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Steven Carl Townsend

Criminal defense Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

5.0   22 reviews

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    When you call me for help, you will meet directly with me and I will personally handle your case, from start to finish. You only get 1 chance to make the right decision when hiring an attorney. Trust in an attorney with proven results.

    20 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    50%
    If you have been injured or hurt, please give me a call to discuss your options. The call and consultation is free. Your case should be handled independently from any other case and that is how I approach every client.

    20 years, 5,000 cases

As a Pittsburgh attorney, my mission to obtain successful results is driven by my commitment to each client by providing experienced, expert and personal service to clients on an individual basis, especially since their futures, freedom, and financial investments often hinge on our representation. I focus in Allegheny and Beaver counties.

I earned my undergraduate degree from Indiana State University (B.A. Criminal Justice) and my law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., Civil Litigation Program).  I focused on civil litigation during law school and was a founding member of the  Civil Litigation Program.  During law school I worked as a law clerk for my current law firm and became a partner in 2005 at Eddy DeLuca Gravina & Townsend.  I have extensive experience in complex litigation in both state and federal courts.  Routinely I facilitate and speak for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on a wide range of topics, educating others in the legal community on new and ever-changing laws and regulations.

I sit as on the Board of Directors for Riverside Center for Innovation, which opened in 1992 to promote and foster the growth of entrepreneurial enterprises. RCI consists of strategic synergies among our businesses to provide a virtual company including accounting, public relations, risk management, research and real estate ventures. I also help form the Veteran’s Court in Allegheny County.  This program was one of the first of its kind in Pennsylvania.

I have practiced in several areas of law but I have devoted the  majority of my practice to the Criminal Defense.  I am a Criminal Justice Act attorney for the Western District Court of Pennsylvania.

When you call my law firm for help in a criminal matter, you will meet directly with me and I will personally handle your case from start to finish.  

 

I am a member of the following organizations:

  • Pennsylvania Bar
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar
  • Riverside Center for Innovation, Board of Directors
  • Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Amen Corner
  • Avvo Rated
  • Justia

I am licensed to practice in:

  • Pennsylvania State Trial and Appellate Courts
  • United States Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Court, Central District of Illinois

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Licensed for 20 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 10/01/2022

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

Contact Steven

Steven C. Townsend
564 Forbes Avenue
Manor Building Penthouse
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219

