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About me

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 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:

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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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    14 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 50%



Contingent (5-40%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Steven C. Townsend

564 Forbes Avenue
Manor Building Penthouse
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Legal AnalystWTAE-ABC News2014
ListedWho's Who Legal2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
High Overal ScoreCollier Township Police Association2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Veteran's Court Task ForceAllegheney County2008
Civil Litigation ProbgramUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Law2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Board of DirectorsPCTV2015 - Present
OwnerJTown Properties, LLC2014 - Present
OwnerShaleAdvice, LLC2012 - Present
Board of DirectorsRiverside Center for Innovation2010 - Present
Managing PartnerEddy DeLuca Gravina & Townsend2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Labor SiteMember2014 - Present
PIOGAAffiliate Member2011 - Present
Veterans' CourtTask Force Member2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Who's Who - LawMember2009 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
McRoberts v. Chesapeake Energysettled
Medina Revenue v StillPending
Com v CarterNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Eddy DeLuca Gravina & TownsendDUI2014
ShaleAdvice, LLCRoyalty Auditing2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Indiana State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2013 Marcellus Shale ForumMarcellus Shale2013