Arthur H. Stroyd

Arthur H. Stroyd

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mr. Stroyd began practicing law following a clerkship with the Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He spent more than 30 years with the prestigious international law firm, Reed Smith LLP, where he was one of its Managing Partners, also serving as Head of its Litigation Group and a Practice Leader for its Products Liability and Insurance Coverage Group. In his years of practice, he has had extensive trial experience in all areas of civil litigation. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in three categories, in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and in The Best Lawyers in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Stroyd has handled a wide array of matters involving commercial disputes, the formation and dissolution of businesses, breaches of contract, corporate waste, the sale and disposition of properties, restrictive covenants, the valuation of assets and business opportunities, product liability litigation, construction disputes, and more. His experience in these areas has taken him into courts and arbitrations around the country, representing major corporations, financial institutions, and individual entrepreneurs. Mr. Stroyd has planned and lectured at various seminars relating to commercial litigation, construction law, products liability as well as trial and appellate practice and was in charge of training the litigation attorneys and paralegals at Reed Smith University as the "Dean" of its School of Law.

He serves on the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Commission for Justice Initiatives and is on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, where he is President. Mr. Stroyd is also a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Civil Procedural Rules Committee. He frequently serves as a mediator, arbitrator and Early Neutral Evaluator, both privately and for the U.S. District Court. He is General Counsel of the Material Handing Industry, a trade association of 800 manufacturers which is based in Charlotte, NC. He is the past President of the Allegheny Country Bar Association and past Chair of its Judiciary Committee and its Civil Litigation Section.

Active in the community, Mr. Stroyd has been a director of various civic and nonprofit organizations, including service as President of the Mt. Lebanon School Board and of the Center for Theater Arts Board as well as Chairman of the Mt. Lebanon Hospital Authority and its Zoning Hearing Board. He currently serves on the boards of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. and the Material Handling Industry Foundation.

After graduating from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, with an A.B. in economics, he entered the School of Law of the University of Pittsburgh. He received his J.D. after having served as a U.S. Naval Legal Officer during the Vietnam War.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Construction Law
  • Products Liability

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Mediator, Arbitrator & Early Neutral Evaluation - Federal Mediation Program

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1972
  • Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
    • A.B. - 1967
    • Major: Economics

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (5 categories for 10 years) and in PA Super Lawyers
  • "Lawyer of the Year 2014" - The Best Lawyers in America
  • Pittsburgh's Top 50 Super Lawyers
  • The Gregg Cup – (Kenyon College's highest alumni accolade)
  • AV (preeminent peer rating in legal ability) in Martindale Hubbell for more than 30 years
  • The Best Lawyers in Pittsburgh
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Past-President & Board of Governors
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Past-President
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee, Former Chair
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Council, Former Chair
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association's Commission for Justice Initiatives, Member, Advisory Committee
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Civil Procedural Rules Committee, Past Member
  • Material Handling Industry (trade association - Charlotte, NC), General Counsel
  • Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial & Ethnic Fairness, Jury Service Committee
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Task Force for its Gender Initiative, Co-Chair
  • Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, House of Delegates, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Task Force, Chair

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Clerkship
  • Reed Smith LLP, Managing Partner
  • Reed Smith LLP, Head of its Litigation Group
  • Reed Smith LLP, Practice Leader for its Products Liability and Insurance Coverage Group
  • Reed Smith LLP, Recruiting Partner
  • U.S. Naval Legal Officer - Vietnam War

Pro Bono Activities

  • Pennsylvania's Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice, Solicitor
  • Mt. Lebanon School Board, President
  • Center for Theater Arts Board, President
  • Mt. Lebanon Hospital Authority, Chair
  • Mt. Lebanon Hospital Authority, Zoning Hearing Board
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Board
  • Republican Party of Allegheny County, Executive Committee, Solicitor
  • Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc., Chair of the Board
  • Material Handling Industry Education Foundation's Board
  • Senator John Heinz History Center, Board
  • University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Board
  • Elected to the Alumni Council of his alma mater