Half of our practice is dedicated to Criminal Defense law including DUI. We are experienced in all aspects of criminal law including preliminary hearings, formal arraignments, pre-trial conferences, status conferences, jury and non-jury trials, negotiated plea agreements, and probation violations. We also work in family law handling divorce, custody, and support disputes.
Lyle L. Dresbold joined the firm in 2008 after graduating from Duquesne University School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Maryland in Government and Politics. In law school Lyle excelled in litigation work, being the captain of the school's moot trial court team and being a finalist in trial competition in tournaments in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. He has been awarded the Lynette Norton Memorial Award for "having demonstrated academic excellence, skills in oral advocacy through moot court programs, and a keen sense of ethics and professionalism." He was one of only eight members of his graduating class chosen for induction into the prestigious Order of the Barrister for exhibiting excellence and obtaining high honor through the art of courtroom advocacy. He is a member of the faculty of Robert Morris University teaching a course in Criminal Law and Evidence as well as an adjunct professor of law at Duquesne Law School where he coaches one of the traveling trial teams.
Lyle is admitted to the practice of law in every county in Pennsylvania, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Joel Dresbold has been practicing since 1974. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio in 1971. He earned his JD from Duquesne Law School in 1974.
Joel was the Associate Comment Editor of the Duquesne Law Review where he authored an article entitled The Manufacturers Duty in Second Collision Automobile Product Liability. He is a faculty member at Robert Morris University where he has taught Criminal law and Evidence.
Joel is admitted to the practice of law in every county in Pennsylvania, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been appointed by the Administrative Judge of the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court to represent defendants in support contempt cases.
Joel has won 6 of the last 8 cases that he took to a jury. He is married and the father of three children.