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Richard F. Start

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Richard F. Start graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1981 and has been associated with and a partner of this law firm since his graduation from law school. Mr. Start has tried and settled cases worth millions of dollars as well as won many verdicts in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny and Beaver Counties and in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He has also argued cases in front of the Appellate Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Furthermore, he serves as the solicitor of numerous Boroughs, Townships, Cities, School Districts and a local College.

Current Employment Position:

  • Partner

Areas of Practice:

  • Administrative Law
  • Bad Faith Insurance Claims
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law – Employer
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – Plaintiff
  • Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury – Plaintiff
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Real Estate Law
  • School Law
  • Social Security – Disability
  • Traffic Violations
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Wills
  • Workers’ Compensation Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 1982


  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1981, Juris Doctor
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1978, Bachelor of Arts

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Pennsylvania State Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania School Board Association
  • Pennsylvania Borough Association
  • Pennsylvania Township Association