J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1999
B.A., West Virginia University, 1996
Chad I. Michaelson is a trial lawyer with over 15 years of experience resolving complex business disputes. He litigates cases in state and federal courts across the country, and before domestic and international arbitration tribunals. An active member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Construction Law & Litigation Groups, Chad also serves as a member of the firm’s Management Committee.
Commercial Litigation: Chad has litigated a wide variety of breach of contract matters, and recently helped a manufacturer recover several million dollars in damages caused by a component with hidden defects. He also has helped companies prevent unfair competition, counseled closely-held companies in corporate governance disputes, handled insurance coverage matters and resolved numerous real property and land use cases.
Construction Law: Chad counsels owners, contractors and architects/engineers throughout the construction process, from contract negotiation to claim resolution. He has litigated delay, loss of productivity and other highly technical construction claims on both public and private projects, and recently obtained a $6 million award for a contractor that encountered differing site conditions on a highway project.
In addition to his general construction practice, Chad stays current on the law of building code administration and enforcement, and regularly represents building code officials in litigation and administrative proceedings. He also has a deep interest in green building and chairs the firm’s Sustainable Development Group.
Oil and Gas Litigation: Chad has handled a variety of disputes involving the ownership and development of oil and gas, with a particular focus on shale gas extraction. He has litigated disputes over storage and production, and recently represented a brine well operator in emergency proceedings seeking to protect its subsurface facilities from nearby hydraulic stimulation operations.
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A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Chad currently lives in Mt. Lebanon with his wife, Kara, and their children, Jacob and Meadow. In his free time, he enjoys coaching youth baseball and softball.