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Adam Ennis is a seasoned commercial litigator and construction lawyer. His practice involves three areas: (1) business disputes involving breach of contract or allegations of unfair competition, tortious interference with contractual relations and fraud; (2) litigation arising in the construction of industrial, commercial and retail facilities, including oil and gas pipelines, gas processing plants, shopping centers, hospitals and education buildings; and (3) issues arising in oil and gas development, including matters involving leases, royalties, rights-of-way, farmout agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and other energy related contracts. In addition to construction and energy, Adam has worked with a variety of industries including financial services, real estate, technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and health care. In addition to his vast experience in federal and state court cases, Adam has successfully handled many commercial arbitrations and mediations. He is a member of the firm’s Energy Litigation, Construction and Business Litigation practice groups. From 2014 through 2017, Adam was Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he taught Trial Advocacy. He is a member of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXVI. In law school, he was Executive Editor of the Cardozo Law Review. 

Memberships & Awards

Leadership Pittsburgh XXXVI
Allegheny County Bar Association
Executive Editor, Cardozo Law Review
Graduated with honors, University of Pittsburgh

Key Experience

First chair in disputes involving construction of oil and gas pipelines, gas processing facilities and well pads
Successfully handled oil and gas lease disputes and cases involving purchase and sale of energy assets
Represented owners, contractors and subcontractors in construction litigation involving defect allegations, mechanics' liens, prompt payment act claims, liability for delay and business interruption

Work Experience

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2007-2013 Jackson Kelly PLLC
2002-2006 Keevican Weiss Baurle & Hirsch LLC
1994-2002 Klett Rooney Liber & Schorling, P.C.
1990-1994 Gordon Altman Butowsky Weitzen Shalov & Wein

Speaking Engagements

Understanding Construction Contracts and Managing Construction Disputes, Presented to Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association June 2019

CASPA Is Now a More Powerful Tool to Collect Payment, Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council’s Under Construction Journal May/June 2019

Pennsylvania Construction Contractors Gain New Tools to Collect Payments Client Alert April 2019

PA Supreme Court Eliminates More Act 13 Provisions, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Client Alert Sep. 2016

Working in West Virginia, Presented to Master Builders Association, 2016

Plaintiffs Looking for Loopholes in PLIVA v. Mensing, Law 360 Product Liability, Nov. 21, 2011

Curtailing Superficial Attacks on Experts, Law 360 Guest Column, July 27, 2010

Case Notes, American Land Title Association, Title News