Attorney Max Petrunya dedicates his practice to helping his clients and their families through difficult situations that may result in litigation. Recognizing the amount of time and energy associated with becoming involved in a legal matter, Max always strives to resolve any case he works on in the most efficient manner possible. Max utilizes his logical, critical thinking, and listening skills to connect with his clients and assist them through some of the most difficult times in their lives.
Since 2014, Petrunya has been voted as a "Rising Star" in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers rankings - an honor awarded to only 2.5% 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.
When Max is not working or teaching, he enjoys volunteering. Max has been a volunteer at Make-A Wish for over 8 years, assisting with everything from administrative work, to fundraising and wish fulfillment. Additionally, Max serves on the Board of One Day to Remember, a charity designed to provide children of a parent with a life-threatening illness with a one-day family outing to create memories that will last forever. For more information about One Day to Remember, please visit www.onedaytoremember.org.
One of Max's true passions in life is professional wrestling. In 2015, Max decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a professional wrestler and enrolled in professional wrestling school. Currently, Max performs for the International Wrestling Cartel (IWC), Ryse Wrestling and KSWA Wrestling as "The Gavel" David Lawless, Esq. For more information on "The Gavel", please check out "The Gavel" David Lawless on Facebook, lnstagram, and Twitter. Max hopes that by living his dream and becoming a professional wrestler, he can inspire others to never give up on their dreams.
Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- J.D. cum laude - 2010
Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
- B.A. - 2007
- Honors: With Honors
- Major: Political Science
Honors and Awards
- Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
- Top 40 under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014-2015
- Professional wrestler, Pro Wrestling eXpress (PWX) (The Gavel David Lawless, Esq.)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Allegheny County Bar Association
- Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors & co-chair of Educational Committee
- American Association for Justice (AAJ)
- Adjunct Professor, Duquesne University School of Law, Trial Advocacy, 2014 -Present
Pro Bono Activities
- Volunteer coordinator, Make-A-Wish
- Mock trial coach, CAPA High School, Pittsburgh, 2010-2015
- Pennsylvania, 2010
- West Virginia, 2011