C. James Zeszutek


Jim Zeszutek is the former Managing Partner of the firm's Pittsburgh office and a Partner in the Litigation Department.  He is Co-Chair of the Class Action Litigation and Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Practice Groups.  Jim is involved in the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device products on behalf of the products' manufacturers. He has defended the Bjork-Shiley heart valve, breast implants, artificial hips and knees, endoscopic linear cutters, surgical staplers and tools, stents, fracture fixation devices, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and the OrthoEvra patch, among others. Jim is also involved in the defense of chemical and fiber products including products that contain asbestos, talc, benzene and acrylamide. He presently serves as National Coordinating Counsel for a mineral miner and processor in litigation which is active in numerous jurisdictions. He has an active NCAA practice in which he represents coaches in hearings before the Committee on Infractions defending against allegations of NCAA Bylaw violations and has been involved in the Committee on Infractions hearings involving numerous Universities and Colleges.


  • Syracuse University College of Law  (J.D., 1975)
  • Syracuse University  (M.P.A., 1976)
  • Syracuse University  (B.S., 1972)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Southern District of West Virginia
  • Northern District of West Virginia


  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Chairman and present Member, Board of Directors - Easter Seals Western Pennsylvania
  • Member, Edgar Allen Founders Society of Easter Seals
  • Member, Board of Directors - Syracuse University Athletic Development Advisory Board
  • Member, Board of Advisors - Syracuse University College of Law


  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants by The Best Lawyers in America®, 2012
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Syracuse University Letter Winner of Distinction Award
  • Selected for the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® List