James H. Norris

Of Counsel
P:(412) 227-0281
F:(412) 281-8264


James Norris is Of Counsel with Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky (SMGG). An experienced commercial litigator, Mr. Norris has represented clients in contract fraud, insurance coverage, construction and racketeer influenced and corrupt organization matters. He also advises clients in business and employment matters, including hiring and discharge practices and discrimination prevention and defense.

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh region, Mr. Norris is a seasoned attorney with a solid reputation amongst local businesses and government organizations.

Experience and Representative Matters

  • Represents client in various commercial disputes in the courts, arbitration and mediation.

  • Handles application, complaint and rate proceedings involving public utilities.

  • Provides counseling on a wide range of employment matters, including hiring and discharge practices, the prevention and defense of discrimination claims, and reducing workers' compensation costs.

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny Regional Asset District, Chief Counsel
  • The Academy Schools, General Counsel
  • Targe Energy, General Counsel
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
    • Administrative Law Section, past Chair
    • Sports, Entertainment and Art Law Committee

Community Activities

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, past Adjunct Professor
  • La Roche College, past Guest Lecturer
  • Epilepsy Association of Western Pennsylvania, Board of Directors

Recognition & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Law


  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
  • B.A., Washington & Jefferson College


  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit