trea@reedsmith.com

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Traci's practice focuses on delivering creative and efficient resolutions to her corporate clients’ complex commercial litigation. She has recovered insurance policy proceeds for her clients in a wide variety of contexts, including amounts due under mortgage insurance policies, attorneys’ fees for intellectual property litigation, funds stolen by employees, litigation costs for suits against directors and officers and money spent repairing damage to commercial property. Traci has also represented clients in the natural gas industry in a variety of complex commercial disputes. Her litigation experience includes actions across the country seeking mortgage insurance for securitized mortgage pools, high stakes commercial oil and gas litigation and numerous complex insurance coverage actions.

Credentials

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1995, J.D., magna cum laude, Member, Order of the Coif; Member, University of Pittsburgh Law Review
  • University of Pittsburgh, 1990, B.A., French

  • Pennsylvania

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity – Pittsburgh City Lead for Law Student Mentoring Programs

  • Honorable Carol Los Mansmann, U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit

Awards & Recognition

  • Honored by the Pennsylvania Diversity Council as a recipient of its 2014 “Most Powerful & Influential Woman” Award

In the News

  • “Insurance Cases To Watch In 2016,” Law360, 24 December 2015
  • “Hanover's 3rd Circ. Win Exposes Policyholders To Vague Suits,” Law360, 27 October 2015
  • “Policyholder keeps coverage despite merger,” Business Insurance, 30 August 2015
  • “Obscure 1872 law provides new insurance policy guidance,” Daily Journal, 21 August 2015
  • “Calif. Policy Transfer Ruling Ends Insurer 'Windfall',” Law360, 20 August 2015
  • “Policyholders entitled to coverage despite insurers' refusal to settle,” Business Insurance, 23 July 2015
  • “High Court Allows Insureds to Settle Without Insurer Consent,” The Legal Intelligencer, 22 July 2015
  • “Insurers Could Face Inflated Settlements Under Pa. Ruling,” Law360, 22 July 2015
  • “Pa. Justices Bless Disputed $80M Radiation Settlements,” Law360, 21 July 2015
  • "4 Insurance Battlegrounds To Watch In Pennsylvania," Law360, 3 June 2015
  • "Bad Faith Suits Poised To Rise After Pa. Assignment Ruling," Law360, 15 January 2015
  • "Insurance Cases to Watch In 2015," Law360, 2 January 2015
  • “Indalex Ruling Threatens Insurers with Greater Tort Exposure,” Law360, 25 September 2014
  • "Policyholders To Use Indalex As Ammo In Faulty Work Suits,” Law360, 9 December 2013