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Sara N. Brown

Associate
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Sara Brown is an associate in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. She concentrates her legal practice in the area of commercial litigation, with a particular focus on matters concerning insurance coverage, food-related issues, commercial disputes, and product liability. She has worked on multimillion dollar insurance coverage disputes involving a food recall for a national pet food company, long tail liabilities related to asbestos-containing products, environmental contamination, product liabilities, and claims under property and general liability insurance policies. Ms. Brown has argued dispositive motions, drafted trial court briefs, and engaged in settlement negotiations. Additionally, Ms. Brown has demonstrated a commitment to pro bono work by volunteering her time to support the firm’s pro bono initiative, particularly with respect to the firm’s Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Brown clerked for the Honorable Justice Todd of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court while in law school. Ms. Brown has served as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University School of Law and worked with its nationally award-winning trial advocacy program. Her students have placed as quarter-finalists in the November 2012 Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition and regional champions in the February 2013 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial to earn one of twelve spots to compete in the national finals. Additionally, her competitors have earned the prestigious “Best Advocate” and “Best Closing Argument” awards

Achievements

  • Quarter Finalist, Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition (November 2011)
  • Louis L. Manderino Honor Society
  • Outstanding Appellate Brief
  • Cali Award in Administrative Law

Professional/Civic Activities

She previously served as a volunteer coach for the Fort Cherry High School Mock Trial team, which became District Champion and Semi-Champions regionally.

Speaking Engagements

  • "Taking a Bite Out of Insurance Coverage Food Recall Issues," Insurance Coverage Training Series Seminar, broadcasted internationally to numerous K&L Gates offices (May 4, 2016)
  • "The Risks of Sexting and Cyber Bullying," presented to students at The Neighborhood Academy to teach them about the dangers of sexting and online bullying (April 18, 2016)
  • "Insurer Claims for Reimbursement of Defense Costs," Insurance Coverage Training Series Seminar, broadcasted internationally to numerous K&L Gates offices (November 2014)
  • "Legal Research & Writing Presentation," designed to teach first year law students how to excel in law school and develop legal research and writing skills (August 2010)

Additional Information


Publications
  • Co-Author, “Massachusetts Court of Appeals Precludes Coverage for Dairy Products and Packaging Despite ‘Resulting Loss’ Exception to ‘Faulty Workmanship’ Exclusion in ‘All Risk’ Policy,” first published by Law360 on December 3, 2015 then republished as a K&L Gates Insurance Coverage Alert on December 7, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “New Jersey Allocation Law: How to Calculate Solvent and Insolvent Insurers’ Pro-Rata Shares for Long-Tail Claims,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Volume 50:3&4, Spring-Summer 2015.
  • “Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Policyholders May Assign Their Statutory Right to Recover Punitive Damages Arising from Insurer’s Bad Faith,” FC&S Legal, March 2, 2015.
  • “Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Policyholders May Assign Their Statutory Right to Recover Punitive Damages Arising from Insurer’s Bad Faith,” K&L Gates Insurance Coverage Alert, January 26, 2015.
  • Co-author, “Survey of Pennsylvania Privacy and Related Claims Against the Media,” MLRC 50-State Survey 2014-2015: Media Privacy and Related Law, updated and published each year from 2001 to the present. 
  • “Insureds Benefit From Ill. TCPA Rulings,” Law360, March 17, 2014.
  • “Laying Down the Law: Illinois Appellate Courts Confirm Insurance Coverage in TCPA Cases,” K&L Gates Insurance Coverage Alert, February 18, 2014.
  • Co-author, “Survey of Pennsylvania Privacy and Related Claims Against the Media MLRC,” 50-State Survey 2013-2014: Media Privacy and Related Law, updated and published each year from 2001 to the present.
  • Co-Author, “West Virginia Court Resolves Issues Of First Impression On Insurance Coverage For Delayed Manifestation Claims,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Insurance, Vol. 27, #36, July 24, 2013.