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Chad I. Michaelson


Pittsburgh, PA


412.456.2864 fax

Chad I. Michaelson is a Partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP. He is a member of the Business Litigation and Construction Law Groups.


Mr. Michaelson is a business lawyer who handles complex and emergency litigation before courts and other tribunals across the country.  For the past fifteen years he has represented a wide variety of clients in commercial disputes, many of which have involved real estate and construction matters.


Mr. Michaelson has successfully resolved complex business disputes involving breaches of contract, fraud, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, insurance coverage, indemnification, corporate governance, shareholder relations and sales of goods under the UCC.  He has substantial experience managing the collection, review and production of large volumes of e-mail and other electronically-stored information and litigating the unique issues that arise in that context.


Mr. Michaelson chairs the firm’s Sustainable Development Practice Group and is certified as a LEED® Green Associate.  He has prosecuted and defended delay, loss of productivity and other highly-technical construction claims on public and private construction projects.  Chad handles bid protests, mechanics’ liens and payment disputes, and represents owners, architect, engineers, contractors and subcontractors in contract negotiations.  He also represents building code officials and other clients in cases involving Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code.


In addition to his commercial and construction practice, Mr. Michaelson also represents clients in disputes involving the development of natural gas and other resources.


Representative Matters:

  • Worked as part of a team that successfully defended simultaneous domestic and international arbitration proceedings seeking more than $20 million in damages from a multinational engineering concern arising from delays and cost overruns on project involving the reconstruction of a blast furnace
  • Obtained an arbitration award of over $1 million for a subcontractor that had suffered delays and lost productivity in connection with the installation of a SCR scrubber at a power plant
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of construction company against supplier of defective construction material
  • Defended energy exploration and production company from lawsuits challenging validity of oil and gas leases
  • Obtained substantial settlement for medical clinic prevented from doing business due to municipality’s enactment and enforcement of an unconstitutional zoning ordinance
  • Successfully defended closely-held business against claims filed by minority shareholder
  • Defended negligent inspection lawsuits and administrative decertification proceedings against building code officials


Chad earned his B.A. in Political Science and History from West Virginia University in 1996 and his Juris Doctor, with Honors, from the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia in 1999.  While in law school, he served on the Emory International Law Review as Notes & Comments Editor and was the recipient of the Moffett Litigation Award for his trial advocacy skills.


He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Georgia.  Chad is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association, and serves as an officer of the latter’s Construction Law Section.  He also is a past President and current member of the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, a local nonprofit that provides free home repairs and renovations to those in need.


A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Chad currently lives in Mt. Lebanon with his wife, Kara, and their children, Jacob and Meadow.  He serves on the Mt. Lebanon Board of Appeals (Building Codes), is an attorney advisor to the Seton-LaSalle High School mock trial program and enjoys coaching youth baseball and softball.


Selected Publications and Presentations:

  • Chad I. Michaelson, Construction Today, “A Question of Ownership” (ownership of construction documents) (November/December 2013).
  • Presenter, “High Performance Building Codes,” Master Builders Association of Western Pennsylvania Green Building Symposium, October 23, 2013.
  • Chad I. Michaelson, Breaking Ground, “Drafting Green Construction Contracts” (September/October 2013).
  • Presenter, “Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute Continuing Education Seminar, June 19, 2013.
  • Presenter, “Drafting Green Construction Contracts,” Master Builders Association of Western Pennsylvania Seminar, May 7, 2013.
  • Presenter, “Legal Pitfalls of Marketing Not-So-Green Buildings,” NAIOP Pittsburgh Continuing Education Seminar, April 17, 2012.
  • Chad I. Michaelson, Construction Today, “Avoiding E-Discovery Pitfalls” (August 2011).
  • Chad I. Michaelson, Construction Today, “Delay Claims” (enforcement of no damage for delay clauses) (June 2011).
  • Chad I. Michaelson, Breaking Ground, “The Intricacies of the Pennsylvania Construction Codes Act” (March/April 2011).
  • Chad I. Michaelson, Construction Today, “Contractual Clarity” (effective contract negotiation and drafting) (December 2010).
  • Co-Presenter, “The Americans With Disabilities Act: Building Code or Civil Rights Law?,” August 12, 2010.