About the WPTLA…

The purpose for which the WPTLA and its western Pennsylvania predecessors were organized was to promote, improve and advance the common interest of all members in the causes of trial advocacy, trial by jury and in encouraging fellowship and understanding between the members of the bar and the members of the judiciary.
WPTLA strives to be a voice for injured victims and to uphold and defend their rights under the American legal system, including trial by jury.
The objective of the association is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to advance the cause of trial advocacy through education, training, and publications, to uphold the dignity of the profession of the law, to encourage fellowship and understanding between the members of the bar and the members of the judiciary, and to improve the adversary system while advancing the cause of trial by jury and the rights of our clients.

A statement from WPTLA…

WPTLA joins the many concerned people everywhere in condemning police brutality and its impact upon all, including those in minority and diverse areas.  WPTLA hopes that the message of the vast majority of protesters who are peacefully looking for reforms will have their concerns heard by elected officials. We look forward to reform that can occur within the civil justice system such as an end or modification of the “qualified immunity” defense which blunts the effectiveness of available civil remedies. We also hope to see an increase in juror diversity in civil cases.




  • Daniel Joseph
  • Michael D. Ferguson
  • Michael H. Rosenzweig
  • Elizabeth A. Chiappetta
  • Edward H. Walter
  • Joseph Massaro
  • Mitchell H. Dugan
  • Paul A. Lagnese
  • John P. Goodrich
  • Tim Riley
  • Patrick L. Sullivan
  • Not-Pictured-WPTLA
    David C. Moran
  • Gregory R. Unatin
  • Nathaniel B. Smith
  • Dorothy J. Dohanics
  • Jepthah M. Orstein
  • Merle K. Mermelstein
  • Terrence M. Ging
  • Frank G. Verterano
  • Carl R. Schiffman
  • Rudolph L. Massa
  • Thomas C. Baumann
  • Colin Morgan
  • Karesa M. Rovnan
  • Robert F. Daley
  • David P. Chervenick
  • Kelly M. Tocci
  • Benjamin W. Schweers
  • Shawn Kressley
  • James W. Manolis
  • Alan H. Perer
  • Kila B. Baldwin
  • James E. DePasquale
  • Bernard R. Rizza
  • Kelton M. Burgess
  • David I. Ainsman
  • John E. Quinn
  • Jerry I. Meyers
  • Dallas W. Hartman
  • Joshua P. Geist
  • Richard G. Talarico
  • Richard C. Levine
  • Grant C. Travis
  • Alan L. Pepicelli
  • Chad McMillen
  • Edgar M. Snyder
  • Matthew T. Logue
  • Anthony J. D'Amico
  • Mark Homyak
    Mark J. Homyak
  • Dallas M. Hartman
  • Joseph A. George
  • Louis M. Tarasi, Jr.
  • Cynthia M. Danel
  • David M. Landay
  • Sean J. Carmody
  • Samuel L. Mack
  • Not-Pictured-WPTLA
    Richard J. Catalano
  • Russell J. Bopp
  • Caitlin M. Harrington
  • Richard W. Epstein
  • Cindy Stine
  • Bryan S. Neiderhiser
  • Craig E. Frischman
  • Dennis A. Liotta
  • Jon R. Perry
  • John R. Kane
  • Elizabeth M. Tarasi
  • Erin K. Rudert
  • Neil R. Rosen
  • Rhett Cherkin
  • Jeremy J. Davis
  • Joseph R. Froetschel
  • Eric Purchase
  • Samuel J. Davis
  • George Kontos
  • Gregory M. Rosatelli
  • Bruce S. Gelman
  • Jonathan Stewart
  • James T. Davis
  • Veronica A. Richards
  • Peter D. Giglione
  • PC-Tim Conboy
    Timothy Conboy
  • Mark E. Milsop
  • Andrew J. Leger, Jr.
  • Jason E. Matzus
  • Bruce E. Mattock
  • Thomas S. Talarico
  • Jason M. Lichtenstein
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    Julian Gray
  • Marco S. Attisano
  • Paul J. Giuffre
  • Lawrence M. Kelly
  • Joseph P. Moschetta
  • Troy M. Frederick
  • Thomas E. Crenney
  • James R. Jeffries
  • Kenneth G. Fawcett
  • Gianni Floro
  • Not-Pictured-WPTLA
    Robert Varsek
  • Harry M. Paras
  • Michael W. Calder
  • Not-Pictured-WPTLA
    Patrick J. Loughren
  • Shelley Elovitz
  • Harry S. Cohen
  • Craig Murphey
  • James G. Bordas III
  • Richard M. Rosenthal
  • Jennifer L. Webster
  • Richard J. Schubert
  • Keith R. McMillen
  • PC-Larry Chaban
    Lawrence R. Chaban
  • Michael J. Gallucci
  • Sandra S. Neuman
  • Daniel J. Sammel
  • Bernard C. Caputo
  • Victor H. Pribanic
  • Charles F. Bowers, Jr.
  • G. Clinton Kelley
  • William F. Goodrich
  • John A. Caputo
  • Louis B. Loughren
  • Renee A. Metal
  • John P. Gismondi
  • Charles F. Bowers III
  • Bradley E. Holuta
  • Andrew G. Rothey
  • Thomas A. Will
  • Janice M. Savinis
  • Phillip L. Clark, Jr.
  • Michael J. D'Amico
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    Christopher M. Miller
  • Scott L. Melton
  • James T. Tallman


The WPTLA is actively involved in community service based projects around the Pittsburgh community. Learn More about our work with the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers, Habitat for Humanity, and other projects… WPTLA & Community Service >

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