Joel M. Helmrich


Joel Helmrich is a Partner in the Corporate Department. Joel provides advice to clients that have questions in a variety of areas, including financial instruments, business sales and acquisitions, and the sale of distress debt. His practice also includes representing creditors in state court collection matters including mortgage foreclosure actions, and the areas of Chapters 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcies, out of court corporate reorganizations and debt restructurings, and commercial collections. In addition, Joel has represented the legal representative of future claimants in several major asbestos bankruptcy proceedings. Joel has been involved in many of the major bankruptcy cases that have been filed in Pittsburgh, as well as other major cases that were filed in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and West Virginia.


  • Syracuse University College of Law  (J.D., 1979)
    • Syracuse Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management  (M.B.A., 1976)
  • Cornell University  (B.S., 1975)
    • Industrial Labor Relations

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Committees
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Committees
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, Board of Trustees
  • Upper St. Clair Planning Commission, Board of Trustees


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Bankruptcy Litigation 
  • Selected for the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® List, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in Finance and Industry