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Areas of practice

Education

  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Tax Court

Russell J. Ober, Jr. is the head of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group.  His practice is concentrated on the litigation of business and commercial disputes and the defense of product liability claims.  From 1973 to 1975 Mr. Ober served as an Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and was responsible for the prosecution of hundreds of criminal cases.  Since entering private practice, he has tried cases throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has appeared before the Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth Courts.  Mr. Ober has also litigated numerous matters in state courts outside of Pennsylvania, as well as more than a dozen United States District Courts.  He has also appeared before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth and Seventh Circuits.

Professional/Community Involvement

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
    • Served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section
    • Served on the Board of Governors
    • Elected to three terms on the Judiciary Committee
    • Served as a member of the Council of the Civil Litigation Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Served for many years as a member of the House of Delegates
  • American Bar Association
    • Served as a Young Lawyer member of the House of Delegates
    • Served for many years as a member of the Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committee of the Section of Litigation
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
    • Served as Chair of the Federal Practice Committee
    • Served as Chair of the Nominating Committee
    • Elected to two terms on the Board of Governors
    • Served as a member on numerous standing and special committees
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Parent and Child Guidance Center (now Family Links), Former President and Board Chair
  • South Hills Area YMCA, Member, Former Member, Board of Directors

Additional Information

Russ resides with his wife Sandi in Mt. Lebanon.  His children are grown and live in Washington, D.C. and New York City.  As empty nesters, Russ and Sandi enjoy the freedom of travel, and they have visited more than 25 countries in Europe, the Caribbean and Asia.  They look forward to new adventures.

  • Lead counsel for clients in a variety of sectors (including energy, manufacturing and construction), in lawsuits and arbitrations where the amounts in controversy have been in the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Lead counsel for the appellants in a securities law case in which the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari and vacated the judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Represented clients in numerous domestic commercial arbitrations, as well as international arbitrations administered by the International Chamber of Commerce and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.
  • Mr. Ober has also acted as lead counsel for numerous domestic and international manufacturers and distributors of products in lawsuits, in numerous courts around the country, including serving as national coordinating counsel in a multi-district litigation involving medical devices.
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1973
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1970
  • Completed Advanced Trial Advocacy Course of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley
  • Mr. Ober has lectured on various topics relating to trial advocacy sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, the Allegheny County Bar Association, and the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
  • Elected as Fellow, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, 1982
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® for commercial litigation, construction litigation and product liability defense
  • Selected to the 2007-2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® List
  • Selected to the Top 50: 2014 Pittsburgh Super Lawyers® List
  • AV Preeminent® Rating from the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating Program
  • Appointed by the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to preside over civil jury and non-jury trials as a special master
  • Appointed by the United States District Court as an Adjunct Settlement Judge