E. J. Strassburger

Counsel
P:(412) 281-5423
F:(412) 281-8264
E:ejstrass@smgglaw.com

Biography

E. J. Strassburger was President of SMGG from 1980-2014. During that period, the firm expanded from 4 to 37 lawyers and extended its geographical reach from Allegheny to Beaver and Westmoreland Counties. Mr. Strassburger currently serves as Counsel to the Firm.

For more than 40 years, Mr. Strassburger has been an active litigator, who has concentrated in complex commercial and Orphans’ Court litigation, municipal law, and appellate practice. For the past 30+ years, he has balanced his litigation practice with estate planning and administration.

Mr. Strassburger has been the lead attorney in more than 50 cases decided in the Pennsylvania and federal appellate courts, which have included landmark decisions involving real estate, municipal, employment, mineral and public utility law.

Mr. Strassburger is a pioneer in school choice reform in Western Pennsylvania. He represented the Wilkinsburg School Board in its privatization of Turner Elementary School, which lead to the passage of the Pennsylvania Charter School Act.

Mr. Strassburger also understands the complex relationships that municipalities have with other government bodies and businesses. As the long-time solicitor for Findlay Township, he helped secure an agreement with Allegheny County that enabled the township to collect parking taxes. He also helped Findlay Township resolve a tax dispute with a solid waste management contractor. For Monroeville, Mr. Strassburger collected millions of dollars in taxes from a Fortune 500 company. On behalf of Sabre Systems and Service, a real estate appraisal contractor, he negotiated a substantial settlement in a dispute with Allegheny County involving a court-ordered reassessment of all 580,000 properties in the county.

Mr. Strassburger is a mediator for the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and is certified as a mediator and commercial arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Strassburger and his psychologist wife, Mona, live in Squirrel Hill. They have two grown children and two grandsons. He is the third generation of lawyers on both the paternal and maternal sides of his family. His son (Jordan) and nephew (David) represent the fourth generation in the firm. His grandfather, the late Eugene B. Strassburger, co-founded the firm in 1919, and was one of the authors of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Certifications

  • Certified as a mediator by the American Arbitration Association
  • Certified as a commercial arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association

Professional Affiliations

  • Carnegie Mellon University, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, civil liberties course instructor
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, past president and board member
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association, past president and board member
  • Pennsylvania Legal Service Corporation, former board member

Community Activities

  • American Civil Liberties Union, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, immediate past president and current board member
  • Jewish Residential Foundation, immediate past president
  • Jewish Residential Services, past president and board member
  • Rodef Shalom Congregation, past board member
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, past board member
  • August Wilson Center Recovery Committee, past board member
  • August Wilson Legacy Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, member of Advisory Committee

Recognition & Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (5.0 of 5.0 rating)
  • Distinguished Service Award from Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Levinson Community Relations Award from Jewish Federation

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Pittsburgh, 1971
    • Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A., cum laude, Williams College, 1968

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1971
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Fourth Circuits, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996