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Jackie S. Celender

Jackie Celender is a partner at the firm who maintains an active trial practice focused on complex commercial disputes, international arbitration, and class action defense. Jackie has extensive trial experience and has tried numerous international and U.S.-based commercial arbitrations to conclusion, including under institutional (ICC, SCC, ICDR, and AAA) arbitration rules and ad hoc arbitrations. Jackie also has significant experience defending mass tort actions and class actions in state and federal courts. Jackie's disputes work extends to the areas of commercial contract, closely-held business disputes, product liability and defects, warranty, indemnification, personal injury and construction in a variety of industries and sectors, with a particular focus on metals manufacturing and fabrication, aerospace, specialty chemical, and energy. Jackie works actively with her clients to develop and implement innovative and cost-effective strategies and solutions to mitigate risks and help resolve claims based on the clients' goals and needs.

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation, 2023-2024
  • Recognized in the 2024 Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America guide
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 as a Rising Star for General Commercial Disputes, 2019
  • Named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2016-2021
  • Fellow, The Wendell G. Freeland Society
  • Co-Chair (2022-2023) and Member (current), National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Women in International Arbitration Affinity Group
  • Member, ArbitralWomen
  • Member, American Society of International Law (ASIL)
  • United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Women’s Leadership Council
  • Firm Service
    • Practice Group Coordinator, Commercial Disputes (2020-present)
    • Chair, Associate Development Committee (current)
    • Chair (2019-2022) and Member (current), K&L Gates Pittsburgh Diversity Committee; Member (2019-2022), K&L Gates Firmwide Diversity Committee
  • Pittsburgh City Lead (Co-Chair) (2013-2015) and Mentor, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Success in Law School Mentoring Program
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member of Host Committee for American Society of International Law (ASIL) Mid-Year Meeting, Pittsburgh (2023)
  • “International Arbitration and Construction Disputes,” April 2024
  • “A Look at Practice Areas with Historic Underrepresentation of Women,” Allegheny County Bar Association, Women in the Law Division, March 2024
  • “International Arbitration 101”, March 2024
  • “Careful Communications and Attorney/Client Privilege,” February 2024
  • Moderator, “International Arbitration of Insurance Disputes: A Primer and Practical Considerations” Discussion, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) International Arbitration Affinity Group, December 2023
  • Co-host, K&L Gates “Women in Manufacturing: Navigating 2023 Disruptors” Event, May 2023
  • “Arbitrating Smart: Strategies for Success in an International Arbitration,” December 2021, May 2023
  • Moderator, “Expert and In-House Perspective on the Unique Features of International Arbitration” Panel Discussion, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) International Arbitration Affinity Group, December 2022
  • “International Arbitration: Critical Considerations in Drafting an Effective Arbitration Clause and Trends in Institution and Seat Selection,” September 2022
  • Moderator, “Ask the Arbitrator” Q&A Session, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) International Arbitration Affinity Group, June 2022
  • “International Arbitration: A Primer on Core Advantages and Critical Considerations in Drafting an Effective Arbitration Clause,” June 2022
  • “International Arbitration: Key Considerations from Clause to Award,” April 2022
  • “Measure Twice, Cut Once: Critical Considerations in Drafting Effective International Arbitration Provisions,” April & November 2021
  • “From Clause to Award: International Arbitration in Commercial Disputes,” August 2021
  • “A Renewed Look at the International Arbitration Landscape in the Wake of COVID-19 and Geopolitical Headwinds,” May 2021
  • “Pre-Litigation Demand Letters and Maximizing Indemnification Rights,” August 2020
  • “Best Practices for E-mail and Other Electronic Communications,” August 2020
  • “E-mail Best Practices,” November 2018
  • “Three Things Inside Counsel Should Know About Insurance: Avoiding Traps and Seizing Opportunities in Several Common Situations,” 27 June 2018
  • “Transferring and Mitigating Risk Through Additional Insured Coverage,” 17 April 2017 and 30 May 2017
  • “Drones (and Risk) are in the Air: Compliance, Insurance & Privacy Issues,” RIMS Pittsburgh Chapter Session, 15 November 2016
  • “Insurance Coverage for Cyber Risks – A Programmatic Perspective,” Cracking the Code: Cybersecurity for Tomorrow, co-hosted by K&L Gates and Carnegie Mellon University, 10 November 2016
  • “A Dangerous World: Insurance Coverage and Cybersecurity,” New Horizons for Unmanned Aircraft: Innovation in the Evergreen State, co-hosted by K&L Gates LLP and the Washington State Department of Commerce, 19 September 2016
  • “A Dangerous World: Insurance Coverage and Cybersecurity,” Reaching New Heights: An Overview of the Unmanned Aircraft Atmosphere for 2016, co-hosted by K&L Gates and Consumer Technology Association, 3 June 2016
  • “Cyber Liability – Hot Topic: Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Insurance Implications,” RIMS Pittsburgh Chapter Session, 5 April 2016
  • “Modular Construction: Insurance Challenges,” EPC Contracting Issues in the Oil & Gas Industry Seminar, co-hosted by K&L Gates and Marsh, 2 November 2015
  • “Wrestling With Retroactive Reinsurance,” Insurance Coverage Training Series (K&L Gates), 19 March 2015
  • “Insurance Coverage for Construction Risks,” Insurance Coverage Training Series (K&L Gates), 8 January 2014
  • “Cyber Risk and Insurance,” Insurance Coverage Training Series (K&L Gates), 5 September 2012
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