Practice Areas

Cost-Effective Collaboration In Diverse Practice Areas

Houston Harbaugh is well known for its traditional strength in the fundamental areas of legal practice like business and corporate transactional law, litigation, estates and trusts, health care, employment and labor, ERISA, environmental, oil and gas, and intellectual property litigation and prosecution. The firm has also developed a strong, forward looking focus on legal issues that reflect the growing benefits and threats of a rapidly changing legal and business frontier due to high technology, AI and alternative energy. We provide corporate counsel to clients and litigate for them in cutting edge areas related to data breach, cybersecurity, computer fraud and abuse act, UAS/UAV drone law, trade secret theft, DTSALaw®, patent prosecution and infringement litigation, renewable energy, land use, employment restrictive covenants, and health care technology. Building Client Confidence®.

Business Law

We insist on providing practical advice that balances the legal effort to the nature of the task at hand. Our goal is to ensure that every dollar spent on legal fees strengthens the competitiveness of the client’s business.

Commercial Real Estate

Our real estate attorneys have extensive experience working with local, regional and national businesses, commercial developers, investors and individuals to achieve their objectives in commercial real estate.

Creditor’s Rights and Collections

Our practice helps businesses not only to collect past due payments through various legal remedies, but also reduce collection risk by recommending preventative measures that may mitigate a company’s exposure to uncollectible debt.

Employee Benefits/ERISA

No area of the law is more dynamic than employee benefits plans. Frequent regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor present constant challenges to employers and their legal counsel.

Employment & Labor Law

Claims brought against by employers by employees represent a large part of the cases filling our court’s dockets. We focus on assisting our clients to be positioned to avoid claims, and if the claims are brought, to be prepared to defend against them.

Environmental and Energy Law

Pittsburgh is undergoing a renaissance, and we have been playing a key part. Through our environmental law practice we have been pivotal in helping businesses and enterprises clean up the city, cleaning up polluted sites and making way for new industry to develop.

Estates and Trusts

Whether your concern is tax minimization, avoiding probate, or managing the family dynamic, our attorneys have the experience and insight to help you plan for the future and give you peace of mind that the needs of your loved ones will be met and your legacy preserved.

Health Care Law

In order to navigate the complicated and ever-changing laws surrounding health care and your business, you need attorneys who understand your challenges. The Pittsburgh health care lawyers at Houston Harbaugh, P.C., have the knowledge and experience to help you manage everyday issues, as well as plan for the future.

Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

We’re committed to staying on top of the issues of today and tomorrow, such as the ever-changing landscape involving bad faith, cyber-insurance, and insurance for advanced technology sectors, artificial intelligence players, machine learning companies, and autonomous vehicle manufacturers and users.

Intellectual Property Litigation, Protection and Prosecution

The IP and Trade Secret attorneys at Houston Harbaugh, P.C., have extensive courtroom, jury trial, non-jury trial and tribunal experience representing industrial, financial, individual and business clients in IP counseling, infringement litigation, trade secret protection and misappropriation litigation, and the overall creation and protection of intellectual property rights.


Accomplished business litigation and trial lawyers, providing comprehensive litigation and trial support for clients across a broad spectrum of traditional legal matters throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and other jurisdictions upon a special admission basis. The firm has also developed a strong, forward looking focus on legal issues that reflect the growing benefits and threats of a rapidly changing legal and business frontier due to high technology, AI, cyber-security breaches UAS/Drone issues and renewable and alternative energy. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Business Litigation Lawyers | Trial Lawyers | Attorneys

Oil and Gas Law

Oil and gas development in the Marcellus play or anywhere can present unique and complex issues that can be intimidating and challenging. It can produce lawsuits, litigation, negotiations and dispute resolution procedures. At Houston Harbaugh, P.C., our oil and gas practice is dedicated to protecting the interests of landowners and royalty owners. From new lease negotiations to title disputes to royalty litigation, we can help. Whether you have two acres in Washington County or 5,000 acres in Lycoming County, our dedication and commitment remains the same.

Renewable Energy, Zoning and Land Use

Renewable energy, zoning and land use issues will shape the future of growth in the region. Houston Harbaugh’s Renewable Energy, Zoning and Land Use practice focuses on assisting clients maximize and protect the value of their properties, whether related to renewable energy, commercial or residential development opportunities.

Learn More About Us - Building Client Confidence®

Why do clients respect and have confidence in Houston Harbaugh? Because of our well-established practice and our ability to build our client’s own confidence. It’s our reputation — we’ve been doing it for more than 40 years. It’s relationships and responsiveness. We’re a mid-sized firm with big firm resources, yet small enough to treat each of our clients like they matter. We ask why, and that drives us to do what we do in building our clients’ confidence in us, and in themselves.

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