Adam J. Tragone

Associate
P:(412) 281-5423   or   (412) 227-0287
F:(412) 281-8264
E:atragone@smgglaw.com

Biography

Adam J. Tragone came to Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky in 2019. His practice focuses on appellate, constitutional, and commercial litigation. Mr. Tragone has represented clients in matters involving complex contractual disputes, class actions, insurance coverage litigation, and constitutional civil rights.

Mr. Tragone 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 a multi-day mass shooting jury trial on behalf of a national media outlet. He also represented an international commercial insurer in a multimillion-dollar appeal of coverage dispute against a materials manufacturer in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Along with extensive appellate practice, Mr. Tragone has assisted in high-stakes trials in both state and federal courts, including representing an international commercial insurer in an declaratory judgment action against a national railroad company 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, Mr. Tragone served as a managing editor for a national newspaper in Washington DC.  He has provided political commentary for national television and radio programs and served as director of external relations for Young America’s Foundation, a principal conservative outreach organization for high school and college students.

Mr. Tragone 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, Allied Attorney
  • 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).

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Recognition & Awards

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, Third Circuit
  • District of Columbia