Adam J. Tragone

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E:atragone@smgglaw.com

Biography

Adam J. Tragone, an Associate in Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky’s Pittsburgh Office, is a litigator with a focus on trial and appellate litigation, complex commercial and civil litigation, and media and entertainment law.  Mr. Tragone’s litigation practice consists of representation of corporate clients in various matters including insurance coverage disputes, professional liability defense, and product liability defense.

A 2016 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, Mr. Tragone graduated from Juniata College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History. While attending Duquesne University School of Law, Mr. Tragone was the Executive Editor of Duquesne Law Review, Volume 54, a recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the Highest Grade, Advanced Constitution Law, a recipient of the Louis L. Manderino Honor Society for Distinguished Achievement in Moot Court and a Recipient of the McGinley Fellowship for Public Service.  Mr. Tragone also authored Defining the Press Clause: The End of Hot News and the Attempt to Save Traditional Media in Volume 15, Issue 1 of the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property.

Prior to law school, Mr. Tragone served as managing editor of Human Events.  For three years, Mr. Tragone stewarded the nation’s oldest weekly conservative newspaper in providing daily national political coverage in both print and online formats.  During this time, Mr. Tragone 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.

A native of Pittsburgh, Mr. Tragone currently resides in Washington, PA.  He is an avid golfer, tennis player, skier, and is active in his local parish, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church as a member of its Knights of Columbus council.

Experience and Representative Matters

  • Represented international commercial insurer in multimillion dollar appeal of coverage dispute against materials manufacturer in United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

  • Provided coverage analysis to multinational manufacturing company for claims stemming from London’s Grenfell Tower Apartment fire.

  • Assisted in the defense of an international commercial insurer in declaratory judgment action against national railroad company for claims arising from quadruple fatality railroad accident in United States District Court of Nebraska.

  • Represented law firm in defending claims of legal malpractice and conspiracy in appeals to Superior Court of Pennsylvania and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

  • Represented fuel system manufacturer against claims of benzene/toluene exposure in Western District of Pennsylvania.

  • Represented materials manufacturer in AAA against claims for alleged defective product and breach of contract.

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
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the Highest Grade, Advanced Constitutional Law
  • B.A., Politics and History, Juniata College

Admissions

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