Adam J. Tragone

Associate
P:(412) 281-5423   or   (412) 227-0287
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E:atragone@smgglaw.com

Biography

Adam Tragone is an associate in the Pittsburgh, PA office of Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky. His practice focuses on appellate, constitutional, and commercial litigation in federal and state courts across the country.  Adam has represented clients in matters involving complex contractual disputes, trade secrets, class actions, insurance coverage litigation, and constitutional civil rights.  Adam also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Adam represents a broad array of clients throughout Pennsylvania state courts, as well as federal courts around the country.   Recently, he successfully argued the reversal of a Pennsylvania court order barring the media’s First Amendment right to access to multi-day mass shooting jury trial on a behalf of a national media outlet, as well as representing an international commercial insurer in multimillion dollar appeal of coverage dispute against materials manufacturer in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He also recently drafted briefs in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and the Superior Court of Pennsylvania on behalf of a large municipality’s defense of a zoning ordinance and on behalf of an regional law firm in defending claims of legal malpractice and conspiracy, respectively.

Along with extensive appellate practice, Adam has assisted in high-stakes trials in both state and federal courts, including representing an international commercial insurer in an declaratory judgment action against national railroad company for claims arising from quadruple fatality railroad accident in United States District Court of Nebraska, representing a regional financial services firm in ERISA litigation in United States District Court for Northern District of Ohio, and providing a defense for a national traffic control company for claims under the National Labor Relations Act in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Prior to law school, Adam served as the managing editor of Human Events.  For three years, Adam stewarded the nation’s oldest weekly conservative newspaper in providing daily national political coverage in both print and online formats.  During this time, Adam wrote the paper’s editorials, conducted weekly newsmaker interviews, and appeared on national television and radio providing political analysis.  He also served as director of external relations for Young America’s Foundation, a principal conservative outreach organization for high school and college students.

Adam serves as a coach of Duquesne University School of Law’s nationally recognized Appellate Moot Court Program, assisting students with oral and written advocacy in national and regional competitions on novel constitutional issues, including freedom of speech, religious liberty, and campaign finance.

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division
    • Civil Litigation Section
    • Federal Court Section
    • Appellate Practice Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division
    • Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • St. Thomas More Society

Community Activities

  • Knights of Columbus, Council #1083
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Political Analyst, PCNC Nighttalk

Publications

  • “Defining the Press Clause: The End of Hot News and the Attempt to Save Traditional Media,” Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property, Vol. 15, Issue 1, 15 CHI.-KENT J. INTELL. PROP. 237 (2016).

Education

  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
    • Executive Editor, Duquesne Law Review
    • Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic
    • Appellate Moot Court
  • B.A., Politics and History, Juniata College
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • District of Columbia