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Commercial Law and Litigation

Construction Law

Corporate Services

Energy

Insurance Law and Litigation

Education

University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D. (1987)

Washington & Jefferson College, B.A. (1984)

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PA

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W. Alan Torrance, Jr.

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

atorrance@dmclaw.com





W. Alan Torrance, Jr. is a shareholder of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. and Co-Chair of the Construction Law Group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business torts and commercial litigation with a particular emphasis in construction and surety law.

His experience includes representation of owners, contractors, design professionals, suppliers, and sureties in private and publicly-funded projects. He has prosecuted mechanic’s lien claims in ten states and Canada and regularly prosecutes and defends claims for contract funds, change orders, labor inefficiencies, delays, and other direct and indirect costs. In addition, he frequently prepares and revises contracts for domestic and international projects. He has served as both an arbitrator and mediator of construction disputes involving owners, design professionals, and contractors.

Mr. Torrance is Dickie McCamey's Marketing Director overseeing more than 160 lawyers throughout nine states and serves on the firm's Executive Committee.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, and Litigation – Construction
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® 2011–2017

Representative Matters:

  • Achieved multi-million dollar settlement from the geotechnical engineers and contractor regarding the design and installation of a failed structural retaining wall and foundation on behalf of a Fortune 100 company as the owner of commercial property
  • Representation of surety in multi-million dollar performance bond default arising from a publicly bid prison project
  • Prosecution of mechanics liens and claims for payment throughout the United States and Canada for a national roofing contractor
  • Obtained jury verdict for 100% of the claim for labor inefficiency and delay costs, attorney's fees, interest, and penalty interest in favor of a specialty contractor after a four-week jury trial
  • On behalf of a surety, successfully negotiated and resolved the affirmative claim for delay damages assigned by a defaulted contractor against the project owner arising from the construction of a major league baseball stadium
  • Negotiated delivery and installation of an industrial boiler system in an automobile manufacturing facility in Mexico
  • Representation of various bonding companies on all types of indemnity and bond claims arising from the issuance of performance, payment, and maintenance bonds, in addition to probate and miscellaneous bonds
  • Prosecution of bid protest resulting in award of publicly funded infrastructure project to client without a rebid
  • Successful defense and resolution of OSHA claims filed against a general contractor resulting from the death of a subcontractor's employee

Speaking Engagements:

  • “Builder Legal Update:  The New Mechanic’s Lien Statute & the Recent Biltrite Decision” (Co-Presenter), Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, 4/24/2007

Publications:

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

Memberships:

  • American Bar Association ( Fidelity & Surety Law Committee and Forum on Construction Law)
  • National Bond Claims Association

Education:

  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1987)
  • B.A., Washington & Jefferson College (1984), Economics
  • American University/Economics Study, U.S. Treasury Department – Office of Market Analysis and Government Finance (Fall 1983)