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Neal R. Brendel

Fax +971.4.427.5225
Fax +1.412.355.6501
Mr. Brendel maintains an active trial, arbitration and counseling practice encompassing a wide range of complex commercial contracts and construction disputes, oil and gas disputes, business torts, real estate, and intellectual property disputes. Mr. Brendel also has extensive experience representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes involving construction related claims, underlying toxic torts, environmental and nuclear hazard liabilities, fire, explosion and natural disaster losses, marine casualties, business interruption claims, and other types of insured losses, as well as broker liability claims. Mr. Brendel has been lead trial counsel in complex insurance cases pending or concluded in both state and federal courts and has acted as special insurance counsel in reorganization proceedings in the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third and Fifth Circuits. Mr. Brendel is registered and practices before the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts and regularly represents clients in matters pending in the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, the DIFC/LCIA Arbitration Centre, and the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre.

Professional Background

Mr. Brendel has been a lawyer with K&L Gates since 1979 and a partner since 1986. In 2009, he helped to establish the firm’s Dubai office and is the office administrative partner. He has addressed professional groups on numerous occasions on trial and international arbitration issues, dispute resolution in the UAE and insurance coverage issues.

Mr. Brendel has served as an American Arbitration Association mediator and arbitrator, as a Special Master in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and as an arbitrator in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.


  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Listed in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers: 2005-2007, 2012-2018
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® for 2008-2009
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers by Corporate Counsel Magazine for 2007
  • Recognized for insurance law in the United Arab Emirates Best Lawyers list in the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2017
  • USA Rugby (Mr. Brendel is formerly Chairman of the Board of USA Rugby, the national governing body of the sport of rugby football and the North American representative to the International Rugby Board; Mr. Brendel played for the United States team at the First Rugby World Cup). In July 2017, Neal was awarded the prestigious Craig Sweeney Award by the U.S. Rugby Foundation. This award is given to individuals of exemplary character who are respected by their peers and the rugby community, and who have made significant contributions to the game following their playing career

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Middle East Institute (past Director)
  • International Bar Association
  • Association of International Arbitration
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • Allegheny County Bar Association (Judiciary Committee)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (Litigation Section)