Attorney Profile

Trent A. Echard

Trent A. Echard

Education: Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., 2003); Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 2007)

Certifications: Registered Patent Attorney (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office)

State Court Admissions: Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia

Federal Court Admissions: U.S. Court of Appeals for the 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; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of West Virginia

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Oil and Gas.

Trent is a Director with the Pittsburgh office of Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky.  His practice extends to all types of litigation matters, including commercial disputes, oil and gas disputes, civil rights cases, personal injury cases, and employment matters.  Trent is a registered patent attorney and he has extensive experience with the federal court system.  Before joining Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, he served for several years as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.   

Civil Practice

Before joining Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, Trent served as a federal judicial law clerk.  In that role, Trent assisted with a broad range of civil cases that are litigated in federal courts.  These matters routinely included commercial disputes and civil rights cases. 

In private practice, Trent has drawn upon his experience to represent individuals and businesses in complex civil matters, including:

  • contract disputes
  • covenants not to compete
  • misappropriation of trade secrets
  • defamation and slander
  • personal injury and wrongful death actions
  • police brutality and other civil rights violations

Oil and Gas Practice

In addition to civil litigation, Trent represents landowners and commercial enterprises in a variety of Oil and Gas matters.   Trent regularly assists clients with:

  • negotiating all types of leases and contracts
  • negotiating lease surrenders
  • analyzing royalty payments
  • resolving surface use disputes
  • resolving lease disputes
  • resolving title disputes

With licenses to practice law in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, Trent is able to handle matters in many regions of the Appalachian Basin.  

Trent’s Background 

Trent graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, earning bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.  He went on to work as an engineer for Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory before earning a law degree from Case Western Reserve UniversityFollowing law school, Trent served as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Trent was raised in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and he has always enjoyed the outdoors.  He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Westmoreland County Bar Association, the Amy Reynolds Hay Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and the Ned J. Nakles Chapter of the American Inns of Court.


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Strassburger McKenna Gutnick and & Gefsky is located in Pittsburgh, PA, Beaver, PA and Beaver, PA and serves clients throughout Western Pennsylvania.


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