Gerard J. Cipriani

Gerard J. Cipriani

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 563-2080

Gerard J. Cipriani, Esquire, is a 1975 Honors graduate of the University of Scranton and received his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 1978.

Mr. Cipriani is a member of all Pennsylvania State Courts, the United States District Court for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and has successfully practiced before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association. In addition, he is a member of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, the Defense Research Institute, and a Founding Member of the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys. Since 1986, Mr. Cipriani has been a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, an invitation only group limited to 270 litigators practicing in a County of several thousand lawyers.

Mr. Cipriani's practice is primarily in the commercial litigation arena representing the construction industry, businesses, the transportation industry and their insurers. He also acts as President and Managing Partner of the Firm and has presided over the growth and direction of the organization.

Mr. Cipriani is also a licensed real estate broker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has been a material participant in real estate development projects ranging from single-family homes to big box retail centers. As such, he is experienced in all types of construction litigation matters from subsurface development issues to structural matters, whether litigated in the civil courts or arbitration settings.

He is also recognized as a Special Master in Allegheny County's Expedited Resolution Program, a Federal Court Mediator and a Member of the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Cipriani resides in Upper St. Clair with his wife, Louise, and has four adult children, A. James, Justin, Christian and Jarred

Year Joined Firm

  • 1985

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • DRAM Shop Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Labor Employment
  • Motor Carrier
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Premises Liability
  • Securities Litigation
  • Long-term Care
  • General Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Oil and Gas
  • Product Liability

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania


  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 1978
    • Honors: Appellate Moot Court Program
    • Honors: Chair, Appellate Moot Court Board 1977 and 1978
  • University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania - 1975

Representative Clients

  • American International Group
  • Kemper Group
  • Lloyds of London
  • Pettit-Morry
  • Transamerica Insurance Company
  • United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company
  • USIA

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Member
  • Pittsburgh Claims Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Association for Ski Defense Attorneys, Member
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • County's Expedited Resolution Program, Special Master
  • American Arbitration Association, Member