Reviews

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Posted by Rod | August 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
"Rockstar"
Steven helped me out of a jam better then I could've imagined, he got me a really great deal and would highly recommend him. Steven is a very friendly and knowledgeable attorney, Thanks again sir!
Posted by Maurice | June 15, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best Lawyer ever
He is a very good person and I would not want to have any other lawyer he is the best in my eyes he do very good work and I appreciate him for what he done for me
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
MO
Steven delivered above and beyond what he told me! If you want the best representation hire him (Beaver or Allegheny, etc...). He will explain the process and answer all calls! 5 stars! He is 100% there for you to get the best outcome!
Posted by Sanja Golalic | May 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I highly recommend Steven Townsend. He resolved my problem very professional. Also, it was very quick. Thank you!
Posted by Todd | February 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You Steve
Steve is one of the top lawyers in Pittsburgh. His grasp of the law, knowledge and experience are second to none. I retained Steve a couple of month ago and it's been an absolute blessing. Steve, I can't thank you enough. You helped save my son's life and brought to light many things that assisted in getting the DA's Office to drop 5 felonies!
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Posted by Jennifer | January 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely wonderful attorney
Steve was absolutely right on point with everything very professional and prompt. Did a fantastic job very responsive on any questions I asked, I recommend him to anyone who is looking for attorney. He is truly excellent attorney!!!!
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My First Lawyer
He is the best Lawyer I can ask for.. He showed up and was very professional. I am very grateful for him. He’s a great lawyer who goes above and beyond for his clients. I would recommend him to everyone.
Posted by James | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great
I hired Steve to represent me when someone stole my credit card numbers, he got all my money back even after the local DA refused to prosecute. I hired him later to represent an addict relative, Steve helped him get into a rehab center and 3/4 house instead of jail. Hopefully my relative will take advantage of this opportunity.
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Response from Steven Townsend July 11, 2016
Thank you for submitting this review. I am glad we were able to get your money back and have the individual held accountable.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Attorney Townsend was very professional and compassionate to a very delicate situation. We were scared and did not know where to turn. He knew exactly how to resolve the criminal case quickly and efficiently. I appreciated his knowledge and professionalism. I highly recommend him. Thanks Steve!
Response from Steven Townsend September 22, 2015
Thank you very much for the review. I understand that sometimes cases are very complicated and delicate so I'm glad we were able to resolve it very quickly.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2015
Recommend highly
We were very pleased with Steve Townsend's representation. This is the second time that we used him. He was successful in securing a very good agreement on both occasions. He is knowledgeable and efficient.
Posted by tinakavanagh69 | February 23, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Intelligent!
Steve knew how to go about my law suit! He is very intelligent and knowledgeable. Recommend him guaranteed!
Response from Steven Townsend August 28, 2015
Thank you for the kind words. I am so glad I was able to assist. Good Luck!
Posted by Rick | January 9, 2015
Great Attorney, as well as a Genuine Individual!!
I was in the law enforcement profession for 25 years and have been encircled by many defense attorneys in the profession. Obviously being in that profession I was always sitting on the prosecution side of the table; however, I found myself in a complex and unfortunate situation where I was required to find a qualified defense attorney. One of my colleagues recommended Attorney Steve Townsend as the go to guy for an outstanding defense attorney. After meeting with Steve, the tempo was set, he was the one I chose to represent me in the defense of the charges I had to face. I found with Attorney Townsend he was honest, he never color coated anything, and wasn't one to tell you what you wanted to hear. I also discovered that he wasn't about numbers or displaying a character of a "Perry Mason" figure and always winning his cases. However, he was about taking the route that was best for his client and representing him with the utmost concern and understanding for feelings. Although I was in the law enforcement profession and very experienced there were many legal avenues I wasn't aware that took place in the Federal criminal proceedings. I surely was never aware that this court favored the prosecution side and sitting in the defense was like being "guilty and proving your innocence" instead of "innocent until proven guilty" . Attorney Townsend felt my case was very defend able and had confidence in defeating the charges, but once he explained the unfairness for the defense in this particular court system, his interest wasn't about chalking one into his win column. His concern became what was in the best interest for his client. Having been involved with many defense attorneys through law enforcement I know that many times defense attorney's just want to make a deal in reduction of the charges, and be on their way to the next client. This approach was never displayed or dictated by this attorney, instead he recognized the unfairness, the good character in me, and what was best for myself & my family. Once Attorney Townsend explained the unfairness that I would be faced with, the options that we had, and what was in my best interest, the decision was made. Believe me, after all my years sitting on the prosecution side of that table it wasn't an easy journey now sitting on the defensive side, but having Attorney Townsend was a great morale lifting, and one of the best defense attorneys I have been involved with. Believe me folks, Attorney Townsend is very knowledgeable, knows when his client is being railroaded, and certainly is educated into having his client make the correct decisions for the right coarse of action and in their best interest. Although my particular case is upsetting and we both know that the arresting agency utilized questionable and unjustifiable tactics, we both also recognized the coarse of action needed to protect my family. Attorney Townsend's decision for the route we accepted wasn't about running to his next client to make the money, but about what was best for my family and me. What became even more amazing with this gentleman is after my case was completed, this guy still stays in touch with me, and still brings that morale lifting and brings me the confidence that is needed when one goes through such demoralizing circumstances. If anyone would ask me about Steve Townsend I would simply tell them he is NOT only a great defense attorney, but a truly honest and pleasantly honorable gentleman that cares about the people he serves. Thanks Steve for the work you put forth and knowing me as the genuine person that I am.
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Posted by Amos | December 8, 2014
A Diligent Attorney
Attorney Townsend defended me on a case four years ago in the Harrisburg area, Dauphin County. The trial lasted four days, with a verdict of not guilty. Attorney Townsend was very diligently in researching all of the evidence, and planned the defense strategic. I believe if it was not for the hard work and time that Attorney Townsend put into this case, the outcome would have been a lot different.
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Posted by Greg | December 4, 2014
Timber Dispute
Atty Townsend is currently representing me in an ongoing case. He and his associate have been more than trustworthy. They are very savvy in all aspects of the Law. Knowledgeable and responsive. They have kept me informed and up to date throughout this trying ordeal. I would highly recommend Atty. Steven Townsend. His knowledge of criminal law especially, is unsurpassed.
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Posted by Ian | December 2, 2014
Excellent Attorney
After making several calls to attorneys in the Pittsburgh area without much luck, I was given Mr. Townsend's number by a friend. The primary problem that I encountered was the combination of a hectic work schedule and living out of state limiting my travel options (most attorneys weren't willing to represent me without my traveling to PA). Mr. Townsend handled everything expertly, promptly and courteously and I didn't have to make a single trip to PA to have my legal issue resolved. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2014
Steve Townsend Highly recommended
Steve is a great lawyer and person who is dedicated to his work and his client. I have had the pleasure of having Steve represent me and he did an exceptional job doing so.
Posted by Randy | May 28, 2014
Recommendation for Steven Carl Townsend
Steven, has been a great help to me with all of my legal problems on keeping me informed on what was going to happen and what I need to do. I would highly recommand him to anyone.
Posted by Chris | May 26, 2014
Very good attorney
Steven Townsend was very helpful when my son got into trouble. He helped guide us through the legal maze to a successful conclusion. I would certainly seek his advice again and recommend him to anyone needing a criminal defense lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2014
Oil and Gas
I signed an oil and gas lease with a landowner group. The groups' attorney who negotiated our lease, apparently wasn't representing the individual landowners. I contacted Steve at ShaleAdvice and he straightened out our issue with professionalism. I would recommend Steve for any oil and gas issue you may have.
Posted by john | June 21, 2013
help with criminal matter
Steve Townsend was an outstanding attorney, who saved my career after I was charged in a criminal matter. He is knowledgeable of the law. He is extremely thorough in his preparation. He was impressive during trial. He appeared confident, yet relaxed. He picked apart the prosecution, seemingly with ease, and got me acquitted of all charges. He was a man of his word. He came up with a plan for defense, and stayed with the plan. If you have a serious legal problem, I strongly recommend Attorney Steve Townsend.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 5%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Board of Directors
  • PCTV
  • 2015 - Present
  • Owner
  • JTown Properties, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Owner
  • ShaleAdvice, LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Board of Directors
  • Riverside Center for Innovation
  • 2010 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Eddy DeLuca Gravina & Townsend
  • 2003 - Present
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Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Indiana State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Com v. Emerick
  • Dismissed
  • Com v. Moore
  • Dismissed
  • Com v Alan
  • Trial
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Associations

