Joel M. Helmrich


Joel provides advice to clients who 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. He has been involved in many of the major bankruptcy cases filed in Pittsburgh, as well as other major cases 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

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


  • 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
  • Best Lawyers© 
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Bankruptcy Litigation (2022)
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® (2014 - 2019, 2021) 
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in Finance and Industry