A downtown Pittsburgh-based law firm announced a change at the top.
Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky said on Friday that David Strassburger will become the firm’s president and managing shareholder on April 1.
Strassburger succeeds Alan Shuckrow who has held the post for the past five years.
SMGG, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is Pittsburgh’s 23rd largest law firm as ranked by the number of lawyers, which is 32. In addition to its downtown headquarters, it has offices in Beaver and Greensburg.
Shuckrow succeeded Strassburger’s uncle, E.J. Strassburger, as president. The firm subsequently combined the president and managing shareholder roles. E.J. Strassburger remains of counsel at SMGG. The family tradition is “something to live up to,” said the firm’s new president, who joined SMGG more than 20 years ago.
Strassburger will continue to chair the firm’s construction litigation and litigation group practices as SMGG focuses on growth on multiple fronts.
“We would love to grow our corporate, real estate and trust and estate practices,” Strassburger said. “We have great people here and lots of work that, hopefully, we can build upon to continue to serve clients in the western Pennsylvania community.”
Shuckrow, whose practice includes municipal and education law, civil litigation and real estate, has a busy agenda.
“I’m a major business generator,” he explained. “I have a lot of clients I want to spend time with. And David has asked me to lead our business development efforts, which I’m happy to do. And, in the transition period, I will serve as the firm’s legal counsel.”
Strassburger, 48, and Shuckrow, 50, have similar career tracks with some personal synergies as well.