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Jeffrey J. Meagher

Partner
+1.412.355.8359
Fax +1.412.355.6501
Mr. Meagher is a partner in the Pittsburgh office. He concentrates his practice on insurance coverage and complex commercial litigation. He has broad litigation and arbitration experience.

In the insurance coverage area, Mr. Meagher represents corporate policyholders seeking coverage under many different types of insurance policies. His recent insurance coverage experience includes cases involving commercial general liability policies, cyber policies, “Bermuda Form” excess liability policies, pollution liability policies, professional liability policies, directors and officers (D&O) policies, property policies, and energy package policies. He also counsels clients regarding their insurance coverage programs and cyber incident response plans outside of litigation.

In the commercial litigation area, Mr. Meagher represents both plaintiffs and defendants in disputes arising out of a wide variety of commercial transactions. His recent commercial litigation experience includes representing financial services sector clients in breach of contract/breach of fiduciary duty litigation.

In addition to his core practice areas, Mr. Meagher represents pro bono clients seeking Protection From Abuse orders, and has represented the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in an appeal before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Professional Background

Prior to law school, Mr. Meagher served on the staff of then-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-SD).

Speaking Engagements

  • “Cyber Insurance 101,” Guest Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems, Public Policy and Management, April 21, 2020
  • “Cyber Insurance Basics, Trends & Emerging Issues,” Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, Risk Management Council Meeting, Oct. 23, 2019
  • Cyber Insurance Trends & Emerging Issues,” Environmental Law Institute, Cybersecurity Program, Sept. 27, 2019
  • “Oil & Gas Insurance: Lessons Learned from the Deepwater Horizon Disaster,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Oil & Gas Law Conference, Aug. 8, 2019
  • Cybersecurity CLE, K&L Gates Partners’ Retreat, April 15, 2019
  • “Starwood, Voya Financial Advisors and GDPR: What Corporate Practitioners Need to Know about Using Insurance for Cyber Liabilities,” Insurance Coverage Training Series (K&L Gates), January 9, 2019
  • “Winter is Coming: The HBO Hack, the Equifax Breach and the Future of Cyber Insurance,” Insurance Coverage Training Series (K&L Gates), July 11, 2018
  • “Three Things Inside Counsel Should Know About Insurance: Avoiding Traps and Seizing Opportunities in Several Common Situations,” General Counsel University, June 27, 2018 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Emerging Issues in Bermuda Form Arbitrations, American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Mid-Year Conference, Feb. 22, 2018. 
  • Introduction to Oil & Gas Insurance Law, Insurance Coverage Training Series (K&L Gates), Jan. 14, 2015.

Additional Information

Publications
  • Pa. Ruling Won’t Lower Bar To Prove Insurer Bad Faith, Law 360, September 28, 2017 (quoted)
  • Pa. Employer Liability Exclusion Case May Impact O&G Cos., Law 360, February 2, 2015.
  • Representing healthcare sector policyholder seeking coverage under a cyber policy for costs incurred in connection with a large data breach
  • Representing energy sector policyholder seeking coverage for MTBE-related product liabilities
  • Represented policyholder in successful appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit regarding coverage under a professional liability policy
  • Represented American Water Works Company Inc. in federal court in West Virginia seeking coverage for a class action settlement
  • Represented U.S. policyholder in “Bermuda Form” arbitration seated in London seeking coverage for a class action settlement
  • Advised U.S.-based oil and gas company on insurance coverage issues arising out of an onshore pipeline spill in Canada
  • Advised large healthcare provider regarding its cyber insurance program
  • Advised large manufacturing company regarding its cyber insurance and cyber incident response plan
  • Represented Halliburton Company in a “Bermuda Form” arbitration seated in London seeking coverage for a class action settlement arising out of the Deepwater Horizon disaster
  • Represented Bayer Corporation subsidiary in litigation in Pennsylvania state court against Genworth Life Insurance Company regarding corporate-owned life insurance (COLI) policies
  • Advised a large oil and gas company on insurance coverage issues arising out of two onshore pipeline spill incidents in Pennsylvania
  • Represented Northwest Natural Gas Company in litigation in Oregon state court against Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London and various other excess insurers regarding insurance coverage for historic environmental liabilities
  • Advised a mid-sized oil and gas service company on insurance coverage issues arising out of an explosion
  • Advised a large oil and gas company on insurance coverage issues arising out of alleged methane migration
  • Represented Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners LLC in litigation against Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London in Texas state court regarding insurance coverage for offshore wreck removal costs following Hurricane Katrina