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Joseph Paletta


Practice Areas

DUI Defense
Firearms Defense
Drugs and Narcotics Defense
Medical License Defense
Nursing License Defense


Joseph Alexander Paletta was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area.  After graduating cum laude from Washington & Lee University in Virginia in 1982, he returned to Pittsburgh, achieving his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University Law School in 1985.  His father, Leonard J. Paletta, was a highly respected trial lawyer in Pittsburgh in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, and was the inspiration for Joseph becoming a lawyer.  In fact, a Paletta has maintained a law office in the Frick Building, the heart of the Pittsburgh legal community, for almost 50 years.

Attorney Paletta has been engaged in the practice of criminal defense law in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area for over 25 years.  During that time, he has tried significantly more than 150 jury trials, and hundreds more non-jury trials.  In recent years, his law practice has become focused on defending those persons charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (D.U.I.), and also narcotics crimes.  Furthermore, as a result of years of practice in these areas, and the experience of representing many Doctors and Nurses charged with the aforesaid crimes, Attorney Paletta has developed expertise in representing these medical professionals in medical license investigations and prosecutions by the specific licensing boards (i.e. the Board of Nursing).



Attorney Paletta possesses a unique quality which sets him apart from other lawyers who practice the same type of law.  In addition to his law office presented in this website, he is presently a lawyer in the Trial Division of the Allegheny County Office of Public Defender, also for 25 years.  As a Public Defender, Attorney Paletta has the privilege of offering experienced legal counsel to those who cannot afford to hire a private attorney but who have a right to quality legal representation.  In addition, this position permits Attorney Paletta to practice before all Judges in Allegheny County Criminal Court, and most all prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Office, handling an extremely wide variety of cases and fact patterns.  This experience is invaluable in counseling clients on their options and likely outcomes of each option.

Allow Attorney Paletta, with his experience and expertise, to be the solution to your legal problem.

Attorney Paletta is admitted to the practice of law in Pennsylvania, including:

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

He serves as a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

He practices part-time as a Trial Division lawyer for the Public Defender’s Office in Pittsburgh.

Attorney Paletta takes special pride in his appointment as a Special Master by U.S. District Court Judge Alan Bloch for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, in 1987.