C. James Zeszutek

P: (412) 288-5863
F: (412) 281-5055
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 on National Trial Teams for the defense of a client's respiratory protection products and is National Coordinating Counsel for a manufacturer in the silica litigation which is active in numerous jurisdictions. Jim represents banks and financial institutions in commercial litigation in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. 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 Syracuse University, Tulane University, Purdue University, The University of Tennessee and The Ohio State University, among others. Jim also negotiates employment contracts for athletic coaches and physicians.

In addition, Jim has significant experience representing oil and gas drillers and developers regarding various disputes, including breach of contract and in dispute resolution.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Member (Past President and Chairman, Toxic Tort Committee)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Past 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 Litigation - Banking and Finance Law by The Best Lawyers in America®, 2015, 2017
  • 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
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial, Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mass Tort and Product Liability Litigation 
  • College Athletic Trainers Society Jack Weakley CATS Service Award
  • Syracuse University LetterWinner of Distinction Award
  • Selected for the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® List