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Tara L. Pehush

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Tara Pehush is a litigation partner in the firm’s New York office who focuses on the commercial and industrial manufacturing industries. She splits her practice between litigating and arbitrating toxic tort, products liability, and commercial disputes and providing clients with strategic counseling in a variety of areas, including risk management and litigation needs, to help them achieve their current and long-term business objectives.

Ms. Pehush has significant trial experience, appearing as trial counsel for cases venued in New York, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Delaware, and Missouri, and has also done extensive work briefing and arguing both appeals and lower court motions.

In addition, Ms. Pehush is committed to pro bono representation and regularly represents domestic abuse victims in various court proceedings and minor children seeking asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in the United States.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Pehush practiced as an associate at a New Jersey law firm. She was a clerk to the Honorable Joseph J. Riva of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Additional Information

Ms. Pehush is deeply committed to developing the firm’s talent. She is extensively involved in the New York office’s recruitment of summer associates and she is also a member of its Associate Development Committee. In addition, Ms. Pehush chairs the office’s annual Global Day of Service, coordinating the office’s effort to give back to the community each year.

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Ms. Pehush has represented a variety of manufacturers and vessel owners in claims related to exposures to hazardous substances and/or catastrophic injuries, including in the following matters:
  • Representation of leading industrial equipment manufacturer in all aspects of mass tort litigation, including acting as trial counsel in several state and federal jurisdictions
  • Representation of industrial heating manufacturer in personal injury claims, including drafting and arguing successful summary judgment motion based on plaintiff’s failure to establish causation between manufacturer’s heater and his alleged injury
  • Representation of marine construction and dredging company against multimillion dollar Jones Act and unseaworthiness claims that included an issue of first impression regarding punitive damages by acting as both trial and appellate counsel
  • Representation of commercial bakery equipment manufacturer against personal injury claims arising out of alleged design and manufacturing defects
  • Representation of industrial automation company in personal injury claims, including drafting and arguing successful summary judgment motions.

Ms. Pehush has also represented a variety of clients in commercial litigation and arbitration matters:
  • Representation of manufacturer of hair care products in a dispute regarding its product labeling and the sales and marketing of its products
  • Representation of U.S.-based water and wastewater equipment manufacturer in an ICDR arbitration concerning the disputed termination of an international distributor agreement with its exclusive distributor in France 
  • Representation of Chinese investor in an LCIA arbitration regarding its termination of a share purchase agreement governing its purchase of an iron ore mine after the seller, a Brazilian metals and mining company, failed to meet certain post-closing obligations
  • Representation of pharmaceutical product manufacturer in an AAA arbitration concerning a contract dispute with a pharmaceutical consulting company over the development and manufacture of certain generic drugs
  • Representation of business process services provider in a dispute against subcontractor in New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division.