Pine resident named president of Allegheny County Bar Association
Pine resident Erica L. Laughlin will officially become the 114th president of the Allegheny County Bar Association — and the ninth woman to hold the position — on July 1. His one-year term will end on June 30, 2023.
“I have been an active member of the Pittsburgh legal community throughout my career, so I am acutely aware of the importance of the Allegheny County Bar Association to lawyers, judges and the community. of the Pittsburgh area,” Laughlin said. “CABA has helped shape my career and that of so many others. To now be able to lead the CAFB as President is an honor and a privilege that I will not take lightly.
Laughlin is a shareholder in Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, a law firm based in downtown Pittsburgh. She was elected president-elect of the CAFB, which has more than 5,000 members, in 2021 and has held this position for the past year.
Laughlin will replace Joseph R. Williams, who ends his term June 30.
Laughlin said restoring community confidence in the justice system is among her main goals as president.
“One of the ways to do this is through community engagement, awareness and education,” she said. “We plan to form a community service committee that will be dedicated to developing and increasing community service opportunities for our members. Specifically, we will create ways for Pittsburgh attorneys to have a real, positive impact on the community.
Laiughlin is a graduate of Norwin High School and Duquesne University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and psychology in 2001. She later attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh, earning her JD in 2004. While at Pitt Law, she earned the John P Gismondi Civil Litigation Certificate and Institute of Computer-Based Legal Education award for achieving the highest possible standing in advocacy.
After law school, Laughlin joined Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky in 2004, became a director in 2012, and assumed her current role as a shareholder in 2017. Her practice focuses primarily on civil litigation in state courts. and federal. She represents individuals and businesses in employment, personal injury, premises liability, malpractice, insurance defense, civil rights defense, construction and municipal matters. Laughlin is also co-chair of the firm’s Business Development and Marketing Committee.
Laughlin has been involved in many facets of the ACBA throughout her legal career, including the ACBA Board of Governors, Civil Litigation Section Council, Finance Committee, gender equality and the nominating committee. She has also served on the board and as chair of the Women in Law Division, and chaired the ACBA Bench-Bar Conference, among other association roles.
She is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Westmoreland County Bar Association.
Outside of the legal profession, Laughlin is a member of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Corporate Circles Board of Directors, the Steel City Impact Board of Directors, and the Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Advisory Board. An avid runner, Laughlin has completed over 20 half marathons, and is also passionate about the arts and loves to travel. She especially enjoys spending time with her husband, Nick, and their young daughters, Ella and Tessa.