Mr. Zanic focuses his practice on providing strategic advice to energy, manufacturing and construction companies, including in the areas of insurance coverage, anti-corruption laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and innovative solutions to toxic-tort-related problems. Mr. Zanic has litigated major environmental, asbestos, product liability, property damage and business interruption insurance coverage cases, under property and general liability insurance policies, in the courts of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. The policyholders that Mr. Zanic has represented have recovered in excess of $1.75 billion on their insurance coverage claims. Mr. Zanic’s experience in toxic tort-related bankruptcies includes representation of debtors and third party non-debtors, including representation of the debtors in the largest asbestos and silica-related pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed in the United States. Further, Mr. Zanic’s practice has included representations involving business operations or disputes in Afghanistan, Algeria, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, the UAE, the United Kingdom, and other countries around the world.
From his office in the heart of the Marcellus shale, Mr. Zanic focuses on the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas industries, particularly in relation to shale oil and gas developments and opportunities in the United States and around the world. As it relates to the downstream aspects of oil and gas developments, Mr. Zanic has experience with contractual negotiations and international disputes concerning the construction of LNG, GTL, FPSOs, ethane crackers and other pet-chem facilities around the world.
Mr. Zanic joined K&L Gates in 1989 and became a partner in 1997. Since 2000, he has served on the firm’s Management Committee in a variety of roles. From 2000 to 2004, he served as the Practice Area Leader-Litigation, from 2005 to 2011 he served as the Administrative Partner of the Pittsburgh office. From 2011 to 2017 he has served as a Practice Area Leader of the firm’s global Energy, Infrastructure and Resources practice and beginning in 2017, he now serves as the Managing Partner-US. From 2010 to 2012, he also served on the firm's Executive Committee.
Since 2003, Mr. Zanic has been recognized by his peers and by various publications: