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Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.

Two PPG Place, Suite 400, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-5402

Established: 1906

Practice Areas

  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Bad Faith
  • Casualty
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Energy
  • Labor and Employment
  • Excess and Reinsurance
  • Extra-Contractual Litigation
  • Insurance Agents
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medicare Set-Aside Practice
  • Municipal Liability
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Surety
  • Transportation
  • Trucking
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Workers' Compensation

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About Us

The right legal team is critical to seize opportunities, avoid risk, and keep your business successful. Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote is that team. We have protected the professional and personal interests of our clients for over 100 years. Our high-performance, results-oriented professionals deliver proactive counsel based on in-depth knowledge of legal precedents, trends and regulatory shifts. Whether the situation requires subtle negotiation or aggressive action, we’ve been there before. Our standard: to ensure you’re further ahead at the end of the day. It’s the same standard by which we want you to judge us–every day, in every legal matter impacting your business.

For more than a century, Dickie McCamey has offered client-centered service focused on results. More than offering legal counsel on demand, we provide proactive guidance from advisors versed in the complexities of both law and business. Our attorneys actively advise local, regional, national and international businesses, nonprofits and health care organizations. We are committed to delivering not only responsive service, but results-oriented action.

Over the years, our trial work and our commitment to strong attorney-client relationships have enabled us to grow into the firm we are today: flexible, efficient and respected, with the resources to meet or exceed your expectations for risk prevention, responsive partnering and bottom-line value. Whether you manage an established enterprise or a new venture, whether you seek legal counsel for your business or for personal matters, the attorneys of Dickie McCamey are poised to act now in your best interests. Our work as skillful litigators, business-savvy advisors and innovative problem solvers means you get the answers, advice and representation you need, when you need them.

We believe in taking an active role in your business success, helping you anticipate and prevent potential problems, partnering with you to resolve legal issues and delivering the highest level of value for your legal dollars.

The best corporate and business law strategies are those that guide companies and employees in acting responsibly and in full compliance with the law. At Dickie McCamey, we work closely with our clients to develop practices, policies and programs that help prevent legal missteps and violations from occurring in the first place. Our focus on prevention encompasses corporate compliance in the areas of business, environmental, employment and health law. It also extends to carefully drafted contracts and agreements, and comprehensive growth and succession plans. Not only do these strategies assist clients by minimizing conflict, risk, and costly legal disputes, they serve as proof of due diligence, which can substantially reduce organizational and individual liability.

We know that your relationship with your legal advisor is essential to your business, success and personal security. You need an attorney you can count on to deliver prompt service and accurate answers. Someone who will consult with you on your legal issues and questions, quickly advise you on the best course of action and work with you to obtain a successful outcome. Each of our attorneys is committed to being that trusted resource for his or her clients. At Dickie McCamey, we think of ourselves as your partners. Your legal needs are ours to address, your problems ours to solve. When conflicts arise, we are diligent in resolving them, whether through out-of court negotiation, mediation or vigorous litigation. Our attorneys are given the individual freedom and flexibility to craft working relationships and legal strategies tailored to their clients’ needs and goals. For you, that means faster responses, more efficient processes and services properly scaled to the scope of each matter. Ultimately, it means greater quality and value.

Through world wars, the Great Depression and changes in business that no one could predict, our firm has endured. We have grown over the past 100 years because we are committed to providing the highest levels of legal service to businesses and individuals. Dickie McCamey has quadrupled in size. This depth of resources and breadth of service capabilities means our clients consistently receive the most appropriate legal guidance in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

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Client Information

Representative Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information

Practice Group Leaders (Insurance-Related)


Robert J. Marino

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1979
  • West Virginia, 1993
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Insurance Law and Litigation; Co-Presenter, 2012 Best Podcast "How Insurers Can Deal with Bad Faith Matters"

Education:
  • Duquesne University, B.A., 1973
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1979

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Charles G. Brown

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1983
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Workers' Compensation

Education:
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1978
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1983

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Joseph S.D. Christof, II

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1974
  • West Virginia, 1993
  • Ohio, 2001
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Environmental Law, Professional Liability Defense; Co-Chair, Commercial Law and Litigation

Education:
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1970
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1974

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William D. Clifford

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1981
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Alternate Dispute Resolution; Co-Chair, Construction Law

Education:
  • Bucknell University, B.S., 1978
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1981

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John C. Conti

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1978
  • California, 1985
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Medical Malpractice Defense; President and Chief Executive Officer

