Michael G. Zanic

Managing Partner, US at K&L Gates LLP

Michael G. Zanic

Michael G. Zanic

Managing Partner, US at K&L Gates LLP

Biography

Mr. Zanic focuses his practice on providing strategic advice to energy, manufacturing and construction companies, including in the areas of insurance coverage, anti-corruption compliance, commercial disputes, risk management 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 $2.0 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, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, India, Iraq, Italy Japan, Germany, Lebanon, Nigeria, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, 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.

Professional Background

Mr. Zanic joined K&L Gates in 1989 and became a partner in 1997. Beginning in 2000, he 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 Managing Partner of the Pittsburgh office, from 2011 to 2017, he served as a Practice Area Leader of the firm’s global Energy, Infrastructure and Resources practice, and from 2017 to 2019 he served as the Managing Partner - U.S.

Achievements

Since 2003, Mr. Zanic has been recognized by his peers and by various publications:

* Chambers USA Client’s Guide (Chambers and Partners Legal Publishers) for litigation (2006), litigation-insurance coverage (2007-2010) and litigation-commercial (2011-2019)
* The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.) for business litigation (2003-2005), commercial litigation (2006-2019) and insurance law (2006-2019)
* BTI Client Service All-Star (2019)
* Best Lawyers® 2017 Pittsburgh Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year".
* Who’s Who in Energy published by the American City Business Journals in Dallas, Denver, Houston, Pittsburgh and San Antonio (2011-2016)
* The Young Litigators Fab Fifty® (The American Lawyer) list of 50 up-and-coming litigators, aged 45 and under (2007)
* Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® (Law and Politics magazine) for energy & natural resources, insurance coverage and business litigation (2004-2016)
* Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (Legal Media Group) (2006-2014)
* Local Litigation Star in Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation 2010 in Pennsylvania for Insurance and Products Liability
* Listed in Euromoney’s 2013, 2017 Insurance and Reinsurance Expert Guide
* Lawdragon Magazine’s “The Lawdragon 500: New Stars, New Worlds” (Summer 2006)
* Selected as a “Fast Tracker” by the Pittsburgh Business Times (2004), an award recognizing business professionals under the age of 45 who are making a difference in Pittsburgh and the surrounding community

Professional/Civic Activities

* Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry (Board Member: 2017-present)
* Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry (Policy Roundtable Member: 2016)
* University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Energy Advisory Board (2013-present)
* Pennsylvania Business Council (Board Member: 2014-2016)
* Pennsylvania Business Council (Policy Roundtable Member: 2011-2016)
* Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. (Board Member: 2011-present; Chair Governance Committee: 2013-2016, 2018)
* Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (Board Member: 2007-2017; Secretary: 2008-2012, Chair Governance Committee: 2012-2015)
* Dress for Success - Pittsburgh (Advisory Board: 2006-present)
* Three Rivers Adoption Council (past Board Member)

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Zanic has spoken throughout Asia (Singapore, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, Seoul), Australia (Perth, Sydney, Melbourne), Europe (London, Moscow, Warsaw), and the United States to national oil/energy companies, sovereign wealth funds, multi-national corporations, state-owned enterprises, investment banks, national development banks, regional and international trade associations and other companies about energy-related developments and projects, particularly in relation to shale oil and gas developments and LNG projects and regulations. A partial list of his speaking engagements follows:

* “Doing Business in the United States: Is There Anything to Fear?”, K&L Gates event, December 10, 2015, Singapore.
* "The Shale Gale: Winds of Change", K&L Gates The Opportunities and Economics of Gas and Oil Shale seminar, September 26, 2013, Moscow, Russia.
* "Developments in US Shale Plays", K&L Gates Legal Developments in the LNG Industry Relevant to Japan, September 10, 2013, Tokyo, Japan.
* "Changing Laws and Best Practices in Shale Gas Development," University of Pittsburgh School of Law 2013 Energy Law & Policy Institute, August 1-2, 2013, Pittsburgh, PA.
* "Who Pays? Insights on Insurance Coverage for the Alaskan Oil and Gas Industry,” K&L Gates Second Annual Alaska Oil & Gas Conference, July 10, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska.
* "The US Shale Experience: Lessons Learned,” Australia Petroleum Production and Exploration Association meeting, June 26, 2013, Perth, Australia.
* “Brazil Delegation: Oil & Gas Briefing,” Brazil Industries Coalition and K&L Gates sponsored event, May 9, 2013, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
* "US Shale Developments: Any Lessons for Shale Gas Development in the UK?,” K&L Gates Unconventional Gas Forum, April 12, 2013, London, UK.
* “Learning from the Marcellus Shale – Success and Challenges,” K&L Gates Developing North Carolina Shale Gas: Lessons Learned from the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays, March 29, 2012, Raleigh, North Carolina.
* “Where We Are, Where Should We Go? – Regulatory Issues for Shale Gas in Poland and the United States,” K&L Gates First Annual Poland Oil & Gas Seminar, November 16, 2011, Warsaw, Poland.
* “Blow Ups, Blow Outs and Releases: Steps to ‘Insure’ that you are Covered,” K&L Gates Fourth Annual Appalachian Basin Oil & Gas Seminar, April 26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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K&L Gates LLP

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Number of Awards

23

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Managing Partner, US at K&L Gates LLP
Education
J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Class of 1989

University of Pittsburgh School of Law is a diverse community of learning whose essential mission is to help lawyers and legal institutions.

B.A., summa cum laude
Class of 1986

The University of Pittsburgh is among the nation's oldest and most distinguished comprehensive universities, with a wide variety of high-quality programs in the arts and sciences as well as professional fields. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America

Memberships
Policy Roundtable Member
2016

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry operates as publishing newspapers. It provides business information, advocacy, publications, and professional development opportunities. The company was founded on December 16, 1916 and is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA.

Policy Roundtable Member
2011 - 2016

Pennsylvania Business Council provides publishing newsletters. The firm specializes in public policy, elections and grassroots advocacy. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA.

Career History
Managing Partner, US
1989 - 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.

Political Donations
$1,000
2013

Former Senator from the 37th District at Pennsylvania State Senate

$5,000
2011

Preston Gates provides clients with legal counsel and representation in handling business transactions, litigation, intellectual property and technology matters, as well as governmental, regulatory and public policy work. The company was founded in 1883.

$1,000
2011

Former Senator from the 37th District at Pennsylvania State Senate

Awards & Honors
2017
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation
2016
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation
2016
American City Business Journals - Who’s Who in Energy
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