Edward B. Gentilcore


Edward B. Gentilcore focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and construction law, with an emphasis on construction litigation, construction contracts, alternative project delivery, green and sustainable building, and mechanics' lien matters. His counsel spans a wide variety of projects, including steel mills, power plants, sports facilities, airports, educational buildings, mixed-use developments, water and wastewater infrastructure, transportation, and renewable energy.

Ed provides client representation and case management in complex litigation, arbitration, mediation, and appellate proceedings, as well as extensive in-house experience in matters involving corporate oversight, litigation management, contracting, employment and labor, insurance, ethics and compliance, cybersecurity, and property matters. This blend of experience, including at the chief legal officer level, allows him to provide a unique perspective on both client service and cost-effective risk management.

He represents clients on complex developments and projects, from the earliest stages of the projects, including strategic planning support, design and construction contract preparation and negotiation, and consultation on various related environmental, commercial, confidentiality/proprietary issues, employment-related matters, leasing, build-out, and green and sustainability goals, to directly facilitating project close-out and project-related claim resolution.

Ed is a frequent speaker and writer for leading publications, legal associations, and organizations. He has edited and contributed to nationally published books on Construction Litigation Jury Instructions and Green Building, along with a two-volume treatise on Pennsylvania Construction Law. Additionally, he presented an amicus curiae brief cited extensively by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in the case of Bricklayers of Western Pennsylvania Combined Funds, Inc. v. Scott’s Development Company, 930 A.3d 682 (Pa. 2014) involving the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963, as amended. He also co-chaired the drafting of the first nationally issued Green Building Addendum for ConsensusDOCS.

During law school, Ed was a member of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. He also served as its business editor.

Outside the Firm

Ed enjoys music of a myriad of genres, playing piano, spending time with his family, and baseball.


  • 2011–2018, listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018, 2014, “Construction Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016, “Construction Litigation Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015–2016, Top 50 Attorneys in Pittsburgh, listed in Super Lawyers
  • 2006–2018, Construction Litigation, Construction and Surety Law, Pennsylvania, listed in Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent®, listed by Martindale-Hubbell®



  • American Bar Association
  • Allegheny County (PA) Bar Association
Professional Activities

Ed is an Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (commonly referred to as LEED AP), since June 2009. He is also the past chair and a founding member of the Allegheny County Bar Association's Construction Law section.

Ed is actively involved in the ABA, serving as co-chair of the ABA Construction Litigation Committee (2011–2013) and as a member of the following Forum on Construction Law committees:

  • Governing Committee (2018–2021)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2018–2021)
  • Marketing Committee (2017–2021), Chair (2020-2021)
  • Division 10 (Energy and Environment), Chair (2013–2015)
  • Effective Project Management Strategies: Turning Hindsight into 20/20 Foresight, 2021 Fall Meeting, Governing Committee Liaison (2020–2021)



  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania


  • University of Pittsburgh, BA, cum laude
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD, cum laude, Order of the Coif, The Order of Barristers