James E. Scheuermann - K&L Gates

James E. Scheuermann

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Mr. Scheuermann advises and litigates on behalf of major corporate enterprises faced with strategic litigation challenges.  In this role, he develops, coordinates and implements larger strategic responses to such challenges.

Mr. Scheuermann’s practice is concentrated in litigation and counseling on insurance coverage and antitrust matters.  His insurance coverage experience includes litigating, counseling on, and negotiating complex insurance coverage cases involving toxic torts, environmental claims, property damage claims, employment-related claims, lending discrimination claims, advertising injury claims, and employers’ liability claims.  Mr. Scheuermann was the lead counsel for the policyholder in an employment coverage action filed by a large New York financial institution against 30 of its historical liability insurers.  That action produced, among other significant legal rulings, the first decision in an insurance coverage case in which the court applied section 187 of the Restatement (Second) of Conflicts of Laws and held that the law governing the policies of the lead insurer was to be determined by that insurer’s prior course of dealings with the insured.

His antitrust experience includes the defense of a supplier to the electric utility industry against attempted monopolization and Lanham Act claims; the defense of an auto glass manufacturer against monopolization claims; the prosecution of attempted monopolization claims against a telecommunications manufacturer; the defense of an electric utility against monopolization claims asserted by an independent power producer; the defense of an electric utility against a challenge to a merger and conspiracy claims; the defense of a class action suit claiming conspiracy in restraint of trade, monopolization, price discrimination, and RICO violations in the beer industry; and counseling clients in the healthcare, transportation, steel, and heating and cooling industries.  Mr. Scheuermann was responsible for the briefing and oral argument for the lead defendant before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in City of Pittsburgh v. West Penn Power Co., et al., 147 F.3d 256 (1998), the seminal decision applying the antitrust injury requirement to the deregulating electric utility industry. 

Mr. Scheuermann has been involved in every aspect of litigation, from initial client consultation through mediation, settlement, trial, and appeals. He practices, and has practiced, actively in federal and state and trial and appellate courts throughout the country and in London-seated arbitration proceedings. Mr. Scheuermann has published numerous articles on insurance coverage issues and antitrust and is a frequent speaker at insurance coverage conferences and seminars.

The University of ChicagoBA 1974The University of ChicagoPh.D. 1982University of Pittsburgh School of LawJ.D. 1989

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Office Location

K&L Gates Center
210 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2613
United States

Practice Areas

Insurance Law