Attorney Profiles

Attorneys of Villanova Law Offices


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James A. Villanova


James is a Pittsburgh native born in the city and raised in Western Pennsylvania. He graduated from South Hills Catholic High School (now Seton La Salle High School) before moving on to Villanova University (no relation).

While a student at Villanova University, James was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 926, as a factory worker, during the summer as well as having other labors and office jobs.

Upon graduation from Villanova University, James was granted a full honors scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a member of the Law Review. During his law school tenure, James was a railroad worker and was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way of the Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 1049. James was also chosen to work as a summer associate at Reed, Smith, Shaw and McClay, a large corporate firm.

After James was graduated from law school, he was appointed a federal prosecutor by the Attorney General of the United States, and worked under future Attorney General, Richard Thornburgh. As a United States Attorney, James prosecuted over fifty jury trials involving illegal drugs, explosives, bank robberies, embezzlements, frauds of various types, kidnappings and smuggling. He is the only known attorney in the Pittsburgh area to have prosecuted a member of the American Nazi Party.

In his capacity as an attorney for the United States, James defended the government in contract disputes, medical malpractice, and accident cases. He was the first to head the Consumer Protection Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office. James also prosecuted the first five cases in the nation under the Odometer Rollback Act, which played a major part in stopping the practice of rolling odometers back in vehicles.

James expanded his jury trial experience when he later joined the staff of the Public Defender of Allegheny County. There, he defended those accused of various offenses such as homicide, arson, and robbery.

In 1978, James began his private practice representing victims of accidents and at the same time worked as an attorney with the firm Rosenberg Kirshner in Pittsburgh, now Margolis Edelstein. Since then Mr. Villanova has represented individuals who have been injured or the estates of those who have been deprived of life by acts of negligence, wrongdoing, product defects, and malpractice.

James also has extensive experience in industrial accidents including fires and explosions, faulty equipment, and violation of standards such as OSHA. He has successfully prosecuted manufacturers for faulty products, including a case in which a verdict in the amount of 26 million dollars was upheld for a case where a poorly designed bow for children rendered a child totally and permanently disabled. James has also settled several significant cases, including a case where a child drowned as a result of an insecure and unprotected dock, a case where a victim acquired tuberculosis at a hospital with a faulty HVAC system, a case involving a fire and explosion at a West Virginia power plant, and many others.*

James is the author of the text Pennsylvania Proposed Points for Jury Instruction- Civil, which is used by many judges and attorneys in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as being a part of the library of may law schools and public law libraries in the state.

James Villanova is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and by Court permission in the State of Ohio. He has extensive experience in both State and Federal Courts.

James is also the host of a radio talk show on KQV 1410 AM, called “Understanding Your Law.”  It airs on Saturday mornings at 9:30!


Contact info:

Phone 412-471-1933


*Settlement and verdict money amounts will vary on a case by case basis.


Michael E. Metro


Michael E. Metro is a Pittsburgh native, and graduated from Penn Hills High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and History, from Denison University, and his Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University School of Law.

Michael has practiced plaintiff’s personal injury law since 1993.  Mr. Metro is a member of the Allegheny and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, as well as a member of the West Virginia Bar Association.  Mr. Metro has over 20 years of experience representing injured individuals.

Michael has been admitted to practice law before the state courts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He has also been admitted to practice before The Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He has also been admitted to practice before the Northern and Southern U.S. District Courts in West Virginia.

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Connor A. Battin


Connor is the latest addition to the Villanova Law Offices team. Connor was born in Pittsburgh, and was raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. Connor graduated from University High School in Morgantown, before attending West Virginia University.

While attending West Virginia University, Connor was selected to be a member of an elite group of students who were given the opportunity to participate in a program called “Inside-Out Prison Exchange,” which was designed to bring college students together with incarcerated persons to study as peers, and to give students a unique, inside look at the criminal justice system. Connor graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology, and a minor degree in English.

After graduation, Connor attended Duquesne University School of Law. While at Duquesne, Connor traveled abroad and studied international government, corporate, and intellectual property law at Universität zu Köln, in Cologne, Germany, and the Sorbonne University, in Paris, France.

While a student, Connor was a member of the Duquesne Public Defender Clinic, where he represented criminal defendants in preliminary hearings, and assisted criminal defendants in understanding their plea agreements. Connor also assisted several Public Defender Attorney’s in their preparation for hearings, and trials. At the same time, Connor worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the Protection from Abuse Division of Neighborhood Legal Services in Pittsburgh, PA, where he advocated on the behalf of victims of domestic violence.

Connor obtained his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University and is licensed to practice law in the state of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the Southern District of West Virginia.

Contact info:


Fax 412-471-2733

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