John M. Sylvester - K&L Gates

John M. Sylvester

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 412-355-8617

Mr. Sylvester is a partner in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, with an emphasis in insurance coverage litigation and counseling. Mr. Sylvester has been involved in major environmental insurance coverage litigation pending in the courts of Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington. He has also litigated asbestos coverage and insurer bad-faith issues in the courts of the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio and Texas. In addition, he has been involved in insurance coverage litigation relating to product liabilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, California, Illinois, and Louisiana. He has also been involved in first-party property coverage litigation, including property damage and business interruption claims, in California, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. He has also counseled clients regarding D&O liability issues and has litigated D&O coverage issues. Mr. Sylvester has had substantial dealings with insurance coverage matters relating to Lloyd’s and the London insurance companies, in both the marine and non-marine market. He has significant trial experience in both insurance coverage actions and in general commercial matters and has argued appeals before both federal and state appellate courts. He has also handled numerous domestic and international arbitrations, including those conducted under the auspices of the AAA, the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution and the English Arbitration Act, among others. Mr. Sylvester has lectured and published on topics relating to commercial litigation generally and insurance issues specifically.

George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D. George Washington UniversityBA

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second 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 Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • 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

Other Information

Gender: Male