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PRACTICE AREAS

Elliott & Davis is a full-service law firm. Our talented group of lawyers is divided into key practice groups.

  • Very professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy. Todd Elliott was prompt in his responses and did a great job handling my leasing dispute.

    Commercial Litigation Client
  • Our firm was founded on the principle of delivering exemplary service in a client-focused manner, built upon mutual respect and benefit.

    Todd Elliott, Partner
  • Eric Davis … is a skilled attorney and he has a gift for seeing issues from his client’s perspective. Eric’s sense of fairness is refreshing.

    Business Owner Client
  • Paul, I appreciate your professional services yesterday.  My son conveyed his satisfaction and good impression of you.

    Defense Client
  • I had a great experience working with Elliott & Davis. I was always treated with the utmost respect and professionalism.

    Litigation Client
  • Our mission is to provide our clients with a network of innovative legal solutions, skilled representation and a dedication to customer service.

    Eric Davis, Partner
  • Attorney Elliott truly has a great legal mind. Todd gives all his cases the utmost attention from the most routine matters to complex litigation.

    Peer endorsement, Scott Levine, Esq.
  • Adam, I just wanted to thank you for taking my case. It was the doctor that got him out of the home and you that got me sole guardianship.

    Family Law Client
  • The litigation staff were a pleasure to work with. In the end I received a great settlement and am very happy with my choice of representation.

    Litigation Client

Our Lawyers

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Each lawyer at Elliott & Davis, PC is trained and experienced in a key area of practice. Together, they are able to tackle virtually any challenge and offer significant value. Each of our attorneys shares the firm’s commitment to providing the highest level of client service in a principled, focused, and practical manner.

Eric Davis

Eric Davis

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Biography
Eric is the current Managing Partner at Elliott & Davis. His experience in structuring transactions, including joint ventures, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations makes him a valuable resource to businesses in need of a “strategic lawyer.” Eric concentrates in providing corporate, business and tax counseling to privately-held companies, including representing clients in transactions involving equity and debt financing, formation and start-up, venture capital, sales, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, and information technology.

For years, Eric has helped nonprofits gain tax exempt status and deal with issues confronted by nonprofit boards. Eric is also a recognized expert on nonprofit fundraising and teaches grant writing classes for the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations and has served as a panel expert for the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Eric also has extensive experience in the aspects of real estate transactions, including financing, leasing, development, purchasing and selling real estate. His specialty in this area of the law is using corporate entities to reduce tax and risk exposure.

Education
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.B.A., Katz Graduate School of Business
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Admissions
Pennsylvania

Affiliations
Allegheny County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations
East End Cooperative Ministries
Pittsburgh East Rotary Club

Phone: 412.434.4911 ext 11

E-Mail: eric@elliott-davis.com

Todd Elliott

Todd Elliott

Biography
Attorney Todd Elliott is a Pittsburgh area resident and a litigator by vocation.  Since 1997, he has practiced civil defense litigation in state court proceedings throughout Western Pennsylvania. On the plaintiff side, he has received numerous six figure awards for clients involved in motorcycle and other accidents.  Several of his cases have been deemed “complex” and were handled through a separate division of the courts.

Having worked for two prominent regional firms, Todd’s areas of practice include breach of contract, construction law, mechanic’s liens, injury law (plaintiff and defense), professional negligence (plaintiff and defense), premises liability, unfair trade practices, trade disparagement, defamation, and multi-state litigation. Over the course of his career, Todd has handled mediation of disputes, several trials by jury, and appeals to the Superior and Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  He has also served as an arbitrator in state court and a judge during mock trial competitions at the University of Pittsburgh.

On the defense side, Todd defended the outgoing CEO of Worldcom, Bernard Ebbers, who was sued in Pittsburgh for his alleged role in diminishing the value of Worldcom stock. In another case, Todd represented Nationwide Insurance Company when a group of Nationwide insurance agents broke off from Nationwide and formed a company that competed directly with Nationwide. Nationwide then filed suit in Western Pennsylvania against the former agents who, in turn, counter sued, resulting in a prolonged legal dispute involving claims (and counterclaims) for trade disparagement (defamation) and theft of trade secrets. Todd defended a Colorado corporation on a breach of contract suit filed in Allegheny County. In that case, the lower court dismissed the case based on a lack of jurisdiction and improper venue, and he ultimately argued the case before the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Likewise, in another breach of contract case, Todd represented a Las Vegas company concerning litigation in Pittsburgh.

Todd graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo. He is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, and Phi Beta Kappa (graduated top 10% of class). He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh. 

Todd has significant experience throughout Western Pennsylvania, including not only Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) where he lives, but also the surrounding counties such as Beaver, Washington, and Butler Counties.

Upon graduating from law school, Todd served as a judicial law clerk for The Honorable Peter O. Steege, Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He also sat for and passed the West Virginia bar examination to expand his practice beyond Pennsylvania. Todd is a member of the Allegheny County Bar AssociationPennsylvania Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section), and the American Bar Association.

In addition to civil litigation, Todd also possesses experience representing clients in matters involving divorce, support, custody, PFA, and criminal defense.  He won a custody trial involving a dispute over the child’s religion.  He also won a child support trial which the opposing party appealed to the Superior court, and Todd won again.  The case was profiled in The New York Times. Todd’s closing argument was quoted at length.

Education
B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, University of Buffalo
J.D., Duquesne University School of Law

Admissions
Pennsylvania
West Virginia
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Affiliations
American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association
ACBA Workers Compensation Section
Sewickley Valley YMCA

Speaking Engagements
Cincinnati Insurance Company, Pittsburgh, PA: “Making Sense of Recent Regulatory Changes to HIPAA.” September 2003.
AIG, Moon Township, PA: “First Party Bad Faith Law in Pennsylvania.” August 2001.

Phone: 412.434.4911 ext 18

E-Mail: todd@elliott-davis.com

Sarah Berry

Sarah Berry

Biography
 Sarah Berry focuses her career on helping immigrants from around the world come to the United States. She has experience in employment-based visas, visas for investors, family petitions, permanent residence (green cards), citizenship, deportation (removal) defense, asylum, U visas for victims of crime, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and more. She finds great joy in helping others realize their American Dream. Sarah is dedicated to serving the immigrant communities. She has volunteered for the Pittsburgh Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (PRIAC) in Squirrel Hill. For her work with PRIAC, Duquesne University awarded her the “Pro Bono Award,” in 2008. She has also worked as an Immigrants’ Rights Fellow with the International Institute of the Bay Area in Oakland, California. In 2012, Sarah was listed on the Honor Roll of Attorneys with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco for her work in asylum. Since entering private practice in 2010, Sarah has successfully obtained visas, petitions and citizenship for hundreds of clients. Sarah currently divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While Sarah is admitted to the bars of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, she represents individuals and companies throughout the United States and the world in their immigration matters. Sarah is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Education B.A., Brigham Young University J.D., Duquesne University

Admissions
 Pennsylvania New Jersey

Affiliations
 American Immigration Lawyers Association

Phone: 412.434.4911 ext 28

E-Mail: sarah@elliott-davis.com

Adam Anderson

Adam Anderson

Biography

Attorney Adam Anderson has practiced in Wills and Estates Law and Personal Injuries for a decade. Whether litigating personal injuries on both the defense or the plaintiff’s side, or helping individuals and families through asset protection strategies, you can rest assured Adam has the knowledge and experience to handle your matter with the utmost skill and care.  He handles three main areas of law:

Estates and Trusts.  Adam considers many factors and uses a variety of tools to help protect assets and ensure plans are accomplished. These tools include Wills, a variety of Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, gifting schemes, various Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, and Health Care Declarations. He has administered estates ranging in value up to seven figures and including antique artwork, textiles, collectibles, jewelry, which have include nationally renowned auction houses, real estate, mineral rights, guardianships and wrongful death claims. He has also represented Estate beneficiaries in litigation over several million dollar estates as well as heirs in litigation over family heirlooms.

Civil Litigation – Injuries.  In his personal injury litigation practice, Adam has been designated as both national and regional counsel for a variety of companies over the past decade. He has also been requested to assist and manage mass litigation and law suits in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, and Illinois.

Guardianship Practice.  Adam understands the delicate nature of guardianships.  He has over a decade of experience in this realm and are skilled and caring in understanding the needs of family members when it comes to initiating and assisting in guardianship proceedings.  Whether an elderly loved one needs assistance with daily living and care or an incapacitated child needs a guardianship platform to ensure proper care, rest assured he is dedicated to providing the highest quality services for you and your loved one.

Adam attended undergraduate business school at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. It was at Ohio Northern where he also found his passion for persuasive speaking. Adam continued this passion at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he was selected to serve as an editor on the Journal of Law and Health.

Adam is active in the community serving on a local preschool board of directors, coaching in several youth sports leagues, volunteering his time for various social organizations, and also performing collection work for a local non-profit organization. He and his wife, April, reside in Pine Township with their four children.

Education

B.S.B.A. from Ohio Northern University in 2000.
J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, cum laude, 2004.

