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William “Trip” Radcliffe, Attorney

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“Trip” Radcliffe was raised in Fayette County. After graduating from Uniontown High School, he attended Bucknell University where he received his bachelor of arts degree. He received his juris doctor degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and entered private practice in Uniontown.

Trip’s practice focuses on civil litigation involving class actions primarily filed against insurance companies. He has tried more than 100 jury cases.

He has a broad legal background, having been a former Assistant District Attorney of Fayette County, and former Chairman of the Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee, which imposes discipline on attorneys in Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy School (a nationwide organization of trial lawyers), and has authored several articles for professional publications.

Trip is a former chairman of the Uniontown Hospital Association Board of Trustees and former president of the Board of Directors of the Uniontown Area Y.M.C.A.

Trip is married to the former Jenny Robinson, who is a lifelong resident of Uniontown and a retired Laurel Highlands School District elementary teacher. He and Jenny have three sons: Christopher is an attorney with the Department of Justice, Eric is a commercial loan banker in Arlington, Virginia, and Craig is employed as a legislative aide to a U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C.

Trip currently enjoys a second career as a basketball coach and has coached at the middle school and varsity levels.

Ernest P. DeHaas, III, Attorney

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Ernie DeHaas earned his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and has spent his entire career practicing law in Fayette County. He completed an intensive course for trial lawyers given by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and has experience in criminal cases, accident cases, zoning, real estate, wills and estates, divorce, custody and support cases, contracts, school law, municipal law, labor relations and employment law. Ernie has represented school districts, municipal authorities, industrial development authorities, townships and boroughs in Fayette and Greene counties. In addition to being admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania courts, he is also admitted to practice before, and has handled cases in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ernie is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Fayette County Bar Association. He has served as a director and president of the Fayette County Bar Association. Ernie served for six years in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and received an honorable discharge.

Active in the local community, Ernie has held a variety of leadership roles with the Fayette Chamber of Business and Industry, Uniontown Rotary Club, Fayette County Development Council (predecessor of Fay-Penn Economic Development Council), Greater Uniontown Industrial Fund (now Fayette Industrial Fund), Uniontown Area YMCA, and Uniontown Downtown Business District Authority. In addition, he served for more than 15 years as leader of the Explorer Scouting Post (sponsored by the Fayette County Bar Association); coached elementary school girls’ basketball; and serves as lector at his church, St. John the Evangelist in Uniontown.

Ernie is a Carmichaels, Pa., native whose family’s roots in Fayette County go back more than three generations. He is the second of seven children born to Dr. Ernest P. DeHaas, II and Ladonna M. DeHaas. He and his wife, Kathleen, a pharmacist, have one child, Abby, who is currently an academic advisor in the athletic department of the University of Memphis.

William M. Martin, Associate Attorney

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Bill Martin is a 2006 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, where in addition to the regular curriculum, he participated in the Post-Conviction DNA Project. The Project provided inmates of prisons throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the opportunity to challenge their convictions of violent offenses through the use of DNA evidence. Prior to attending law school, Bill received a bachelor of arts degree, with highest distinction, from Pennsylvania State University with a major in history.

Before joining Radcliffe & DeHaas, Bill served as a clerk for the Honorable Dante Pellegrini of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. As a clerk, Bill was exposed to various state agency, land use, municipal, unemployment compensation, and workers’ compensation appeals. Bill was also an associate at a Pittsburgh firm where his primary focus was workers’ compensation. Bill focuses his practice in a wide variety of areas, ranging from people injured in accidents or at work to real estate matters.

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