Biography
Attorney Elliott is a Pittsburgh area resident and a litigator by vocation.  Since 1997, he has practiced civil defense litigation in state court proceedings throughout Western Pennsylvania. On the plaintiff side, he has received numerous six figure awards for clients involved in motorcycle and other accidents.  Several of his cases have been deemed “complex” and were handled through a separate division of the courts.

Having worked for two prominent regional firms, Mr. Elliott’s areas of practice include breach of contract, construction law, mechanic’s liens, injury law (plaintiff and defense), professional negligence (plaintiff and defense), premises liability, unfair trade practices, trade disparagement, defamation, and multi-state litigation. Over the course of his career, Mr. Elliott has handled mediation of disputes, several trials by jury, and appeals to the Superior and Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  He has also served as an arbitrator in state court and a judge during mock trial competitions at the University of Pittsburgh.

On the defense side, attorney Elliott defended the outgoing CEO of Worldcom, Bernard Ebbers, who was sued in Pittsburgh for his alleged role in diminishing the value of Worldcom stock. In another case, Mr. Elliott represented Nationwide Insurance Company when a group of Nationwide insurance agents broke off from Nationwide and formed a company that competed directly with Nationwide. Nationwide then filed suit in Western Pennsylvania against the former agents who, in turn, counter sued, resulting in a prolonged legal dispute involving claims (and counterclaims) for trade disparagement (defamation) and theft of trade secrets. Mr. Elliott defended a Colorado corporation on a breach of contract suit filed in Allegheny County. In that case, the lower court dismissed the case based on a lack of jurisdiction and improper venue, and Mr. Elliott ultimately argued the case before the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Likewise, in another breach of contract case, Mr. Elliott represented a Las Vegas company concerning litigation in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Elliott graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo. He is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, and Phi Beta Kappa (graduated top 10% of class). He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh. 

Attorney Elliott has significant experience throughout Western Pennsylvania, including not only Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) where he lives, but also the surrounding counties such as Beaver, Washington, and Butler Counties.

Upon graduating from law school, Attorney Elliott served as a judicial law clerk for The Honorable Peter O. Steege, Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Elliott also sat for and passed the West Virginia bar examination to expand his practice beyond Pennsylvania. Mr. Elliott is a member of the Allegheny County Bar AssociationPennsylvania Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section), and the American Bar Association.

In addition to civil litigation, Mr. Elliott also possesses experience representing clients in matters involving divorce, support, custody, PFA, and criminal defense.  He won a custody trial involving a dispute over the child’s religion.  He also won a child support trial which the opposing party appealed to the Superior court, and Mr. Elliott won again.  The case was profiled in The New York Times.  Mr. Elliott’s closing argument was quoted at length.

Education
B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, University of Buffalo
J.D., Duquesne University School of Law

Admissions
Pennsylvania
West Virginia
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Affiliations
American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association
ACBA Workers Compensation Section
Sewickley Valley YMCA

Speaking Engagements
Cincinnati Insurance Company, Pittsburgh, PA: “Making Sense of Recent Regulatory Changes to HIPAA.” September 2003.
AIG, Moon Township, PA: “First Party Bad Faith Law in Pennsylvania.” August 2001.

Phone: 412.434.4911 ext 18

E-Mail: todd@elliott-davis.com

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