Trent A. Echard

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Trent A. Echard is a shareholder at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky. Trent’s background is geared toward solving complex problems. He holds two engineering degrees, and he has served as a staff attorney for a federal judge.

Trent handles most types of civil litigation. He is also the chair of the firm’s Oil and Gas Practice Group.

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. He practices in state and federal courts. He handles trials, appeals, emergency injunctions, and other litigation proceedings. Recently, Trent served as co-counsel to the relators in a lawsuit under the False Claims Act that was resolved by a settlement for $95.5 million.  No matter what situation his client may be facing, Trent strives to increase his client’s understanding of the issues and to decrease any anxiety his client might have about the legal process.

Trent’s Civil Practice focuses on:

  • Contract Disputes
  • Trade Secrets Cases
  • Employment Matters
  • Oil and Gas Disputes
  • Personal Injury Cases

Trent maintains a comprehensive Oil and Gas practice. He represents landowners and businesses in:

  • Oil and Gas Transactions
    • Leases
    • Pipeline Right of Ways
    • Other Agreements
  • Oil and Gas Disputes and Litigation
    • Lease Disputes
    • Ownership Disputes (Quiet Title Actions)
    • Contract Disputes
    • Property Damage Claims
    • Condemnation Actions
  • Legal Services For Oil and Gas Businesses and Employees
    • Contract Analysis
    • Employment Matters
    • Intellectual Property Protection
    • Commercial Litigation


  • 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


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Awards & Recognition

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star 2016 – Civil Litigation: Plaintiff


  • 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