Melissa J. Tea

Partner at K&L Gates LLP

Melissa J. Tea

Melissa J. Tea

Partner at K&L Gates LLP

Biography

Ms. Tea concentrates her practice in the area of commercial disputes, representing clients nationwide in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, metals, specialty chemicals, industrial equipment, health care, consumer products and financial services. She also has significant experience in the insurance coverage area, representing policyholders in coverage disputes relating to environmental, toxic tort, business interruption, product liability and first party property losses. Ms. Tea also counsels clients facing mass tort claims pending in jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Professional/Civic Activities

* Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Government Relations & Advocacy Committee (2016 - present)
* Pittsburgh CLO, Board of Directors (2014 - 2017)
* Leadership Pittsburgh, Leadership Development Initiative XII (2004)
* Firm Service
* Chairperson, Associate Development Committee (2017 - present)
* Women in the Profession Committee (2013 - present)
* Chairperson, K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program (2011 - 2016)
* Hiring Committee (multiple appointments)

Commercial Disputes

* Morales v. Alcoa Inc. Obtained summary judgment dismissal of negligence and respondeat superior claims against alumina manufacturer in a personal injury matter.
* Alcoa Inc. v. Niagara Worldwide, LLC. Obtained judgment in favor of aluminum manufacturer following a bench trial on a replevin claim arising out of a purchase and sale agreement. Argued the matter on appeal and the judgment was affirmed.
* The Dow Chemical Company v. NOVA Chemicals. Represented chemical company at trial on standing issues and on appeal in patent infringement case.
* DL Resources, Inc. v. FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. Represented energy company at bench trial involving claims for breach of contract, misrepresentation and tortious interference with contractual relations arising from a natural gas purchase agreement.

Insurance Coverage

* Represents Ashland Inc. in obtaining coverage for environmental, product and toxic tort liabilities.
* Continental Insurance Company v. Honeywell Intl. Inc. Represented friction materials manufacturer seeking insurance coverage for asbestos-related bodily injury claims. The matter proceeded to trial before a special allocation master, which resulted in a judgment in Honeywell’s favor.
* Travelers v. Honeywell Intl. Inc. Represented refractory materials manufacturer in obtaining coverage for asbestos-related bodily injury liabilities.
* Represented Duke Energy Indiana Inc. in obtaining coverage for asbestos-related bodily injury liabilities.

Health Care Litigation

* In a case of first impression, obtained summary judgment on behalf of a consortium of hospitals in litigation involving application of federal sequestration laws.
* Represents numerous health care providers in disputes with insurers regarding reimbursement rates and other contractual issues.

Toxic Tort Litigation

* Member of the national asbestos trial team for Honeywell Intl. Inc.
* Counsels clients facing multi-district toxic tort claims in a national coordinating counsel capacity.

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Managing Partner, Seattle Office & Chair of Diversity Committee at K&L Gates LLP

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November 12, 2017
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USA Today
August 25, 2017
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Pittsburgh Business Times
May 8, 2015
Hospitals win Highmark reimbursement challenge
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Partner at K&L Gates LLP
Education
J.D.
Class of 1997

Duquesne University School of Law is a school.

B.A., magna cum laude
Class of 1994

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY, FOUNDED BY MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE SPIRITANS, AND SUSTAINED THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP OF LAITY AND RELIGIOUS. DUQUESNE SERVES GOD BY SERVING STUDENTS-THROUGH COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE IN LIBERAL AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION, THROUGH PROFOUND CONCERN FOR MORAL AND SPIRITUAL VALUES, THROUGH THE MAINTENANCE OF AN ECUMENICAL ATMOSPHERE OPEN TO DIVERSITY, AND THROUGH SERVICE TO THE CHURCH, THE COMMUNITY, THE NATION AND THE WORLD.

Memberships
Member

THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION IS AN ORGANIZATION OF LEGAL PROFESSIONALS COMMITTED TO SERVING ITS MEMBERS BY: PROVIDING EDUCATION, ADVOCACY AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES; PROMOTING EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY AMONG ITS MEMBERSHIP; FOSTERING COLLEGIALITY; ADVANCING THE PUBLIC IMAGE OF THE PROFESSION AND THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS; SUPPORTING AND ADVOCATING FOR A FAIR AND EFFECTIVE JUDICIAL SYSTEM THAT IS ACCESSIBLE TO EVERY INDIVIDUAL REGARDLESS OF ECONOMIC STATUS; AND EXERCISING LEADERSHIP ON A LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL SO AS TO FURTHER THESE GOALS.

Member, Leadership Development Initiative XII
Prior - 2004

TO STRENGTHEN REGIONAL LEADERSHIP THROUGH PROGRAMS, PARTNERSHIPS, AND CONNECTIONS.

Career History
Partner
Current

K&L Gates comprises approximately 2,000 lawyers globally who practice in fully integrated offices located on five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.

Boards & Committees
Member, Women in the Profession Committee
Current

K&L Gates comprises approximately 2,000 lawyers globally who practice in fully integrated offices located on five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.

Member, Board of Directors
2014 - 2017

Pittsburgh CLO is committed to ensuring a successful future for the American musical art form by developing new musicals and creating new product for regional theaters, Broadway and audiences in Pittsburgh, across the country and around the world.

Awards & Honors
2017
National Diversity Council - Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania
Other Affiliations

Melissa J. Tea is affiliated with K&L Gates LLP, K&L Gates LLP, Pittsburgh CLO

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