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Alternate Dispute Resolution

Commercial Law and Litigation

Environmental Law

Insurance Law and Litigation

Professional Liability Defense

Technology Law


Vanderbilt University, J.D. (1974)

College of the Holy Cross, B.A. (1970)

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Joseph S.D. Christof, II


Two PPG Place, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-5402
T: 800-243-5412
D: 412-281-7272
F: 888-811-7144

Joseph S.D. Christof, II is a shareholder of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Commercial Law and Litigation Group and Chair of the Environmental Law and Professional Liability Defense Groups. Mr. Christof has represented clients in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, professional liability, product liability, toxic tort, environmental, intellectual property, construction litigation, and securities litigation.

Commercial litigation includes breach of contract, business interruption, trade dress and trademark infringements, antitrust, and directors and officers (D&O) liability issues. Professional negligence practice includes the representation of lawyers, architects, engineers, accountants, insurance agents, physicians, nursing homes, and financial advisors. Toxic tort practice includes silicosis, chemicals, hard metals, welding rods, and asbestos. The insurance defense portion of his practice has him representing both large and mid-size companies in a variety of claims.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Christof served as a law clerk to Herbert Sorg, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County (Fellow)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, Construction, Defendants, Insurance, Mass Tort, Professional Malpractice, Tort) and Litigation – Construction
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® 2009

Representative Matters:

  • Has tried cases in state and federal court representing clients in professional negligence, commercial litigation, product liability, toxic tort,  premises, auto, and construction

Speaking Engagements:

  • “Attorney Liability to Non-clients in the Wills, Estates and Trust Context” (Presenter); IADC Professional Liability Roundtable; Chicago, Illinois; 5/17/2012
  • “Professional Liability Insurance for Engineers” (Co-Presenter); Legal Issues for Pennsylvania Professional Engineers seminar; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 12/15/2010


Admissions and Licenses:

  • Ohio Bar Admission
  • Pennsylvania Bar Admission
  • West Virginia Bar Admission
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation

Community Involvement:

  • Edgeworth/Leetsdale Municipal Authority
  • Quaker Valley School District
  • Sewickley YMCA
  • St. Mary’s and St. James Churches
  • Villa St. Joseph


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University (1974)
  • B.A., College of the Holy Cross (1970)