Cynthia M. Danel

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Edgar Snyder & Associates, LLC
Cynthia M. Danel
Edgar Snyder & Associates, LLC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Insurance Coverage, Appellate; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1981

Education: Duquesne University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2024

Edgar Snyder & Associates, LLC

US Steel Tower, 10th Floor
600 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Visit website


Attorney Cynthia Danel has an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating based on legal ability and general ethical standards. She was selected as a 2018 Woman Leader in The Law, based on The Martindale AV Rating system. She made the list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, an honor awarded to the top five percent of state-wide lawyers, from 2005-2020. Attorney Danel has also been honored on the Super Lawyers list of Top 50 Women Attorneys in Pennsylvania from 2008-2020. In addition, she was included on the list of Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2011-2020 and the list of Top 50 Attorneys in Pittsburgh from 2009-2020.

She was voted for inclusion in the 2011-2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®, an honor based on rigorous peer review, and was selected as their 2012 "Pittsburgh Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year." Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

Attorney Danel is a Charter Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, limited to fewer than 3,500 Fellows. Membership is by invitation only.

Attorney Danel has tried numerous cases to verdict before a jury and has tried numerous insurance arbitration cases in Allegheny County and counties in Western and Central Pennsylvania. She has mediated and settled hundreds of cases, resulting in substantial recoveries for her clients. She has also successfully argued appellate (relating to appeals) cases before both the Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Insurance Coverage, Appellate

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 70% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Insurance Coverage
  • 10% Appellate

First Admitted: 1981, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Past President & President's Club Member, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association  
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors, Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Member, West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Attorney Danel is a frequent lecturer for both local and state trial attorney organizations. She has lectured on numerous topics including changes in the law on automobile insurance, demonstrative evidence, and uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage issues. She is often interviewed about injury law and has appeared in numerous television, radio, and print news features. 
  • No Fee TV: Slip and Fall Accidents
  • No Fee TV: Preventing Spring Injuries
  • No Fee TV: What to Do After an Accident
  • No Fee TV: Catastrophic Injuries & Wrongful Death
  • No Fee TV: Winter Accidents
Educational Background:
  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, B.A. in Speech Communication, 1971
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, M.A. in Speech Communication, 1975
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Former Chairperson, High School Essay Contest, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, and the Pennsylvania State University Career Counseling Panel
  • Judge participant in the Allegheny County High School Moot Court Competition, the University of Pittsburgh Moot Court Competition
  • Alumni Fellow, Pennsylvania State University
  • "Pittsburgh Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers in America®, 2012
  • 2018 Woman Leader in The Law
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2011 - 2019
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Pennsylvania State University, 2004
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers

Office location for Cynthia M. Danel

US Steel Tower, 10th Floor
600 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-391-2101


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2024

Top Lists

Top 50: Pittsburgh Super Lawyers: 2009, 2011 - 2024 Top 50: Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023 Top 100: Pennsylvania Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2022 Top 50 Pittsburgh Super Lawyers : 2010

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