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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.


Contact info

Jones Passodelis, PLLC

Gulf Tower, Suite 3510
707 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219

Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 30%
  2. Civil Rights: 30%
  3. Employment: 20%
  4. Life Sciences: 20%

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2011
Law ReviewWidener University School of Law1996
Trial Advocacy Honor SocietyWidener University School of Law1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pennsylvania Defense InstituteCo-chair, Employment and Civil Rights Section2011 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
West Virginia State BarMemberN/A
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Defense InstituteMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
White v. Jefferson County, 2010 WL 5294079 (W.D. Pa. 2010).Summary judgment for defendants
Tunno v. Beaver County, Beaver County CCP Docket no. 12351-2007 (2009).Defense verdict
Felgar v. Burkett, 328 Fed. Appx. 107 (3d. Cir. 2009)Summary judgment for defendants
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Publication nameTitleDate
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 LawPopowsky v. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission: The Supreme Court Holds That the Costs of Decommissioning TMI-2 may be Classified as "Operating Expenses" Properly Chargeable Consumers1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of Pittsburgh, PittsburghBiologyBS - Bachelor of Science1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Prison Risk SeminarAlternative Dispute Resolution2013
PDI Annual ConferenceCivil Rights and Employment Law Update 20132013
County Commissioners Association of PennsylvaniaHot Topics in Civil Rights Law2011
Allegheny County Bar Association CLEMarcellus Shale 101 for the Western Pennsylvania Lawyer2011
PCCA Annual ConferenceCivil Rights2010
PCCA Annual ConferencePolitical Subdivision Tort Claims Act2009