Joseph R. Froetschel is Secretary of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Mr. Froetschel is a founding partner of Phillips Froetschel. His practice involves all aspects of plaintiff personal injury including medical malpractice, construction litigation, nursing home negligence, insurance litigation, product liability, premises liability, liquor liability, and catastrophic motor vehicle collisions.
Mr. Froetschel holds a bachelor’s degree in history, politics and philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate and was the recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Advocacy, Advanced Torts, and Criminal Law. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he teaches Advanced Pennsylvania Torts and has been a frequent guest lecturer in Trial Advocacy and Pennsylvania Practice. He has also been the planner, moderator, author, and lecturer on numerous continuing legal education courses across the Commonwealth.
Throughout his legal career, Mr. Froetschel has been involved in numerous aspects of the ACBA, most recently serving as the chair of the Civil Litigation Section and the Bench-Bar Conference. He also currently or previously was involved with the ACBA ALLY Initiative, Court Rules Committee, Membership Committee, and Young Lawyers Division. As a member of the YLD, he was a member the ACBA’s 2008-2009 Bar Leadership Initiative that implemented the “Wills for Heroes” pro bono project providing free estate documents to first responders throughout Allegheny County. After its inaugural year, Mr. Froetschel served as the Western District Coordinator of the Wills for Heroes program for an additional five years, organizing numerous events throughout Western Pennsylvania that provided counseling and assistance to hundreds of local police, fire fighters, and emergency medical providers.
In 2019, he was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to serve as a Hearing Committee Member for the Disciplinary Board. Mr. Froetschel is also a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, and the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.
In addition to his community service work, he has served as a pro bono attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services Association, as a volunteer for the transgender name change project, as a trial attorney for the Federal Pro Bono Prisoner Rights Program, and is a Visionary Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation.
Outside of his legal career, Mr. Froetschel has served as a Committee Member for the Pittsburgh Symphony Soiree and the Children’s Trust for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is an avid cyclist, fly-fisher, skier, hiker, scuba diver and participates in several recreational soccer and hockey leagues. On winter weekends, he is a ski instructor at Hidden Valley. A life-long Pittsburgher, he was raised in the South Hills and now lives on the North Side.