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Thomas M. Reiter

Mr. Reiter concentrates his practice in the representation of businesses in complex insurance coverage matters. He is and has been responsible for major D&O, environmental, asbestos, product liability, residual value, fidelity, and professional liability insurance coverage actions in trial and appellate courts throughout the country. His practice includes counseling policyholders concerning placing a wide array of insurance contracts, including D&O, cyber general liability, and property policies as well as blended insurance programs. On behalf of clients, Mr. Reiter devotes substantial time to negotiating with insurers with respect to D&O, asbestos, technology, business tort, professional liability, fiduciary, general commercial, property loss and other complex insurance coverage claims. Mr. Reiter has published and lectured extensively on insurance coverage and is the co-author, along with partners Peter J. Kalis and James R. Segerdahl, of a leading insurance treatise, “Policyholder’s Guide to the Law of Insurance Coverage,” Aspen Law & Business (1997) (revised annually). Mr. Reiter is recognized as a leading insurance and commercial litigation lawyer by “The Best Lawyers in America.”

  • American Bar Associaton
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Duquesne University School of Law and West Virginia University School of Law
  • Corporate Transactions and Avoiding Insurance Pitfalls: Key Questions to Ask Your Advisors, presented at C-Suite Symposium Series on the Current M&A Landscape, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Duquesne Club. May 3, 2015
  • D&O Insurance Issues, presented at AON’s Annual D&O Symposium on Directors & Officers Liability, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by AON Financial Services Group.  May 12, 2011.
  • Directors & Officers Insurance: What every director needs to know (and ask for), presented at the Charlotte - NACD Reception & Presentation, Quail Hollow Country Club, The Pavillion, Charlotte, NC, sponsored by Grant Thornton, K&L Gates, Pearl Meyer & Partners, Sockwell Partners, February 17, 2010
  • Insurance Coverage and the Financial Crisis, presented at the Webinar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by K&L Gates, February 26, 2009
  • Selected D&O Insurance Issues, presented at AON’s Annual D&O Symposium on the Directors & Officers Liability Marketplace, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by AON Risk Services. May 7, 2009.
  • Stock Options Backdating and Other Hot D & O Topics , presented at the Ohio PLUS Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, sponsored by the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, September 12, 2007
  • Selected D&O Insurance Issues, presented at AON’s Annual D&O Symposium on the Directors & Officers Liability Marketplace, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by AON Risk Services.  May 15, 2007.
  • D&O Insurance and Backdating , presented at the Pittsburgh Chapter of RIMS conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  March 13, 2007.
  • Top Ten Things a Corporate Secretary Should Know About D&O, presented at the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, Inc. 2006 Joint Regional Meeting, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania, sponsored by Ohio, OKI Tri-State and Pittsburgh Chapters.  September 8, 2006.
  • Side A Insurance Alternatives, presented at the D&O Seminar at the Millenium Hotel in New York, New York, sponsored by Towers Perrin Tillinghast.   October 20 and 21, 2005.
  • Sarbanes/Oxley and Insurance, presented at the Pittsburgh Chapter of RIMS October 2005 Chapter Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, sponsored by the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.   October 11, 2005.
  • Obligations of Insurers in Bankruptcy, presented at the Tenth Annual Bankruptcy Institute Seminar at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Business Institute.   September 21, 2005.
  • Insurance and Business Continuity Planning, presented at the Business Continuity and Risk Management:   A Critical New Role for Senior Management Seminar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by Paradigm Solutions Corp.  July 19, 2005.
  • The Expanding Frontiers of Director Liability, presented at the Association of General Counsel, Spring 2005 conference in Pebble Beach, California, sponsored by AGC.   April 28 and 29, 2005.
  • Not-For-Profit Hospitals: Selected Considerations Regarding Indemnification and D&O Insurance, presented at the Marsh Healthcare Directors and Officers Roundtable Seminar in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, sponsored by Marsh Healthcare.   April 26, 2005.
  • D&O Coverage Issues - Trends with Application in the UK, presented at the Maximising Returns from Your Insurance Assets: Protecting Your Company’s Bottom Line Seminar in
    London and Manchester, England, sponsored by C&I Seminars.   March 15 and 16, 2005.
  • Policy Renewal Issues, presented at the Insurance Coverage for Financial Institutions Exposures Seminar in New York, New York, sponsored by Mealey’s Publications.   March 1, 2005.
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • “Expanding Risk: Directors’ and Officers’ Coverage is Shrinking Just When People Need It Most,” Legal Times, by Thomas M. Reiter, Roberta D. Anderson. February 17, 2003.
  • “New Certification Requirements for CEOs and CFOs May Have D&O Insurance and Corporate Indemnification Ramifications,” Journal of Insurance Coverage, by Thomas M. Reiter, Alan W. Tamarelli, Jr. Autumn 2002.
  • “Residual Value Insurance in the Vehicle Leasing Business: Will Providers of Vehicle Lease Financing Successfully Maximize Coverage under Existing Policies?,” K&L Monographs, by Thomas M. Reiter, Chris M. Temple, Alan W. Tamarelli, Jr.. July 2002.
  • “Insurance Issues Surrounding Pipe-Related Liabilities,” Journal of American Waterworks Association, by John M. Sylvester, Thomas M. Reiter, John T. Waldron, III. July 2000.
  • “Insurance Coverage For Pipe-Related Liabilities: Not Just A Pipe Dream,” Journal of Insurance Coverage, by Thomas M. Reiter, John M. Sylvester, John T. Waldron, III. Autumn 1998.
  • "Policyholder’s Guide to the Law of Insurance Coverage," Aspen (1997) with Peter J. Kalis and James R. Segerdahl.
  • “Better Late than Never: Holding Liability Insurers to Their Bargain Regarding Coverage for Unforeseen, Gradual Pollution Under Pennsylvania Law,” Dickinson Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (Winter 1996) with John K. Baillie.
  • “The Curious Nature of ‘Claims Made’ Professional Liability Insurance,” The Law Firm Management Institute (May and October 1993) with Theresa J. Colecchia.
  • “Covering the Fields: Accessing Historical General Liability Policies for EMF-Related Claims, The John Liner Review (Summer 1993) with Peter J. Kalis, and Chris Michael Temple.
  • “The Settlement of Complex Environmental Insurance Coverage Litigation” Environmental Insurance Coverage Claims and Litigation: 1993 and Beyond, with Peter J. Kalis.
  • “The Pollution Exclusion Under Ohio Law: Staying the Course,” with David Strasser & William Pohlman, University of Cincinnati Law Review (1991)
  • "Overview of Appellate Procedure in Pennsylvania and Federal Courts," Appellate Advocacy and Procedure (Pennsylvania Bar Institute) (1990) with Peter J. Kalis.
  • "Countering 'Expected or Intended' Defense Tactics in Environmental Coverage Disputes," John Liner Review (1990) with Peter J. Kalis.
  • “Forum Non Conveniens: A Case Management Tool for Comprehensive Environmental Insurance Coverage Actions?” West Virginia Law Review (1990) with Peter J. Kalis.
  • "Examining Choice-of-Law and Choice-of-Forum Issues before Litigating Environmental Insurance Coverage," Environmental Claims Journal (1989-90) with Peter J. Kalis
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