Skip to main content

Jacob C. McCrea

Construction and development Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

5.0   18 reviews
  • State Years
    Utah - UT < 1 year
    Pennsylvania - PA 19 years
  • Licensed for less than one year
    State UT
    Acquired 2024
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Jacob

Learn Jacob’s areas of practice.

I practice commercial, construction and appellate law in Salt Lake City, UT and Pittsburgh, PA, and am licensed in both states. I graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in 2004, was an executive editor of the law review, and began my career by clerking for a federal judge in Pittsburgh, the Honorable Terrence F. McVerry.

Following my clerkship, I practiced construction and commercial law at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC in Pittsburgh for nearly eight years. In that time I handled a broad range of matters, including lawsuits over construction and business disputes, architectural malpractice, environmental and real estate disputes, disputes over LLC agreements, trade secret litigation and insurance coverage litigation. In addition to the range of lawsuits I handled, I worked on drafting and advising clients on construction contracts, in values ranging from a few thousand dollars to 55 billion dollars, as well as commercial and real estate contracts, easements, non-disclosure agreements and other commercial agreements.

After leaving Eckert Seamans, I spent three years as a public criminal defense lawyer in Allegheny County. In that capacity I handled over a thousand cases and tried a litany of cases involving charges of attempted homicide, felony drug and gun possession, assault, fraud and charges stemming from a SWAT team standoff, to name a few. Between civil and criminal cases I have tried over thirty cases to verdict or other final decision, handled countless evidentiary hearings, and have won appeals, as the appealing party, before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (three times in a year), the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Ohio District Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

In 2017 I started my own practice, which is mostly commercial contracting, construction contracting, commercial leasing, the purchase and sale of businesses, and otherwise advising businesses. I often serve as business and personal counsel to other lawyers, and I occasionally get appointed to represent clients in complex constitutional appeals.


Jacob McCrea Law, LLC
429 4th Ave., Suite 1700
Law and Finance Building
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219-1508


