Erin Beckner Conlin

Erin is a Partner in the Litigation Group and concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation. She has represented clients in a variety of industries including technology, energy and telecommunications, retail and manufacturing, banking and financial institutions, real estate, healthcare and education.

As a litigator, Erin works with the firm’s Technology, Energy, Investment Management, and Real Estate practice groups. She has handled litigation matters in state and federal court, as well as various administrative tribunals, involving complex commercial issues including contract and license agreement disputes; real estate transactions; banking and financial services issues including trust litigation, FINRA, and breach of fiduciary duty claims; disputes related to oil and gas leases; large-scale e-discovery matters; property damage and negligence claims including high value commercial losses; products liability and multijurisdictional matters including class action defense. She has litigated civil jury trials to verdict and also tried numerous arbitrations and injunction matters. Notable matters include:

  • Defense verdict for oil and gas company in state court jury trial where Plaintiff demanded $1.4 million dollars on breach of lease dispute and royalty claims;
  • Obtained summary judgment for electric utility company on $2.3 million dollar negligence claim;
  • Obtained successful settlement on $25 million dollar breach of contract claim for national defense contractor involving potential counterclaims in excess of $100 million dollars.

Areas of Practice:  Complex Commercial Litigation

Articles and Presentations:  Erin has lectured on litigation issues related to technology, real estate, and financial services, including training seminars to investment professionals on fiduciary and trust litigation. A representative sampling of presentations include:

  • Association of Corporate Counsel program: “Managing Outside Counsel;”
  • Urban Land Institute: “Legal Issues in Real Estate;”
  • “10 Things Investment Managers Can Do to Avoid Liability: What to Do if Litigation is Threatened or Commenced.”

Memberships and Activities: Erin lives in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh and is involved in her neighborhood association and other East End development efforts. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, YWPE (Young Women Professionals in Energy), and the Urban Land Institute, serving on the board of ULI’s Young Leader’s Group. She was also appointed to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Fashion Show Committee, and the Family House Gala Committee. She has done pro bono work for Pittsburgh’s McKees Rocks Legal Clinic, Neighborhood Legal Services, and volunteered as a CLAAY mentor at Pittsburgh’s Perry Traditional Academy. Erin was elected to a three year term on the ACBA Civil Litigation Section Council and served on the Women in the Law Division Diversity Committee.

Jurisdictions:  Erin is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Western District of Pennsylvania

Educations and Background:  Erin received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was an Executive Editor of the Journal of Law & Commerce.  Erin also attended the University of Virginia School of Law Trial Advocacy College. Prior to attending law school, Erin worked in the Washington, D.C. office of a large New York-based law firm and lobby group.

Erin graduated with Honors from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Political Science. At Allegheny College, she was an Alden Scholar, Presidential Scholar, and she received the Nancy Lee Sutton Fellowship at Grey Advertising in Manhattan, where she worked on national television, radio and print campaigns.