Harry F. Kunselman

Shareholder
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Biography

Harry F. Kunselman, a shareholder at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky focuses on civil and commercial litigation, including disputes involving minority shareholders, trade secrets, covenants not to compete, breach of contract, construction disputes, business torts, products liability, professional malpractice, and other general liability claims.

Mr. Kunselman also provides general counseling and litigation services for a wide range of business owners. Mr. Kunselman’s versatility as a litigator has been proven by such representative matters as representation of a shareholder in a dispute among the shareholders and directors of RMS Titanic, Inc., which owns the salvage rights to the wreck of the Titanic; the successful prosecution and resolution of an action by landowners to establish their title to oil and gas rights; the successful defense of a preliminary injunction claim in the energy sector; the successful enforcement of covenants not to compete against departing members of a radiology practice group; the successful prosecution and resolution of a trademark infringement dispute; the successful defense and resolution of a confession of judgment claim against the purchaser of a business; the successful defense and resolution of an alleged securities fraud class action; a number of multi-million dollar results on behalf of severely injured persons in personal injury matters; the successful prosecution and resolution of legal malpractice claims; and the successful prosecution and resolution of a contract manufacturing dispute.

Mr. Kunselman is the author of Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation (Pittsburgh: The Legal Intelligencer, 2014-2017), now in its fourth edition, that provides an overview of the primary causes of action in Pennsylvania commercial cases. The book also serves as a primer on minimizing risks for transactional attorneys and business owners.

Mr. Kunselman has been with Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky since 1994 and became a shareholder in 1998. He is the 2015 recipient of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award.

Mr. Kunselman has deep roots in the Western Pennsylvania legal community. He is the son of Robert E. Kunselman, the retired President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County.  He works in both the Beaver County and Allegheny County offices.  A native of Beaver County, he was instrumental in founding and developing the firm’s Beaver County practice, which continues to grow with the announcement by Royal Dutch Shell of the construction of an ethane “cracker” plant in Beaver County and the related influx of business investment and development in Beaver County.

Mr. Kunselman is an avid fly fisherman and college basketball fan. He also enjoys camping and playing golf.

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • Beaver County Bar Association, associate member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Upper St. Clair School Board, member and former president
  • Rotary Club of Beaver, member
  • City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, former member and former chair
  • Upper St. Clair Veterans Park, Inc., board member
  • Beaver County Chamber of Commerce
    • Government Affairs Committee, Chair

Publications

  • Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation, 1st Edition (2014)
  • Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation, 2nd Edition (2015)
  • Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation, 3rd Edition (2016)
  • Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation, 4th Edition (2017)

Recognition & Awards

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2014-2017 – Business Litigation

Education

  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1989
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1985

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Fifth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan