James R. Silsley

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James Silsley, an Associate at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, represents corporate and individual clients in real estate and business matters generally, and in litigation matters in state and federal courts. Mr. Silsley has experience with property tax appeals, land use issues, landlord tenant matters, and real estate transactions. He routinely advises clients on all aspects of litigation, including pleadings, motions, briefs, and appeals. Mr. Silsley has received recognition as a top rated real estate attorney by Super Lawyers, and was selected to their list of Rising Stars in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania are named to the Rising Star list. In addition to being a licensed attorney, Mr. Silsley is a licensed real estate sales person and member of the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh.

Prior to joining Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, Mr. Silsley practiced for several years at a Pittsburgh-based firm as senior associate. Prior to his private practice, Mr. Silsley served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ronald W. Folino in the Civil Litigation Section of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

James is a native of Western Pennsylvania and resides in the East End of Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter.

Experience and Representative Matters

  • Represented several entities (e.g. large trade school, local theater, fire department) in seeking property tax exemption under Pennsylvania’s “HUP” Test and Purely Public Charity standard.

  • Represented numerous individuals pursuing and defending against claims for violation of Pennsylvania’s Real Estate Seller Disclosure Law.

  • Represented a large excavation company through business partition litigation with claims for division of partnership assets.

  • Represented hundreds of commercial and residential property owners in Allegheny and Washington Counties through tax appeals before the Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review and the Court of Common Pleas.

  • Represented and advised numerous individuals in forming and registering a business with the Pennsylvania Department of State.

  • Represented companies and individuals in commercial and residential landlord tenant matters.

  • Represented individuals and companies in appeals to the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA)
    • Real Estate Section Committee Member
  • Former Member of the Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE)

Community Activities

  • Member of Bike Pittsburgh
  • ACBA Soccer
  • Pittsburgh Sports League (PSL)


  • J.D., Duquesene University School of Law, 2010
  • B.A., Washington & Jefferson College, 2005


  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania