Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts

Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys - General Defense

525 William Penn Place, Suite 3110, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

Established: 1902

Practice Areas

  • Construction Defect
  • Employment Practices
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Subrogation
  • Agent/Broker and other Professional Liability
  • Toxic Tort/Asbestos Defense
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • School Leaders Liability
  • Property and Casualty Loss
  • Title Defect
  • Cyber Security/Breach Protocol

About Us

Today, insureds and their carriers face an ever-increasing range of risks in the claims environment such that predictability and effective risk management strategies are key. Insurers must reduce risks, eliminate unknowns, control claim expenses and deliver results. Exceptional service fosters trust and respect with their insureds. At GRB, we strive to provide that same level of exceptional service and will work diligently to foster mutual trust and respect with not only the insureds, but also the carriers. We strive to be the value added proposition resolving claims and disputes within acceptable risk estimates and litigation budgets. The litigation group at GRB focuses on efficient risk management and reduction strategies to reach the desired result. Our lawyers are consistently recognized for their expertise in crafting litigation solutions to meet and exceed communicated goals. We manage risks, evaluate claims and, where necessary, try cases in every county in Western and Middle Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. We have handled all types of insured risks, focus on your goals and develop strategies to reach them within budget.

Additional Locations

  • Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Waterfront Corporate Park
  • 2100 Georgetowne Drive, Suite 300
  • Sewickley, Pennsylvania 15143-8782
    • Telephone: 724-935-4777
    • Fax: 724-935-4123
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1425 Spruce Street, Suite 100
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
    • Telephone: 215-735-1910
    • Fax: 215-735-1618
    • Toll Free: 866-677-5970

Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Assisted Living Concepts, Inc.
  • Brookdale Senior Living
  • Cascade Helmets, Inc.
  • CenturyLink/The United Telephone Company
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • County of Allegheny
  • CSE Corporation
  • Extendicare Health Services, Inc.
  • Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Schutte Inc.
  • Shore Corporation
  • West Penn Energy Services

Personnel Information


Jaime N. Doherty

Pittsburgh, PA

Years of Experience: 16

  • Pennsylvania, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2012
Additional Biographical Details:

Panel Presenter: "Diversity in Alternative Dispute Resolution," Women's Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania, October 2018 and “ADR Neutrals' Disclosures: Do they meet party expectations and are they effective to ensure against actual and apparent conflicts?,” Women’s Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania, May, 2017; Presenter: "Cyber-Security Insurance: Is it Worth the Risk?," 2018 Fall Conference of Townships, Boroughs & Authorities, September 2018 and "Negotiating Indemnification, Representations, Warranties and More in Business Contracts: Contract Negotiation: Tips, Trends and Other Key Considerations,” NBI, February 2018

Jaime is a Shareholder and Director, serving as the current Chair of the firm’s Litigation Group. She practices in the areas of products, professional, employment practices and premises liability, personal injury, commercial/construction defect, and insurance coverage. She advises clients on risk management and allocation, early evaluation, investigations, indemnity and ADR options. She is panel counsel for several insurance carriers, and works with carriers and third party administrators to narrow, more clearly define, and defend claims of all kinds and types. Jaime thinks “outside the box,” recognizing that not every problem has the same formula to reach a solution. 
Jaime’s clients include insured individuals and corporations, insurance carriers, title insurers, elected officials and governmental entities, developers, architects, regional contractors and subcontractors and closely held businesses. 
Jaime has successfully represented clients in jury and non-jury trials in courtrooms across Pennsylvania. She has also successfully litigated complex construction claims before the American Arbitration Association. 
Jaime is a regular presenter at various local, regional and national conferences and at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She has written and presented on the subjects of the Fair Share Act and its implications for tort litigation in Pennsylvania, public contracting and construction claims negotiation, securing insurance coverage, autonomous vehicles and cybersecurity risks and breach protocol.
  • American (Forum on Construction Industry), Pennsylvania and Allegheny County (Civil Litigation and Construction Law Sections) Bar Associations
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance ((Litigation Management Institute, Graduate of the Inaugural Class; Former President, Western Pennsylvania Chapter)
  • Sports and Fitness Industry Association
  • Pennsylvania Claims Association
  • National Association of Women in Construction
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Author: “Driverless/Autonomous Vehicle Law: A PA Perspective,” GRBInsight, 2017
  • "2013 Brings New Reporting Requirements for Public Projects," GRBInsight, 2013
  • "Hot Topics in Products Liability Law," DRI Products Liability Update, 2011
  • "Negotiating a Better Contract with your Architect - Key Strategies to Consider in Public Contracting," GRBInsight, 2009
  • "One Year Old Fair Share Act's Impact Upon Tort Litigation in Pennsylvania," GRB Insight, 2012
  • "The Socratic Method Meets the Information Age," The Legal Intelligencer and, 2010
  • Boston College, A.B., 1999
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 2002

Stephen A. Hall

Pittsburgh, PA

  • Pennsylvania, 1999
  • New York, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2012
Additional Biographical Details:

Presentations: PBI: "Fundamentals of Civil Practice," June 2008; "Transportation Law Update - Rail Panel - Pittsburgh & Philadelphia," April 2016; NARTC: "Representative Job Duties in Repetitive Stress Litigation," Feb. 2008; "How to Present the Statute of Limitations to a Jury," July 2011; "A Primer on Preclusion of Locomotive Design Claims," Oct. 2011; "Kurns and LIA Preclusion in Ride Quality Cases," Sept. 2012; "Panelist on Fundamentals of FELA, SAA, LIA, and FRSA," July 2015; Invited by Class 1 Railroad Client to Speak at its Annual Medical Meeting, Jan. 2008; NARTC Co-Presentation with Experton Case Study - Nighttime Collision," Oct. 2015

Stephen is a Shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Group and practices in the areas of commercial, real estate, and professional liability, as well as personal injury, products, and premises liability. Stephen’s clients include insurance carriers, title agencies, survey professionals, subcontractors and small businesses. Stephen also continues to represent Railroads in litigation as well. With over 10 years of experience representing railroads nationwide, Stephen has defended Class I and short line railroad clients in occupational injury, grade crossing and wrongful death cases brought under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), the Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA) and the Safety Appliance Act (SAA). Stephen has also assisted Class I railroads during catastrophic events, under the jurisdiction of the National Transportation Safety Board.
  • American (Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section), Pennsylvania (Legal Services for Exceptional Children and Persons with Disabilities Committees), New York State and Allegheny County Bar Associations
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1996
  • Ohio Northern University, J.D., 1999


Matthew C. Fergus

Pittsburgh, PA

  • Pennsylvania, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2010
Matt joins GRB after spending two years as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Joy Flowers Conti of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. As Law Clerk to Judge Conti, Matt was responsible for coordinating all aspects of civil and criminal litigation, briefing the court on complicated legal issues, and drafting opinions and memoranda. While with the Federal District Court, Matt gained extensive experience and expertise in Complex Litigation, Class Actions, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law.

Matt works in the areas of complex litigation, employment, and civil rights litigation. Matt also advises insurance carriers on coverage implications, conflicts of law, and bad faith. Prior to his practice of law, Matt was the director of a nonprofit organization serviing at-risk youth and their families.
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Harvard University, A.B., 1992
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D. (cum laude, Dean's List), 2007
CALI Excellence for the Future Award; Certificate of Study in Civil Litigation

Lisa M. Siefert

Pittsburgh, PA

  • Pennsylvania, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

Presenter: "Cyber-Security: Is it Worth the Risk?," 2018 Fall Conference of Townships, Boroughs & Authorities, September 2018

Lisa is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. Her practice focuses in the areas of labor and employment, construction, products liability and toxic tort. She has mediation and trial experience in various areas of the law, including employment discrimination law under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as well as all facets of Personal Injury Litigation, including motor vehicle accidents, and premise and products liability claims. Lisa advises clients on risk allocation and management in Commercial and Construction Litigation, Education and Municipal Law, and Subrogation.

Lisa taught a professional development course at the Pennsylvania State University.

A 2005 graduate of Saint Vincent College, Lisa earned a B.A., cum laude, in Public Policy Analysis, with a minor in Spanish. She was awarded the George Washington Fellowship and honored for Academic Excellence in Public Policy Analysis. She attended the Duquesne University School of Law, earning her JD, cum laude, in 2008. 

Lisa is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania State courts, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • American Association for Justice
  • Author: "How the Department of Labor's New Overtime Law Will Affect You," GRBInsight, 2016
  • Saint Vincent College, B.A. (cum laude), 2005
  • Duquesne University, J.D., 2008

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