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Alba A. Romano


Since 1987, Alba's practice has been exclusively in civil defense litigation. In 2002, Alba returned to Riley, Hewitt, Witte & Romano, P.C., having been previously associated with many of her present partners at Riley & DeFalice, P.C.  Alba has also worked at insurance defense firms and as trial counsel for CNA Insurance Company.  In addition, Alba opened and managed the Pittsburgh office of a Philadelphia insurance defense firm.


Her trial experience has been in the areas of products liability, premises liability, motor vehicle liability, insurance coverage, professional liability, asbestos defense and asbestos litigation management.


Alba has managed caseloads of over 10,000 plaintiffs nationwide, including discovery, witness development, trial work and negotiations. She presently serves as National Coordinating Counsel for an equipment manufacturer for whom she handles its mass tort litigation, including retention of counsel and of expert witnesses for trials.  She has practiced in federal and state courts in various states and has been selected to serve as an arbitrator in statutory arbitration panels in Pennsylvania.


Alba is fluent in Spanish and is a member of the Hispanic Attorneys Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) and a member of Defense Research Institute (DRI).  Alba is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), in which she has served as faculty member of the Trial Academy, Chair and Vice-Chair of various committees, Ambassador and elected to serve on the Board of Directors (2020-2023).  She has served on the IADC Foundation Board since 2016 (Secretary-Treasurer 2020-2021).


Alba is married to Vince Romano and has two daughters, Gabriella and Isabella.



  • J.D. Tulane University School of Law, 1987

  • B.S. Spring Hill College, Magna Cum Laude, 1984


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1987

  • Third Circuit Federal Court, 1989

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993

  • Western, Eastern and Middle Federal Districts of Pennsylvania



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