Gregg R. Zegarelli has enjoyed a distinguished career as an
attorney, business professional, speaker and public servant. He has earned superb
ratings that objectively demonstrate the ethical conduct
and integrity in the practice of law.
Licenses; Academic Degree
has practiced law for more than 25 years and is admitted to practice law in
Washington D.C., the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the State of Illinois. He is a graduate
of Duquesne University with dual major areas of study in Accounting and History and dual minors in
Philosophy and Political Science. Mr. Zegarelli is a graduate of the Duquesne
University School of Law, and he is qualified to sit for the C.P.A. examination in
Legal Area of Concentration; Clients
Prior to establishing the law office of Zegarelli
Law Group in July, 1990, Mr. Zegarelli was associated with one of
the largest law firms in the City of Pittsburgh, concentrating in the corporate law
and "emerging companies" section.
Zegarelli practices in transactional areas of law. Representation
includes entrepreneurial ventures, commercial and corporate
litigation, venture capital, franchising, mergers and acquisitions,
real estate, wealth-transfer and succession planning, licensing of
technology and information, employee and independent contractor
agreements, and intellectual property matters such as copyright,
social media, trade secret and trademark law.
Zegarelli serves as general corporate counsel for businesses ranging
from the startup stage to large well-established enterprises. His
client list includes "INC. 500" companies, and software developers
with products nationally rated #1. Mr. Zegarelli has also been
retained as special counsel for technology development contracts,
such as for the automated parking facility at the Pittsburgh
International Airport. Mr. Zegarelli has directly performed
legal work and negotiated contracts with well-known companies
including Acclaim, Borland, Coca-Cola, Disney, General Electric,
Intel, Mattel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Microsoft, Sony and
Mr. Zegarelli has also earned a very unusual credential: not only does he have
distinguished corporate law experience, but he also has strong litigation experience. Mr. Zegarelli has represented clients in Federal as well as state courts, and he
has successfully litigated technology disputes with extremely complicated deliverable
logistics. Mr. Zegarelli has litigated technology-related emergency injunctions and
has worked with the FBI on technology investigations.
Mr. Zegarelli was lead counsel in
v. Google, the first case against Google and its Street View program for
infringement, with a successful appellate overturn that resulted in the only known final judgment against Google as an
[Read Preamble to Petition for U.S.
Supreme Court Certiorari now.] In another ground-breaking case, Mr. Zegarelli
was successful at the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board against Facebook, In re Facebook, in obtaining an overruling of Facebook's motion to
dismiss an opposition of Facebook's application to register "Facebook" as a
Arbitrator / Mediator
Mr. Zegarelli has been
selected and served several times as an Arbitrator (Judge), including for the American Arbitration
Association for business and technology-related disputes, and has presided over more than 100
arbitrations in the largest insurance class action settlement in history. Mr. Zegarelli
was appointed to the panel of neutrals for the United States Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel
for two years prior to the statutory internalization.
Mr. Zegarelli was appointed by the United States District Court for
the Western District of Pennsylvania to its panel of available neutrals as
an Early Neutral Evaluator and as an Arbitrator.
Understanding of Entrepreneurship
Mr. Zegarelli has earned the right to advise clients on
entrepreneurial ventures. Not only is he the founder and principal shareholder of
the law office of
Zegarelli Law Group, but he
also serves on the Board of Directors of other businesses.
Mr. Zegarelli advises as a doer, not merely a viewer.
Mr. Zegarelli has extensive
experience in the computer industry from a technology perspective. Prior to entering the
legal industry, he programmed computer software as a technology consultant, and he is the
software, which received 5-star ratings from various publishers, including
nationally renowned Ziff-Davis. Because of his understanding of e-commerce,
not merely from a legal perspective, but also from his first-hand experience
with real-world implementation, Mr. Zegarelli provides his clients with
significant assistance in planning and structuring their complex Internet and e-commerce transactions. Mr. Zegarelli's experience with accounting provides the necessary foundation for understanding the details
of structuring a complex e-commerce deal for the integration of new front-end
website with a traditional back-end accounting system.
Zegarelli is an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University, teaching
in the Master of Leadership program in the McAnulty College Graduate
School. He has taught, The Leader as Entrepreneur and
is currently teaching, Developing Leadership Character Through
Mr. Zegarelli has been interviewed by television and
Internet media, such as CBS-affiliate KDKA (Internet gambling), CNN (electronic privacy in
the workplace), and USLive (getting inventions to market), and he is author of
the article on the
Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
for the MacMillan (Gale
Group) Encyclopedia (now available for download), and Current Technology Issues by the
Journal. In addition, Mr. Zegarelli has published several short articles on computer
software protection techniques called "Legal LinksTM" (which are
available online at
www.zegarelli.com). Mr. Zegarelli also was interviewed by on TBC Today regarding entrepreneurism and the qualities of an
entrepreneur and has appeared on
Suzanne Caplan's WMNY Pittsburgh Business
Radio 1360 AM (simulcast on
Talkshoe) discussing intellectual property issues and corporate ethics.
