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Alternate Dispute Resolution

Commercial Law and Litigation

Construction Law

Government Contracting and Compliance


Duquesne University School of Law, J.D. (1981)

Bucknell University, B.S. (1978)

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William D. Clifford

William D. Clifford


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

William D. Clifford is a shareholder of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial, construction, and surety law. Mr. Clifford is Chair of the firm’s Alternate Dispute Resolution Group and Co-Chair of the Construction Law Group and Government Contracting and Compliance Group.

Mr. Clifford is primarily engaged in contract drafting/negotiation, litigation, and arbitration/mediation of construction claims and other construction-related disputes. His practice involves representation of owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, developers, public agencies, design professionals, and sureties. His construction practice has involved airports, stadiums, convention centers, schools, bridges, highways, public housing, steel mills, electrical power plants, commercial office buildings, sewage treatment facilities, and prisons.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Clifford served as a law clerk for the Honorable Rolf Larsen, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Duquesne University School of Law teaching construction law.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Construction Law for Pittsburgh
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, and Litigation – Construction
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® 2004–2018

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


  • “When a Win is a Loss” (Author), BreakingGround magazine, Jan./Feb. 2016
  • Pennsylvania Construction Law:  Project Delivery Methods, Execution, and Completion (Contributing Author), PBI Press, 2013
  • “Contractors on Projects Involving Federal Funds Better Dot Their I’s and Cross Their T’s (and Mind Their P’s and Q’s)” (Co-Author), BreakingGround magazine, Sept./Oct. 2010

Admissions and Licenses:

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


  • Allegheny County Bar Association (Construction Law Section – former Chair)
  • American Bar Association (Fidelity & Surety Law Committee and Forum on the Construction Industry)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Community Involvement:

  • Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas (Guardian ad Litem cases)
  • CASA of Allegheny County (Court Appointed Special Advocate)
  • Neighborhood Legal Services (protection from abuse cases)
  • Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s Operation Safety Net (legal clinic volunteer)
  • Sexual Assault Response Team of Allegheny County (former outside general counsel on pro bono basis)


  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law (1981), cum laude
  • B.S., Bucknell University (1978), Business Administration