Robert R. Leight
Pittsburgh, PA
office 412.325.3306
Wheeling, WV
mobile 412.580.6825
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Mr. Leight’s primary area of practice focuses on litigation, with an emphasis on white collar defense, product liability, toxic tort, environmental, commercial litigation and business litigation.


  • Duquesne University, B.S.
  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D.


  • Representative Criminal Matters
    • Representing a corporation criminally charged with violating the Clean Water Act for discharge of a pollutant into the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia
    • Representing a high-ranking police official charged by the FBI with diverting funds for his personal use
    • Defending an attorney charged with fraud and conflict of interest, resulting in a not-guilty verdict following a two-week trial
    • Representing a government contractor charged with fraud in the performance of a government contract
    • Representing an elected judge charged by the FBI with bribery
    • Representing a business owner and attorney charged with tax evasion
    • Representing a large multi-state contractor investigated for allegedly improperly applying for a minority set-aside program, with a result of no charges being brought against the company
    • Representing a union official investigated by the government for misuse of funds
    • Representing a wide range of clients charged with violating myriad federal and state tax laws including mail fraud, bank fraud, procurement and health care fraud
    • Representing numerous individuals charged with making false statements and misrepresentation to law enforcement agencies
    • Representing individuals on motions to quash grand jury subpoenas, contempt proceedings, and federal criminal prosecution for money laundering and obstruction of justice
    • Conducting corporate compliance and internal investigations on behalf of municipalities and corporations involving allegations of fraud and abuse
    • Representing clients in matters involving charges of embezzlement and insider trading
    • Adjunct Professor, LaRoche University, Justice, Law and Security Department, teaching Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, 2002 - present
    • Lecturer, FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia
    • Detective and Assistant District Attorney, Allegheny County
      • Investigated business, regulatory offenses and insurance fraud
    • Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1989 - 1993
      • Litigated criminal and civil cases involving white collar crime, public corruption, bribery, narcotics, employment, health care fraud, procurement fraud, environmental and tort issues
      • Tried in excess of 20 cases to verdict
    • Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1982 - 1989
      • Served in San Diego, Pittsburgh and New York City offices
      • Supervised an organized crime drug enforcement task force consisting of FBI and DEA agents along with uniform and undercover New York City police officers
    • Specialist 5th Class, United States Army, 1969 - 1972
  • Representative Civil Matters
    • Defending a securities broker following a nine-day hearing at a FINRA arbitration proceeding in New York City
    • Representing a City of Pittsburgh police officer in two federal civil rights trials, resulting in a very favorable decision
    • Representing large corporate entities in connection with toxic tort matters in Pennsylvania and West Virginia
    • Representing physicians and nurses in actions brought by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that could have resulted in loss of license, privileges or credentials
    • Defending trucking companies and drivers involved in major accidents that caused catastrophic injuries and damages
    • Defending bars, taverns and restaurants against allegations of dram shop violations
    • Successfully defending a corporation in an OSHA hearing related to allegations of unsafe work practices
    • Defending a nonprofit sued over allegations of overbilling under the civil False Claims Act
    • Representing clients in noncompete litigation involving corporate officers
    • Representing clients in a trial involving a shareholder dispute over compensation, which resulted in a substantial award for the client and reported decision by Pennsylvania Superior Court

Asbestos Litigation Litigation Battle Group-Litigation Product Liability Litigation Toxic Tort Litigation White Collar Criminal Defense & Compliance


  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for the area of Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Duquesne University School of Law


  • Pennsylvania Bar
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • DRI
  • Society of Former Agents of the FBI
  • American Trucking Association

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