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Commercial Law and Litigation

Health Law Business

Medical Malpractice Defense

Product Liability


The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, J.D. (2004)

Drexel University, B.S. (2001)

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Justin M. Gottwald


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

Justin M. Gottwald is a shareholder of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. Mr. Gottwald is a member of the firm’s Health Law Business, Product Liability, Commercial Law and Litigation, and Medical Malpractice Defense Groups. He concentrates his practice in litigation of cases through trial. His focus is in the areas of health care law, with a particular emphasis in medical malpractice defense, and in the representation of colleges and universities and their affiliated professionals. Mr. Gottwald has acted as lead trial counsel in several matters tried to successful defense verdicts.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Gottwald regularly counsels hospital administrators and physicians regarding issues of regulatory compliance and policies and procedures. He has represented an array of hospital and health care providers, ranging from some of the nation’s largest health care institutions to community hospitals, assisting his clients with a variety of legal issues in multiple jurisdictions.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Stars 2012–2017

Representative Matters:

  • Lead trial counsel for a radiologist who was alleged to have missed the diagnosis of a protruding screw inserted during a hip surgery, resulting in long term complications and revision surgeries; after five days of trial, the jury returned a defense verdict
  • Lead trial counsel for a group of anesthesiologists who were alleged to have negligently caused a stomach perforation during a plastic surgery procedure resulting in several surgeries and long term complications; case resulted in a defense verdict after five days of trial
  • Successful defense verdict as lead trial counsel for an OB/GYN who was alleged to have negligently performed a hysterectomy resulting in a bowel injury and long term complications
  • Served as lead trial counsel on behalf of a nationally-recognized university in a breach of contract and intentional interference with contract case action involving a claim for punitive damages; after seven days of trial, a defense verdict was entered on behalf of the university as to all claims
  • Lead trial counsel for a nationally-recognized cosmetic surgeon resulting in a defense verdict
  • Defended personal injury claims as lead trial counsel against a nationally-recognized children’s hospital in Pennsylvania state court resulting in a defense verdict
  • Defense of physicians and other health care providers through trial in several Pennsylvania state court cases defending claims of personal injury and wrongful death
  • Representation of a local hospital system in an indemnity and contribution action in Pennsylvania federal court; the case successfully concluded for the client on motion for summary judgment
  • College and university representation in defense of personal injury, breach of contract, and civil rights litigation
  • Health care product manufacturer representation in several federal and state court actions

Admissions and Licenses:

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


  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh (Free Health Care Center Golf Classic Co-Chair)
  • Longue Vue Club (Board of Governors)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association


  • J.D., The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University (2004)
  • B.S., Drexel University (2001), History and Politics; 4-year varsity letter winner on wrestling team; in 2000, one of eight scholar-athletes recognized by the NCAA for overcoming adversity through academic and athletic achievement