Each of our firm’s experienced litigators, Walter DeForest and David Berardinelli, has actively practiced law for over 25 years. Their knowledge is invaluable in reaching successful mediation of a matter, working diligently with the parties to reach a resolution beneficial to all. Our clients describe our mediators as cost-effective, practical, and responsive.

Walter DeForest

Walter offers a unique and diversified experience that distinguishes him among mediators. In his 40 years of practice he has litigated both for plaintiffs and defendants, corporations and individuals, and in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. He has been a complex case litigator in cases across the country for more than 40 years. Walter has litigated cases in more than 13 states and appellate cases before 9 federal courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Well-respected by both colleagues and adversaries, many of whom have graciously offered their reference for his mediation practice, Walter has consistently striven to be known for his honesty and fairness as well as his deep knowledge of law and procedure that only comes with a lifetime of such litigation experience. He is grateful for the recognition of his peers. With mutual respect and considerable experience, he believes he can serve everyone well in mediation, leaving all who participate thankful for the process.

David J. Berardinelli

Throughout his 25-year career as a litigator, David has tried dozens of cases in both state and federal courts, as well as in private arbitration, representing both plaintiffs and defendants with a specialization in complex litigation and procedure. He has served as a faculty member for the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Allegheny County Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, sharing his considerable knowledge and experience with other attorneys. During that time, he has endeavored to build lasting relationships with his fellow litigators by dealing honestly and fairly with both co- and opposing counsel, believing that the basis for any dispute resolution is communication and mutual respect. David brings his substantial litigation experience and extensive understanding of the law to his mediation practice and believes that every dispute creates the potential for a resolution that serves the needs of the parties involved.

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Walter P. DeForest | David J. Berardinelli