Attorney Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The mission of the Law Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esquire, is "to be respected as a professional, competent, prepared, and caring legal advocate both by clients and the lawyers who refer them to me. I understand your problems; I care about them; and I enjoy solving them."
My goal is to create satisfied clients by providing sensitive counsel through the various components of the legal system. I make what could be an intimidating experience a positive one and as inexpensive as possible without jeopardizing the case. My accessibility and educational approach aims to remove an element of fear, create realistic expectations, and ultimately earn trust and confidence. I take pride in my ability to represent different ages and types of clients in various areas of problem prevention and conflict resolution (based on being a trained mediator) including, primarily criminal defense, juvenile and domestic law, as well as other litigation, business, estate planning and probate, collections, and entertainment law.
My mediation practice concentrates primarily in domestic law, but I take advantage of my negotiation and conciliation skills in all areas of my practice. When possible, my clients and I work as a team to settle issues without the stress of trial, the expense of unnecessary depositions or the unpredictability of court.
In the event of a client having limited resources, I can act as a "legal coach", advising them on an as-needed basis at a reduced fee. When necessary, I even customize my service to individual needs, such as making house calls.
I shall achieve my vision by employing these ethics and values: compassion, conscientiousness, confidentiality, courtesy, dignity, excellence, integrity, justice, professionalism, and respect.
Simply put, Jeff Pollock (U. of Pennsylvania, B.A. '84; U. of Pittsburgh Law, J.D. '87) pledges his commitment to excellence and his dedication to client satisfaction, as follows:
- I value close, regular, informed communication "in plain English" with my clients.
- I value having trusting and confidential relationships with my clients.
- I value providing work product that is timely and completed without undue delay.
- I value treating each of my clients with the same respect and honesty that I desire.
- I value clients who appreciate quality professionalism at a fair price.
- In sum, I endeavor to provide cost-effective, conscientious, efficient legal services delivered in a timely manner at a reasonable fee.
- I shall try my best to involve you in your case and communicate regularly and without delay. No attorney can promise a particular outcome to your case, but I will try diligently to make you satisfied with my service. I shall use my best efforts to resolve the issue; I became a lawyer to help people.
Areas of Practice
Family Law and Divorce
Criminal Defense & DUI Defense
Estate Planning and Probate
Civil, Commercial, and Contract Law
Personal Injury Claims
Litigation, Mediation, and Collaborative Law
80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1987
U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaJ.D. - 1987
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaB.A. in Criminology (Wharton School of Finance) - 1984
Universite de Compiegne, Compiegne, France - 1983
The ABCs of a Lawyer's Guide to Avoiding Malpractice
The Criminal Trial From Start to Finish in PA, National Business Institute, September, 2004
Handling PA Divorce Cases, National Business Institute, October, 2003
PA Residential and Commercial Landlord & Tenant Law, Sterling Education Services and National Business Institute, January, 2003
"Young Lawyers' Guide to Ethics & Professionalism", PBA-YLD "AT ISSUE"
"Young Lawyers' Guide to Ethics & Professionalism", Juris Magazine
Alpha Data Communications, Inc.
Hope Real Estate
Blehmadoo's African Marketplace
Sports Massage Team, USA, Inc.
Alternative Computer Systems, Inc.
Regent Square Tavern
Zell Investments, Inc.
Equity Home Consultants, Inc.
Design Landscape Service
AAuto Motor Exchange Co.
Actors' Casting, Network, Ltd.
Keal Cinema, Inc.
CAVU Productions, Inc.
Hitchcock Hiker Productions
Lecturer and Adviser, "Fatherhood Initiative", Hosanna House, 2003 - Present
"Preparing for a Custody Trial", NCFC 2002 Convention, 2002
"Criminal Justice" Course, The Minor Judiciary in PA - Point Park College, 2003
Landlord & Tenant Law and Ethical Issues, SES and NBI - PA, 2003
Family Law Roundtable, Neighborhood Legal Services Assn.
"Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Leave Pittsburgh", Rodef Shalom Synagogue, 1999
"Nuts & Bolts of Living Wills/Powers of Atty.", Jewish Community Center, 1999
"The Basics of Landlord and Tenant Law", Carnegie Library, 1999
"Wills, Living Wills and Powers of Attorney", Beth Shalom Synagogue, 1999
"3 Weeks of Constitutional Law", Taylor Allderdice High School, 1999
"5 Days of Criminal Law Primer", Taylor Allderdice High School, 1998
"Single Father Custody Concerns", PITT Community outreach, 1997
"Law Career Awareness", Fox Chapel Middle School, 1996
"Law Careers and Their Preparation", Greenway Middle School, 1995
"Criminal Law Careers and Their Preparation", Fox Chapel High School, 1993
"Elderly Parent Concerns", Prudential Employees, 1992
"Bad Debts", The Signature Group, 1992
"Choosing a Business Entity", The Signature Group, 1992
"Wills and Trusts", The Signature Group, 1992
Honors and Awards
"Legal Leader" Award - Twice, Muscular Dystrophy Association of Western Pennsylvania, 2007-2008
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, One of Pittsburgh's "50 Finest", 2004
Honoree, Jefferson Award for "Community Champion", 2003
Michael K. Smith Award for "Excellence in Service to the Public," Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1999
Approved by Hon. Stanton Wettick as a Special Arbitrator (especially for Landlord-Tenant Cases), 1995 - 1998
ABA Local Affiliate Award for Member Services, (1st Place), 1997
U.S. Supreme Court Induction, 1996
ABA Local Affiliate Award for Public Service (1st Place), 1995
JCC Presidential Citation, 1992
Approved as Equitable Distribution and Partial Custody Master, 1991
Professional Associations and Memberships
Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP), Co-Creator, Co-Founder, and Inaugural Secretary, 2006-Present
Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania, Former Board of Directors, 1997-2006
Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Appointed/Elected to Council, 2004-2007
Allegheny County Bar Association, Bench-Bar Committee, 1992-Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee, 1999-2002
Allegheny County Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1994-1999
United Jewish Federation, Chair, Supreme Court Nominee Task Force (Winner of National Grant), 2005
Allegheny County Bar Association, Member, Speaker's Bureau, 1993-1998
Allegheny County Bar Association, Nominating Committee, 1995-1998
Allegheny County Bar Association, Chair, Young Lawyers Division, 1995- 96, '97 - '98
Allegheny County Bar Association, Ad Hoc Public Relations Committee, 1998
Allegheny County Bar Association, Finance Committee's Pro Bono Subcommittee, 1996-1997
Allegheny County Bar Association, Planning Committee, 1997
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division, Partial Custody Master; Special Arbitrator for Compulsory Arbitration, 1995-1996
Allegheny County Bar Association, Performer, Players Section, 1989-1995
Allegheny County Bar Association, Judge Baer's Middle School Peer Court Program, Inaugural Defense Supervisor, 1995
Allegheny County Bar Association, Secretary, Young Lawyers Division, 1993
Allegheny County Bar Association, Chair, Young Lawyers' Section, Member Services Committee, 1991-1992
Allegheny County Bar Association, Public Relations Chair, Legislative Subcommittee, 1992
Commonwealth Business Exchange-East Networking Group, President, 1991
Commonwealth Business Exchange-East Networking Group, Vice President, 1990
Allegheny County Bar Association, Indigent Divorce Program Restructuring Committee, 1990-1992
Allegheny County Bar Association, Inns of Court, Inaugural Member, 1990
Allegheny County Bar Association, Founder, Common Pleas Court Judges' Manual, 1995-1997
Allegheny County Bar Association, Board of Directors, Solo & Small Firm Section, 1993-1995
Allegheny County Bar Association, Environmental Law, Real Estate & Arts and the Law Committees' Liaison
Allegheny County Bar Association, Tel-Law Script Reviewer, Ongoing
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Delegate, Zone 12, 1996
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Former Member, Membership and Entertainment Law Committees
