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Karen Y. Bonvalot

Shareholder and Director

Ms. Bonvalot is a Shareholder and Director of the firm and is a member of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Services and Litigation Services Groups. Ms. Bonvalot is actively involved in insurance coverage matters as well as matters relating to advising and litigating issues faced by local universities. The remainder of her practice is principally devoted to litigation involving family-owned or closely held businesses that are facing ownership or other types of management disputes.

With respect to insurance coverage, Ms. Bonvalot litigates claims relating to business policies, such as director and officer liability, fiduciary responsibility, employment practices liability and professional error and omissions policies. During the past sixteen years, Ms. Bonvalot has been lead litigation counsel in insurance coverage litigation, including declaratory judgment actions, general coverage actions and bad faith claims, in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, Nevada, Iowa and Alaska. She also actively consults with the firm’s Corporate practice to determine how various state and federal courts have interpreted or are likely to interpret specific policy provisions and assists in the development of strategies designed to resolve coverage issues without the need for litigation.

In the field of higher education, Ms. Bonvalot defends colleges and universities against claims raised by students. Ms. Bonvalot also advises and represents colleges and universities with respect to charitable pledge matters, and provides assistance for real estate transactions and securing tax-exempt status for the same.

Areas of Law/Focus

  • Litigation
  • Corporate Control
  • Insurance Coverage


  • J.D., Duquesne University, 1993 Magna Cum Laude; Editor-in-Chief, Duquesne Law Review
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Past Member, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee
  • Woodland Hills High School Mock Trial Court Advisor, 2001-2007