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Mr. Lettrich handles a full range of complex commercial litigation matters with a special emphasis on civil rights, employment and healthcare litigation. His practice focuses on representing the healthcare industry, government officials, and employers.
Mr. Lettrich counsels and defends employers in sexual harassment, age discrimination, non-competition agreements, and wrongful discharge claims. His practice includes claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). Mr. Lettrich defends governmental entities and officials and in civil rights actions under the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments including due process claims, excessive force, malicious prosecution, political retaliation, freedom of speech, religion and assembly. . He has successfully represented clients in claims under Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”), as well as the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act and Municipalities Planning Code in courts of common pleas, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Michael defends corporations in litigation involving health care, medical devices, prescription pharmaceuticals, drug testing, implantable drug delivery systems, and biological products. He defends diagnostic testing laboratories, physicians, nurses and nursing care providers in claims alleging professional malpractice. He has litigated claims against skilled nursing facilities in claims brought under the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act.
Mr. Lettrich has defended his clients’ interests in courts across the nation. He has litigated claims in state, federal and administrative courts including the United States Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit as well as the Pennsylvania Superior, Commonwealth and Supreme Courts. He has represented corporate clients pro hac vice in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri.
Michael graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 with a degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Widener University School of Law in 1997 where he was an editor of its Law Review. He has been selected as a Pennsylvania Superlawyers Rising Star for 2011.
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|WV||Authorized to practice law||2000||10/16/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Law Review||Widener University School of Law||1996|
|Trial Advocacy Honor Society||Widener University School of Law||1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Pennsylvania Defense Institute||Chairman, Employment and Civil Rights Section||2011 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|West Virginia State Bar||Member||N/A|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Defense Institute||Member||N/A|
|Babcock v. Butler County , WL 688122 (W.D. Pa. February 21, 2014)||Dismissed|
|Trimble v. Shaw, 2014 WL 345335 (W.D. Pa. January 30, 2014)||Dismissed|
|Johnson v. Medlock, 2011 WL 311359 (W.D. Pa. 2011)||Settled|
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|Counterpoint (Pennsylvania Defense Institute)||What causes of action can Pennsylvania plaintiffs pursue against manufacturers of generic pharmaceuticals in the wake of Mutual Pharmaceutical, Inc. v. Bartlett and PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing?||2013|
|Counterpoint (Pennsylvania Defense Institute)||The Effect of McDonnell-Douglas Burden Shifting Analysis in ADEA Cases Since the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc.||2009|
|Widener Journal of Public Law||Popowsky v. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission: The Supreme Court Holds That the Costs of Decommissioning TMI-2 may be Classified as "Operating Expenses" Properly Chargeable Consumers||1996|
|Widener University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh||Biology||BS - Bachelor of Science||1994|
|Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Conference||Civil Rights Update||2016|
|County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania||County liability in civil rights lawsuits involving inmate medical care||2016|
|Academy for Excellence in Government||Immunity Defenses||2014|
|Prison Risk Seminar||Alternative Dispute Resolution||2013|
|PDI Annual Conference||Civil Rights and Employment Law Update 2013||2013|
|County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania||Hot Topics in Civil Rights Law||2011|
|Allegheny County Bar Association CLE||Marcellus Shale 101 for the Western Pennsylvania Lawyer||2011|
|PCCA Annual Conference||Civil Rights||2010|
|PCCA Annual Conference||Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act||2009|