Trent A. Echard

Shareholder
P:(412) 281-5423   or   (724) 836-5423
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E:techard@smgglaw.com

Biography

Trent A. Echard is a shareholder at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky. He is the co-chair of the firm’s Oil and Gas Group. Trent’s practice is focused on civil litigation with an emphasis on Oil and Gas matters.

Trent works in the firm’s Pittsburgh and Greensburg offices. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. He is also a Registered Patent Attorney with degrees in mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering.

Trent’s litigation practice focuses on complex matters. He represents clients in contract disputes, business disputes, trade secrets cases, fraud cases, and other business torts. He also represents individuals in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Trent maintains a comprehensive Oil and Gas practice, featuring both transactional services and litigation services. He assists clients with Oil and Gas leases, pipeline agreements, and other agreements. Trent also assists clients with all types of Oil and Gas litigation. He has represented clients in Oil and Gas lawsuits related to lease disputes, contract disputes, title and ownership disputes, surface use disputes, gas storage disputes, pipeline disputes, property damage claims, trespass claims, and condemnation actions.

Clerkship

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

Publications

  • “Chapter 8: Business Torts.” In Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation, by Harry F. Kunselman. Pittsburgh: The Legal Intelligencer, 2014.
  • Oil and Gas for Small Firms, seminar, April and May, 2014

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

Education

  • 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

Admissions

  • 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 West Virginia