David M. McQuiston

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

Thomson, Rhodes & Cowie, P.C.
 | Two Chatham Center, 10th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-316-8661
Fax: 412-232-3498
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005, 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (20%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Employer/Insurance (10%)
Attorney Profile

A shareholder at Thomson, Rhodes & Cowie, P.C., David M. McQuiston serves clients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding metropolitan area. Focusing his practice primarily on complex civil litigation, he provides defense representation in lawsuits involving medical malpractice, trucking and other motor vehicle accidents, admiralty law and premises liability. Mr. McQuiston also assists defendants in a variety of other matters, including insurance subrogation, toxic torts, defective products and workers' compensation.

A Pennsylvania native, Mr. McQuiston received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Allegheny College in 1976. After obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1980, he served as a captain in the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps, where he presided as a judge in several courts-martial during his tenure. Since entering private practice, Mr. McQuiston has been a civil litigation defense attorney.

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Mr. McQuiston is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. In recognition of his high ethical standards and impressive legal ability, Mr. McQuiston has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

A fellow of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Mr. McQuiston is an active participant in several other professional organizations, including the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the Transportation Lawyers Association. He has also been President and a member of the board of directors of the Waterways Association of Pittsburgh and the board of commissioners of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission.

*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
  • 40%Transportation/Maritime
  • 30%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
  • 20%Personal Injury - General
  • 10%Workers' Compensation
Focus Areas

Transportation Law, Medical Malpractice, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense


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Super Lawyers: 2005, 2014 - 2020

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About David McQuiston

Admitted: 1980, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.trc-law.com/attorneys/david-m-mcquiston/


  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Litigation

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court of Middle District Pennsylvania
  • Navigation and Coast Guard Committee, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Member
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Third Circuit Court
  • Maritime Law Association (MLA), Member
  • MLA, Terminal Operators Committee, Member
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Fellow, 2013
  • United States District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Recreational Boating Committee and the Stevedore, Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals, 1984

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • President, Watewrways Association of Pittsburgh, 2012
  • Member, Port of Pittsburgh Commission, 2012
  • Western Pennsylvania Association of Healthcare Risk Management

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, Legal Ramification of Barge Breakaways, Motor Vessel Towing Companies And River Terminal Operators, 2012

Educational Background:

  • Allegheny College, B.A., Honors: cum laude, 1976

Industry Groups

  • Maritme Law Association
  • Port Of Pittsburgh Commission
  • Transportation Law Association
  • Waterways Association Of Pittsburgh
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Office Location for David M. McQuiston

Two Chatham Center
10th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-316-8661

Fax: 412-232-3498

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Last Updated: 12/19/2019

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