Danielle L. Dietrich

Danielle is a shareholder in the firm practicing throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. She concentrates her practice on business and commercial litigation, long term care and elder law, and assisting small businesses with their legal needs.

Business and Commercial Litigation

She has obtained favorable verdicts for her clients in federal and state bench and jury trials, arbitration and administrative and regulatory proceedings.  She has represented small businesses, large corporations, public utilities, universities, businesses, school districts, individuals and hospitals in a wide variety of claims, including contract disputes, theft of trade secrets, violations of restrictive covenants and employment agreements, property damage, premises liability and collections.

Examples of matters that Danielle has handled include:

  • Represented loan servicers in defense of RESPA, TILA and FDCPA claims.
  • Represent a commercial lender in an action to appoint a receiver and foreclose on four hotels.
  • Prosecution and defense of mechanic’s liens.
  • Representation of 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 defends these utilities in claims brought against them.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in excess of $1,000,000 for a developer due to a decrease in the value of his development due to actions of the neighboring landowners.

Long-Term Care and Elder Law

Danielle has represented one of the country’s largest long-term care providers with legal matters throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  She represents skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and personal care homes with a variety of legal needs, including navigating the public benefits system, drafting internal policies, assisting with collections, and defending appeals of discharge notices.

Danielle also helps individual clients with their elder law needs, including planning for public benefits such Medical Assistance-Long Term Care, appealing denials of benefits as well as undue hardship waiver requests.  She also assists families who need to obtain a guardianship for a loved one, or that have a dispute with an agent under Power of Attorney.  She has successfully litigated in the Orphan’s Court.

Small and Women-Owned Businesses (WBE)

Danielle frequently functions as “outside general counsel” for small businesses that are not large enough to require their own full-time attorney, but that still have a variety of legal needs.  She helps them identify and resolve legal needs as they arise, such as contract matters, intellectual property issues, collections, employment issues and corporate governance and growth.

Danielle focuses a portion of her practice on assisting Women-Owned Businesses with achieving WBE certification.  She is active in supporting the local WBE community and is committed to the growth of Women-Owned Businesses in our area.

Areas of Practice: Commercial Litigation, Technology, Long Term Care, Higher Education, Estates and Trusts

Articles and Presentations: “Legal Issues for Long Term Care Business Office Managers: Everything from Admissions to Discharge and In-Between”, Pennsylvania Coalition of Affiliated Healthcare & Living Communities (PACAH), March 2018 Webinar; “The Impact of Asking Others to Lead” University of Pittsburgh Panther Leadership Summit 2018;  “Handling Substance Abuse and Addiction Issues Within Your Community” Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) 2017 Annual Convention; “Business Office Bootcamp”, Pennsylvania Coalition of Affiliated Healthcare & Living Communities (PACAH) Fall 2017 Conference; “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.  Danielle was also awarded an AV® rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards awarded by this national lawyer directory.

Memberships and Activities: Danielle was elected to a 3-year term on the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Board of Governors and is a former Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Women in the Law Division.  She is a Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation.  She is a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD).

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 and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  Danielle regularly volunteers her time assisting in various pro-bono matters.

Jurisdictions: Danielle is licensed to practice law in:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern 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.  She also obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Political Science and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh.