Harry F. Kunselman

Shareholder
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Biography

Harry Kunselman has been with Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky since 1994 and became a shareholder in 1998. Mr. Kunselman’s experience as a litigator in the business world has been proven through civil and commercial litigation, including breach of contract, minority shareholder disputes, disputes involving landowner gas rights, construction disputes, non-competes in the medical, energy and other industries, trade secrets, trademark infringement, general liability tort claims, and professional malpractice claims, to name a few. One such dispute in his vast history involved the shareholders and directors and corporate governance of RMS Titanic, Inc., the company with salvor in possession rights to RMS Titanic.

Mr. Kunselman is the author of Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation (Pittsburgh: The Legal Intelligencer, 2014-2020). The book, soon to be in its seventh edition, provides an overview of the primary causes of action in Pennsylvania commercial cases and serves as a primer on minimizing risks for transactional attorneys and business owners.

As a native of Beaver County, Mr. Kunselman was instrumental in founding and developing SMGG’s Beaver County office. He is the son of Robert E. Kunselman, the retired President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County and the brother-in-law of Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Deborah A. Kunselman.

Mr. Kunselman enjoys fly-fishing, college basketball, and playing golf.

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • Beaver County Bar Association, Associate Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Upper St. Clair School Board, former member and former president
  • Rotary Club of Beaver, member
  • City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, former member and former chair
  • Upper St. Clair Veterans Park, Inc., board member
  • Beaver County Chamber of Commerce
    • Government Affairs Committee, Chair
  • Community College of Beaver County Foundation, chair
  • Beemac, Inc., Board of Directors, member

Publications

  • Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation, 1st Edition (2014)
  • Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation, 2nd Edition (2015)
  • Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation, 3rd Edition (2016)
  • Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation, 4th Edition (2017)
  • Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation, 5th Edition (2018)
  • Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation, 6th Edition (2019)
  • Pennsylvania Commercial Litigation, 7th Edition (2020)

Recognition & Awards

  • Allegheny County Bar Association Professionalism Award, 2015
  • Beaver County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year, 2020

Education

  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Fifth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan