Steven M. Toprani: Lawyer with Leech Tishman

Steven M. Toprani

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Pittsburgh,  PA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Government Relations
University California University of Pennsylvania, B.A., magna cum laude
Law SchoolDuquesne University School of Law, J.D.
Admitted2004, Pennsylvania; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Steven Toprani is Counsel to the firm and a member of the Litigation Practice Group.

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 prosecutions and put corrupt politicians and police officers, narcotics traffickers, racketeers and murderers behind bars. 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 serves as an adjunct professor of criminal law at the California University of Pennsylvania, where he contributes to academic texts and provides media commentary on police issues.


District Attorney, Washington County

California University of Pennsylvania (Adjunct Professor, Department of Justice, Law and Society)

Toprani & Popojas

Governor's Office of General Counsel

Professional Memberships

Allegheny County Bar Association

Association of Government Lawyers in Capital Litigation

Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty

Great Lakes Organized Crime Enforcement Network (Mid-Atlantic Region)

Mon Valley Chiefs of Police

Mon Valley Police Association

National District Attorneys Association

National White Collar Crime Center

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (Gaming Law Committee)

Pennsylvania Narcotic Officers Association

Washington County Bar Association

Western Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police

Professional Accolades

40 Under 40, Pittsburgh Magazine


Altoona Mirror

Harrisburg Patriot

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Legal Intelligencer

Morgantown Dominion

New York Times


Philadelphia Inquirer

Pittsburgh Magazine

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Uniontown Herald-Standard

USA Today

Valley Independent

Washington Post

Also, various appearances in media outlets including:


Associated Press (Pennsylvania)

Capitol Wire


FOX News


MSNBC and affiliates





Yahoo! News

Community Involvement

American Legion Post 162 (Sons Member)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh (Member, Steering Committee)

Click Into the Right Choices

Crime Victims Local Policy Board (Chair)

Criminal Justice Advisory Board

FBI Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition

Graduate School of Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts, California University of Pennsylvania (Dean's Advisory Board)

Greater Pittsburgh Financial Crimes Task Force

Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

Lions Club

Masters of Criminology Program, California University of Pennsylvania (Advisory Board Member)

Monongahela Area Redevelopment Committee

NAACP (Washington Branch)

Pennsylvania Society

Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington (Board Director)

Rotary International

Shriners International (F&AM, Scottish Rite)

The FBR Foundation for Autism Support (Board Member; Treasurer)

Washington County Prison Board

White Collar Crime Task Force

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Office Information

Steven M. Toprani

525 William Penn Place, 30th Floor
PittsburghPA 15219


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