W. Alan Torrance, Jr.

W. Alan Torrance, Jr.: Attorney with Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. AV stamp icon
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W. Alan Torrance, Jr. is a shareholder and Marketing Director of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. and Co-Chair of the Construction Law Group . He concentrates his practice in the areas of business torts and commercial litigation with a particular emphasis in construction and surety law.

His experience includes representation of owners, contractors, design professionals, suppliers, and sureties in private and publicly-funded projects. He has prosecuted mechanic’s lien claims in ten states and Canada and regularly prosecutes and defends claims for contract funds, change orders, labor inefficiencies, delays, and other direct and indirect costs. In addition, he frequently prepares and revises contracts for domestic and international projects. He has served as both an arbitrator and mediator of construction disputes involving owners, design professionals, and contractors.

Mr. Torrance is Dickie McCamey’s Marketing Director overseeing more than 180 lawyers throughout 11 states and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.

Professional Accomplishments

•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
The Best Lawyers in America since 2009: Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, and Litigation - Construction
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2011-2018

Presentations & Publications

Speaking Engagements

•“Builder Legal Update: The New Mechanic’s Lien Statute & the Recent Biltrite Decision” (Co-Presenter), Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, 4/24/2007


•“ Assignability of Statutory Bad Faith Claims: Pennsylvania Rulings May Have Far-Reaching Consequences ” (Co-Author), Claims Management magazine, Dec. 2014, Issue 12, Vol. 3, 2014 Bad Faith Supplement, p. S-4
•“ Legal Fundamentals in a Growing Economy ” (Author), BreakingGround magazine, July/Aug. 2013, pp. 37-38
•“ Design-Build Procurement in Pennsylvania? - Sometimes ” (Author), BreakingGround magazine, Jan./Feb. 2012, pp. 37-39
Performance Bond Manual (Contributing Author), American Bar Association, 2006


12/19/2014 Articles

Bad Faith: Are Statutory Bad Faith Claims Assignable in the Context of Third Party Tort Claims?

7/26/2013 Articles

Legal Fundamentals in a Growing Economy

2/1/2012 Articles

Design-Build Procurement in Pennsylvania? - Sometimes.

Press Releases

8/15/2018 Press Releases

Forty-Two Dickie McCamey Lawyers Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2019

5/24/2018 Press Releases

DMC’s 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Selectees

8/15/2017 Press Releases

Thirty-Seven Dickie McCamey Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2018

5/22/2017 Press Releases

Dickie McCamey Applauds Its Super Lawyer and Rising Star Selectees

8/15/2016 Press Releases

Thirty-Eight Dickie McCamey Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2017

8/24/2015 Press Releases

Thirty-Eight Dickie McCamey Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2016

9/15/2014 Press Releases

Thirty-Eight Dickie McCamey Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2015

8/30/2013 Press Releases

Dickie McCamey Applauds Its 42 Best Lawyers in America 2014

6/17/2013 Press Releases

Eighteen Dickie McCamey Attorneys Named to 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List

1/15/2013 Press Releases

Dickie McCamey Elects New Officers

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Energy
  • Corporate Services
  • Insurance Law and Litigation
  • Commercial Law and Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Business Torts
  • Surety Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
412-392-5272  Phone
888-811-7144  Fax
University Attended:
American University/Economics Study - U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Market Analysis and Government Finance, Fall 1983; Washington & Jefferson College, B.A., Economics, 1984
Law School Attended:
University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, J.D., 1987
Year of First Admission:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania


•American Bar Association ( Fidelity & Surety Law Committee and Forum on Construction Law)
•National Bond Claims Association

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Achieved multi-million dollar settlement from the geotechnical engineers and contractor regarding the design and installation of a failed structural retaining wall and foundation on behalf of a Fortune 100 company as the owner of commercial property; Representation of surety in multi-million dollar performance bond default arising from a publicly bid prison project; Prosecution of mechanics liens and claims for payment throughout the United States and Canada for a national roofing contractor; Obtained jury verdict for 100% of the claim for labor inefficiency and delay costs, attorney's fees, interest, and penalty interest in favor of a specialty contractor after a four-week jury trial; On behalf of a surety, successfully negotiated and resolved the affirmative claim for delay damages assigned by a defaulted contractor against the project owner arising from the construction of a major league baseball stadium; Negotiated delivery and installation of an industrial boiler system in an automobile manufacturing facility in Mexico; Representation of various bonding companies on all types of indemnity and bond claims arising from the issuance of performance, payment, and maintenance bonds, in addition to probate and miscellaneous bonds; Prosecution of bid protest resulting in award of publicly funded infrastructure project to client without a rebid; Successful defense and resolution of OSHA claims filed against a general contractor resulting from the death of a subcontractor's employee.

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (2 reviews)
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