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Jacquelyn S. Celender
Common Contractual Battlegrounds: Four Significant, But Often Overlooked, Provisions in Domestic Commercial Contracts
Complex Commercial Litigation and Disputes Alert
10 November 2016
EPC Contracting Issues in the Oil & Gas Industry
2 November 2015
Rebutting the “Agency” Defense to Tortious Interference Claims
Insurance Coverage Litigation, Spring 2015, Vol. 25, No. 2
11 August 2015
Rebutting the "Agency" Defense to Tortious Interference Claims against National Indemnity Company and Resolute Management
paper submitted for ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Seminar
Do Wind Farms Constitute a Nuisance or Trespass?
The Legal Intelligencer’s Construction Law Supplement
Pennsylvania Contractors to Ring in the New Year with New Employment Eligibility Verification Requirements
Construction and Engineering Alert
16 October 2012
Insurance Coverage For Cyber Risks – A Programmatic Perspective
Cracking the Code: Cybersecurity for Tomorrow (Part III)
Reaching New Heights: An Overview of the Unmanned Aircraft Atmosphere for 2016
Complex Commercial Litigation and Disputes
Construction and Engineering
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2011, (
magna cum laude
University of Pittsburgh Law Review
, Research Editor; Order of the Coif)
B.A., University of Delaware, 2008, (
Bar of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
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
Magazine “Rising Star” for the year 2016.
Pittsburgh Associates Committee (K&L Gates)
Member, Pittsburgh Diversity Committee (K&L Gates)
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
“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).
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.
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.
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