Jason A. Spak Associate
444 Liberty Avenue Suite 1105
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Jason Spak is a lawyer who practices complex commercial litigation: he defends lawsuits that allege that a company breached a contract, an insurance company didn’t honor its policy, or a financial service provider violated a legal regulation. (He reminds you that these are just allegations). Jason has a particular focus on financial services litigation, and he has handled Fair Credit Reporting Act cases from Maine to California and from Minnesota to Texas. But his practice extends to commercial lawsuits of all kinds, such as antitrust claims, contract disputes, collections and foreclosures, and disputes over the handling of investments and pensions. He is familiar with all phases of litigation, from the pleadings through discovery, motions practice, and trial. He comments on FCRA litigation on his blog.
Jason was an award-winning high school, SAT, and LSAT teacher before he attended law school, and he likes to think that his teaching experience helps him translate legal jargon into plain English. He received his own education from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2002) and the University of Notre Dame (B.A., Honors Program, 1995). He is always grateful for the national acclaim that both schools have received (US News and World Report ranks Michigan as a top-ten law school and Notre Dame as a top-twenty national university), but during football season, his cheers are for old Notre Dame.
After graduating from Michigan Law, Jason first learned his trade in the Pittsburgh offices of two of the world's largest law firms: Jones Day (2002-2006) and Reed Smith (2006-2009). At both firms, he helped defend large “bet the company” lawsuits that involved a paint manufacturer, a call center operator, a soft drink manufacturer, and a mutual fund family. In 2009, he decided that he would leave “Big Law” if he could find a litigation boutique where he’d be able to do equally sophisticated legal work, but in a firm with less bureaucracy, fewer reviewable documents, and lower rates. He found all that and more at Picadio, Sneath, Miller, and Norton, and he has never looked back. (Picadio, Sneath, and Miller may have).
Jason lives with his wife and four children in the City of Pittsburgh's Highland Park neighborhood. He provides pro bono legal services to several neighborhood organizations in that area, including Lawrenceville United, Friendship Development Associates, Inc., and the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library. His outside interests include bicycling (he bikes to and from work), domestic peace and quiet, and spirituality of all kinds (he studied for the Catholic priesthood from 1996-1998 and is a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Pittsburgh, but he also received professional training in spirits from the Pittsburgh Bartending School).
- Pennsylvania, 2002
- U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2003
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2004
- U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2006
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2006
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2009
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2011
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2013
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2012
- The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- J.D. (Cum Laude) - 2002
- University of Notre Dame
- B.A. - 1995
- Honors: Honors Program
- Major: Government
- "Relief for Resellers: Two Reasons Why FCRA claims against resellers may be dismissed before trial", National Credit Reporting Association, Inc., May 2010
- "Consumer Class Actions Involving Credit & Debit Card Receipts Hit Retailers Nationwide", Defense Research Institute, March 2008 (with John McIntyre)
Past Employment Positions
- Reed Smith, LLP, Associate, 2006 - 2009
- Jones Day, Associate, 2002 - 2006