Sean  Donoghue pittsburgh

Sean Donoghue



Sean Donoghue’s practice has a strong emphasis on the construction industry, which comes as a natural fit after having worked as an estimator and project manager for an excavating company out of college before returning to law school. He represents owners, contractors, and subcontractors of all sizes in a wide range of construction litigation, both in the courts and through arbitration. His experience also includes advising construction clients on the applicability of and compliance with state bidding and procurement laws, and he has developed familiarity with Federal Acquisition Regulations after counseling multiple contractors and subcontractors through payment disputes on federal projects.

In addition to all things construction, Sean has handled a diverse array of other complex commercial matters in the banking and healthcare sectors, as well as a variety shareholder and real estate disputes. Adding perspective to his dispute-oriented practice, he has also drafted, negotiated, and counseled clients on a variety of contracts, including construction contracts, commercial leases, project labor agreements, and contracts concerning the sale of goods.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of municipal authority in $3.4 million dispute with contractor over construction of water treatment plant.
  • Representation of community college in prosecution of more than $2 million in claims against architect and construction manager for professional malpractice.
  • Representation of industrial contractor in multimillion dollar dispute relating to numerous steel mill dismantling projects.
  • Representation of community college in defending action brought by national trade association claiming violations of state competitive bidding laws, as well as constitutional, antitrust, and NLRA violations.
  • Representation of municipal authority in prosecution of breach of contract and bad faith claims against insurance carrier for more than $3.2 million in damages.
  • Representation of luxury home builder in defense of construction defect claims seeking over a half a million dollars in damages; obtained dismissal of claims in arbitration.
  • Representation of national retailer in drafting and negotiating multiple commercial leases for multiple locations throughout the eastern part of the United States.
  • Representation of international construction company in dispute with landlord concerning breach of lease at company headquarters; obtained favorable settlement for client.
  • Representation of international construction company in negotiation and drafting of lease for new corporate headquarters. 

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Associate Construction Law Section, Council Member 

Community Involvement

  • Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh
    • Board of Directors, Member
    • Annual Golf Outing, Chair
    • Young Professional Advisory Board, Member

Awards and Recognition:

  • Received a 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch recognition for Commercial Litigation
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Contracts, Constitutional Law II, Civil Procedure, and Adjudication: the Judicial Process

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Speaking Engagements

  • “Employment Law Updates for Builders,” co-presented for the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, March 2020.