About Our Practice
The attorneys at Poerio & Walter, Inc., with offices in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, founded our firm after working for many years at much larger firms.
Our primary clients are self-insured employers, insurance companies, third-party adjusting companies, closely held businesses, and any business requiring legal representation in the area of workers’ compensation defense.
We also represent businesses of all sizes and types, as well as individuals, throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The firm’s practice in the areas of subrogation and recoveries, as well as Federal Black Lung defense are nationwide.
Service That Sets Us Apart – Small Firm With Big Capabilities
The lawyers at Poerio & Walter, Inc. enjoy working closely with our clients and are committed to protecting their rights. Whether your business is a local establishment or a large, nationwide corporation, you can be confident that the lawyers of Poerio & Walter, Inc. will put our experience, dedication and determination to work on your behalf. We make it their mission to guide you in a cost effective and timely manner.
Meet Our Attorneys
- Attorney James Poerio focuses on workers’ compensation defense and the defense of coal mine operators involved in federal black lung litigation. His legal work involving the Federal Black Lung Benefits Act spans more than 30 years.
- Attorney Robert Walter represents employers and insurance carriers in the areas of workers’ compensation litigation, unemployment compensation, and Heart & Lung Act defense. He was a shareholder in the Pittsburgh headquarters of Tucker Arensberg, P.C. with James Poerio before joining forces to create Poerio & Walter, Inc.
- Attorney Jonathan Beech joined the firm in 2008. Previously he was a Senior Claims Specialist with Cincinnati Insurance Company. At Poerio & Walter, Inc., his practice focuses on workers’ compensation defense, general liability defense, as well as subrogation & recoveries.
- Attorney Zachary G. Evans joined the firm in 2017, after graduating from Duquesne Law School. He focuses on representing clients in all major practice are that the firm handles.
- Attorney Eugene Tempesta is Of Counsel to the firm. He is a legal and business professional focusing in the areas of business and corporate law, contract, employment, franchising, sports, e-commerce and copyright & trademark law, along with strategic business planning, marketing, budgeting, and estate planning.
- Attorney Warner Mariani recently joined the firm and is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, as well as the United States Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. His practice primarily focuses on litigation, estate planning, probate, and business representation. Since 2005, Attorney Mariani served as the law clerk for The Honorable Kathleen A. Durkin of the Orphans’ Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. There he handled matters involving decedent’s estates, trusts, wills, guardians of the persons and minor’s estates, estates of incapacitated persons, powers of attorney, civil commitments, nonprofit associations and nonprofit corporations, and inheritance and estate tax matters. He is also an active member of the First Amendment Lawyers Association.
- William J. Hiller, Jr. joined Poerio & Walter, Inc. in 2012 to lead the firm’s claims audit practice. Bill is a graduate of Robert Morris University. His insurance claim consulting career began in 1982 with Johnson & Higgins of Pennsylvania. Bill quickly earned the respect of the casualty claim department manager, who invited him to begin his career in the claim consulting business as a claim technical support representative. His responsibilities included property and casualty claim consulting both with Fortune 500 Companies as well as prominent personal lines clients.
Contact Us For More Information
Please contact us at 412-246-0506 or 717-724-0331 to receive more information about our firm or to schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers.