Darth M. Newman

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

Law Offices of Darth M. Newman LLC
Darth M. Newman
Law Offices of Darth M. Newman LLC

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Employment & Labor, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 2008

Education: University of Pennsylvania Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2021 - 2023
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Law Offices of Darth M. Newman LLC


Coraopolis, PA 15108 Visit website

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Darth M. Newman is an attorney and certified mediator in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with over a decade of experience litigating complex commercial and plaintiff’s side whistleblower cases.  He has tried shareholder disputes, fraud, insider dealing, and fiduciary duty matters worth millions of dollars. He is the founder of the Law Offices of Darth M. Newman LLC and represents clients throughout the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and nationwide.

Mr. Newman's trial experience includes a federal jury trial, a Delaware Chancery Court trial, and a range of other state court trials and arbitrations. He has briefed and argued motions and appeals in various federal and state courts and helped secure an en banc Federal Circuit decision striking down a portion of the Lanham Act as unconstitutional; that decision was later unanimously affirmed by the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Newman is also a skilled negotiator with a lengthy record of resolving otherwise intractable disputes short of trial.

After graduating with distinction from the University of Michigan, Mr. Newman earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Earlier in his career, he practiced at various national and regional law firms and helped establish two boutique litigation firms.

Recognized for his legal competency and high ethical standards, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Newman with a rating of AV Preeminent.* This is the organization’s highest possible rating, presented to only a select few attorneys. The organization National Trial Lawyers included him on its “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” list. 

Mr. Newman has served as chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee and is an elected officer of the Council of the Federal Court Section and Small and Sole Firm Section. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee and Federal Practice Committee, as well as the organization Taxpayers Against Fraud.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Employment & Labor: Employee, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Non-Compete Agreements, Retaliation, Trade Secret, Whistleblower

  • 30% Business Litigation
  • 30% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 20% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 10% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2008, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.dnewmanlaw.com/about

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • EEOC Volunteer Mediator
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Mediation Certification through Conflict Lab and Behrend Mediation Services
Honors/Awards:
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • Avvo Superb Rating, Avvo
  • Pennsylvania, National Trial Lawyers list of the top 100 lawyers
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Client Champion - Gold Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Educational Background:
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD., 2008
  • University of Michigan, BA, with distinction, Economics and Political Science, 2004
Transactions:
  • Negotiated the departure and relocation of several real estate agents and helped them navigate their restrictive covenants and negotiate new packages with a new broker., 2021
  • Negotiated sale of closely held financial advisor business., 2021
  • Negotiated sale of closely held home health/care business., 2022
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Elected Secretary of ACBA Small and Sole Firm Section, 2022
  • Elected Secretary of ACBA Federal Court Section, 2023
  • Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Elected Treasurer of Allegheny County Bar Association Federal Court Section, 2022
  • Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Northern District of New York
  • District of New Jersey
  • Federal Circuit
  • Sixth Circuit
  • Third Circuit
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Chair, Allegheny County Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee, 2020
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, 2020
  • Elected Council Member, Allegheny County Bar Association Federal Court Section, 2020
  • Member, Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Section, 2020
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association Criminal Practice Subcommittee, 2020
  • Chair, Allegheny County Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee, 2019
  • Vice Chair, Allegheny County Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee, 2019
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association Criminal Practice Subcommittee, 2019
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association Federal Court Section, 2019
  • Vice-Chair, Allegheny County Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee, 2018
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association Federal Court Section, 2018
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association Criminal Practice Subcommittee, 2018
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association Federal Court Section, 2017
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee, 2017
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association Federal Court Section, 2016
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee, 2016
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee, 2015
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Settled contentious FCA suit related to $30M+ construction project, 2023
  • Settled retaliation claim under Pennsylvania Whistleblower Act and the Federal False Claims Act. , 2022
  • Negotiated the sale of closely held family business for $2M+., 2022
  • Advised on the negotiation and resolution of $500,000+ severance package for departing whistleblower employee, 2022
  • Negotiated the sale of closely held financial advisory business, 2022
  • Resolved $500,000 division of business dispute, 2022
  • Settled breach of contract and default judgment dispute worth over $600,000., 2022
  • Settled rental car theft misidentification case with national vehicle rental brand., 2022
  • Settled retaliation claim under Pennslyvania Whistleblower Act, 2021
  • Doubled the severance for terminated employee who claimed retaliation. , 2021
  • Settled post-sale escrows dispute on $1.6M+ sale of company transaction., 2021
  • Settled confession of judgment matter for approximately half of disputed value. , 2022
  • Settled contentious default judgment matter for client savings of ~$450,000, 2022
  • Settled dispute about ownership of computer code. , 2022
  • Settled contentious shareholder dispute on confidential basis., 2022
  • Negotiated YouTube content creator services agreement, 2021
  • Negotiated full clinical privileges for Physician , 2021
  • Negotiated multimillion dollar resolution of False Claims Act case, 2020
  • Won dismissal of counterclaims in breach of contract and non-compete case, 2020
  • Settled sexual harassment case against very large silicon valley entity, 2019
  • Settled several separate wrongful termination cases on behalf of different employees, 2019
  • Settled international breach of contract and letter of credit case, 2019
  • Settled highly contentious LLC dispute after other party absconded to Australia with money and intellectual property, 2018
  • United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed earlier Federal Circuit en banc decision striking down Section 2(a) of Lanham Act as unconstitutional under the 1st Amendment.  Matal v. Tam, 137 S. Ct. 1744 (2017), 2017
  • Won appeal before the Third Circuit affirming earlier district court trial victory in employment discrimination case.  Jo A. Yochum v. FJW Inv., Inc., 715 F. App'x 174 (3d Cir. 2017), 2017
  • Arbitrated before settlement a $15M dollar fraud, insider dealing and breach of fiduciary duty action against General Partner of real estate company, 2017
  • Won judgment in highly contested defamation and breach of contract dispute in New Jersey state court, 2016
  • Successful in getting Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act struck down as unconstitutional under the 1st Amendment.  In re Tam, 808 F.3d 1321 (Fed. Cir. 2015), as corrected (Feb. 11, 2016) (en banc), 2015
  • Won entire fairness trial in Delaware Chancery Court on behalf of minority unitholders in REIT. Ross Holding & Mgmt. Co. v. Advance Realty Grp., LLC, No. CIV.A. 4113-VCN, 2014 WL 4374261 (Del. Ch. Sept. 4, 2014)
  • Won breach of contract trial in New Jersey state court. Earlier in the case, won summary judgment as to all counterclaims, 2014

Office location for Darth M. Newman


Coraopolis, PA 15108

Phone: 412-436-3443

Selections

1 Year Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2021 - 2023

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