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Sara N. Brown

Associate
+1.412.355.7426
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Ms. Brown concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, with a particular focus on insurance coverage litigation. She has worked on multimillion dollar insurance coverage disputes involving long tail liabilities related to asbestos-containing products, environmental contamination, products liabilities, and claims under property and general liability insurance policies. Ms. Brown also works in the area of toxic torts, in which she has argued dispositive motions in court, 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.

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. Currently, Ms. Brown is an adjunct professor at Duquesne University School of Law and works 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

Ms. Brown previously served as a volunteer co-coach for the Fort Cherry High School Mock Trial team, which became District Champion and Semi-Champions regionally. She still assists on an ad hoc basis.

Additional Information

Publications

  • 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, 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: 2014-15 Media Privacy and Related Law, updated and published each year from 2001 to the present.
  • Insureds Benefit From Ill. TCPA Rulings, Law 360, 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 2013-14: Media Privacy and Related Law, updated and published each year from 2001 to the present.
  • 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.