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Commercial Law and Litigation

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Insurance Law and Litigation

Intellectual Property Law and Litigation

Technology Law


Duquesne University School of Law, J.D. (1991)

The Pennsylvania State University, B.A. (1988)

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Steven W. Zoffer


Two PPG Place, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-5402
T: 800-243-5412
D: 412-281-7272
F: 888-811-7144

Steven W. Zoffer is a shareholder and the Secretary/Treasurer of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote P.C. His practice focuses on business litigation, including the areas of technology, intellectual property, contracts/collection, general corporate law, higher education law, insurance company law, and franchise and appellate practice, with a particular emphasis in commercial litigation.

Mr. Zoffer chairs the firm's Technology Law Group, Corporate Services Group, and Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Group and co-chairs the Commercial Law and Litigation Group. He provides litigation and non-litigation legal services to Pittsburgh, regional and national companies, including defending and pursuing lawsuits in the state and federal courts as well as providing various business agreements, employment contracts, consulting services, licensing, security, and joint venture agreements. He also conducts private and court-appointed mediations, which include successfully mediating multi-million dollar commercial development disputes arising out of the Pittsburgh Southside Works Project. 

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  2019 "Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – Real Estate for Pittsburgh
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, and Litigation – Real Estate
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® 2004, 2008–2010 and 2013–2018
  • America's Most Honored Professionals Award
  • American Registry of Outstanding Professionals

Representative Matters:

  • Jury defense verdict obtained on behalf of national educational institution in mass tort claim involving multiple deaths and significant personal injuries
  • Obtained jury defense verdict on behalf insurance carrier in bad faith litigation
  • Defense jury verdict on behalf of a municipal entity in construction litigation
  • Jury defense verdict obtained in franchise litigation on behalf of oil and gas company
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment and dismissal of university in on-campus shooting incident involving multiple plaintiffs
  • Multi-million dollar judgment obtained on behalf of class action plaintiffs in oil and gas securities dispute
  • Achieved multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of insurance carrier in a successor liability litigation matter involving multiple insureds
  • Representation of universities and colleges in negligence, employment and tenure cases
  • Successful defense and resolution of significant contract claims on behalf of technology-based business
  • Prosecution of intellectual property claims on behalf of national food and beverage distribution company
  • Successful defenses and resolutions on behalf of national manufacturing companies, as well as international manufacturers
  • Obtained favorable jury verdict in multi-million dollar liability case involving business torts on behalf of international conglomerate/electric services provider
  • Successful prosecution of breach of contract claim on behalf of local manufacturing entity against international software manufacturer

Speaking Engagements:

  • “The Legal Issues Making Headlines - Key Developments in Commercial Law and Litigation Updates” (Co-Presenter), DMC Commercial Law and Litigation Group CLE Seminar, 11/20/2014
  • “Commercial Litigation:  Strategies and Objectives” (Co-Presenter), Pennsylvania CLE, 10/17/2013


  • The National Journal of Environmental Regulation; Property and Casualty Insurance Magazine; and Insurance Advocate® (Contributing Author)

Admissions and Licenses:

  • Pennsylvania Bar Admission
  • District of Columbia Bar Admission
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania  
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit  
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit  
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania 


  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Pittsburgh Technology Council

Community Involvement:

  • Allegheny County District Attorney's Office – Appellate Division, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1989-1990)
  • Harmony Hospice Foundation (Board Member)
  • Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office (1990–1991)
  • The Pennsylvania State University College of Liberal Arts (Board Member)
  • U.S. Attorney General’s Office – Special Prosecutions Division (1988)
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Board of Immigration Appeals, Washington D.C. (1989)


  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law (1991); Juris Law Journal (Editor-in-Chief); recipient of “Most Distinguished Student” award in graduating class
  • B.A., The Pennsylvania State University (1988), Political Science/Business
  • The American University/Pre-Law Program