Admissions

Pennsylvania
Ohio
West Virginia
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
3rd Circuit Courts of Appeals
6th Circuit Courts of Appeals

Affiliations

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Allegheny County Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
West Virginia Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
THE CHAMBER of Commerce Inc.
Mt. Assisi Academy Preschool, Board Member
Pine Richland Soccer Club, Coach/Volunteer
The International 22a11.2 Foundation, Inc.
Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh

Phone: 412.434.4911 ext 14

E-Mail: adam@elliott-davis.com

Rohit Dharwadkar

Rohit Dharwadkar

Biography

Rohit Dharwadkar concentrates his practice on all aspects of immigration law, ranging from family and employment-related matters to asylum, naturalization, and citizenship matters. With an emphasis on business immigration, including H-1B visas and labor certifications, Rohit has helped bring employers and needed global talent together to insure that businesses can compete successfully in the marketplace and acquire and retain the necessary talent for proper growth and expansion. He speaks Hindi, Marathi, and also has a working knowledge of French. Rohit has represented immigration clients from all over the world.

Prior to joining Elliott and Davis, Rohit practiced law in both Pennsylvania and California at firms that focused exclusively on immigration law matters. Born in India and raised in Southern California, Rohit moved to Pittsburgh with his wife, who is originally from the area, where they have settled and started a family. Rohit is active with the Indian and business communities in the Pittsburgh area, including being a member of the Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) and Pittsburgh Technology Council. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Pittsburgh Subchapter.

Education
B.A., Political Science with International Relations emphasis, University of California, Santa Barbara
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law

Admissions


California
Pennsylvania

Affiliations

Allegheny County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
ACBA Young Lawyers Division
Network of Indian Professionals
California Bar Association

Phone: 412.434.4911 ext 25

E-Mail: rohit@elliott-davis.com

Jared N. Leland

Jared N. Leland

Biography
Jared N. Leland is a partner in the corporate practice of Elliott & Davis
. With over a decade of experience, Jared concentrates his practice 
in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate
 governance, litigation, arts and entertainment, natural resources, and 
strategic business counsel. Jared regularly structures transactions
 involving the acquisition and divestiture of assets, manages corporate legal 
affairs, and counsels clients with respect to capital formation and
 development. Jared was selected to be a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer /
Rising Star in 2008 and 2013. Before joining the firm, Jared was a 
partner in the corporate practice of a Pittsburgh-based law firm and a 
principal of the firm’s business advisory affiliate. He also was spokesman
 and legal counsel for a Washington, DC-based law firm specializing in
 constitutional, federal, and state law litigation.

Education

Boston College (B.A. in Political Science)
The Catholic University of America – Columbus School of Law (J.D.)

Admissions
Pennsylvania
District of Columbia
District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Memberships
Chair of Boston College Alumni Association for Western PA
Pittsburgh Technology Council Arts & Technology Initiative
Executive 
Committee
 Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Catholic Legacy Foundation Outreach and Engagement
 Committee
Freyvogel Family Foundation Board Member

Phone: 412.434.4911 ext 35

E-Mail: Leland@elliott-davis.com

Bill Labovitz

Bill Labovitz

Biography

Bill Labovitz is a veteran civil litigator and business attorney who represents individuals and businesses in the Pittsbugh area. Bill practices in the areas of commercial litigation, business law, employment law, construction litigation, media law, and real estate/HOA law.

Bill has represented his clients in the prosecution and defense of a wide array of litigation matters, including breach of contract, collection cases, fraud claims and other business torts, construction disputes, and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court. He has represented individuals, companies of all sizes, and planned communities in state and federal court, before environmental administrative agencies, and in mediations and arbitrations before FINRA and the American Arbitration Association.

In addition to his role as a litigator, Bill counsels clients on business matters such as the formation of business entities, reviews of commercial contracts, and reviews of employment agreements, including non-competition agreements. Bill also has represented developers, condominium, and homeowner associations in connection with drafting and amending governing documents such as declarations and bylaws; enforcing covenants, rules, and regulations; and collecting unpaid fees and assessments.

Bill has published a number of articles, including: co-author of the Pennsylvania portion of Libel Defense Resource Center (LDRC) 50-State Survey, Media Privacy and Related Law, 1997-2000; co-author of “Attorney-Client Privilege in Individual Bankruptcy Cases…An Emerging Oxymoron?” Commercial Law Journal, Fall 1999; and “Innovation Over Regulation: Newspapers to Self-Police Racks in Pittsburgh,” Media Law Update, March 1999.

Bill lives with his wife and three children in Mt. Lebanon, where he is active in the community. Bill served as chairman of the Lebo Cup recreational soccer program for about 500 children in grades K-12. He is vice president of the Mt. Lebanon Soccer Association. He received the soccer association’s President’s Award in February 2014 in recognition of his leadership skills and work performed for the organization. He also is involved with the Mt. Lebanon Democratic Committee. In addition, Bill is a former board member and president of Tufts University Lawyers Association and is chairman of Tufts University Alumni Admissions Program’s Pittsburgh Committee.

Bill is an adjunct professor at Point Park University where he teaches a media law course. He previously taught at Robert Morris University and at the University of Pittsburgh.
Before becoming an attorney, Bill was a reporter for The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.

Education

B.A. Tufts University
J.D. Boston University School of Law

Admissions

U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit and Sixth Circuit

Affiliations

American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association
Mt. Lebanon Soccer Association
Mt. Lebanon Democratic Committee

Speaking Engagements

CLE seminar at California University of Pennsylvania on the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act, December 2013

Phone: 412.434.4911 ext 24

E-Mail: wlabovitz@elliott-davis.com

Jeffrey Morris

Jeffrey Morris

Biography

Jeffrey T. Morris is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area and has 35 years of experience as an attorney practicing in the areas of intellectual property, bankruptcy, zoning, construction, business and commercial litigation matters in state, federal and bankruptcy courts. He is admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

In the course of his career, Jeff has handled complex business and commercial litigation matters including patent infringement litigation involving tooling equipment utilized in the highway construction industry. He has further represented specialty contractors in construction claims disputes including a large claim by the signage subcontractor to the PNC Park project in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He has also represented project owners, in particular an owner with a claim against the completion contractor in a large Western Pennsylvania senior living development project.

Jeff also has substantial experience on the transactional side in which he has assisted business owners in the negotiation and drafting of commercial finance documents, nondisclosure and noncompete agreements; intellectual property licensing agreements and employment agreements

Jeff has also been a frequent lecturer for the National Business Institute, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Federal Bar Association on commercial litigation and employment law issues. Jeff is a past president of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is a member of the Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Allegheny County (Construction Dispute Resolution Group) and American Bar Associations as well as the American Arbitration Association (Commercial Arbitration Panel).

Education

B.A., University of Pittsburgh
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Admissions

Pennsylvania Supreme Court
West Virginia Supreme Court
Western District of Pennsylvania
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Northern District of West Virginia
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Phone: 412.434.4911 ext 34

E-Mail: morris@elliott-davis.com

Joshua Ciccone

Joshua Ciccone

Biography

Joshua concentrates his practice in the corporate, transactional and securities areas and has represented both private and public companies in a wide range of business transactions including mergers, acquisitions, corporate governance and business planning and structuring. He specializes in working with start-up businesses and regularly structures transactions involving the acquisition and divestiture of assets and advises clients as to general corporate legal affairs with respect to capital formation and development. Before joining the firm, Joshua was an associate in the corporate practice of the Pittsburgh office of a Richmond, Virginia based law firm specializing in start-up companies and cross-border transactions.

Education

Vanderbilt University; Duquesne University (B.A. History & Political Science)

Duquesne University School of Law (JD)

Admissions

Pennsylvania
District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Memberships
Pennsylvania Bar Association

Phone: 412.434.4911 ext 21

Fax: 412.774.2168

E-Mail: jciccone@elliott-davis.com

James Tallman

James Tallman

Biography

James T. Tallman is a twenty-year veteran trial attorney and litigator with a wide breadth of experience in both state and federal courts. James draws upon these experiences to serve his clients in a variety of cases, such as commercial litigation, breach of contract, insurance coverage, antitrust, construction litigation, employment contracts, and personal injury. Over the course of his career, James has helped his clients recover over $10 million.

James practiced personal injury at a prominent personal injury firm in Pittsburgh for over a decade, and for nine years prior to that as a litigator at two leading Pittsburgh law firms, where he practiced commercial litigation, insurance coverage, antitrust law, and construction litigation.

James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and graduated magna cum laude and first in his class from Widener University School of law. While attending law school, James served as an editor of the law review.

James serves on the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Governors. He is a regular author for the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association’s publication The Advocate. James is also active on the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Civil Rules Committee.

James resides in Ben Avon, PA, and has three sons. He is active in the community as president of the local youth soccer organization and with various charities, and is a former Cub Master.

Education

B.A. in Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
J.D. Widener University School of Law, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Affiliations

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Washington County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Association for Justice
Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers

Phone: 412.434.4911 ext 17

E-Mail: jtallman@elliott-davis.com

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