Kathleen McAllister

Adjunct Professor of Law

Biography

Kathleen S. McAllister, a shareholder at DiBella, Geer, McAllister & Best, P.C., is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in English 1976. Kathleen earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1979.

Kathleen’s practice focuses on litigation in the areas of complex insurance coverage and litigation, extra-contractual insurance litigation, motor vehicle and premises liability, commercial litigation, product liability and personal injury with over 75% of her practice devoted to litigation. She was a founding member of DiBella, Geer, McAllister & Best, P.C. in 1995, then known as DiBella & Geer, P.C. Since that time, Kathleen has tried numerous arbitrations, bench, and jury trials to verdict in various counties of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She has also argued several successful appeals in front of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Kathleen remains a very active trial lawyer, and has tried over a forty cases to verdict.

Kathleen is admitted to practice in both the courts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, including the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Kathleen is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the West Virginia Bar Association. In 2002, Kathleen became a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. She is also a council member of the Federal Court Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association and a member of DRI (Defense Research Institute). She is a frequent speaker with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and has presented seminars on issues involving motor vehicle litigation, the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law, bad faith, trial tactics and insurance law. Kathleen is a Southwestern Pennsylvania native, and returned to the area after finishing her undergraduate and graduate studies. She currently lives in Bethel Park with her husband and two of her seven children.