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.
Mr. Zegarelli has practiced law for more than 30 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 Pennsylvania.
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.
Mr. 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.
Mr. 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, Ford, General Electric,
General Mills, Intel, Mattel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Microsoft,
NBC, Sony and Xerox.
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
Mr. Zegarelli was lead counsel in Borings 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 intentional
trespasser. [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 U.S. trademark.
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.
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
author of Ziata! 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.
Mr. 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
Ohio CPA 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 Balancing Act.
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), Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), California
University of Pennsylvania (CalU) and Community College of
Allegheny County (CCAC).
Some of the many teaching conferences provided by Mr.
Zegarelli include: Drafting LLC
Intellectual Property, Sarbanes-Oxley and 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 (NBI), Social Media Ethics (NBI), and Social Media in Law (PBI),
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:
Launching New 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 Trademarks/Branding
What Legal Ethics and Social Media: What Attorneys
Need to Know, West Simulcast,
rebroadcast because of the excellent reviews, and Business
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. Business Contracts
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 each day!
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 Outstanding Dedication and Service Award by his
Following college, Mr. Zegarelli served his community
as a Councilman in the Municipality of Penn Hills—which 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 Pittsburgh Legal 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 University.
Mr. Zegarelli is the author of ONEâ, 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 Practicing Attorneys.
Mr. Zegarelli brings great depth of education and
experience to his practice of law and business ventures, and he enjoys
reputation in the community for his integrity, competency and
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Seminars and Publications
Upcoming and Recent Seminarss
Currently instructing Developing Leadership
Character Through Adversity, Duquesne University Master Degree
U.S. Supreme Court Case, Electronically Submitted April 3, 2020
Google: U.S. Supreme Court
The Sunshine Act Legal Summary
Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Ohio CPA Journal
The Print Book
ONE Print Book
Oaths, Affirmations and
Stand for Americaâ
Halloween: The Great Masquerade
Sugar, Darling, You Look Marvelous
Holmes and His Imbeciles
Jesus and the
(Other) Greatest Commandment
Principle of Team Building™
The Business of Aesop™
Synopsis of The Art of Money-Getting, or 20 Golden Rules, by
The 13 Virtues, excerpt from The Autobiography
of Benjamin Franklin
Thoughts of a
Philosophical Fighter Pilot, review and excerpt
Anatomy of a
Children's Rhymes and Other Verses
Under God in the Pledge of Allegiance
Washington Redskins Trademark