Katherine J. McLay

Katherine J. McLay

Katherine J. McLay represents employers and businesses of all sizes in employment, banking, and commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Burns White, Ms. McLay served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Mary Jane Bowes of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, where she assisted in the disposition of both criminal and complex civil matters. She also held internships with Judge Arthur J. Schwab of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, and a Washington, D.C.-based public interest firm, the Institute for Justice.

Ms. McLay received both J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. While in law school, she contributed to the Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and was selected as an honorary member of the Order of the Barristers.

Ms. McLay’s education at Katz Graduate School of Business focused on human resource management, and she earned additional recognition for her work in the area of organizational leadership. While earning her M.B.A., she consulted with several domestic and international companies to help streamline practices relating to corporate social responsibility, compliance, and sustainability.

Rounding out her education, Ms. McLay received a B.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies, cum laude, from Grove City College.

A member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, Ms. McLay is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Areas of Law

  • Employment
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contract Litigation


  • University of Pittsburgh
    • (J.D., 2014)
    • (M.B.A., 2014)
  • Grove City College (B.A., 2010)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


  • Allegheny County Bar Association

Community/Civic Involvement

Outside of the legal profession, Ms. McLay serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Anthony School Programs. She also devotes her time to providing program support for Horses with Hope and serving as Lay Minister for Trinity Presbyterian Church.


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