Trent A. Echard

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Trent A. Echard is a shareholder at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky.  He handles most types of civil litigation.  With two engineering degrees, Trent’s background is geared toward solving all types of complex problems.

Trent was born and raised in Westmoreland County.  After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, Trent worked as an engineer for Lockheed Martin in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

Trent then attended law school and began his legal career as a staff attorney for a federal judge.  In that role, Trent worked on a wide variety of commercial cases, employment cases, trade secrets cases, personal injury cases, civil rights cases, and white collar criminal cases.  This experience built the base for the practice that Trent maintains today.

At Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, Trent continues to handle all types of civil matters.  Recently, Trent served as co-counsel to the relators in Washington v. EDMC, which was filed under the federal False Claims Act.  That case, along with three others, was resolved by a settlement for $95.5 million.  Trent also recently served as class counsel in McLaughlin v. Phelan Hallinan & Schmieg. In McLaughlin, the class received the maximum statutory award under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Trent’s practice focuses on:

  • Personal Injury
  • Employer Employee Relations
  • Oil and Gas Litigation
  • Business Disputes

Trent also serves as the Chair of the firm’s Oil and Gas Practice Group.

Trent is married and has two daughters and a son.  He enjoys hunting, fishing and target shooting.



  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Magistrate Judge George J. Limbert

Professional Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA)
  • National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Westmoreland County Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court


From Our Blog

Recognition & Awards

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star 2016 – Civil Litigation: Plaintiff

Pittsburgh Business Times “Who’s Who in Energy – Pittsburgh Lawyers”






  • J.D., cum laude, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2007
  • B.S., university honors, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003 - Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S., university honors, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003 - Biomedical Engineering


  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (registered patent attorney)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia