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Danielle Bruno McDermott is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Services Department and a member of the Associates Committee. Danielle represents organizations and individuals in a wide-breadth of litigation matters pending in state and federal courts, in both criminal and civil matters. Additionally, Danielle represents witnesses appearing before state and federal grand juries and conducts internal investigations.

Danielle’s commercial litigation experience focuses on defending organizations in Pennsylvania state and federal courts. This has included claims of breach of contract, product liability, professional negligence, property disputes, and consumer complaints. Danielle has successfully assisted in the defense and resolution of numerous complex commercial matters on behalf of organizations. Danielle has also aided in the successful defense of healthcare organizations in employment matters, including claims of discrimination and violations of the FMLA.

In addition to civil and commercial litigation, Danielle has an active practice in government enforcement, internal investigations, ethics and compliance, and counseling. Danielle prepares and represents witnesses testifying before state and federal grand juries, and has been involved in complex regulatory enforcement actions, including against organizations in the healthcare space. Danielle has assisted and led small and large investigations concerning allegations of violations of federal and state laws, including allegations of money laundering, tax evasion, procurement and contracting fraud, violations of environmental law, public corruption, mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy. Danielle also assists higher education clients with Title IX investigations and training.

Danielle has experience drafting pleadings, briefs, motions, and appeals in both state and federal court, and appears in court on behalf of organizations and individuals. Danielle regularly researches and analyzes novel and complex legal issues on behalf of clients. She also has extensive experience conducting and leading teams in e-discovery and other large-scale discovery projects.

Danielle focuses her pro bono efforts representing individuals in criminal, constitutional, and civil rights matters, as well as assisting non-profit organizations including the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. She has assisted with a wide variety of appellate matters on behalf of pro bono clients including appeals to the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Third Circuit, and Sixth Circuit.

Danielle is an active member of her community, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Young Professionals, a non-profit organization that connects like-minded professionals in Pittsburgh through networking, community service, and professional development opportunities. Danielle has served on Pittsburgh Young Professionals’ Executive Committee and Board of Directors as the Recording Secretary since 2020. Danielle is proud to live in the revitalized East End and believes the future is bright for Pittsburgh.

Prior to joining Schnader, Danielle served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Scott P. Bittner and the Honorable Daniel W. Rullo at the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas for Somerset County. She assisted with legal research and drafting opinions in civil, criminal, and family court matters.

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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2017
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, magna cum laude, 2013

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2017

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


  • Honorable Scott P. Bittner, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Somerset County

Professional Affiliations

  • Pittsburgh Young Professionals, Board Member, Executive Committee
  • Executive Women’s Council of Pittsburgh, Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member

Other Distinctions

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch for Commercial Litigation, 2021, 2022
  • University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Published Member of Editorial Board (2016-2017)
  • Honorable Mention, Frederic Eisenmann Award (Best Team Oralist) – Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria 2016
  • National Member of The Order of Barristers, 2017
  • Outstanding Clinical Student Award, Pitt Law Securities Arbitration Clinic, 2017

Representative Matters

  • Extensive experience preparing and accompanying witnesses before state and federal grand juries, including pre-testimony interviewing, preparation, and analysis.
  • Assisted with the successful defense and resolution of criminal prosecutions for individuals charged with offenses under the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.
  • Experience briefing both direct and PCRA appeals for criminal defendants concerning a wide range of subject matter including ineffective assistance of counsel, legal errors, evidentiary errors supporting reversal, Brady violations, Franks hearings, Batson violations, and requests for DNA testing.
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