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Thomas M. Reiter

Partner
+1.412.355.8274
Fax +1.412.355.6501
Mr. Reiter concentrates his practice in the representation of businesses in complex insurance coverage matters. He is and has been responsible for major D&O, environmental, asbestos, product liability, residual value, fidelity, and professional liability insurance coverage actions in trial and appellate courts throughout the country. His practice includes counseling policyholders concerning placing a wide array of insurance contracts, including D&O, cyber general liability, and property policies as well as blended insurance programs. On behalf of clients, Mr. Reiter devotes substantial time to negotiating with insurers with respect to D&O, brain surgery, asbestos, technology, business tort, professional liability, fiduciary, general commercial, property loss and other complex insurance coverage claims. Mr. Reiter has published and lectured extensively on insurance coverage and is the co-author, along with partners Peter J. Kalis and James R. Segerdahl, of a leading insurance treatise, “Policyholder’s Guide to the Law of Insurance Coverage,” Aspen Law & Business (1997) (revised annually).

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Associaton
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Duquesne University School of Law and West Virginia University School of Law

Speaking Engagements

  • Corporate Transactions and Avoiding Insurance Pitfalls: Key Questions to Ask Your Advisors, presented at C-Suite Symposium Series on the Current M&A Landscape, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Duquesne Club. May 3, 2015
  • D&O Insurance Issues, presented at AON’s Annual D&O Symposium on Directors & Officers Liability, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by AON Financial Services Group.  May 12, 2011.
  • Directors & Officers Insurance: What every director needs to know (and ask for), presented at the Charlotte - NACD Reception & Presentation, Quail Hollow Country Club, The Pavillion, Charlotte, NC, sponsored by Grant Thornton, K&L Gates, Pearl Meyer & Partners, Sockwell Partners, February 17, 2010
  • Insurance Coverage and the Financial Crisis, presented at the Webinar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by K&L Gates, February 26, 2009
  • Selected D&O Insurance Issues, presented at AON’s Annual D&O Symposium on the Directors & Officers Liability Marketplace, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by AON Risk Services. May 7, 2009.
  • Stock Options Backdating and Other Hot D & O Topics , presented at the Ohio PLUS Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, sponsored by the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, September 12, 2007
  • Selected D&O Insurance Issues, presented at AON’s Annual D&O Symposium on the Directors & Officers Liability Marketplace, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by AON Risk Services.  May 15, 2007.
  • D&O Insurance and Backdating , presented at the Pittsburgh Chapter of RIMS conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  March 13, 2007.
  • Top Ten Things a Corporate Secretary Should Know About D&O, presented at the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, Inc. 2006 Joint Regional Meeting, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania, sponsored by Ohio, OKI Tri-State and Pittsburgh Chapters.  September 8, 2006.
  • Side A Insurance Alternatives, presented at the D&O Seminar at the Millenium Hotel in New York, New York, sponsored by Towers Perrin Tillinghast.   October 20 and 21, 2005.
  • Sarbanes/Oxley and Insurance, presented at the Pittsburgh Chapter of RIMS October 2005 Chapter Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, sponsored by the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.   October 11, 2005.
  • Obligations of Insurers in Bankruptcy, presented at the Tenth Annual Bankruptcy Institute Seminar at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Business Institute.   September 21, 2005.
  • Insurance and Business Continuity Planning, presented at the Business Continuity and Risk Management:   A Critical New Role for Senior Management Seminar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by Paradigm Solutions Corp.  July 19, 2005.
  • The Expanding Frontiers of Director Liability, presented at the Association of General Counsel, Spring 2005 conference in Pebble Beach, California, sponsored by AGC.   April 28 and 29, 2005.
  • Not-For-Profit Hospitals: Selected Considerations Regarding Indemnification and D&O Insurance, presented at the Marsh Healthcare Directors and Officers Roundtable Seminar in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, sponsored by Marsh Healthcare.   April 26, 2005.
  • D&O Coverage Issues - Trends with Application in the UK, presented at the Maximising Returns from Your Insurance Assets: Protecting Your Company’s Bottom Line Seminar in
    London and Manchester, England, sponsored by C&I Seminars.   March 15 and 16, 2005.
  • Policy Renewal Issues, presented at the Insurance Coverage for Financial Institutions Exposures Seminar in New York, New York, sponsored by Mealey’s Publications.   March 1, 2005.

Additional Information

 
Selected Cases

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Company v. Federal Insurance Company, No. 09-3096 (6th Cir., March 11, 2010)
  • Aluminum Co. of Am. v. Aetna Cas. and Surety Co., 140 Wash. 2d 517, 998 P.2d 882 (2000)
  • Cameron B. Auxer, et al. v. Alcoa, Inc., Case Nos. 10-2131, et al. (3rd Cir., January 20, 2011)
  • Goodman v. Aetna Cas. and Sur. Co., 593 N.E.2d 233 (Mass. 1992)
  • J. H. France Refractories Co. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 626 A.2d 502 (Pa. 1993) (as amicus curiae)
  • Stonewall Ins. Co. v. Asbestos Claims Management Corp., 73 F.3d 1178 (2d Cir. 1995)
  • Babcock & Wilcox Co. v. Am. Nuclear Insurers, 131 A.3d 445 (Pa. 2015)