Gilda M. Arroyo

Senior Attorney
P:(412) 227-0297   or   (412) 281-5423
F:(412) 281-8264
E:garroyo@smgglaw.com

Biography

Gilda M. Arroyo is a Senior Attorney at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky with a focus on litigation. She advises and represents individual and business clients in personal injury, products liability, bankruptcy, real estate, commercial, and immigration matters. Ms. Arroyo has extensive experience defending local and multinational companies in complex litigation matters.

Ms. Arroyo also assists individuals, families, and businesses with various immigration matters. She counsels employers and individuals on the ideal visa options for their specific circumstances and handles the application process from filing to approval. 

Ms. Arroyo is active in the local, state, and national legal community. As a law student at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, she was a senior editor of the UDC Law Review, and completed over 600 hours of pro bono legal work for low income individuals. She is an active member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, a trustee of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, a former Delegate to the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates, and has been recognized nationally as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow. 

When she is not in the office, Ms. Arroyo can usually be found exploring the outdoors or a new art exhibit, tending her bonsai trees, or volunteering in her local community.

Experience and Representative Matters

  • Defended transportation and logistics company throughout Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region in matters involving personal injury and property damage claims.

  • Defended multinational manufacturer in product and premises liability matters.

  • Represented lenders, secured creditors, oil and gas companies, and other parties in interest in Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings.

  • Represented clients in initiating residential and commercial foreclosures and confession of judgment proceedings throughout Pennsylvania.

  • Represented employers seeking to sponsor foreign workers in specialty occupations (H-1B.)

  • Represented couples and individuals petitioning for marriage based lawful permanent residency and naturalization.

  • Represented associations and developers in litigation and other matters involving Pennsylvania’s Uniform Condominium Act and Uniform Planned Community Act.

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association,
    • Hispanic Attorneys Committee, former Chair
    • Judiciary Committee Member, (2019-2022)
  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Trustee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates, Delegate (2011-2014)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Recognition & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2020, 2021)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellow (2018)
  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Fellows Program (2018)

Education

  • J.D., University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, The George Washington University

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania