania Center of Innovation||Startup Center Advisory Board||2014 - Present|
|Upper Saint Clair, PA, Zoning Hearing Board||Board Member||2012 - Present|
|Community Foundation of Upper Saint Clair||Trustee||2012 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court||Admitted||2010 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit||Admitted||2010 - Present|
|Duquesne University College Alumni Advisory Committee||Board Member||2008 - Present|
|Marcus Ruscitto Foundation||Board Member||2007 - Present|
|U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania||Early Neutral Evaluator||2006 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania||Arbitrator||2006 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Association of Notaries||Notary Public||1995 - Present|
|American Arbitration Association||Arbitrator||1992 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Member||1988 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania||Admitted||1988 - Present|
|United States Copyright Office||U.S. Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel||2003 - 2004|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Chairperson, Allegheny Lawyers Online||1990 - 1992|
|American Bar Association||Member||1990 - 1995|
|NatGas v. Nat G Group||Successfully settled.|
|In Re D'Amico USPTO 85834204||Sucessfully Reversed on Appeal|
|The Chief Movie v CVD||For Defendant (my client)|
|See all legal cases|
|Lawyers Journal||Anatomy of a Lawyer Engagement Fraud Scam||2015|
|OUG Press Book||The Essential Aesop: For business, managers, writers and professional speakers||2013|
|The Ben-Hur Team Building Principle||The Ben-Hur Team Building Principle||2013|
|Stand for America®||Stand for America®||2010|
|The Entrepreneurial Spirit®||The Entrepreneurial Spirit®||2007|
|ONE® - The Unified Gospel of Jesus||ONE - The Unified Gospel of Jesus||2006|
|Ohio CPA Journal||Current Technology Issues||2001|
|MacMillan (Gale Group) Encyclopedia||Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986||2001|
|Legal Links||Eight Common Questions about Trademarks||1994|
|Pittsburgh Legal Journal||The Sunshine Act, 135 P.L.J. 39, 1988; Purdon Supp. 65 P.S. Â§ 271||1988|
|Legal Links<tm>||Introduction to Copyrights||1986|
|Legal Links<tm>||Trade Secrets||1986|
|Duquesne University School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctorate||1988|
|Duquesne University||History w Accounting (Minors: Philosphy and Political Sci.)||Bachelor of Arts||1985|
|Central Catholic High School||n/a||n/a||1980|
|Talk Show on Gregg's Book ONE: Unified Gospel||Gregg's Book, ONE Unified Gospel||2014|
|Small Business Lending Conference||Crowdfunding||2014|
|Internet Defamation||Internet Defamation||2014|
|Hot Topics in Social Media (1/29/14)||Hot Topics in Social Media||2014|
|CPA CPE Accredited Seminar (2/13,15,19/2014)||Branding||2014|
|"Under God" in the Pledge of Alliance||"Under God" in the Pledge of Alliance||2014|
|PBI: Using Social Media in Your Practice (9/19/13)||Social Meda Policies (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2013|
|NBI: Ethics and the Role of the Paralegal in Negotiating Contracts (2/12/13)||Ethics and the Role of the Paralegal in Negotiating Contracts (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2013|
|NBI: Ethics and Social Media (9/18/13)||Ethics and Social Media (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2013|
|NBI: Advanced Business Contract Law (8/22/13)||Contract Dispute Must-Knows, Ethics (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2013|
|Cutting Edge||Various Panels: Media Law, IP||2013|
|CPE Survey of Intellectual Property (5/9,11,13)||CPE Survey of Intellectual Property (3 dates)||2013|
|CalU: Crowdfunding (4/26/13)||Entrepreneur's Special: Crowdfunding||2013|
|(CalU) Entrepreneur's Special: Trademarks and IP (4/26/2013)||Entrepreneur's Special: Trademarks and IP||2013|
|(CalU) Entrepreneur's Special: Social Media Law (4/26/2013)||(CalU) Entrepreneur's Special: Social Media||2013|
|www.BuildingBridgesForBusiness.org (10/9/12)||Guest Speaker: Building Bridges for Business||2012|
|The Social Media Balancing Act (5/22/12)||The Social Media Balancing Act||2012|
|NBI: Business Ethics and Social Media (9/20/12)||Business Law Fundamentals (Faculty, CLE accredited)||2012|
|NBI-West Simulcast: Legal Ethics and Social Media: What Attorneys Need to Know (6/14/12)||Legal Ethics and Social Media: What Attorneys Need to Know (Faculty, CLE accredited)||2012|
|NBI-West Simulcast: Attorney's Guide to Social Media: Understanding Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+ (6/30/12)||Attorney's Guide to Social Media: Understanding Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+ (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2012|
|NBI-West Simulcast: Attorney's Guide to Social Media: Understanding Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+ (1/10/12)||Attorney's Guide to Social Media: Understanding Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+ (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2012|
|NBI-West National Simulcast: Legal Ethics and Social Media: What Attorneys Need to Know (12/31/12)||Legal Ethics and Social Media: What Attorneys Need to Know (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2012|
|NBI-Ethics and the Role of the Paralegal in Negotiating Contracts (10/23/12)||Business Contracts A-Z: What Paralegals Need to Know||2012|
|CPA - CPE: Community College of Allegheny County (2/23/12, 2/25/12, 2/29/12)||New Product/Service Launches; Branding (Faculty, CPE Accredited)||2012|
|CPA - CPE: Community College of Allegheny County (10/18/12, 10/20/12, 10/22/12, 10/24/12)||Survey of Intellectual Property and Branding (Faculty, CPE Accredited)||2012|
|CCAC: New Product/Service Launches; Branding||New Product/Service Launches; Branding (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2012|
|CalU: Trademarks and Branding (4/20/12-Afternoon)||Trademarks and Branding (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2012|
|CalU: Drafting Social Media Policies (4/20/12-Morning)||Drafting Social Media Policies (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2012|
|1,000 High School Students, Upper Saint Clair, PA||Dangers of Digital Photography and Social Media||2012|
|NBI: LLCs From Formation to Special Issues (8/23/11)||LLCs From Formation to Special Issues (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2011|
|NBI: Business Contracts A-Z (11/9/11)||Business Contracts A-Z (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2011|
|CCAC: Drafting Social Media Policies (11/5/11)||Drafting Social Media Policies (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2011|
|CalU: Drafting Social Media Policies (12/9/11)||Drafting Social Media Policies (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2011|
|PBI: A Day on Real Estate||Meta-Data Ethical Issues (CLE Accredited)||2010|
|NBI: Proving Your Case with Computer Forensics||Proving Your Case with Computer Forensics (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2008|
|NBI: Limited Liability Companies||Limited Liability Companies (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2008|
|NBI: Drafting LLC and LLP Agreements||Drafting LLC and LLP Agreements (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2007|
|NBI: LLCs and Essential Skills for Drafting LLC Agreements||LLCs and Essential Skills for Drafting LLC Agreements (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2006|
|NBI: Preserving Your Client's Rights Through Intellectual Property||Preserving Your Client's Rights Through Intellectual Property (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2005|
|NBI: Corporate Governance and Internal Controls Sarbanes Oxley||Corporate Governance and Internal Controls Sarbanes Oxley (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2005|
|IPE: Internet Strategies for the Paralegal||Internet Strategies for the Paralegal (Faculty, Paralegal CLE)||2005|
|PBI: Working Smarter, Not Harder: Managing Your Law Practice for Success||Working Smarter, Not Harder: Managing Your Law Practice for Success (Faculty, CLE Accredited)||2003|