Michael J. Cremonese

Michael J. Cremonese

Phone: (412) 904-3360

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Mr. Cremonese focuses his practices on construction law, professional liability and business law. His clients have included architects, engineers and design-builders throughout all phases of the design and building, as well as real estate owners and developers and those in the energy and logistics industries.

His experience includes mediation, arbitration and litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as advising and representing his clients in contract negotiations, risk management strategies, business structuring and restructuring matters.

In addition to representing a wide spectrum of clients, Mr. Cremonese has written for The Legal Intelligencer on professional negligence, negligent misrepresentation and managing risks. He has also presented extensively to architect and engineer groups on topics including drafting and negotiating contracts, legal risks and risk management, integrated project delivery, designer-led design-build, ethics, and ownership transitions including mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Cremonese currently serves on the Construction Section Council of the Allegheny County Bar Association and is an active member of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, where he frequently presents seminars related to construction law. He has also served three years on the March of Dimes, Transportation, Building and Construction Awards Luncheon Committee.

Outside of practicing law, Mr. Cremonese enjoys golfing, swimming, baseball and the culinary arts.

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

  • Duquesne University School of Law (J.D. 1999), Law Review, editorial board member
  • Saint Vincent College (B.S., Political Science, 1989)

JURISDICTIONS

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

PUBLICATIONS

  • "Professional Negligence vs. Negligent Misrepresentation," co-author, The Legal Intelligencer, August 7, 2012
  • “Identify and Manage Risks Arising From the Use of BIM,” co-author, The Legal Intelligencer, August 3, 2010
  • “Building New Stadiums With Your Money Whether You Like It Or Not: The Pennsylvania Constitution Does Not Prohibit The Use Of Public Funds To Construct New Stadiums,” Duquesne University Law Review, Spring 1999

PRESENTATIONS

  • "Managing Design & Contract Administration Services: Proactive Steps to Resolve Project Issues & Manage Claims," Build Pittsburgh, American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2014 AIA
  • “Regaining the Master-Builder Role in the Modern Collaborative Construction Environment,” AIA 2013 National Convention, Denver, CO, 2013
  • "Engineering Ethics: the Foundation for Long-Term Success," Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania International Bridge Conference, 2013
  • “Construction Contracting: Traditional and Alternative Delivery Systems,” HMS Continuing Education Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013
  • “How to Get Paid,” Build Pittsburgh, American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2011
  • "Integrated Project Delivery vs. Design-Build," American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2010
  • “Integrated Project Delivery – Managing Legal Risks,” Build Pittsburgh, American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2009
  • “Standard Form Agreements: Changes You Should Know About,” Build Pittsburgh, American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2008
  • “Complying with Pennsylvania Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Architecture and Engineering,” HMS Continuing Education Seminar, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2008
  • “Construction Law for Pennsylvania Architects and Engineers Design-Build vs. Traditional Construction: Risk and Benefit Analysis,” HMS Continuing Education Seminar, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2007
  • “What’s In Your Contract?” Build Pittsburgh, American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2006
  • “Learn from Someone Else’s Experience: Design Professional Litigation in the Past Two Years,” Build Pittsburgh, American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2006
  • “Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Ownership Transitions,” Build Pittsburgh, American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2005
  • “Product Substitutions,” Construction Specifications Institute, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2002