Patrick Sorek is a Member in the Litigation Group of Burns White, focusing his practice on commercial and employment litigation with regular involvement in all matters related to non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. From drafting such agreements, to advising about enforceability, to enforcing or defending against enforcement in court, Mr. Sorek is well-versed in protecting sensitive company information. A seasoned trial attorney, he also has considerable experience in other employment litigation for private and government employers. Of note — he has litigated civil rights and whistleblower cases, and obtained a million-dollar jury verdict in a First Amendment case. Mr. Sorek’s broad experience comes from years of working in the Pittsburgh Federal Courthouse, where his responsibilities included drafting nearly 500 opinions covering all areas of employment, contract, administrative, tort, and constitutional law.

Prior to joining Burns White, Mr. Sorek served as a Trial Attorney with the Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., through the Attorney General’s Honor Program. In this role, he represented the White House, NASA, the FBI, the CIA, the Treasury Department, and other federal agencies and officials in district court litigation nationwide. He was also a Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, handling cases before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal.

In addition, he is a court-qualified mediator and early neutral evaluator in the federal district court’s alternative dispute resolution program.

A frequent educator and speaker, Mr. Sorek is an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University School of Law and regularly lectures on international law in continuing legal education programs.

Areas of Law

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Government Enforcement
  • Appellate


  • University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 1984)
  • Brussels Free University (LL.M., 1993)
  • Princeton University (B.A., 1981)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


  • Federal Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association


  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 peer rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion on the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list, 2017

Community/Civic Involvement

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Alumni Board of Governors
    • President Elect
    • Treasurer, 2012-2013
    • Secretary, 2011-2012
  • Contributor, US-Rechts-Praxis, Praxishandbuch Zivilrecht and Offentliches Rect, a practice manual for US civil law and public law, 2018
  • “Health Care Competition: Beware the Middleman,” Health Law360, Aug. 2011
  • “Where Have You Gone, Erik Estrada? We Need Technology to Boost Our Traffic Management,” Highway Builder, Summer 2011
  • “Federal Court Practice: A View From the Inside,” Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly, Oct. 2001


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