(814) 437-2033

Carefully drafted contracts and well-thought-out business relationships go a long way to avoiding unnecessary disputes. But business disputes still happen, and sometimes they end in litigation.

I represent clients mainly in the Court of Common Pleas of Venango County. But I have also represented clients in the Courts of Common Pleas of Allegheny, Cambria, Crawford, Erie, Mercer, and Montgomery Counties and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. I have handled appeals to the Pennsylvania Superior and Commonwealth Courts and to the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. I have also litigated pro hac vice in Florida and Ohio.

My litigation experience includes:

  • Disputes between business owners - disputes among shareholders, partners, and limited-liability company members involving breach of fiduciary duty, oppression or squeeze-out of a minority owner, breach of covenant not to compete, tortious interference with contractual relations, involuntary dissolution, inspection of records, waste, unlawful distribution, fraudulent transfer, fraud, and conspiracy.

  • Employment disputes - disputes between employers and employees concerning breach of contract, unlawful termination, payment or nonpayment of wages, covenants not to compete, and civil service and unemployment compensation appeals.

  • Contract disputes - other disputes involving the interpretation, breach, and enforcement of contracts.

  • Real property disputes - disputes about land and mineral ownership, lease obligations, conflicting boundary lines, trespasses, and rights-of-way.

  • Estate disputes - disputes involving claims of lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence in the making of a last will.

Most of my cases involve a business relationship or a contract. I sometimes handle other cases but generally do not handle criminal, divorce, custody, accident, or personal-injury cases.

Venango County Courthouse, Franklin, Pennsylvania

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser—in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

—Abraham Lincoln
Lecture Notes
(July 1, 1850)

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just.

—Francis Scott Key
The Star Spangled Banner (4th Stanza)
(September 13, 1813)