Michael J. DeRiso

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

DeRiso Law Group
Michael J. DeRiso
DeRiso Law Group

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1995

Education: Widener University – Delaware Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023

DeRiso Law Group

429 4th Avenue
21st Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Visit website


When residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, require the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney, Michael J. DeRiso, owner and founder of the DeRiso Law Group, provides aggressive legal support.  With substantial experience in both state and federal court, he has a proven track record of success. He is of the few that have obtained multiple acquittals in Federal Court in multiple jurisdictions.  He advocates for people facing serious allegations of Homicide, drug and weapons charges, sex offenses, and other major and violent crimes. In federal court, he has successfully defended clients charge with guns, drugs, overdose deaths, white colar crines, and other serious crimes.  He has successfully represented clients in homicide cases, including Death Penalty certified cases.

In Federal Court, he handles large scale drug offenses/conspiracies, gun charges, and white collar matters.  He also represents numerous doctors, health care professionals, and pain clinics against allegations of prescription abuse, health care fraud, drug delivery resulting in death, and standard of care issues.

Family conflicts often lead to emotional and psychological strain. Mr. DeRiso and his firm offers compassionate representation for those going through matters, such as divorce, child custody and support, business valuation and property and complex asset division, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and domestic violence.

Injuries that are caused by the negligence of another create both physical and financial hardships and may lead to permanent disabilities or death that leave family members without a means of support. Clients of Mr. DeRiso receive the benefits of his commitment to excellence and attention to detail in negotiating for a fair settlement or taking cases to trial.

Mr. DeRiso accepts clients throughout Beaver, Butler, Allegheny, Cambria, Washington, Westmoreland, Armstrong, and Indiana counties. He has practiced in multiple Federal districts across the country. 

In preparation for his career, Mr. DeRiso earned a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Washington & Jefferson College. He went on to graduate from Widener University Law School with his Juris Doctor. Since then, he has practiced law for 25 years, serving as Assistant District Attorney for Allegheny County’s District Attorney's Office.  He has handled many high-profile cases in his career. He has taught at California University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has coached softball and baseball in his community.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Family Law, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Child Support, Criminal Law, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Juvenile Law, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Prenuptial Agreements, Sex Offenses

  • 70% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Family Law
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1995, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.derisolaw.com/attorneys/attorney-michael-deriso

  • Member, Trial Advocacy Honor Society, Widener School of Law
Educational Background:
  • Washington & Jefferson College, B.A., Accounting, Honors: Member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and a four year varsity goalkeeper on the soccer team, 1992
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Adjunct Professor at California University of Pennsylvania
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Riverview Athletic Association, proud Sponsor and Assistant Coach for Softball and Baseball 
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • PA 3rd Circuit Middle District
  • PA 3rd Circuit Western District
  • Pennsylvania, November 1995
  • OH 6th Circuit Norther District
  • United States of America  VS Dr. Daniel A. Teet, 2016
  • United States of America VS Dr. Shaker, 2019
  • United States of America VS Dr. Felix Brizuella, 2019

Office location for Michael J. DeRiso

429 4th Avenue
21st Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-765-1100


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023

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