He was a panelist with a group of social media gurus, The Social Media
Mr. Zegarelli is a frequent lecturer for accredited continuing education
series on technology, social media, entrepreneurship, law office management and
intellectual property issues. He has the distinction of being a member of the faculty
for attorney CLE provided by the National Business Institute (NBI),
Institute (PBI), California University of Pennsylvania (CalU) and
Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).
Some of the many teaching conferences provided by Mr.
Drafting LLC Agreements,
Drafting LLC and LLP Agreements,
Proving Your Case with Computer Forensics and
Ethical Issues of Email, Attachments & Meta-Data,
LLCs: From Formation to Special Uses,
Business Contracts A-Z,
Advanced Contract Law
Social Media Ethics
Social Media in Law
Drafting Social Media Policies,
Attorney's Guide to Social Media: Understanding Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
and Google+, a three-time CPE-accredited Class for CPA's:
Products and Services; Branding for CPA's for accredited
seminars attended by other attorneys and accountants for their continuing
education, a double course on
Social Media (morning) and
What Legal Ethics and Social Media: What Attorneys Need to
Know, West Simulcast, rebroadcast because of the excellent reviews, and
Business Law Fundamentals;
Attorney's Guide to Social Media: Understanding Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
and Google+, West Simulcast, rebroadcast
because of the excellent reviews. Mr. Zegarelli joined a panel of
social media gurus for
The Social Media Balancing Act.
from A to Z: What Paralegals Need to Know, and four-time CPE-accredited Class for CPA's:
Survey of Intellectual Property for accredited seminars for
accountants for their continuing education. Ethics
for Paralegals. A three-part series:
Social Media Law,
Trademarks and IP (CLE-CalU)
for CalU. A series for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for
Accountants on Branding
Mr. Zegarelli speaks frequently
regarding issues of integration of social media policies into workplace
environments. Additional upcoming speaking engagements and seminars are
identified at the top of this page.
Mr. Zegarelli is Author of
The Entrepreneurial Spirit®
and is responsible for the compilation of the daily quotations and writing
the "Why We Loved It" section, with distribution to thousands of readers
Public Service, Etc.
Mr. Zegarelli also enjoys public service. Mr. Zegarelli
began public service by being chosen for various elected offices while attending college,
including the President of the Student Government Association of Duquesne
University. At Duquesne University, Mr.
Zegarelli enjoyed membership in various honor and leadership societies and was awarded the
Dedication and Service Award by his fellow students.
Following college, Mr.
Zegarelli served his community as a Councilman in the Municipality of Penn
Hillswhich is second in population only to the City of Pittsburgh. Mr. Zegarelli was
the youngest Councilman to ever be elected in that jurisdiction. With regard to
that office, Mr. Zegarelli was concerned that public meetings were not satisfactorily
"open" to the public, so he authored and published
The Sunshine Act, which was republished by the
Journal at 135 P.L.J. 39, 1988, and is the only article cited by the Pennsylvania Statutes
(Purdon Supp. 65 P.S. § 271) on the issue of open meetings. Mr. Zegarelli was
chosen by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette East Edition as one of five community
persons identified as the "Ones to Watch in the 90's."
Mr. Zegarelli was appointed by the Executive Director of the
Allegheny County Bar
Association ("ACBA") for two terms as the first Chairman of the ACBA
Allegheny Lawyers Online program—the first telecommunications service to be
sponsored by a local bar association. Mr. Zegarelli has been a member
of the Innovation Works Investment Advisory Panel. He also serves on the Upper St.
Clair Community Foundation, and the Zoning Hearing Board of Upper St. Clair.
He recently had the pleasure of assisting on the Host Committee for the
Entertainment Industries Council,
Western Pennsylvania Media and Mental Health Awards.
He is a member of the
California University of Pennsylvania Center
for Innovation Startup Advisory Board and adjunct faculty at Duquesne
Mr. Zegarelli is the
the Unified Gospel of Jesus, in which he has systematically unified the four
Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John into one seamless text for study.
He and his father, Arnold Zegarelli, co-authored,
The Essential Aesop: For business, managers,
writers and professional speakers.
Mr. Zegarelli is a member of the District of Columbia,
Illinois and Allegheny County Bar Associations, and serves or has served on various
committees. He is admitted to the United States District Court of Appeals for
the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He was nominated and selected to serve as a member of the Panel of Arbitrators
for the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Zegarelli is a member of
the Duquesne University McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Alumni Advisory Committee, Chaired by the Dean of the College.
He is a board member of the MLR Charitable Foundation Advisory
Board. Mr. Zegarelli is listed in Who's Who in
Mr. Zegarelli brings great depth of education and
experience to his practice of law and business ventures, and he enjoys an excellent
reputation in the community for his integrity, competency and dedication.
Gregg Zegarelli represents the