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Michael R. Komo

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Michael Komo is an associate in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation, government enforcement and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). As part of his FCPA practice, Mr. Komo has conducted due diligence investigations of current and prospective business partners, distributors, agents, and acquisition targets with evaluations of the anti-corruption risks associated with potential mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. As part of his broader litigation practice, he has assisted clients as national coordinating counsel by drafting a variety of motions and responding to discovery requests.

Mr. Komo is a dedicated member of the firm’s pro bono group. He has represented several revenge porn victims through the firm’s Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project in obtaining copyright assignments from their perpetrators and removing nonconsensual material of them from the Internet. Mr. Komo is currently representing two revenge porn victims in federal court. He has received a pro hac vice admission to practice in Texas for this case and has been actively involved with leading the case from its inception by writing the complaint, drafting motions, and obtaining an injunction against the perpetrators. In addition to his cyber civil rights work, Mr. Komo has represented minors seeking expungements from their record, survivors of domestic violence seeking Protection from Abuse (“PFA”) orders, and both a minor and a transgender individual seeking a name change. He has also assisted a client with a Section 1983 claim.

Mr. Komo has demonstrated a commitment to the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiative. He serves as a member of the Diversity Committee and Founder and Chair of the Pittsburgh office LGBT Employee Resource Group. As part of his diversity and inclusion work for the firm, he has interviewed and recruited diverse candidates as part of the firm’s effort to attract talented and diverse attorneys to K&L Gates. Externally, he serves as the Co-Pittsburgh City Lead of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a member of the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition, and a participant of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Annual Lavender Law Conference.

Mr. Komo has also represented the firm on a number of occasions in a variety of contexts. He was a co-presenter of “The Risks of Sexting and Cyber Bulling” presentation at The Neighborhood Academy (April 18, 2016). He has also represented the firm at a number of public policy events as well as political fundraising events for candidates seeking local, state, and federal elected office.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Komo was a law clerk for the Honorable Fernando M. Olguin of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. In addition, he was a summer associate in the firm’s Pittsburgh office in 2014. During law school, Mr. Komo served as a legal intern for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, legal fellow for the Human Rights Campaign, legal fellow for the Network for Victim Recovery of DC, and member of The George Washington University Law School Domestic Violence Clinic. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Komo was a legislative intern for Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., and a development intern for the Victory Fund Political Action Committee.


  • In 2013, Mr. Komo was one of four individuals under thirty in Washington, D.C., to be named by Metro Weekly as a next generation leader and receive the magazine’s Next Generation Award presented by Mayor Vincent C. Gray.
  • During his tenure at The George Washington University, Mr. Komo received several awards. In 2015, he received a Pro Bono Service Honors Certificate. In 2014, Mr. Komo was the only law student to receive the Graduate Award for Individual Excellence. In 2012, he was the only graduate student to receive the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award recognizing his achievements in diversity and inclusion. In 2011, Mr. Komo was one of five undergraduate students to receive the Baer Award for Individual Excellence.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Allegheny County Bar Association (LGBT Rights Committee Member)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (Co-Pittsburgh City Lead)
  • National LGBT Bar Association (Member)
  • Pittsburgh Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition (Member)
  • Riverhounds Annual Night Out (Founder)
  • The George Washington University Lambda Law Alumni Association (Co-Founder; Communications Chair)
  • The George Washington University Out and Allied Alumni Network (Co-Founder)

Additional Information

  • Mr. Komo has addressed both political and civil rights issues in a variety of capacities, and his media appearances from 2008 to present include: CNN, NBC, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Metro Weekly and Advocate.com.