Michael J. DeRiso

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

DeRiso DeRiso Suher & Jeffries
 | 429 4th Avenue, Suite 1801
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-765-1100
Fax: 412-281-1821
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Family Law (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

When residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, require the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney, Michael J. DeRiso, partner and founder at DeRiso, DeRiso Suher & Jeffries, Attorneys at Law, provides aggressive legal support. In both state and federal courts, he has substantial experience in both and has a track record of success.  He advocates for people facing allegations of DUI, drug and weapons charges, sex offenses, and other violent 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 issues.  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 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.The communities he serves include Monroeville, Greensburg, Bethel Park, Sewickley, McKeesport, New Castle, Charleroi, Latrobe, Mount Lebanon, Penn Hills, Cranberry Township, Canonsburg, New Kensington, Peters Township and Kittanning.

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 20 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Sex Offenses

Family Law (30%): Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Prenuptial Agreements

Personal Injury - General (20%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019

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About Michael DeRiso

Admitted: 1995, Pennsylvania

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


  • Member, Trial Advocacy Honor Society, Widener School of Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • PA 3rd Circuit Middle District
  • PA 3rd Circuit Western District
  • Pennsylvania, November 1995
  • OH 6th Circuit Norther District

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Riverview Athletic Association, proud Sponsor and Assistant Coach for Softball and Baseball 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Adjunct Professor at California University of Pennsylvania


  • United States of America  VS Dr. Daniel A. Teet, 2016

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
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Office Location for Michael J. DeRiso

429 4th Avenue
Suite 1801
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-765-1100

Fax: 412-281-1821

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Last Updated: 2/11/2019

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