Professional Ethics Hotline

Wonder if your decisions, legal advice or other professional actions are ethical? Need guidance?

Attorneys make important decisions every day, and every single action they take must be ethical. Sometimes, these decisions are complicated. ACBA members can get consultation on their legal actions and/or potential actions through the bar association’s Professional Ethics Hotline.

Through this service, members of the Professional Ethics Committee – upon any request of any member of the ACBA, its Board of Governors, or any Committee or Section – give their opinions on the proper interpretation of the Code of Judicial Conduct or Rules of Professional Conduct and on the applicability to a particular state of facts not involving questions of judicial discretion or decision. Duty Officers advise only about the member’s own conduct and will not give opinions about the conduct of other lawyers or judicial officials.

Members of the Professional Ethics Committee take month-long shifts as Duty Officers throughout the year, and during their shifts, these individuals commit to taking calls and addressing ethics questions from any member of the ACBA during. For more information, or to obtain the contact information of this month’s duty officer, see below.

January

Christine Long
Vollen, Anderson & Long, L.L.C.
412-766-8660

Jana Pail
Whiteford Taylor & Preston, LLP
(412) 400-3833

February

John F. Becker
412-921-1605

Dawn Gull
The Law Office of Dawn K. Gull
412-440-5718

Matthew McHale
U. S. Attorney’s Office, Western Dist. of Pa.
(412) 644-3500

March

Ernest B. Orsatti
Rothman Gordon, P.C.
412-338-1145

Darth M. Newman
Law Offices of Darth M. Newman LLC
412-436-3443

April

Stanley W. Greenfield
Greenfield & Kraut
412-261-4466

Andrea Geraghty
Meyer Unkovic & Scott
412-456-2822

May

Dan Fitzsimmons
412-488-0833

Michael M. Lyons
412-741-6234

June

Leanne Davis
(412) 255-8882

Lourdes Sanchez Ridge
Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP
(412) 263-1841

Adrian Roe
Roe & Simon LLC
(412) 400-3950

July

Nick S. Fisfis
Duquesne University School of Law
412-396-1039

Gregory Monaco
FedEx Ground Package System, Inc.
412-747-8443

Bruce Herschlag
DEP – Southwest Office of Chief Counsel
412-442-4262

August

Bob Bernstein
Bernstein-Burkley
412-456-8101

Christine Long
Vollen, Anderson & Long, L.L.C.
412-766-8660

September

John F. Becker
412-921-1605

Cathy Martin
Neighborhood Legal Services
412-586-6118

October

Barbara Griffin
Allegheny County Bar Foundation
(412) 402-6622

Stanley Stein
Stanley M. Stein, P.C.
(412)904-4573

Mark Vuono
Vuono & Gray LLC
412-310-6399

November

Amy Coco
Weinheimer Haber & Coco
412-765-3399

Lourdes Sanchez Ridge
Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP
(412) 263-1841

John H. Riordan, Jr.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart
412-394-3347

December

Scott Eberle
Burns White
412-995-3000

Gayle R. Kraut
Greenfield & Kraut
412-261-4466

Ronald B. Roteman
Stonecipher Law Firm
412-391-8510, ext. 828