Stuart Gaul | Owner, Lead Attorney

With nearly two decades as a practicing attorney, Stuart Gaul represents businesses and individuals, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, financial institutions, and nonprofits as both plaintiffs and defendants in contractual, corporate, real estate, and consumer disputes in federal and state courts, in arbitration, and before administrative panels.


Stuart serves as local counsel in matters before federal and state courts in Western Pennsylvania.



Prior to opening Gaul Legal, Stuart was a partner at Thorp Reed & Armstrong and served as judicial law clerk for the Honorable Sean J. McLaughlin in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.



Read on to learn more about Stuart's

  • Legal Wins
  • Court Admissions
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Professional Memberships
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
  • Education


Legal Wins

Just a few of Stuart’s legal successes include:

  • Helped entrepreneur to recover approximately $40 million in commissions wrongly withheld by multinational corporation and obtaining permanent injunction. Sensormatic Electronics Corp. v. First National Bank of Pa., 148 Fed. Appx.99 (3d Cir. 2005).
  • Represented management of closely held corporation in dispute with dissident shareholders, including trial in breach of contract action against shareholder corporation.
  • Represented construction company in bankruptcy court adversary proceeding involving fabrication of components for petrochemical plants in Indonesia, People's Republic of China. Case settled with opposing party walking away from $5.5 million claim.
  • Obtained summary judgment or voluntary dismissal of all claims against bank in class action alleging improper assessment of late charges on motor vehicle loans.
  • Obtained restoration of welfare benefits for retiree group under ERISA; Defeated motion for class certification in ERISA action arising from termination of retiree health benefit.
  • Obtained and preserved nonprofit's exemption from real property taxes, appearing in administrative proceedings, at trial and before appellate courts.
  • Obtained full deposit refund for homeowner from construction company that had not performed contracted home improvement work.

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Publications & Presentations

  • Panelist, “Legal Ethics and E-Discovery: Future Problems, Current Solutions,” University of Pittsburgh School of Law Edgar M. Snyder Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program, October 2009
  • Panelist, “eDiscovery,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 2008.
  • “Litigation Holds: Understanding the Duty to Preserve Electronic Records,” Thorp Reed & Armstrong Webcast, February 24, 2009.
  • “Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information” chapter in eDiscovery, with Jerri A. Ryan, Pittsburgh Bar Association Press (PBI Press), (1st ed. November 2008) & (2nd ed. 2011).
  • “Legal Developments Affect Charitable Tax Exemption Status,” Pennsylvania CPA Journal, Winter 2003.
  • “Questions and Answers: Tax Assessments,” Pittsburgh Business Times, January 2000.


Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Section on Litigation
    • Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committee
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court
  • Temple University Academy of Advocacy

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association
    • pro bono attorney representing persons seeking Protection from Abuse Orders (PFAs)
  • Uptown Legal Clinic
    • pro bono attorney
  • Yale Club of Pittsburgh

    • Chair of Alumni Schools Committee
    • Past President and Governor
    Wilkins School Community Center, Board Member
    • local community-strengthening organization
  • Run Around the Square, Volunteer
    • yearly 5K race benefitting local community groups


University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Juris Doctor, 1994

Honors: Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, University of Pittsburgh Law Review


Yale University, New Haven, CT

Bachelor of Arts in History, 1987