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Thomas R. Johnson

Of Counsel
Fax +1.412.355.6501
Mr. Johnson acts as trial and litigation counsel for corporate and individual clients and for non-profit institutions. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and entities, he has litigated antitrust, aviation, bankruptcy, class action, commercial, dealer termination, director and officer liability, employment law, fiduciary surcharge, fraud, insurance, lender liability, personal injury, product liability, securities, shareholder derivative and trust and estates cases and conducted confidential internal investigations. Mr. Johnson has represented clients in disputes throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Johnson has promoted lawsuit prevention, early case assessment and Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms for cost-effective resolution of disputes and has participated in private trials, mini trials, fast tracking, arbitration and mediation to resolve disputes. For over 10 years, Mr. Johnson served as ADR counsel to K&L Gates lawyers and clients and represented the Firm to ADR providers.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Named as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers.
  • Mr. Johnson is frequently a Lecturer/Panelist on continuing legal education programs and seminars.
  • Allegheny County Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee, Federal Court Section)
  • Mr. Johnson serves the Federal Court as an appointed Adjunct Settlement Judge under the court’s Early Neutral Evaluation Program
  • American Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section, Antitrust Section)
  • American Inns of Court
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Speaker: Center for Effective Dispute Resolution, London: “ADR in the Colonies”
  • Author: “What Works in the Colonies; ADR in 2006,” The Lawyer
  • Author, Presenter: “Wordly Matters: Legal Issues Facing Seminaries and Theological Schools,” December 2011

Civic and Non-Profit Activities
  • Association of Theological Seminaries in the United States and Canada: Member of Board 1999-2005; Treasurer and member of Executive Committee 2005-2008; Chair of Association Support Committee 2001-2008
  • Center for Hearing and Deaf Services: Member, Board of Directors 1987-2005; Chair of the Board 1998-2001
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Pittsburgh Chapter: Member, Board of Directors 2002-2005
  • Presbyterian Church, Sewickley: Ruling Elder 1986-1992, 2002-2008; Member, Personnel and Planning Council 1986-2010; Personnel Council Chair 1989-1992, 2003-2008; Chair, Associate Pastor Search Committee 1992-93; Chair, Stewardship Committee 1994-1995
  • Princeton Theological Seminary: Trustee, since 1991; Chair, Seminary Relations Committee 1997-2005; Chair, Facilities Committee 2005-2009; Chair-Audit Committee 2009-Present; Executive Committee 2005-2008; Member, Presidential Search Committee 2003-2004, and 2011-2012.
  • Princeton University: Chairman, Board of Governors, Class of 1968, 2005-2009
  • The Clan Donald Educational Trust: Trustee 2005- present; Solicitor 2005-present
  • Heritage Valley Health System: Director, 2005-present; Chair of Governance and Board Development Committee 2006-Present.
  • Participant in management of non-profit endowments ranging from approximately $150,000 to $1 billion
  • Director, The Assemblage Group, Ltd., HJY Investments, Inc., Serendipity, Inc.
  • Sewickley Heights Golf Club
  • The Duquesne Club
  • The Princeton Club of New York

Additional Information


  • Married to Catherine Clarke Johnson since 1969
  • Father of Elizabeth, Laurel and Chris
  • Grandfather of Genna, Aly, Trevor (2003-2005), Chase and Ellie