David A. Strassburger

Shareholder
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Biography

David A. Strassburger, a shareholder at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky in Pittsburgh, is one of Pennsylvania’s most accomplished and respected civil litigators. Described by clients as extraordinarily experienced in the courtroom and laser-focused on winning his cases, Mr. Strassburger is sought after by businesses and firms of all kinds in Western Pennsylvania when they are in need of advocacy practiced at the highest levels. He has been described as a “lawyer’s lawyer” by colleagues and as thoughtful, persistent and relentless when it comes to advancing his client’s position. He is  also known for representing his clients in an extremely cost-effective and strategic way.

During the last 20 years, Mr. Strassburger has successfully tried cases for plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and businesses, in state and federal court. His trial work has included such diverse matters as unfair competition, employment discrimination, professional liability, building defects, and business disputes. He is particularly experienced in advising clients undergoing and litigating  “business break-ups.”  Mr. Strassburger also regularly represents law firms, lawyers, and their former clients when disputes arise between them.  As part of this practice, he has gained useful knowledge about  areas of the law outside of his own practice, which provides him a broader  perspective on all of his clients’ matters. Chair of the firm’s construction litigation practice, Mr. Strassburger has successfully represented contractors and owners in cases involving defective work, defective design, acceleration and delay.

Extremely active in the legal profession, Mr. Strassburger is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and Board member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers in Allegheny County. He frequently lectures on defamation and legal ethics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and serves on the Local Rules Advisory Committee of the United States District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America and by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2016 who named him to their list of “Top 50” Pittsburgh Lawyers.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Strassburger, from 1996 to 1998, was law clerk to the Honorable Joseph F. Weis Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Mr. Strassburger has been married since 1996 to Meredith Brozost Strassburger, LSW. They live with their two children, Scott and Julia, in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh.

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • Local Rules Advisory Committee, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, member
  • Litigation Counsel of America, fellow
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute Civil Jury Instructions Subcommittee, member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, member

Community Activities

  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, board chair, 2009-2012

Recognition & Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Litigation
    • Insurance
    • General practice
  • Best Lawyers in America, First Amendment and Media Law
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, general litigation, 2012 – 2016
    • Top 50 Pittsburgh Super Lawyer

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Pittsburgh, 1995
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Lehigh University, 1992

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland