Max Petrunya

Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy Coach
School of Law

Law School Offices, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.6300


J.D., Duquesne University School of Law

An adjunct professor at Duquesne University School of Law, Max Petrunya teaches trial advocacy and coaches law students participating in mock trial competitions.

Petrunya is an associate at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C., where he has worked since his graduation from Duquesne Law in 2010. At the firm he works for plaintiffs and represents clients in medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, product's liability, toxic torts, personal injury, DUI, license suspension, and insurance claims. His practice focuses primarily on nursing home abuse, hospital liability, and long-term disability claims. In a recent seven-year period, Petrunya has tried nine jury trials and has represented hundreds of clients who have been the victims of negligence. He has argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court on two occasions.

Since 2014, Petrunya has been voted as a "Rising Star" in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers rankings - an honor awarded 2.5 percent of practicing attorneys in the state. In 2016, at the age of 31, he became the youngest member to be inducted into the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, an invitation-only group limited to 250 active members. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

As a student at Duquesne Law, Petrunya was the recipient of the Katie Elisabeth Westbrook Award and the Shalom Moot Court award for excellence in trial advocacy. Also while in law school, Petrunya competed for Duquesne's mock trial teams and advanced to the national finals in AAJ's Mock Trial competition. Along with three of his classmates, Petrunya represented Duquesne in the AAJ national finals in 2010 in New Orleans.

Apart from his legal work, Petrunya is a seven-year volunteer for Make-A-Wish, where he has helped the organization with wish fulfillment, fundraising, and general business matters. Petrunya also is a professional wrestler known as "The Gavel David Lawless, Esq.," who performs throughout the tri-state area. He credits his experience as "The Gavel" with helping to sharpen his skills in public speaking, advocacy, and classroom instruction.

Petrunya resides in the city of Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood.


FALL 2018
Trial Advocacy - Trial Team