Eckert Seamans welcomes Ray Middleman to Pittsburgh office

Eckert Seamans is pleased to welcome Ray F. Middleman to its Pittsburgh office as a member. Middleman has a diverse litigation practice, trying products liability cases for a crane manufacturer; non-competition cases for a home security company; Municipal Tort Claim Act cases for local authorities and municipalities; common carrier bus and taxi cases: construction claims; and shareholder rights litigation, among other civil litigation matters. During his 32 year career, has tried approximately 50+ jury trials to verdict; 50-75 non-jury and administrative cases to verdict/decision; over 100 arbitrations; and mediated more than 20 cases to resolution.

In addition to significant trial work in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions, Middleman has the unique experience of representing both purchasers and sellers in multi-million dollar transportation company acquisitions and in general corporate contracts with clients from a diverse array of industries and sectors.

Middleman has worked with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) for over 30 years on issues ranging from litigating fines and compliance matters to the preservation of the self-insurance status of the largest taxi company in the Commonwealth. He has appeared before the full PUC to testify on Transportation Network Company (TNC) issues and works with lobbyists in Harrisburg on multiple legislative initiatives. He was directly involved in drafting portions of the regulations affecting taxis, limousines and TNC operations in the Commonwealth.

He also helps companies draft employment agreements, employee handbooks, as well as bonus and incentive plans. In addition to defending U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission proceedings, he handles non-competition matters from negotiation and drafting of contract provisions through trial for breach of same.

In the oil and gas sector, Middleman handles corporate and litigation matters including lease issues and leasehold development, pipeline disputes, and clearing title to oil and gas rights. He negotiates and drafts gas gathering agreements, joint venture agreements, and pipeline acquisition documents for a major oil and gas company in Pennsylvania. He also litigates matters for an oil and gas support entity headquartered in Texas.

Middleman earned his J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1984 and his B.A. from Cornell University in 1981.