Leigh Coogan

Visiting Professor For Legal Writing


Leigh Coogan teaches Legal Analysis & Writing to first year students.  Before joining Pitt Law as a Visiting Professor, Professor Coogan was an associate at K&L Gates LLP.  As an associate, she gained litigation experience resolving domestic and international construction disputes and defending financial institutions from federal criminal and civil investigations.  Professor Coogan also practiced healthcare law counseling clients on professional practices, drafting bylaws and participating in hospital mergers.  Additionally, she participated extensively in several pro bono efforts including working with KidsVoice to expunge juvenile criminal records and advising clients on "revenge porn" laws and copyright assignment requests.

Key/Recent Publications

Selected Publications


A Few For-Profit Businesses’ Battle Over the Affordable Care Act’s Preventative Services Mandate, 32 J.L. & Com. 381 (Nov. 2014).

Healthy PA: Pennsylvania’s Attempt to Reform Medicaid Contravenes the Goals of the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion, JURIST - Dateline (Apr. 18, 2014).

Supreme Court of Ohio Rejects Local Governments’ Attempts to Regulate Oil and Gas Activities (with Craig P. Wilson, Nicholas Ranjan, and Bryan D. Rohm), K&L Gates INSIGHT (Feb. 20, 2015).

No Contracts, No Problem: HICPA Does Not Prevent Contractors from Recovery Under a Quantum Meruit Theory (with Jackie S. Celender), K&L GATES Construction Blog, (Mar. 23, 2015).


Presenter, “Cultivating Resilience in Students to Become Practice Ready Professionals,” Poster Session at the University of Pittsburgh Assessment and Teaching Conference (January 26, 2018).

Co-presenter, “Cultivating Resilience through Legal Research,” Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop (December 1, 2017).

Co-presenter, “Nonconsensual Pornography,” Continuing Legal Education Presentation to the Pittsburgh Paralegal Association (Feb. 17, 2016).

Other Activities

  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member, Legal Writing Institute