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Joseph F. Butcher

Member

General Commercial and Tort Litigation: Contractual disputes, business torts, construction, civil rights, insurance, and other general liability litigation

Employment: discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour litigation, counseling of employers and clients on employment practices, and employee mobility issues.

Representation of licensed professionals, including of accountants, engineers, pharmacists, and other licensed professions in malpractice claims and disciplinary proceedings.

Personal Injury matters, including products liability, toxic torts, premises liability, and motor vehicle and transportation accidents.

Representation of property owners, design professionals, and contractors in various issues, including payment issues and disputes, mechanic’s liens, defect litigation, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and public accommodation litigation, and property tax assessment matters.

Appellate practice.

Member: Emerging Leaders Tocqueville Committee and Tocqueville Society Member, United Way of Allegheny County

Education

  • Undergraduate:
     Westminster College (Pa)., B.A. English and History, 1997
  • Law School:
     Case Western Reserve University (cum laude), 2000

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association (President of Western District of Pennsylvania Chapter and Government Relations Liaison)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section member)
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • 2016 – 2017: Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2010 through 2015: Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Star

Venue Experience

  • State trial courts and administrative bodies in Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania appellate courts, including several arguments before Pennsylvania Superior Court
  • Federal District Courts of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Significant Matters

  1. Rosser International, Inc. v. Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc. (W.D. Pa. 2013), successfully defended and received summary judgment on behalf of a structural engineer in a claim that it breached a joint defense agreement by failing to pay a pro rata share of all defense costs associated with litigation involving the design and construction of the Petersen Events Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The structural engineering firm had a limited role in providing engineering support for the design and construction of the arena. The architects on the project settled one lawsuit and had a multi-million dollar verdict entered against them in the other lawsuit
  2. Horsehead Corporation v. Allen Paving Company, Inc., (Beaver County, PA 2011), received favorable jury verdict in a damages only trial, wherein client-defendant was found liable for a significant amount less than sought by the plaintiff, including an amount significantly less than testified to by Plaintiff’s forensic accountant.
  3. Swartz v. Windstream Communications, Inc., (W.D. Pa. and Third Circuit 2010), successfully defended defendant-employer against claim of age discrimination and claim pursuant to Fair Labor Standards Act seeking overtime pay, where federal district court granted summary judgment to employer. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the federal district court’s ruling.
  4. Diem v. Cross Creek Resort, Inc., (Venango County, PA and Pennsylvania Superior Court 2010), successfully defended golf resort from personal injury claim alleging defective condition of walkway area that included allegedly defective landscape timbers that plaintiff asserted caused him to slip and fall. Summary judgment from trial court and affirmed by Pennsylvania Superior Court upon appeal by the plaintiff).
  5. Ellis Asphalt Paving, Inc. v. Scott Township Apartments Limited Partnership, (Allegheny County, PA 2009), successfully defended apartment complex owner from mechanic’s lien filed by subcontractor, when general contractor that was paid by property owner for paving work failed to pay his subcontractor. Initially, reduced claim amount by obtaining partial payment from general contractor to subcontractor through legal proceedings and then had claim stricken by court on preliminary objections.
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