Education:
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1975
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1978

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Brett W. Farrar

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1997
  • District of Columbia, 1999
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Appellate

Education:
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1990
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1996

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Richard J. Federowicz

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1977
  • West Virginia, 2008
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Estate Planning and Administration

Education:
  • Lehigh University, B.S., 1974
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1977

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Samuel R. Grego

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1981
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy

Education:
  • Carnegie Mellon University, B.S., 1978
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1981

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Christopher T. Lee

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1991
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Food and Beverage Industry; Pittsburgh Office Shareholder-in-Charge

Education:
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1988
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1991

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Thomas H. May

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1977
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Employment and Labor Law

Education:
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1974
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1977

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James R. Miller

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1972
  • West Virginia, 2002
Additional Biographical Details:

Co-Chair, Toxic Tort

Education:
  • New York University, B.A., 1969
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1972

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Richard C. Polley

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1981
  • West Virginia, 1992
  • Ohio, 1998
  • New York, 2006
Additional Biographical Details:

Co-Chair, Toxic Tort

Education:
  • Allegheny College, B.S., 1978
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1981

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Rodger L. Puz

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1992
  • West Virginia, 2002
  • Ohio, 2014
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Energy; Firm General Counsel

Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1983
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1992

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Christopher D. Stofko

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1998
  • West Virginia, 2004
Additional Biographical Details:

Co-Chair, Toxic Tort

Education:
  • Washington & Jefferson College, B.A., 1995
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1998

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Harlan S. Stone

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1979
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Municipal Law

Education:
  • Brown University, B.A., 1976
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1979

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W. Alan Torrance, Jr.

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1987
Additional Biographical Details:

Co-Chair, Construction Law; Firm Marketing Director

Education:
  • Washington & Jefferson College, B.A., 1984
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1987

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Edward M. Vavro, Jr.

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1997
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Transportation Law

Education:
  • Duquesne University, B.A., 1993
  • The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1997

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Jeffrey T. Wiley

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1978
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Corporate Compliance; Firm Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer

Education:
  • Westminster College, B.A., 1975
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1978

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Nancy R. Winschel

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1981
  • West Virginia, 2011
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Product Liability

Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1977
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1981

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Steven W. Zoffer

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1991
  • District of Columbia, 1992
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Corporate Services, Intellectual Property Law and Litigation, and Technology Law Groups; Co-Chair, Commercial Law and Litigation; Firm Secretary and Treasurer

Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1988
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1991

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Shareholders



Benjamin M. Basista

Pittsburgh, PA

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2003
Additional Biographical Details:

Chair, Medicare Compliance

Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 2000
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2003

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Frederick W. Bode, III

Amy J. Brinkos

Max T. Busatto

Shannan Noe Cerrone

Howard A. Chajson

Timothy J. Chiappetta

Scott D. Clements

Lisa D. Dauer

Robert G. Del Greco, Jr.

Michael S. Faber

Michael P. Flynn

Sally Frick

Justin M. Gottwald

Douglas M. Grimsley

J.R. Hall

Stephen M. Houghton

Anthony Jesko

J. Lawson Johnston

George P. Kachulis

James P. Killeen

Maureen Kowalski

Christopher A. Lovato

Joseph L. Luvara

J. Brian Lynn

Rebecca J. Maziarz

Gregory C. Michaels

Jason L. Ott

Aaron M. Ponzo

Kristen Hock Prex

Anthony J. Rash

Ralph J. Saunders, Jr.

Vincent Scaglione, Jr.

Vaughn K. Schultz

John R. Seeds

Timothy R. Stevenson

Peter T. Stinson

Marcelle M. Theis

Andrew T. Tillapaugh

Albert P. Veverka

Adam J. Warhola

Christopher J. Watson

Dennis A. Watson

Jeffrey J. Wetzel

Ann Michailenko Wilson

J. David Ziegler

Jesse J. Zirillo

Jason J. Zivkovic


Articles

The Fine Art of Deciding not to Settle Within Policy Limits by Charles E. Haddick, Jr.

Travelers Does Not Owe Pharmaceutical Company Defense, Indemnity, in Opioid Suits by Charles E. Haddick, Jr.

Hurricane Bad Faith Survival Kit by Charles E. Haddick, Jr.

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A.M. Best Podcast - How Insurers Can Deal with Bad Faith Matters, Attorneys Charles E. Haddick Jr. and Rob Marino discuss bad faith matters and misconceptions and what insurance companies can do to be pro-active.

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