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Carleton O. Strouss

Of Counsel
Fax +1.717.231.4501

Mr. Strouss practices in the areas of public infrastructure contracting, commercial litigation, tax assessment litigation, class action defense, construction law, health care, consumer protection, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative law.   He has provided counsel and litigation representation to diverse industry segments including:  public infrastructure, construction, managed care, electric generation, solid waste disposal, and medical and legal services firms. 

Mr. Strouss has extensive experience in public works contracting including:   public-private partnership transactions, bid protests, contract dispute management and avoidance, and claims resolution and litigation.  Mr. Strouss has litigated and provided alternative dispute resolution services with respect to a wide range of construction projects in both the public and private sectors, including buildings, highways, bridges, prisons, a tunnel and an airport.  Recently, he provided representation in precedent-setting industrial real estate tax assessment matters pertaining to electric generation facilities.  He has litigated disputes arising from the operation of managed care plans.

Professional Background

Mr. Strouss serves on the firmwide Pro Bono Committee and for over 20 years served as a member of the firmwide Management Committee and as the Administrative Partner for the Harrisburg office. Mr. Strouss served as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission from 1985 to 1987. In that role, he was responsible for the legal affairs of the Commission, including substantial activity in government contracting and construction matters arising from Turnpike expansion and the related issuance of $800,000,000 of revenue bonds. Prior to joining the Commission, he served for five years as a claims and general litigation lawyer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation where his practice focused on construction litigation, federal practice, and equity proceedings. He began the practice of law in 1977 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania.


  • Recognized as 2013 Top Rated Lawyer for “Construction Law” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™
  • The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and Construction Law (2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 Harrisburg Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year"

Professional/Civic Activities

Mr. Strouss has been professionally active in the area of construction law and public contracting.  He has lectured extensively on construction litigation and claims avoidance for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.  Additional activities include:

  • American Arbitration Association Arbitrator
  • American Bar Association
  • James S. Bowman American Inn of Court – Master Emeritus
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association; Chairman, Civil Litigation Section, 1991 to 1993; Chairman, Construction Litigation Committee, 1986 to 1990
  • Transportation Research Board
  • Wilson College, Trustee Emeritus