William B. Pentecost, Jr.

William B. Pentecost, Jr.

About
William B. Pentecost, Jr. is a partner in our Pittsburgh office.
Phone
(412) 254-9293

Biography

William B. Pentecost, Jr. is originally from Massachusetts and he attended Providence College in nearby Rhode Island on a U.S. Army scholarship.  In 1992, he graduated with a major in accounting and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve.  After moving to Pittsburgh, Mr. Pentecost graduated summa cum laude from Duquesne University School of Law in 1996.  Mr. Pentecost was first in his class and he was a member of the Duquesne Law Review

For the past twenty years, Mr. Pentecost has practiced in the area of civil litigation, focusing in the areas of transportation law (with an emphasis on catastrophic trucking cases), construction defect claims, and products liability cases (with a focus on automotive, fire, and toxic exposure claims).  He has handled the defense of these matters successfully in multiple jurisdictions.  While at a prior firm, Bill served as a regional counsel for a Fortune 500 Corporation's defense of toxic exposure cases in ten western states. In that capacity, he managed litigation strategy, local counsel, discovery and experts for hundreds of cases.  Bill is peer-rated "AV (Preeminent)" by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Pentecost has been a member of the U.S. Army Reserve since he enlisted in 1987 and is now serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the JAG Corps, which has him traveling regularly to Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, where he leads a detachment of JAG officers.  The Governor of Pennsylvania appointed Mr. Pentecost to serve as a Commissioner on the Commonwealth's Military Community Enhancement Commission.

Mr. Pentecost is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and he is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, and the Northern District of Ohio.  He is a regular speaker and panelist for legal and industry professional organizations.  He is an active member of many of these organizations, including the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA), the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA), and the American, Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations.

Mr. Pentecost has dedicated much of his life to military and public service.  He is a member of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States (ROA), the Military Officers Association of the United States (MOAA), the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), the Army Navy Club on Farragut Square and the Marines' Memorial Club of San Francisco.  Mr. Pentecost's public service experience includes serving as ROA's National Judge Advocate from 2008 to the present, where he serves as pro bono general counsel to a 501(c) (19) organization that is congressionally chartered to promote the development and execution of a military policy for the United States that will provide adequate national security.  He has also served as pro bono counsel to the Executive Committee for Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum of Pittsburgh from 2012 to the present, and he has been a Member of its Board of Directors since 2010.  Since 2013, he has been devoting time to the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission, which was established to support and enhance the value of military installations and organizations within Pennsylvania.

 

List of Publications

Recent Developments in Toxic Tort Law
      Eric L. Horne and William B. Pentecost, Jr.
     Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Volume 37 (Winter, 2002)

Handling Tort Claims from a Predecessor's Toxic Substances
     Eric L. Horne and William B. Pentecost, Jr.
     The Legal Intelligencer (January 8, 2004)

Recent Developments in Laws Prohibiting Distracted Driving
     Frank C. Botta and William B. Pentecost, Jr.
     The Transportation Lawyer, Volume 11 (February, 2010)

DOT Record Retention Requirements & Spoliation of Evidence
     Frank C. Botta and William B. Pentecost, Jr.
     The Transportation Lawyer, Volume 13 (February 2012)

Victoribus Spolia:  "To the Victor Go the Spoils," But Spoliation Seldom Leads to Victory
     William B. Pentecost, Jr.
     The Transportation Lawyer, Volume 17 (October 2015)

The Future is Ours to See:  Trucking in 2036
     William B. Pentecost, Jr. and Matthew K. Mitchell
     The Transportation Lawyer, Volume 17 (April 2016)