Francis X. “Max” McTiernan, Jr.

Biography: Max has been representing clients in civil litigation matters for thirty-eight years. The majority of his practice is the representation of design professionals in all types of construction litigation. In addition to representing architects, engineers, and surveyors in contract negotiation and litigation, Max has defended individuals and corporations in a wide variety of litigation. These claims have included auto, premises liability, and insurance claims. Over his career, Max has handled civil litigation from minor personal injury to multi-million dollar claims. Max has tried cases in state courts throughout Western Pennsylvania and Western Pennsylvania Federal Court.  Max has argued cases in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the Pennsylvania Superior, Commonwealth and Supreme Courts. 

Max was  awarded the Top Rated Lawyer Award in Construction Law by Martindale-Hubbell.

Education: Duquesne University School of Law, JD 1985 – Member of Law Review, Justice Michael Musmanno Scholarship, American Jurisprudence Award;

University of Notre Dame, Bachelors of Business Administration 1981

Admissions: Admitted to the Pennsylvania State and Federal Bars in 1985 Admitted to Practice in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals


Member of Allegheny County Bar Association; Allegheny County Bar Association Construction Law Section; Member, CLM Alliance (Claims and Litigation Management)

Member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County 2013-2023

Publications: “In Re Appeal of M.A. Kravitz Co. ” 23 Duquesne Law Review, 249 (1984)

Presentations: “Statutory and Contractual Duties of Design Professionals and Contractors in Green Construction, ” seminar for HalfMoon Enterprises, Inc. October 23, 2013 Pittsburgh, PA

Risk Management for Design Professional Seminar Presented by Wayman, Irvin & McAuley and accredited by AIA CES Program, April 7, 2000; Risk Management for Design Professional Seminar Presented by Wayman, Irvin & McAuley and accredited by AIA CES Program, May 5, 1997

“Counseling Design Professionals on How to Manage the Risks of Building Green, ” for Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc. and CNA Insurance Companies, June 28, 2010, Chevy Chase, MD. 

Community Service: Vice President of Council for the Borough of Forest Hills, Pennsylvania Chairman of the Finance Committee 1993-1996

Practice Areas: Construction LitigationProfessional MalpracticeAuto Law; Representation of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Real Estate and Insurance Agents;  Premises Liability