5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The only guy i need when business gets rough.
Jacob always takes things to a clear cut retrospect and gets straight to the point, he is definitely more of a proactive lawyer vs reactive, he is timely, professional and highly courteous of the well being of you, your family, and your LLC.
Posted by Addie | February 14, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, as well as personable and highly attentive!
My husband and I appreciated the way Jacob kept us constantly updated and relieved much of the anxiety that we had in the legal processes. He understands the needs of his clients, and works hard to meet all expectations. He went above and beyond in navigating us through this lawsuit, which ultimately ended in our favor (being released). I highly recommend his services, as he very much cares for his clients! Thank you Jacob!
Read less
Posted by Larry | January 29, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Straight Shooter
Understanding the needs of a client; their expectations, financial limits, desired resolutions, as well as their non-negotiables is key to building a trusting relationship with an attorney. Jacob McCrea is an attorney you can trust. I have used Jake as council in a lawsuit against me, and for some family-on-family issues requiring legal advice and letter writing. As well as being a student of the law, Jacob is a student of people. In all my dealings with him, he has shown nothing but the utmost respect for me and for everyone else with whom he deals. That doesn’t mean that he will not fight hard for his clients, no matter how small. Jacob McCrea understands that not everyone can afford some lawyers’ high rates. He will work within your means when possible. He has very affordable rates and he does not waste your money on anything unnecessary.
Read less
Posted by Mary | June 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Consistent, thorough and reliable
On three different occasions I’ve approached Mr McCrea regarding different contractors failure to perform work correctly, complete a project, and attempting to exploit me by increasing a contract amount after not performing work agreed on by a signed contract. On each instance Mr McCrea provided me detailed explanation of the laws pertaining to the situation, outlined steps needed to resolve the issue and on one instance worked through the entire litigation process to obtain a judgement. On the other two occasions the contractors resolved the issues favorably to avoid further court action. I would approach Mr McCrea as my go to source on any legal matter for either his expertise or a referral in areas outside his practices expertise. Throughout my life I’ve worked with at least a dozen attorneys on various matters and I place Mr McCrea on the top of my list as having not only integrity, but being thorough and compassionate. I will always reach out to him before seeking a lawyer because I trust his advice and recommendations.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend working with Jacob
As new business owners we had a lot of questions and Jacob was able to answer all of them, while handling all of the necessary legal paperwork to get our business going. We knew we were in good hands and didn’t have to worry about legal issues with Jacob as our lawyer. We can’t recommend him enough!
Posted by Kimberly | November 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Informative and Concise
My family hired Jacob on two occasions; once for a contract issue and once for a real estate matter. He is very knowledgeable, keeps you informed as to the status of the transaction and goes above and beyond to accommodate your schedule and timeline. I would recommend Mr. McCrea for any transaction that you would need an attorney to handle.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Detailed and prompt
Jake helped me review a document prior to signing it to make sure there weren't any unintended consequences of the agreement. He reviewed the document quickly and got back to me with specific recommendations for changes. I appreciate Jake's knowledge and thoroughness, and would definitely recommend him for contract work.
Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Best Attorney Experience
I was stressed out looking for a lawyer to handle my case for me. I had spoken to several lawyers but didn’t feel a good connection with any of them. I happened to call Allegheny Lawyer Referal Service and that’s how I made my first phone call to Jacob. Upon calling him, I found out that he was on a vacation but instead of telling me that we’ll speak when he gets back he wanted to hear more about my case, my pain, and my suffering. Right there and then I decided that I would have him represent me. Jacob is, not only an excellent attorney, but a caring counselor and coach. I was in a situation where I was being taken advantage of and I was ready to spend whatever money it took to go after the opposition, but Jacob kept my emotions in check, helped me filter them and helped me analyze the pros and cons of every action. He genuinely cares about his clients and places himself in their shoes to analyze their situation. He is supportive and fair, and he won’t bill you for every single call or email. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a well-qualified attorney.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prompt and Professional Lawyer
Jake is extremely professional and prompt in his communication. Any time I had a question, he would respond to me quickly, even in the evenings after business hours. He wrote a very detailed legal easement for me and also assisted me with other legal documents. I found him to be very knowledgeable, intelligent and well-informed in many legal matters. He was very quick to get everything taken care of and always kept me in the loop. When I had a legal issue arise, he took the time to address all of my questions and concerns and I never felt rushed or confused about what was going on. He always made me feel like I was his number one priority. I would recommend him one hundred percent without hesitation to anyone who needs a lawyer. He is extremely fair and it was a pleasure to work with him.
Read less
Posted by Rex | June 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's the hard to find ..honest lawyer
Mr McCrea handled a couple legal matters for me and my family ..he went above and beyond research and give all aspects in details I can u understand ...never sugar coating or making things just sound good to client ..then did the unthinkable ...knew it would be better for another attorney to come in to help win...and never let ego get in way ...he thought of client first ..cannot say enough good about him as a honest and excellent lawyer that has a lot knowledge but always strived to find more to bring positive outcome for client .
Read less
Posted by Patricia | April 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, Down to Earth
I hired Jacob to help me resolve a 2 1/2 year old insurance claim. He is one of the most dedicated, hard working gentlemen I have ever had the pleasure of doing business with. My issue has been resolved and would like to say that I would honestly be able to recommend Jacob to anyone who is in need of an attorney. Thanks Jacob for your diligence and all the hard work.
Read less
Posted by Yasemin | February 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Jacob C. McCrea was a beacon of hope to me at a time when my options appeared limited and the likehood of a satisfactory resilution seemed nigh on impossible. Not only was he able to defend me from unjust situation, his calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself. I am eternally grateful for his service and l hereby recommend Mr. Jacob C. McCrea without reservation. Thank you.
Read less
Posted by Daniel | February 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough, detail-oriented, and responsive
I contacted Mr. McCrea for guidance in setting up the contract for a business partnership into which I was entering. Aside from complete satisfaction with the professionalism of his work, I was deeply impressed with his willingness to take as much time as necessary, both electronically and in person, to ensure that all of my questions were answered and concerns were addressed. In addition, I applaud Mr. McCrea for his self-awareness and network of professional connections in the Pittsburgh area; I have several times consulted with him in regards to other legal matters, and, in the cases where he did not feel it was within his realm of expertise, he was able to provide me with several solid references for attorneys with more applicable practices.
Read less
Posted by James | January 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer, Compassionate, and Hardworking
I reached out to Mr. McCrea looking for some legal help with some employment issues, and I was very pleased with the results. Not only did he take an adequate amount of time to review the issues with me, but he was also available by phone or email at any time without delay. Overall, he handled the matter very professionally, gave great advice, and effectively took care of the issues at hand. I would definitely recommend him, he's an outstanding lawyer.
Read less
Posted by Kelley | October 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent commercial lawyer
Mr. McCrea represented me when I needed help with a non-compete and non-disclosure agreement with my employer. He did a great job of ensuring that the agreement properly protected my interests. I found him to be very easy and fair to deal with.
Posted by Christina | August 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
Working with Mr. McCrea was an excellent experience. He went above and beyond what I would stereotypically expect from an attorney. He did extra research, was kind, patient and took the time to explain in detail each step of a stressful insurance claim. His rates were fair, and he provided the flexibility to work around my chaotic schedule. He was able to reach a very reasonable settlement with the insurance company, which I could not be more thankful for.
Read less
Posted by Anya | March 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Mr. McCrea handled my case with professionalism and tenacity. He went above and beyond my expectations to have my issue solved swiftly and my property returned to me. Would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Roose | June 16, 2015
Above the Bar
Mr. McCrea represented me concerning a criminal matter and its nice to finally find a lawyer whom responses to his clients request and is not afraid to speak up in the court room. I have extensive experience with the criminal courts and several of pittsburghs top attorneys, and Mr.McCrea is without a doubt the best of these attorneys. He want above whats considered normal practice for attorneys in the pittsburgh area. His demeanor is comforting and provides a client with a trusting atmosphere, which is important when dealing with criminal cases. I would strongly recommend Mr.Mccrea to anyone involved with a criminal case. Pittsburgh needs more attorneys with his dedication and straight forward attitude.
Read less
View less reviews


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Jacob McCrea Law, LLC
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Allegheny County
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Associate
  • Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Terrence F. McCverry
  • United States Distric Court
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Law Clerk, White Collar Crimes Division
  • Us Dept Of Justice
  • 2003 - 2004
View all work experience


  • Duquesne University
  • J.D.
  • 2004
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000


  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Eckert Seamans Construction Law Report
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Allows Department of Education to Waive "Multi-Prime
  • 2008
  • Duquesne Law Review
  • Reasonable Suspicion, Probable Cause, or Something in Between: What is the Standard for a Valid Vehicle Stop
  • 2004
  • Duquesne Law Review
  • The First Amendment Allows a Candidate for Judicial Election to Announce His or Her Views on Disputed Issues
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (0)
Endorse Jacob
Construction and development Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Construction and development Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jake for his entire legal career. Not only is his knowledge of the law unparalleled, he is also a person of high moral character. My firm uses Jake for our business litigation needs and you can trust him!"
This attorney hasn't created any attorney endorsements recently on Avvo.

Avvo Contributions

This attorney hasn't created any legal answers in Q&A or legal guides recently on Avvo.

Pittsburgh Construction and development Lawyer Jacob C. McCrea
Jacob C. McCrea
Construction and development Attorney
Pittsburgh, PA
Licensed for 19 years
Free Consultation