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Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

United States 2024

General Information

Year founded: 1975
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Houston Harbaugh, P.C. is a business law and litigation firm serving large national companies, insurers, privately-held businesses, healthcare organizations, banking institutions, employers, professional corporations and individuals. The firm ranks among the 100 largest law firms in Pennsylvania. Since its founding in 1975, the firm has earned great respect for its role in landmark litigation cases and major corporate and healthcare transactions. From multi-million dollar enterprises to start-ups, Houston Harbaugh helps businesses grow and thrive, comply with state and federal regulations, minimize risk, address unexpected crises, and face major life-cycle decisions in corporate transitions and litigation.

The firm, its practice areas and its attorneys have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report “Best Lawyers’® and “Best Law Firms” in numerous categories, as well as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. Its Corporate Practice has been selected as the winner of The Legal Intelligencer’s Best Law Firm Corporate Practices contest for the Midsize Firm category.

In 2018, the firm expanded with the addition of Pittsburgh law firm Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. The merger significantly bolstered Houston Harbaugh’s competitive position in the region’s legal community, specifically strengthening its litigation capabilities in the areas of business litigation, catastrophic injury claims, class actions, construction, energy, environmental, financial services, insurance defense, insurance coverage and bad faith, intellectual property, pharmaceutical, products liability, toxic torts, trade secret, and non-compete litigation. The combination created a firm with practice areas that, in addition to litigation, include Corporate, Health Care, Employment and Labor, Environmental Law Consulting and Compliance, ERISA/Employee Benefits, Estates and Trusts, Landowner Oil and Gas, and Real Estate.

Houston Harbaugh has built its reputation by responsively delivering effective solutions to clients that incorporate both legal and business strategies. It’s not just about the services the firm provides its clients, but how the firm treats its clients: with respect, fairness, honesty, cost-effectiveness, and by treating each client as if it is the only client.


Houston Harbaugh, P.C. is nationally ranked in 2 practice areas and metro ranked in 21 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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National Rankings

Tier 3
Tier 3 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 3 for Litigation - Environmental

Metro Rankings

Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Elder Law
Tier 1 for Health Care Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Environmental


National Rankings

Tier 3
Tier 3 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 3 for Litigation - Environmental

Regional Rankings

Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Elder Law
Tier 1 for Health Care Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 1 for Litigation - Insurance
Tier 1 for Litigation - Securities
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 2 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 2 for Energy Law
Tier 2 for Environmental Law
Tier 2 for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 2 for Litigation - Antitrust
Tier 2 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 2 for Real Estate Law
Tier 2 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 3 for Corporate Law
Tier 3 for Employment Law - Individuals
Tier 3 for Labor Law - Management
Tier 3 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 3 for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Elder Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Houston Harbaugh, P.C. has 18 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Houston Harbaugh, P.C. eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Main Location

Pittsburgh, PA
Three Gateway Center, 22nd Floor
401 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
United States
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