Our firm is built
on a foundation of academic excellence, practical wisdom, and
hard work. We have lawyers at DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis
Skinner & Berardinelli who are consistently recognized in
The Best Lawyers in America and as
Pennsylvania “Super Lawyers”, honors received by
only top attorneys based on the recommendations of their peers.
Our lawyers have a wealth of
valuable legal experience and they complement each other well.
Walter DeForest and Jackie Koscelnik formed the firm in
Pittsburgh in 1994, following careers at Reed Smith Shaw &
McClay. While continuing to represent a number of clients, Mr.
DeForest and Ms. Koscelnik served, respectively, as outside
general counsel and associate general counsel to Carnegie
Mellon University from 1993 through 2002. George Yokitis and
Mindy Shreve are nationally recognized litigators who
previously headed the Pittsburgh office of Schnader Harrison
Segal & Lewis from 1994 to 2001. David Berardinelli began
his legal career at our firm as a summer associate and then as
an associate after graduating Harvard Law School in 1996. Mr.
Berardinelli served as a federal prosecutor in the Southern
District of New York from 2000 to 2005, after which he returned
to the firm and has become a partner who is well-seasoned in
jury trials and white collar crime defense. On December 1,
2008, Will Skinner, formerly of McKenna Long & Aldridge,
established our firm’s Los Angeles office.
At DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis
Skinner & Berardinelli, we believe that all clients are
entitled to personal attention and outstanding service for
reasonable fees. We pride ourselves on our diligence and
accessibility and are generally available to our clients around
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