Laura B. Gutnick
Admissions: 1998, Pennsylvania
Practice Areas: Civil Law; Criminal Law; Intellectual Property
Laura Beth Gutnick is a shareholder with the Pittsburgh office of the law firm of Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky. A former assistant district attorney with the County of Allegheny, she has extensive knowledge of courtroom practice and procedure, and has represented clients in more than 100 jury and non-jury trials.
Ms. Gutnick's experience with Strassburger McKenna includes civil, criminal, intellectual property, and family law matters. She has handled cases dealing with First Amendment, truancy, and landlord/tenant issues, among others.
For a decade, from 1993 to 2003, Ms. Gutnick served in the Office of the District Attorney for the County of Allegheny in Pittsburgh. In this role, she represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in prosecuting a variety of major crimes, including matters involving murder, robbery, narcotics, driving under the influence, assault, and domestic violence.
Extensive Background in Russian Studies
Ms. Gutnick has an extensive background in the study of Russian law and culture. She obtained her bachelor of arts in Russian Language and Studies in 1993 from the College of Wooster. Her independent study thesis at Wooster was entitled Soviet Mass Media: Pravda and the Untruths of the Chernobyl Accident.
In the summer of 1996, Ms. Gutnick attended the Moscow State University School of Law, researching the Russian legal system and comparative law. She also studied at Kuban State University in Krasnodar, Russia in 1991, successfully completing a curriculum taught entirely in the Russian language.
Involved in the Pittsburgh community, Ms. Gutnick is an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. She also is active in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh.