There are a few lawyers who are no longer in it for the money. They’ve made their mark, and now they’re in it purely for justice. They have a passion for the law and compassion for their clients. They have vision, creativity – and most of all, they care.

Phil is one of those lawyers.

He understands that his clients want three things: to be heard, to be treated fairly, and to get justice. And he works tirelessly to make sure it happens.

Phil’s relentless pursuit of justice has landed him on the list of America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Trial Lawyers named him one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He’s also listed as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers.

Unlike many of his peers, Phil isn’t afraid to go to trial. In fact, he welcomes it. He has represented clients in jury trials for everything from DUIs to first-degree murder. He also has extensive experience representing people charged with drug crimes.

He built his career on passion and hard work.

Even before he had graduated from law school, Phil began practicing law for a special pro bono tax court case – and won. That was in 2001.

Since then, he has been involved in some of the largest criminal cases in Pennsylvania history, including those involving embezzlement, tax fraud and political cases of national interest.

He has handled thousands of criminal cases in both State Court and Federal Court as well as legal matters throughout the U.S.

Phil has a long history of taking on government and law enforcement agencies, so he can quickly cut through the “red tape” that often stalls a criminal case.

These include:

  • United States Attorney’s Office
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS
  • Homeland Security
  • State Police (PA and other states)
  • Allegheny County Police
  • Allegheny County District Attorney detectives
  • Various local law enforcement agencies

Top Areas Of Expertise

  • Federal charges
  • State charges
  • Felony / misdemeanor
  • Drunk driving and DUI
  • Drug offenses
  • Assaults
  • Embezzlement
  • Thefts
  • PFA
  • Pardons/expungement
  • Bail bond reduction


  • America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Listed as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers

Media Experience

  • Legal Analyst at WPXI and PCNC
  • National Guest Contributor on CNN, Fox, Headline News, ABC, CBS and NBC
  • Local analyst and contributor for CBS Radio, WTAE, CBS Television and KQV Radio

Community Affiliations

  • The National Bar Association
  • The National Italian American Bar Association
  • The Allegheny County Bar Association
  • The Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Former special counsel to the Allegheny County Controller
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association


  • Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, Bachelor of Arts
  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA, Juris Doctorate

Contact us:

Suite 1801 Grant Building

310 Grant Street

Pittsburgh, PA


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