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Thomas E. Birsic

Practice Area Leader - Litigation
Fax +1.412.355.6501

Mr. Birsic maintains an active trial, arbitration and counseling practice focused on a wide range of complex commercial and insurance coverage litigation. Mr. Birsic has extensive jury and bench trial experience involving complex commercial cases. In addition, he has tried numerous international and U.S. based commercial and coverage arbitrations to conclusion. Since 2009 alone, Mr. Birsic has tried more than 12 significant complex cases to conclusion. In recognition of his extensive trial work, Mr. Birsic has been inducted as a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. In 2015, the United States Lawyer Rankings named Mr. Birsic one of the Nation’s Top 10 Commercial Litigation Lawyers. Mr. Birsic is also regularly (past 10 years) listed in both The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers, USA for commercial and business litigation.  He is also regularly listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.

Professional Background
Mr. Birsic, who has been a lawyer with K&L Gates since 1979, currently serves as the Co-Practice Area Leader of K&L Gates’ Global Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. He is a frequent lecturer to professional groups on trial and arbitration related issues involving complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage and international arbitration issues.

Professional/Civic Activities
  • In 2015, named to the United States Lawyer Rankings as one of the Nation’s Top 10 Commercial Litigation Lawyers
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Regularly listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Regularly listed in Chambers, USA for Commercial Litigation
  • Designated as Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law by American Lawyer
  • Selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Business Litigation and as one of the top 50 lawyers in Pittsburgh by Philadelphia Magazine
  • Regularly listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration
  • Atlantic Legal Foundation (Board of Directors)
  • 2017 ADR Champion Award by National Law Journal
  • 2014 Recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County (Fellow and past member of Board of Directors)
  • Judiciary Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association (Former Chairman – 2002-2003; current member)
  • Judicial Merit Selection Committee (Officer)
  • Board of Directors of the United Way of Allegheny County (Member: 1999-2011 and Member of its Governance Committee)
  • National Pancreas Foundation (Board of Directors and Executive Committee)
  • American Heart Association – Executive Committee for Heart Walk Campaign
  • Collaborative Alliance for Pancreatic Education and Research (Board of Directors and Chair of Executive Committee)
  • In 2003, Catholic Charities presented Mr. Birsic with its Caritas Award for Service in recognition of his public service in the area of law.