I work with businesses and individuals to find creative solutions to challenging problems.
An experienced trial lawyer, I represent businesses in all types of litigation. I work with clients on contract, environmental, product liability, and real estate disputes. I represent businesses in intellectual property disputes involving patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. When disputes arise between business owners, I help clients to understand and enforce their rights. I represent insurance companies in coverage disputes. I have researched and written many insurance coverage opinions. I also serve as local counsel to out-of-state lawyers.
I have tried cases to juries with excellent results.
To represent clients effectively, I enjoy learning about their businesses. For example, I completed fall protection training to become certified to climb billboards, escorted a client’s mascots through an international toy fair, and traveled with a client to interview witnesses at a motorcycle expo.
In addition to representing businesses in litigation, I serve as outside general counsel in negotiating contracts and providing advice.
I have been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list. I practice in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, as well as Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Employment and Labor Litigation:
I defend businesses against discrimination and retaliation claims filed by their employees. I represent businesses in non-compete, trade secret, wage and hour, and whistleblower cases. In addition to litigating cases in state and federal courts, I handle administrative proceedings before the EEOC and PHRC.
I have significant experience in occupational safety and health matters. I have successfully tried citations before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and represented businesses in achieving many favorable settlements. I enjoy helping businesses to enhance their workplace safety programs.
I also advise businesses on employment and labor issues. I work with clients to develop affirmative action plans, employee handbooks, job descriptions, pay equity audits, policies, and restrictive covenants. I represent businesses and executives in negotiating employment agreements and severance agreements.
When clients have unionized workforces, I provide advice on collective bargaining agreements, labor disputes, and unfair labor practice charges.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star||Pennsylvania Super Lawyers||2022|
|Rising Star||Pennsylvania Super Lawyers||2021|
|Rising Star||Pennsylvania Super Lawyers||2020|
|Rising Star||Pennsylvania Super Lawyers||2019|
|Rising Star||Pennsylvania Super Lawyers||2018|
|Rising Star||Pennsylvania Super Lawyers||2017|
|Rising Star||Massachusetts Super Lawyers||2015|
|Rising Star||Massachusetts Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Massachusetts Super Lawyers||2013|
|Gill Award for Outstanding Mock Trial Participant||Boston College Law School||2008|
|Partner||Houston Harbaugh||2021 - Present|
|Associate||Babst Calland||2015 - 2021|
|Associate||Rose, Chinitz & Rose||2012 - 2015|
|Associate||Melick & Porter, LLP||2010 - 2012|
|Law Clerk||Massachusetts Superior Court||2008 - 2010|
|Law Clerk||Volunteer Lawyers Project||2006 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Labor & Employment Law Section Council||2020 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Young Lawyers Division Secretary||2018 - 2019|
|Mushroom Family Learning Center||Board of Directors||2018 - 2021|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Young Lawyers Division Council||2017 - 2020|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Co-Chair - Education Committee||2016 - 2020|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Bar Leadership Initiative||2016 - 2017|
|Boston Bar Association||Co-Chair - Massachusetts Practice and Procedure Committee||2014 - 2014|
|Boston College Journal of Law & Social Justice||Articles Editor||2006 - 2008|
|JD Supra||Does Your Business Contract With the Federal Government? Here’s What You Need to Know About New COVID Vaccine Rules||2021|
|The Legal Intelligencer||"Is Your Employee Handbook Up to Date? Compare It With This Checklist"||2018|
|The Legal Intelligencer||"Tune Up FMLA Compliance With Top 10 Dos and Don'ts"||2017|
|Law360||"1st Circ. Rules $12M NIH Fraud Suit Had Its Chance"||2015|
|Law360||"Hospitals Want NIH Research Grant FCA Suit Tossed"||2013|
|"For the Defense" (Defense Research Institute)||"The New ADA Regulations: Changes and Potential Impact" (coauthor)||2012|
|melicklaw.com||"Mode of Operation"||2011|
|Excess and Umbrella Insurance State-by-State Compendium (Defense Research Institute)||Chapters on New Hampshire & Rhode Island (coauthor)||2011|
|Boston College Law School||J.D.||2008|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Wage & Hour Update 2021||2021|
|Bench-Bar Conference||I Like ‘Big Data’ and I Cannot Lie: How Numbers Can, and Should, Affect the Practice of Law in the Future (moderator)||2018|
|Boston Bar Association||Discovery Disputes (co-chair)||2014|
|Boston Bar Association||Beyond the Basics of the Litigation Cycle: Written Discovery||2013|
|myLawCLE||Civil Litigation: An Introduction to the Basics, the Rules and the Quirks of Practice||2013|
|Boston Association of Claims Executives||Closing the Deal (Mediation Strategy) (co-presenter)||2012|
|Volunteer Lawyers Project||Handling a Bankruptcy||2011|
|St. Clair Hospital v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review||The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decided that our client's former employee was not eligible for unemployment benefits.|
|Kilnapp Enterprises, Inc. v. Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association||The Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed the dismissal of all claims against our clients.|
|Copeland v. Road to Responsibility||The Massachusetts Superior Court allowed our motion to dismiss all claims against our client.|
|United States ex rel. Jones v. Brigham & Women's Hospital||The First Circuit affirmed a jury verdict we obtained in favor of our clients.|
|Cynosure, Inc. v. Davit||The Massachusetts Superior Court denied the plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction, and refused to impose employment restrictions on our clients.|
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