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Former Juror, High School Mock Trial Competition
United Jewish Federation, Newcomers' Outreach Program Creator/Chairman, 1988-1991
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, NBI, and SES, CLE Seminar Writer/Speaker/Participant/Performer
JCC Singles, Co-Founder/President, Party Emcee, Responsible for Programming
JCC Theatre, Chair, 1994-1997
IACP: International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners, Former Member
ACBA Softball Champion (SS/3B/LF): 1989, '94-'98, 2001-05, '08-'09
Past Employment Positions
Pollock & Morella, P.C., Founding Partner, 1991 - 1992
Law Firm of Feldstein, Grinberg, Stein & McKee, Associate, 1987 - 1989
Rosenzweig & Burton, Summer Associate, 1986
United States Attorney's Office, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Law Student Internship - Appellate Special Prosecutions Division, 1986
Common Pleas Court of Allegheny County, Family Division, Law Clerk, Honorable Lawrence W. Kaplan, 1985
Career Criminals Selective Prosecution Advisory Committee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Division, Research Coder, 1984
Pitt Law Chronicle, University of Pittsburgh, Writer, 1984
Legal Studies Marketing Internship, 1982
Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko and Gubinsky, P.C., Of Counsel
Pro Bono Activities
Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, Family Division: Volunteer, Indigent Divorce Program, 1992 - 2005
Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, Family Division: Volunteer, Past "Pro Se" Motions Project Panel
Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, Family Division: Past Co-Mediator, Generations Custody Program
Allegheny County Bar Foundation: NLSA/Hill House Family Law Clinics, Volunteer, 1992 - Present
Project Challenge/NLSA/Legal Aid Society of Pittsburgh, Volunteer, 1993 - Present
ProArts/GPAC: Volunteer Lawyer for "Starving Artists", 1997 - Present
YWCA: Past 2nd Saturday Classes and CLE Speaker/Writer - Domestic Relations & Mediation
"Greenfield Grapevine": Past "Legal Briefs" Columnist, 1998 - 1999
Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Golf Fundraiser Chair, 2001-05;Committee, 1998 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association: Former Chair, Lawyer Referral Service and Disaster Relief Referral Panelist, 2000 - 2003
United Jewish Federation: Chair, Squirrel Hill Revitalization Project, 2002
United Jewish Federation: Named to Inaugural Select CPAC Board, 2001
Allegheny County Bar Association: Co-Chair, President's Ball, 1995 - 1998
United Jewish Federation: Yom Hashoa Planning Committee, 1998
United Jewish Federation: Holocaust Commission, 1993 - 1996
Jewish Community Center: Chair, Theatre Committee, 1992 - 1995
United Jewish Federation: Super Sunday/Fundfest Chair, 1993 - 1994
Abraxas Foundation: Cabaret Ball Committee (1992 & 1994)
Heart Association: Ball Committee, 1993
Special Olympics: Bachelor(ette) Charitable Fundraising Auction, Co-Creator and Emcee, 1987 - 1989
American Cancer Society: Event Chairperson, New Directions Committee, 1989
Leukemia Society: Board of Trustees, Inaugural Gelatin Slide Committee, 1989 - 1994
Inner City Junior Tennis Development Program: Inaugural Board of Directors, Emcee, 1987 - 1989
United Jewish Federation: Annual Mitzvah Day and Fundfest Volunteer, 1991 - Present
United Way: Day of Caring Former Program Coordinator and Participant
Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition: Former Volunteer and Citizen's Patrol Driver
Open Stage Theatre: Former Board of Directors
Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank: Ongoing Volunteer
Blood Donor for decades until contracting lymphoma (now in remission)
Committed Trash Recycler
Shady Side Academy - Class Agent and Alumni Council Member
St. Edmund's Academy - Class Agent and Alumni Council Member
Better Business Bureau: Approved as Member in 2005
ZBT: Former University of Pennsylvania Executive Officer
Squirrel Hill Meals on Wheels: Board of Trustees, 2009 - Present
Pittsburgh New Works Festival: Board of Directors, 2009 - Present
ZOA Pittsburgh Chapter: Board of Directors, Communications/P.R. Chair, 2007 - Present
Nightwire Magazine: "Ask the Lawyer" Columnist, 2009 - Present