Meet Our Attorneys in Butler, PA

Al Lindsay, Attorney at Law:

Alexander Lindsay (Al) grew up in the Freeport/Butler area, north of Pittsburgh. He attended the Freeport Area Schools and graduated from high school at the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania in 1964.

Al graduated as a History major from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA in 1968. He was a 1971 graduate of Pitt Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. Al returned to Pitt Law School in 1992 as an adjunct professor, teaching Trial Advocacy to law students.

In 1972 Al became the first full-time Assistant District Attorney in the history of Butler County. In that position, he investigated and prosecuted all types of violent and white-collar crime. He also handled Juvenile Court hearings in Butler County and most proceedings before the various Indicting Grand Juries which were in session at the time.

His most significant work as an Assistant District Attorney in Butler County, however, was to investigate and prosecute public corruption. In 1974, he was appointed to supervise a Special Grand Jury investigation of allegations of corruption at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Butler County. This investigation resulted in numerous indictments and convictions, including the convictions of William Casper, Treasurer of the Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee, who was convicted of extortion, conspiracy, criminal solicitation, and election law violations, and Thomas Tiberi, a former PA State Legislator, convicted of extortion. Other significant prosecutions that Al pursued while he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Butler County included Joseph Markus, Director of the Personal Property Tax Bureau, who was prosecuted for embezzlement, and Leo Sarteschi, Chief Inheritance Tax Appraiser, who was convicted of bribery.

In August 1975, Al was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, under U.S. Attorney Richard Thornburg, a position he held until July 1980. The vast majority of the cases prosecuted by Al as an Assistant United States Attorney dealt with public corruption and white-collar crime. From September 1977 until July 1980, he served as supervisor of all public corruption investigations and prosecutions by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

In July 1980, Al left the United States Attorney’s Office and entered the private practice of law in Butler, PA, where his main office is located today. Much of his early work in Butler involved municipal litigation, and he was solicitor for a number of municipal governments. From January 1984 to March 1986, he was the Butler County Solicitor, from July 1980 to July 1984, he was the Solicitor for the Redevelopment Authority for the City of Butler. He was also solicitor for Cranberry Township in Butler County, one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Western Pennsylvania.

Much of Al’s experience as a private attorney has been in the field of criminal defense and civil litigation, in both Federal and State Courts. He was involved in the defense of numerous high-profile criminal cases, the most prominent of which was the defense of a Brentwood Police Officer, John Vojtas, who was originally charged with murder, as a result of the death of Johnny Gammage on October 12, 1995. In that case, through expert testimony, the defense refuted the proposition that Mr. Gammage died as a result of any conduct on the part of Officer Vojtas and successfully refuted the idea that Mr. Vojtas committed any misconduct. After a highly publicized jury trial, the Defendant, John Vojtas, was acquitted of all charges. Al also defended the Rev. Richard Rossi on charges of attempting to murder his wife. The trial ended with a hung jury.

Al has also been involved in numerous civil trials, including the case of Charles Wilken, Ruth Wilken and Janice Wilken vs. the Butler Motor Transit Company in which a Butler County jury returned a verdict for the Plaintiffs in the amount of $1,139,661, which was one of the largest verdicts ever paid in Butler County.

Al has received a number of awards in the course of his career, including a Special Achievement Award from Attorney General Griffin B. Bell, on March 6, 1978, and a Commendation from William Webster, Director of the F. B. I. He also served as the President of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association in 1998, and on March 13, 1999, Al was admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In addition to trying cases, Al has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, teaching Trial Advocacy since 1992. He appeared numerous times as an instructor at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute for Criminal Trial Advocacy at the United States Department of Justice in Washington D.C. He also conducted numerous seminars on criminal procedure for State and Local police, and he was an instructor in Criminal Law and Procedure at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Butler County Community College. Al served on the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee at the request of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for six years.

Al Lindsay in the Courtroom

“….There’s no place I’ve been where my mind works so fast. All my senses and pores open up. My brain does things it should not be able to do….My brain works better in the courtroom than it does anywhere else. It’s in an entirely different gear in the courtroom….”

Valley News Dispatch 11.08.1998

Max Roesch, Attorney at Law

Max Roesch focuses his practice on civil litigation, criminal defense, and civil rights, with a particular passion for labor and employment law.

After graduating from Middlebury College in 2005 with a degree in political science, Max pursued a career with the labor movement, fighting for justice and fairness in the workplace alongside healthcare workers, preschool teachers, and correctional officers.

At the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Max served as a managing editor of the Law Review, won the CALI Award in Criminal Law, and was awarded a Peggy Browning Fellowship with the United Electrical, Machine, and Radio Workers of America. His Law Review Note, Concerted Activity: A Call to Return to the Spirit of Weingarten, 79 U. Pitt. L. R. 335, was published in the Winter 2017 issue.

A native of California, Max has embraced western Pennsylvania with the zealotry of a convert. Outside of work, he can be found poking around his backyard smoker, teaching his sons Oliver and Isaac to cook, and rooting for the Steelers.

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