Bridget M. Gillespie Of Counsel

Four Gateway Center
444 Liberty Avenue Suite 1105
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-288-4017 (Direct Dial)

Ms. Gillespie is now Of Counsel with the firm having accepted the full-time position of Director of Western Pennsylvania Services for the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She remains available for consultation with the firm and its attorneys.

Ms. Gillespie received her J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1993 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was a Managing Editor of the Law Review. She is principal author of Norton on Insurance Coverage in Pennsylvania, Third Edition, published by PBI Press. Her practice was concentrated in representation of insurance carriers in insurance coverage and bad faith matters and representation of clients in commercial and tort litigation. She is licensed in Pennsylvania and is also admitted to practice in the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is a former Captain in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps and served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of New York.

Representative Cases of Bridget M. Gillespie

Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

Commercial/Civil Litigation

Insurance Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2006


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. (Cum Laude) - 1993
    • Law Review: University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Member / Managing Editor, 1991 - 1993
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Major: Government and International Relations

Published Works

Classes/Seminars Taught

Rights and Obligations Between Primary and Excess Coverage, ACI Insurance Allocation, 2014 (Substitute Panelist)

Attorney-Client Privilege and the Discoverability of In-House Counsel Pre-Litigation Internal Investigations, PBA Inside-Outside Counsel Summit, 2014

Insurance Law 101 Lunch and Learn, Allegheny County Bar Association, 2013

Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act, Pennsylvania State Association of Prothonotaries and Clerks of Courts, 2013

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, ACBA Civil Litigation Annual Spring CLE Smorgasbord, 2010

Professional Liability Insurance Overview as part of Hot Topics in Civil Litigation, PBA Mid-Year Meeting, 2010

Panel Counsel and Bad Faith Litigation - The Tripartite Relationship: the Ethical and Practical Duties and Responsibilities of the Insurer and Retained Counsel, Primerus Round Table Discussion, 2010

Bad Faith Claims Based on the Filing of a Declaratory Judgment Action, Pennsylvania Association for Justice (formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association), 2009

Technology in the Courtroom, American Inns of Court, 2005

Effective Legal Writing for Paralegals in Pa., Institute for Paralegal Education, 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Director of Western Pennsylvania Services, Zone Twelve Delegate, Past Chair of Civil Litigation Section, Past Editor of Civil Litigation Update
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Member, Past Co-Chair of Military & Veterans Affairs Committee

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General's Corps, Captain, 1996 - 1999
  • Common Pleas Court of Carbon County, Trial Law Clerk to Judge Richard W. Webb, 1994 - 1995
  • Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Appellate Law Clerk to Judge Peter Paul Olszewski, 1993 - 1994