Danielle L. Dietrich
Danielle Dietrich has a diverse practice, concentrating on business and commercial litigation and long term care. She represents clients in matters throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. She has obtained favorable verdicts for her clients in bench and jury trials, arbitration and administrative and regulatory proceedings. Danielle also has experience with e-discovery.
Long-Term Care: Danielle handles public benefits, guardianships and collections work throughout the state of Pennsylvania for one of the country’s largest long-term care providers as well as for smaller chains.
She assists facilities with qualifying residents for public benefits (Medicare/Medicaid), including assisting staff with filing applications for public benefits on a resident’s behalf, obtaining the necessary verifications of assets for those applications, handling appeals from the denial or institution of penalty periods of public benefits to both the Bureau of Hearings and Appeals and the Commonwealth Court.
If a resident becomes incapacitated without a power of attorney in place, Danielle assists facilities through the drafting and filing of guardianship petitions, as well as hearings to obtain court approval of the guardians.
Danielle also assists facilities in pursuing collections actions uncooperative or abusive family members under the Pennsylvania Filial Support laws. She will also pursue such actions against uncooperative residents or former residents who fail to pay the private amounts due to the facility.
Women-Owned Businesses (WBE): Danielle focuses a portion of her practice on assisting Women-Owned Businesses and small businesses with their legal needs. She advises these clients on matters including WBE certification, dispute resolution, collections and other matters involved with a growing business. Danielle is committed to the growth of Women-Owned Businesses in our area.
Public Utility Law: Danielle also represents several large electric and telecommunications companies in seeking recovery for damage to their facilities caused by violations of the Pennsylvania One-Call Act, motor vehicle accidents, negligent construction activities and other forms of negligence. She also defense these utilities in claims brought against them.
Higher Education: Danielle counsels a number of local colleges and universities in a variety of issues including document retention policies, large contractual disputes, compliance with the Right-to-Know Act and various litigation matters.
- Represented a global security company in a $25 million contract dispute, which included the electronic management and review of several million pages of documents.
- Represented members of an LLC in a derivative action involving breach of fiduciary duty against other members of that LLC.
- Conducted internal investigations for corporate clients involving claims of wrongful termination and theft of funds.
- Represented a worldwide auction company in a federal lawsuit against a former employee and his new employer for breach of a restrictive covenant agreement and theft of trade secrets.
- Represented an insurance brokerage firm in several ERISA lawsuits involving the underfunding of employee health benefits.
- Defended insurance companies in denial of benefits claims.
- Represented corporations, public utilities, universities, businesses, school districts, individuals and hospitals in a wide variety of claims, including theft of trade secrets, violations of restrictive covenants and employment agreements, contractual disputes, property damage, premises liability and collections.
Areas of Practice: Commercial Litigation, Technology, Long Term Care, Higher Education, Estates & Trusts
Articles and Presentations: “Practical Tips to Create a Document Retention Policy Employees Will Actually Use” Iron & Steel Technology, October 2014. “Records Retention” Pittsburgh Business Times, “Ask the Legal Professional” April 18, 2013 “Top 5 Collections Mistakes Made by Long Term Care Facilities” Western Pennsylvania Healthcare News January 16, 2013
Honors and Awards: Danielle has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star® in Business Litigation every year since 2013.
Memberships and Activities: Danielle is Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Women in the Law Division, having previously served as Vice-Chair of the Division as well as co-chair of the Women in the Law Division/Institute for Gender Equality’s yearly Summit focusing on fostering business development skills in female attorneys. She previously served on the Young Lawyers Division Council and is a Young Lawyer’s Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation.
Danielle has been a committee member of the American Cancer Society Larry Richert Golf Outing. She was a founding member of Variety the Children’s Charity’s Development Advisory Board and previously served as secretary of the Board of Directors of Lydia’s Place, Inc. She is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Executive Women’s Council. Danielle regularly volunteers her time for the Neighborhood Legal Services Association’s Pro Bono Expungment program.
Jurisdictions: Danielle is licensed to practice law in:
- West Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
Education and Background: Danielle received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2005, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Political Science and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002.