Chad A. Wissinger

Director
Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Education
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1998
  • B.A., cum laude, Policy Studies and Cert. in Env. Studies, Dickinson College, 1995

Chad is a Director in the Firm’s Commercial and Complex Litigation Group, with twenty years of experience in construction litigation, environmental matters, regulatory compliance, and complex contract negotiations.

Experience

Chad has significant first chair trial experience in a wide array of venues (jury trials, bench trials, trials before the Pennsylvania Board of Claims and Environmental Hearing Boards, and both single and three panel arbitrations under the AAA and JAMS/Endispute Rules), having taken claims totaling in excess of fifty-million dollars to verdict. Additionally, he counsels clients on all aspects of regulatory compliance, including preparing for and reacting to incidents and inspections involving OSHA, DEP, EPA, and other regulatory agencies.

Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby, Chad was an equity member at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Coggin, and served as the General Counsel for two large companies headquartered in Western Pennsylvania. His experience as General Counsel makes him sensitive to a client’s need to maintain a budget, while maximizing both timeliness and desired results.

Recent Representative Experience

  • Obtained excellent outcome in representation of design team and government agency in three-week Board of Claims trial involving defense of an $18M suit by contractor alleging changed site conditions and failed highway design specifications (Plaintiff awarded $74,000.00 of claimed $17,800,000.00)
  • Successfully defended above-referenced Board decision by obtaining unanimous three-judge opinion from Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania after contractor’s appeal
  • Successfully defended lead designer and partner contractor in a multi-week arbitration ending with an award of $151,000.00 based on a claim valued by Plaintiff Owner of $4,750,000.00
  • Awarded comprehensive injunctive relief by the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on behalf of limited partners, including full corporate control at conclusion of trial
  • Awarded two directed verdicts following a two-week jury trial representing design professionals with claims involving asbestos abatement, design deficiency, and improper construction coordination
  • Prevailed on Rule 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss all counts on behalf of two separate engineering clients sued by Plaintiff alleging improper interference with state environmental remediation contracts
  • Prevailed on Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings, resulting in the dismissal of six of seven causes of action filed against clients, effectively reducing Plaintiff’s damage claim from $5M to less than $1M

Memberships

  • Past Board Member, State YMCA of Pennsylvania
  • Past Board Member, Sewickley Valley YMCA
  • Advisor (17 years running), Sewickley Valley YMCA Youth & Government Program, including state-wide Advisor of the Year honors, Bock Award for Outstanding Community Service, and Strickler Award for lifetime dedication to YMCA programs
  • Past Board of Governors Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Past-Chair, Young Lawyers Division, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Past Voting Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1998
    • Executive Editor, Journal of Science & Technology Law
    • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Course Achievement
    • Civil Trial Practice Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services
  • B.A., cum laude, Policy Studies and Cert. in Env. Studies, Dickinson College, 1995
    • Charles Tasso Prize in Policy Studies (highest GPA in major)
    • Executive Board, Omicron Delta Kappa