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Education

  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Patricia L. Dodge is the former Managing Partner of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. As an experienced trial lawyer, Patti focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, oil and gas disputes, and employment-related matters. She has tried lawsuits to verdict in both state and federal court and also represents her clients in domestic and international arbitrations. Patti is frequently selected as a mediator in private disputes and in lawsuits pending in both federal and state court. She also serves as an arbitrator both privately and for the American Arbitration Association.

Professional/Community Involvement

  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation, President of Board of Trustees
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Fellow
  • American, Pennsylvania, and Allegheny County Bar Associations, Member
  • National Aviary, Board Member

Additional Information
Patti is a Pittsburgh native who resides in Thornburg, a suburb of Pittsburgh, with her husband and fellow lawyer, Howard Schulberg. She enjoys traveling, gardening, sports, and dining at all of the excellent new restaurants in Pittsburgh.

  • Represents a natural gas producer in a variety of litigation matters, including breach of contract actions, title and lease disputes, injunction proceedings, and interpretation of related statutes.
  • Defended accounting firm in a $500 million claim regarding an investigation of a company which defrauded numerous investors and financial institutions.
  • Obtained a $10 million jury verdict for a local company in connection with its claims of securities fraud and breach of contract.
  • Argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding the interpretation of the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act.
  • Defended a property owner in a non-jury trial in connection with a dispute over a long-term railroad lease.
  • Obtained a non-jury verdict in excess of $100 million on behalf of an energy company in its lawsuit relating to the breach of a long-term coal contract.
  • Has served as a mediator in more than 100 disputed matters.
  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1981 – cum laude
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1974 – with high distinction
  • Recipient in 2017 of Joseph F. Weis, Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Selected by Lawdragon as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” for 2017 and 2018
  • BTI Client Service All-Star, 2016
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® in America, 2007-present
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2012 Products Liability Litigation- Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in Pennsylvania
  • Selected to the 2005-2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® List
  • Recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® as top one-hundred lawyers in Pennsylvania, top fifty lawyers in Pittsburgh, and top fifty female lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • AV Preeminent® Rating from the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating Program
  • Most Admired CEOs and Top Executives, 2016, Pittsburgh Business Times
  • Distinguished Service Award from Duquesne University School of Law, 2015
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from The Legal Intelligencer, 2015
  • Business Women First Award, Pittsburgh Business Times, 2015
  • “Woman of the Year,” The Legal Intelligencer, 2014
  • “Woman of Distinction,” Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania, 2014
  • Professionalism Award, Civil Litigation Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association, 2012