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Douglas C. LaSota

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Union Trust Building, Suite 700
501 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 803-3466
(412) 803-1188 - Fax
DCLasota@mdwcg.com

Douglas LaSota is a member of the firm’s Professional Liability Department where he focuses a portion of his practice in the defense of construction and engineering professionals and businesses in complex construction and design defect claims, breach of contract actions, and all manner of construction accidents. He also represents clients in environmental litigation, including class action suits alleging ground water contamination and landfill suits alleging improper acceptance, classification and disposal of liquid wastes. He also represents clients in OSHA and MSHA litigation. In addition to Douglas’s experience and background in construction and engineering, he is also practiced in general commercial litigation matters, real estate law and surety law litigation.

Prior to attending law school, Douglas worked for a Fortune 500 manufacturer as a plant engineer and production superintendent, with responsibility for capital improvement projects and plant expansions. After becoming an attorney, Douglas continued to leverage his engineering background toward his practice, and he previously served as the vice chair for the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Construction Law Section. He is also active in real estate law and has served on his community’s zoning board.

In 1987, Douglas graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and then received his juris doctor from Duquesne University School of Law in 1997. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Superior Court of Pennsylvania, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and United States Court of Federal Claims. Additionally, he maintains a AV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Published Works

  • “Inspect the Uninspected: Current Pennsylvania Law Regarding Tort Liability Under the Tort Claims Act for Third-Party Municipal Building Inspectors,” Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2019

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1997)

  • West Virginia University (B.S., 1987)

    Major: Industrial Engineering

Defense Digest Article September 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2019 By Douglas C. LaSota, Esq. & Benjamin R. Wright, Esq.* Key Points: Under 35 P.S. § 7210.501, municipalities were required to adopt and enforce the UCC as their municipal building..., Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2019. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1997)
  • West Virginia University (B.S., 1987)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • District Court District of Delaware

Associations & Memberships

  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Chair, Construction Law Section
  • Horses with Hope, Board of Directors

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 2014

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