Ryan D. DeMotte

Ryan D. DeMotte focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, real estate and construction disputes. He is experienced in a broad variety of commercial disputes, including insurance coverage, fiduciary duty, Uniform Commercial Code, and commercial lease claims, among others.  Ryan has represented clients in connection with large industrial and infrastructure projects throughout the United States and internationally.  He has served as lead counsel in proceedings in state and federal court and  arbitration forums.  Ryan joins CFWW+S after working for ten years at a large international law firm based in Pittsburgh.

Ryan serves as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army Reserve. Ryan is also an active volunteer with Fox Chapel youth basketball, the Community Swim Club of O’Hara Township, and the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.

Ryan’s representative experience includes the following:

  • Trial counsel for electrical contractor in a lawsuit involving breach-of-contract and Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act claims concerning the renovation of a country club and restaurant. The case was tried to a jury verdict in favor of the contractor in the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County.
  • Lead arbitration counsel for owner in an American Arbitration Association hearing concerning defective electrical products in the construction of a large metals recycling plant.
  • Lead counsel for industrial heating vendor in $2 million contract and mechanic’s lien dispute related to construction of a solar power plant.
  • Counsel to international EPC consortium in ICC arbitration related to construction of a $515 million power and desalination plant project in the Middle East.
  • Counsel for owner in a contract dispute concerning defective engineering design in the construction of a $400 million metals recycling plant.
  • Counsel to US-based civil contractor in connection with claims against highway authority relating to construction of new $250 million toll road.
  • Lead trial counsel for fitness center in a commercial lease dispute with landlord. After an evidentiary hearing, the trial court denied landlord’s petition for a preliminary injunction to eject the fitness center. The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld the trial court’s ruling on appeal.
  • Counsel to residential real estate developer for drafting and negotiation of construction contracts and related services contracts in connection with construction of a $30 million apartment complex.
  • Counsel to international EPC contractor in connection with claims related to construction of a large petrochemical project in the Middle East.
  • Counsel to EPC consortium in connection with claims related to the construction of an industrial chemical plant in India.
  • Counsel to Caribbean food processor in negotiations with manufacturer over defective engines installed in processing facility.
  • Counsel to healthcare services company in the negotiation of construction contracts and leases related to the development of new laboratory space.
  • Counsel to local sculptor in contract negotiations with government authorities over the placement of large public art project.
  • Represented multinational corporation in numerous liquidation proceedings with international solvent and insolvent insurers concerning coverage for toxic tort losses.
  • Represented financial services company in federal lawsuit concerning ERISA, breach of fiduciary duty, and securities laws.
  • Represented metals company in adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court concerning UCC and breach-of-contract claims.
  • Represented logistics and transportation company in litigation to enforce non-compete agreements against former executives.
  • Represented local parks management group in commercial lease and construction litigation.
  • Lead trial counsel for Pennsylvania prisoner in a Sec. 1983 federal civil rights case.


  • “Here’s A Tip: There are several ways contract can help you avoid delays in design approval,” Construction Today, November/December 2014 (with Richard F. Paciaroni)
  • “Healthcare Provider Liability Under State Consumer Protection Laws,” Antitrust Healthcare Chronicle, American Bar Association, October 2011.
  • “Interpretive Rulemaking and the Alaska Hunters Doctrine: A Necessary Limitation on Agency Discretion,” University of Pittsburgh Law Review, 2004.