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Mr. Steven M. Toprani

Leech Tishman
former elected Republican official
Regular Member
Office:
904 Lincoln Street
Monongahela, PA 15063

Phone: 412.261.1600
Fax: 412.227.5551
Email: stoprani@leechtishman.com
Web Site: www.leechtishman.com

Law School: Duquesne Univ. (2004)

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He has represented a broad range of public individuals, including elected officials, political candidates, public employees, university faculty and authors, professional athletes, small business owners and executives from major corporations. He has experience in conducting internal investigations for businesses, advising and representing targets of criminal investigations, and defending individuals in serious felony cases.
Most recently, Steve served as District Attorney of Washington County, Pennsylvania. During his time as D.A., Steve set benchmarks in major case investigations and successfully prosecuted numerous corrupt politicians and police officers, narcotics traffickers, racketeers and murderers. As D.A., Steve redirected the County Detectives Bureau, led efforts to curtail illegal aliens from working in area construction and drilling sites and remained vigilant against environmental polluters, effectively limiting the negative impact of Marcellus Shale expansion. Steve created a Public Corruption Task Force with the FBI, and forged new relationships with law enforcement organizations such as the Greater Pittsburgh Financial Crimes Task Force and the Justice Department’s Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition.
Prior to serving as D.A., Steve had a private practice, Toprani & Popojas, where he represented clients in diverse civil, family, criminal, business, commercial real estate and bankruptcy matters and provided counsel to small businesses, injured workers and disabled veterans. Steve also formerly served as assistant counsel in the Office of General Counsel by (former) Governor Ed Rendell, where he aided Pennsylvania’s largest state agency, the Department of Public Welfare. During the course of his career, Steve has provided political consultation by serving on campaign teams of county, state and federal candidates.
Steve’s career is marked in public service. He has held leadership roles in the Young Lawyer Divisions of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, where he expanded student loan repayment plans for public lawyers and helped implement the “Wills for Heroes” program to assist first responders with estate planning. He is a court appointed special advocate. During college, Steve served as an intern in the Office of (former) First Lady Michele Ridge and in (former) Governor Tom Ridge’s policy office for business investment, the Governor’s Action Team. While attending law school, Steve worked in Duquesne University’s Economic and Community Development Law Clinic, providing free legal services to community organizations. He also clerked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and was a licensed legal intern in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.
Steve is a frequent lecturer on substantive criminal law, conducting education courses for attorneys and law enforcement; he contributes to academic texts and provides media commentary on police issues. He served as an adjunct professor of criminal law at the California University of Pennsylvania.



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