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Michael J. Betts

Michael J. Betts

Michael J. Betts LLC (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Legal Malpractice, Business Law, Stockbroker & Investment Fraud...
  • Pennsylvania
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Summary

I am the principal of Michael J. Betts LLC and have over thirty-eight years of experience handling a broad range of civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on commercial litigation and business disputes, securities litigation, FINRA arbitrations and other investment-related claims, trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation and professional negligence claims.

I also serve as an alternative dispute resolution neutral and have been selected by litigants to serve as mediator in numerous cases. I am certified as a mediator by the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. I also am on the national arbitrator rosters for the American Arbitration Association and FINRA.

I began my legal career with the law firm of Reed Smith Shaw and McClay (now Reed Smith LLP) and was a litigation attorney with Reed Smith until 1994. I became a Partner of the Firm effective 1989. I left Reed Smith in 1994 to establish a boutique litigation firm in the Pittsburgh area and have been engaged in private practice handling civil litigation matters since then, except for a five-year period of time during which I served as Senior Litigation Counsel for PNC Bank.

Education
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
J.D. (1980)
Honors: Law Review, Cum Laude
Dickinson College
B.A. (1977)
Professional Experience
Principal
Michael J. Betts LLC
- Current
Principal
Post & Schell, P.C.
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Principal
Betts Law Office LLC
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Senior Counsel - Litigation
PNC Bank, National Association - Legal Department
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Member/Principal
Betts, Hull & Klodowski LLC (and predecessor firms)
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Litigation Partner/Associate
Reed Smith Shaw & McClay (Reed Smith LLP)
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Awards
AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Associations
Association for Conflict Resolution
Member
Current
Activities: Commercial Section; Online Dispute Resolution Section; and Workplace Section.
Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania
Member
Current
National Association for Community Mediation
Member
Current
PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL OF MEDIATORS
Member
Current
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Court's Roster of Neutrals and Roster of Approved E-Discovery Special Masters and Mediators
Current
Allegheny County Bar Association
Member
Current
American Bar Association
Member
Current
Federal Bar Association
Member
Current
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member
Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pennsylvania
3rd Circuit
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent fee arrangements are used in appropriate cases. The contingency percentage varies from matter to matter based upon various factors, including the amount and likelihood of a potential recovery and the complexity of the matter.
Practice Areas
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Business Law
  • Stockbroker & Investment Fraud
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Securities Law
  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual Property
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Michael J Betts LLC
Contact & Map
Michael J. Betts LLC
Suite 301B
#301B
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
USA
Telephone: (412) 935-7073
Fax: (412) 774-2854