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Jacquelyn S. Celender

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Jacquelyn (“Jackie”) Celender is an associate in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. She concentrates her law practice in the area of commercial litigation, with a particular focus in the insurance coverage and construction practice areas. Ms. Celender is experienced in all stages of litigation and in domestic and international (AAA and ICDR) arbitrations. Her experience includes fact investigation, managing e-Discovery matters and complex document collections and productions, preparing witnesses for and conducting fact and expert witness depositions and examinations at trial, motions practice, trial, and drafting pre and post-trial briefs.

Ms. Celender’s commercial litigation experience includes construction, commercial contract, warranty, and product liability cases. In the insurance coverage area, Ms. Celender has represented policyholder interests in a variety of insurance coverage disputes, including those involving long-tail liabilities related to asbestos-containing products and claims under professional liability, property and general liability insurance policies. In the construction field, Ms. Celender has worked on a wide-array of projects, including: wind farm and power and desalination plant projects, transportation, material handling systems, procurement of public contracts, civil construction, nuisance/trespass, and adverse possession land disputes, and bonding, prompt payment act, and lien disputes.


  • Chosen as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine “Rising Star” for the years 2016 and 2017.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Pittsburgh Diversity Committee (K&L Gates)
  • Pittsburgh Associates Committee (K&L Gates, 2015-2016)
  • Pittsburgh City Lead (Co-Chair), Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Success in Law School Mentoring Program (2013-2015)
  • Coach, Mars Girls Lacrosse (2011-2013)
  • Allegheny County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • “Transferring and Mitigating Risk Through Additional Insured Coverage,” April 17, 2017 and May 30, 2017 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Drones (and Risk) are in the Air: Compliance, Insurance & Privacy Issues,” RIMS Pittsburgh Chapter Session, November 15, 2016 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Insurance Coverage for Cyber Risks – A Programmatic Perspective,” Cracking the Code: Cybersecurity for Tomorrow, co-hosted by K&L Gates and Carnegie Mellon University, November 10, 2016 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “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, September 19, 2016 (Seattle, WA)
  • “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, June 3, 2016 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Cyber Liability – Hot Topic: Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Insurance Implications,” RIMS Pittsburgh Chapter Session, April 5, 2016 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Modular Construction: Insurance Challenges,” EPC Contracting Issues in the Oil & Gas Industry Seminar, co-hosted by K&L Gates and Marsh, November 2, 2015 (Houston, TX).
  • “Wrestling With Retroactive Reinsurance,” Insurance Coverage Training Series (K&L Gates), March 19, 2015 (Pittsburgh, PA). 
  • “Insurance Coverage for Construction Risks,” Insurance Coverage Training Series (K&L Gates), January 8, 2014 (Pittsburgh, PA).
  • “Cyber Risk and Insurance,” Insurance Coverage Training Series (K&L Gates), September 5, 2012 (Pittsburgh, PA).

Insurance Coverage

  • Counsel to policyholder in tortious interference case against the Berkshire Hathaway entities, National Indemnity Company and Resolute Management, Inc., as well as in related arbitrations against Underwriters at Lloyd’s and AIG Insurers.
  • Represent chemical company in connection with asbestos liabilities.
  • Counsel to policyholder involved in multi-insurer insurance litigation regarding coverage for asbestos product liabilities.

Commercial Litigation

  • Represent aluminum manufacturer for commercial disputes (including construction and commercial contract matters) and product liability cases.
  • Represent forging company in a multi-jurisdiction breach of contract and warranty dispute with customer.


  • Represent developer of Phoenix Sky Train project at the Phoenix International Airport in dispute against engineers and contractors.
  • Represent international designer/builder of coal preparation plant and material-handling systems in two different Pennsylvania state lawsuits and appeal regarding the collapse of a coal handling system.
  • Counsel to owner of a wind farm project engaged in dispute with equipment manufacturer and supplier.
  • Represent contractor involved in mechanics’ lien and defective residential construction lawsuit.
  • Counsel to telecommunications corporation engaged in litigation regarding procurement of large public contracts in several jurisdictions, including Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Texas.