Pittsburgh Criminal Attorney Michael P. Petro obtained his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. During law school, served as president of the Criminal Law Society and received awards in Client Counseling. Pittsburgh Criminal Attorney Michael P. Petro interned with Judge Gustave Diamond of the United States District Court and clerked for the Washington County District Attorney. For twenty years, he practiced with Seewald, Swartz & Associates and Seewald, Mielnicki & Petro, as well as with his father, Paul M. Petro, former Assistant District Attorney of Washington County. Currently, Pittsburgh Criminal Attorney Michael P. Petro maintains offices in Allegheny and Washington Counties, although he handles cases in all of the counties of Western Pennsylvania and in Federal Court in Pittsburgh, Erie, and Johnstown. His practice areas include:
Attorney Michael P. Petro has successfully defended charges ranging from Manslaughter, Drug Delivery Resulting in Death, DUIs, Burglaries, and Possession with Intent to Deliver. Attorney Michael P. Petro benefits from the forty-plus years his father served as an Assistant District Attorney to properly develop all available defenses through detailed cross-examination at preliminary hearings, the filing of thorough omnibus/ suppression and other pre-trial motions, and the willingness to pursue cases through trial. Pittsburgh Criminal Attorney Michael P. Petro has appeared before magistrates and judges in all of the counties of Western Pennsylvania.
Throughout his career, Attorney Michael P. Petro has obtained six figure settlements in cases involving tractor-trailer accidents and aggravation of pre-existing medical conditions, such as degenerative conditions of the neck/back/hip and fibromyalgia. Some of his cases have involved determining Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage, litigating exclusions contained in insurance policies, and the scientific reconstruction of accidents. Attorney Michael P. Petro regularly consults with physicians to counter the opinions of physicians retained by insurance companies and to properly develop the medical component of injuries/conditions to obtain the highest recovery possible.
Attorney Michael P. Petro has also obtained resolutions in cases involving the negligent operation of cemeteries, nursing/personal care homes, or the production of pharmaceuticals and taken numerous cases to trial or settlement involving slip and falls, inadequate warnings for gym equipment or recreational displays, and the negligent entrustment of motor vehicles. Attorney Michael P. Petro has pursued recoveries for medical, dental, and hospital malpractice ranging from the failure to diagnose cancer to the failure to prevent bed sores.
Workers Compensation/Social Security Disability
Attorney Michael P. Petro has litigated work injury cases for six figure recoveries. These cases ranged from falling elevator doors to the negligent performance of work-related surgeries to lifting too much weight on the job. Attorney Michael P. Petro has pursued the failure of employers and their insurance companies to recognize work injuries, to pay for required surgeries and medications, and to make modified/light duty work available, resulting in the award of attorneys fees in addition to wage and medical benefits. Attorney Michael P. Petro has obtained lump sum settlements in conjunction with the approval of set-aside agreements to preserve Social Security Disability benefits, in an area of practice also engaged in, winning Social Security appeal hearings involving back/neck injuries, heart conditions, and pulmonary disorders.
Attorney Petro’s litigation background has enabled him to successfully pursue cases of malicious prosecution and excessive force against the police under Federal Civil Rights laws and violations of various other laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Has obtained settlements for the misidentification and defamation of individuals in connection with criminal investigations and their subsequent display on television.
Attorney Michael P. Petro has handled cases involving the equitable distribution of property, the pursuit/defense of alimony and child support, and the pursuit/defense of child custody. He has litigated cases involving few marital assets to the cases involving the distribution of closely-held shares of privately-held companies. Attorney Michael P. Petro has pursued/defended the award of alimony and/or child support involving income/earning capacities of physicians, attorneys, stockholders, and real estate executives. Understands the Divorce Code and the tactics required to resolve cases in a cost-effective manner.
Attorney Michael P. Petro has also handled estate matters ranging from the preparation of wills, powers of attorneys, and probate petitions to the litigation of cases involving trusts and the distribution of life insurance proceeds and real estate, including oil and natural gas rights.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1991)
University of Pittsburgh
- Third Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- Supreme Court of the State of Pennsylvania
- American Bar Association
- Trial Lawyers of America
Contact Info – Michael P. Petro
Phone – 412-330-1000
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