  • The Labor Site
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • PIOGA
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Veterans' Court
  • Task Force Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Who's Who - Law
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Member
  • National College of DUI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Legal Analyst
  • WTAE-ABC News
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Listed
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • High Overal Score
  • Collier Township Police Association
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Veteran's Court Task Force
  • Allegheney County
  • 2008
  • Civil Litigation Probgram
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • 2002
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Publications

  • Eddy DeLuca Gravina & Townsend
  • DUI
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • 2013 Marcellus Shale Forum
  • Marcellus Shale
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (26)
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Townsend is a competent legal professional who fights hard on behalf of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Townsend. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Other
"Steve is a knowledgeable and professional criminal defense attorney who works diligently for his clients. Highly recommend."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for their commitment and dedication to clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. His diligence and professionalism are well-known and his effort to secure the best possible outcome for his clients is second to none."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steven is a sharp witted, outside-the-box thinker who brings these attributes to the table for his clients' benefit."
Business Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Townsend is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Business Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Townsend is a knowledgeable, hard working and persistent business, criminal defense and oil and gas lawyer that will go the extra mile to obtain the desired result for his clients. If you have been charged with a criminal defense or need assistance with an oil/gas matter I strongly recommend Mr. Townsend,"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steven. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven is a very knowledgeable and well-respected attorney in his field. I would feel comfortable referring a client to him for criminal defense representation."
Oil and gas Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve Townsend is a tireless advocate who fights for his clients. His extensive knowledge of the law and his significant trial experience serve his clients well. You can trust Steve to handle your legal matter."
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