Gerri L. Sperling

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

Biography

Gerri L. Sperling, counsel at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick and Gefsky, brings over thirty years of experience to her diverse practice areas.   Ms. Sperling is known for her energy, dedication to her clients, and enthusiasm for helping them achieve results.

Ms. Sperling has a background in health law. She provides a broad range of legal services to health insurers, hospitals, and other health care providers. Her experience in the health care arena includes drafting and reviewing employment, service and vendor contracts, advising on regulatory matters, and litigating provider and coverage disputes in federal and state courts.

She has also devoted much of her practice to advising clients on employment-related matters, and representing them in employment litigation. Her employment law experience includes drafting and implementing personnel policies; drafting and reviewing restrictive covenant and other employment agreements; reviewing severance packages and executive compensation packages for employees; preparing severance agreements on behalf of employers; representing employers in defending discrimination claims and wage and hour claims, and most importantly, advising clients how to avoid those claims in the first instance. Ms. Sperling obtains great satisfaction in assisting clients in avoiding litigation minimizing risk.

Finally, Ms. Sperling obtains great satisfaction from her adoption, guardianship, surrogacy practice. She has handled over 800 adoption cases, including domestic, international, and step-parent adoptions. Related to her adoption practice, Ms. Sperling has obtained experience with guardianships and surrogacy as well. Ms. Sperling brings passion to her adoption and related practice areas; she gains fulfillment from helping individuals to become families. Her experience as an adoptive parent informs her adoption practice; knowing what her clients are experiencing gives her invaluable insight into the process.

Outside of work, Ms. Sperling enjoys reading, cooking, yoga, following the Pittsburgh Pirates and spending time with her husband, daughter and Havanese dog.

Speaking Engagements

  • "The Nuts & Bolts of Adoption Practice", PBI, 2014
  • "Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Terminating and Employee", Employment Law Institute West, 2014
  • "Medical Records Law", Lorman, 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Jewish Residential Service
  • Past President and Member, Board of Directors, Pace School
  • Member, Board of Directors, School Facility Development, Inc.

Publications

  • "Who Has Standing to Adopt or to Seek Custody", PBI, February, 2007
  • "Practical Guide Through the Adoption Practice", NBI, December 2005

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1981
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1978

Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court, 1988
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 1992
  • Western District of Pennsylvania, 1981
  • Pennsylvania, 1981