Robert H.C. Ralston

Of Counsel


Practice Areas

Litigation • Business Law • Appellate • Construction Litigation • Professional Liability
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Robert’s practice cuts across several of Houston Harbaugh’s practice groups. A focused writer, Robert specializes in the drafting of complex legal documents for appellate practice, commercial and business litigation, business law, and health law. Robert authors motions, briefs, and other pleadings for Houston Harbaugh’s clients in state and federal court and has argued and served as the principal author of briefs for numerous appeals before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Commonwealth Court. He has successfully petitioned the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to grant discretionary review. Robert’s experience includes litigation related to:

  • Construction and design defects
  • Design-professional liability
  • Public bidding and contracting
  • Estates and estate disputes
  • Civil rights
  • Employment, restrictive covenants, and trade secrets
  • Breach of contracts
  • Planning and zoning
  • Payment and surety bonds
  • Corporate and shareholder disputes
  • Collections and creditors’ rights

In addition to litigation, Robert employs his writing skills to author contracts, leases, employment agreements, and other commercial and corporate documents. Robert is experienced in health law and holds a Certificate in Health Law from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has drafted compliance manuals and written articles on HIPAA and Medicare compliance and served as a presenter for seminars and CLE programs on medical-records law and the HIPAA privacy and security rules.


Education & Credentials


  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D. Certification through the Health Law Certificate Program
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S. Summa Cum Laude, Elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

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