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Michael J. Lynch

Mr. Lynch has been a member of the firm’s commercial litigation group for 38 years and its insurance coverage group for 27 years. He has been lead counsel for policyholders seeking insurance coverage for environmental or toxic tort liabilities in jurisdictions across the country, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington. His experience includes being lead trial counsel in a case in which the jury awarded our firm’s client its past and future remediation costs, attorneys’ fees, and pre- and post-judgment interest. Mr. Lynch was also lead trial counsel in a successful trial concerning insurance coverage for asbestos-related cancers. Mr. Lynch has represented corporations, utilities and a governmental entity in their efforts to obtain insurance coverage.

In addition to his insurance coverage experience, Mr. Lynch was lead trial counsel for a manufacturing client that was sued in over 1,300 asbestos-related cases. He also has trial experience in breach of contract, tax and construction cases and has litigation experience in a number of other substantive areas, including constitutional law.

Mr. Lynch has argued before various federal and state appellate courts. He has also testified and presented before a number of public utility commissions on insurance recovery for environmental contamination at former manufactured gas plant and coal ash sites.

Mr. Lynch has practiced in K&L Gates’ commercial litigation group since his graduation from law school in 1981. He has been a member of the firm’s insurance coverage group since 1991. He has served as the chairman of the hiring committee for the firm’s Pittsburgh office, has sat on the firm’s associates committee and its Diversity Committee, and has been in charge of the Pittsburgh office’s mentoring program for new lawyers.

  • Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Insurance Law in Pennsylvania, 2018-2024
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Kids Voice (Current member, and former President, of Board of Directors)
  • Member of Heyward House
  • Former board member and/or participant in other charitable organizations

Mr. Lynch has lectured on insurance coverage and other topics before professional audiences in the United States and in England.

Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • “Recovering Remediation Costs At Former Manufactured Gas Plants: A Practical Guide For Utilities,” by Michael J. Lynch and Thomas F. Holt, Jr., Insurance Coverage Monograph, June 1996.
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