Lori McMaster, the Executive Director of the Professional Development Office at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, was the 111th President of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Her term began on July 1, 2019 and ended on June 30, 2020.
Ms. McMaster serves with senior administration at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law responsible for oversight of departmental and administrative functions within the Law School. As Executive Director of the Professional Development Office, she engages in employer outreach and supervises activities designed to increase opportunities for law students and alumni in diverse geographic markets. Ms. McMaster provides career counseling to students and alumni regarding job and internship opportunities in the private and public sectors, effective strategies for securing preferred positions, networking advice, cover letter and résumé review, mock interviews, etc. She regularly collaborates with the Offices of the Dean, Admissions, Development and Alumni Affairs, and the Pitt Legal Services Incubator on institutional outreach to prospective law students, alumni, members of the judiciary and leaders within the legal community.
Ms. McMaster practiced for nearly 20 years as a trial attorney specializing in complex corporate litigation involving breach of contract, civil rights, employment law, insurance law, personal injury defense, insurance bad faith, and products liability in state, federal and appellate courts in law firms in Pittsburgh, PA and Cleveland, OH. Ms. McMaster has had trial responsibility through appellate proceedings and extensive first and second chair experience in all phases of pretrial and trial procedure in federal and state courts, arbitration proceedings, and has argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to joining Pitt Law, Ms. McMaster was a Senior Attorney Search Director with Special Counsel, handling direct hire attorney placement for law firms and corporate legal departments.
Ms. McMaster has been involved in numerous facets of the ACBA throughout her legal career. She currently holds or previously held positions on the bar association’s Board of Governors; Bench-Bar Conference Committee; Finance Committee; Committee on Law and Disability; Membership Committee; Nominating Committee; Nontraditional Attorneys Committee; Political Action Committee; Professional Conduct Ad Hoc Committee; and 150th Anniversary Committee. As a former Chair and long-standing member of the ACBA’s Women in the Law Division, McMaster has been very involved in the ACBA efforts to promote gender equality in the legal profession, including participation on the Committee to Advance Professionalism and End Gender Bias; and Gender Equality Committee. She is a former recipient of the WLD’s Hon. Carol Los Mansmann Helping Hand Award. She’s a sustaining fellow with the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates.
In addition to her bar association activities, Ms. McMaster serves as a Lector for Saints John and Paul Parish in Sewickley and previously chaired the parish’s Special Needs Awareness Committee. Ms. McMaster has advocated widely on behalf of children and adults on the Autism spectrum. She is a recipient of the Children’s Services Award of the Mental Health Association of Allegheny County, and the Community Champion Award of the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders.
Ms. McMaster is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was awarded her B.A., cum laude from Allegheny College, where she was an Alden Scholar and the recipient of Departmental Honors in Political Science. She and her husband Dave McMaster, who is a real estate attorney, are the proud parents of 25-year-old triplets and reside in Pine Township.