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The Honorable Joseph A. Del Sole (Retired)


The Honorable Joseph A. Del Sole

Joseph Del Sole served on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania from 1984 until his retirement in 2006 and served as the Court's President Judge from 2001 to 2006. Prior to being elected to the Superior Court, he served on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas from 1978 until 1984. As a trial judge, he presided over numerous jury, non-jury trials and settlement conferences. He creatively mediated the complex dispute among the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the City of Pittsburgh over their Three Rivers Stadium lease, the extensive litigation arising from the explosion at Langley Hall on the University of Pittsburgh Campus, and the multiple claims following the Beacon Warehouse fire. From 1965 until assuming the bench, he was in private practice specializing in civil litigation and has extensive experience in civil cases, personal injury, professional negligence, commercial, employment and insurance disputes. He has completed the National Judicial College's course on Civil Mediation and was an adjunct professor at Duquesne University School of Law lecturing on the subject of Pennsylvania Civil Procedure.

Judge Del Sole is a member of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. He is a member of the Appellate Court Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Century Club of Distinguished Alumni of Duquesne University and served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. During his tenure on the bench, he was the first Chair of the Judicial Conduct Board. He was appointed Chair of the Supreme Court's Ad Hoc Committee reviewing post-trial practice in civil and criminal litigation and the Court's Ad Hoc Committee establishing special procedures to resolve litigation resulting from silicone gel breast implants. He has lectured at the Pennsylvania School for New Judges and served as vice chair of the Supreme Court's Committee on Judicial Education.

Since returning to the private sector, Judge Del Sole has successfully mediated matters including copyright infringement, mineral rights, employment issues, personal injury, product liability, breach of contract, insurance coverage, and a wide variety of commercial issues and multiple party cases. He has been both a party appointed and jointly selected neutral arbiter in cases including those referred from the State and Federal Courts. He is on the roster of arbitrators and mediators for both the American Arbitration Association, and the CPR Institute, and accepted as a mediator by the United States District Court for Western District of Pennsylvania. He is a Charter Member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of National Academy of Distinguished Neuturals.

He consults on a wide range of appellate matters, including brief preparation, Petitions for Reargument and Supreme Court Review, preparing counsel for oral argument, serving as appellate counsel and providing expert opinion on the potential for success on appeal.

Practice Areas

  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Appellate case consultation

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • B.S.M.E. Carnegie Institute of Technology
  • LLB Duquesne University School of Law
  • LLM University of Virginia School of Law