Michael  P.  Pest pittsburgh

Michael P. Pest



Michael Pest practices in the area of commercial litigation.  He represents a wide range of clients in litigation involving financial services, contractual disputes, alleged business torts, real estate transactions, shareholder disputes, and claims under various federal and state consumer protection laws.  Michael has extensive experience in trial and appellate courts in multiple jurisdictions and before the American Arbitration Association.

Prior to joining Eckert Seamans, Michael served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dan Pellegrini, President Judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of parent company, subsidiary corporations, and a group of individual shareholders in action seeking dissolution of corporations and the appointment of a liquidating receiver.
  • Obtained trial verdict for damages on behalf of oil and gas company following one of the first virtual civil trials in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania due to the impact of Covid-19.
  • Successfully defended national financial institution through trial and appeal in case involving various claims under Pennsylvania’s Uniform Commercial Code.
  • Successfully defended limited partnership and general partner in commercial arbitration involving claims by limited partner for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Represents financial services institutions and loan servicers in contested foreclosures, quiet title actions, and matters arising under statutes regulating the consumer finance industry, including the Truth-in-Lending Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
  • Represents energy companies in cases involving alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh, elementary school reading mentor

Awards and Recognition:

  • Received a 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch recognition for Commercial Litigation
  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Star

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