Amy Acheson

Amy Acheson was born and raised in Pittsburgh. After graduation from The Ellis School, she matriculated at Haverford College, and earned a B.A. in Economics.

Amy Acheson went on to graduate with honors from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Upon graduation, Amy started her legal career at Reed Smith Shaw & McClay (now Reed Smith LLP), where she was mentored by many legendary Pittsburgh attorneys — Walter McGough, Nelson Young, Tony Basinski, Craig Jones, Sherman McLaughlin, and Richard Wentley to name only a few. After eight years at Reed Smith, she became a Shareholder of Berger Law Firm P.C. where she practiced until 2000.

In 2000, Amy founded her own law practice to serve existing and new clients. She has also served as Of Counsel to Pittsburgh law firms.

Legal Education

1987 J.D., cum laude, University of South Carolina, School of Law

Member of the Order of the Coif (national legal honor society)

Member of the Order of the Wig and Robe (local legal scholastic society)

Member – South Carolina Law Review

Research Assistant, David G. Owen, Distinguished Professor of Law, Product Liability and Tort Theory

Teaching Assistant Legal Writing and Research, Henry S. Mather, Professor of Law, Contracts and Secured Transactions

Undergraduate Education

1984 B.A., Haverford College, Economics

Professional Admissions


United States Court of Federal Claims

United States District Court for the Western District of PA

United States Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fourth and Tenth Circuits

Honors or Recognitions

AV rated Martindale-Hubbell

Listed in Who’s Who in American Law

Community Involvement

Board of Directors, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, Inc. (2000 – current).

Past Member, Board of Governors, Young Lawyers’ Division, ACBA.

Deacon, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 2001 – 2006.

Board of Trustees, Shadyside Presbyterian Church Nursery School (2001-2003).

Financial Officer & Board of Advisors, RSVP of Allegheny County (1990 – 1992).

Vice President & Board of Managers, The Woodwell (1992-1999).

Treasurer & Board of Directors, PLEA (1982 – 1992).