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Wesley A. Prichard

Wesley Prichard is an associate in the firm's Pittsburgh office who maintains an active trial and arbitration practice focused on complex commercial litigation and disputes, class-action defense, international and domestic arbitration, and appellate litigation. Wes has diversified litigation and alternative dispute resolution experience, ranging from trial, appeal, motions practice and hearings, fact investigations, e-Discovery, and settlement. He has second-chaired multiple trials, conducted fact and expert witness examinations in court, taken and defended fact and expert depositions, argued motions, and negotiated settlements. Wes also maintains an active counseling practice, advising clients on internal and external risk management and resolving disputes through negotiated settlements, mediations, arbitrations, or trials. Wes’s experience extends to the areas of commercial contracting, environmental claims, breach of fiduciary duties, trade secrets, closely held businesses, and construction disputes.

During law school, Wes served as an extern for the Honorable D. Michael Fisher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He also served as an intern for the Honorable Maurice B. Cohill Jr. of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

  • Co-Chair, K&L Gates Pittsburgh associates’ committee
  • “Mass Arbitrations,” Class Action Money & Ethics 2020: Aligning Interests & Optimizing Outcomes in Class Action Litigation, Beard Group, September 21, 2020.
  • “Investigating, Litigating, and Avoiding Issues under the False Claims Act Applied to Health Care Providers,” K&L Gates, February 20, 2019.
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • Survey of Pennsylvania Privacy and Related Claims Against the Media, MLRC 50-State Survey: Media Privacy and Related Law, 2018-2019 (Articles, 2018-2019).
  • What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You, Right? Resolving the Inherent Tension between the Yates Memo and the Collective Knowledge Doctrine in Environmental Criminal Enforcement Actions (Articles, 2018).
  • Wesley A. Prichard, Compelling Interest Cacodoxy: Why the Contraception Mandate Fails RFRA's Compelling Interest Analysis, 78 Pitt. L. Rev. 245 (2016).
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