Prior to practicing with Steinbacher Goodall & Yurchak, Kathleen worked at one of the nation’s premier litigation firms. Kathleen has more than 25 years of experience handling high-profile trial work in state and federal courts across the nation. She acted as counsel in the following areas: employment disputes, Title IX complaints, breach of contracts, defamation, product liability, bankruptcy and trustee issues, insurance coverage, will disputes and removal of trustees and executors, partnership disputes and civil rights and Section 1983 litigation. Kathleen has served as the Treasurer for the Centre County Bar Association, is a member of Pennsylvania Association for Justice, a member of the Federal Bar Association and its civil rights committee. Kathleen is active in community affairs and has published numerous articles in legal journals regarding introduction of evidence at trials. She has lectured frequently in the area of trial advocacy and has taught as an adjunct professor at Penn State University. A graduate of the University of Denver School of law, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Kathleen Yurchak concentrates her practice in litigation matters. Ms. Yurchak has achieved notable victories in a wide variety of complex litigation matters, achieving a multi-million dollar verdict in a securities fraud/material misrepresentation case. She has extensive trial and jury experience in both state and federal court actions. In addition, she has a successful TRO and preliminary injunction practice in the labor and employment area. She has extensive experience in the use of arbitration, under the Federal Arbitration Act and the Uniform Arbitration Act, for the resolution of commercial and individual disputes. She has a rapidly expanding practice in the personal injury and product liability areas.
Prior to joining Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, Ms. Yurchak was a partner with the firm of Goodall & Yurchak, and previously practiced at the law firm of Pepper Hamilton in their commercial litigation department in Philadelphia. During that tenure, she had extensive experience in handling matters arising in local, state and federal courts in the Philadelphia region where she represented several multi-national corporations and lending institutions.
Ms. Yurchak is a graduate of the University of Denver School of Law where she was a member of the law review and graduated cum laude. After graduating from law school, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Patricia Ann Clark, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado. She graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Recognizing the need for community activity, Ms. Yurchak has dedicated time and effort for pro bono organizations. For example, she has filed amicus briefs in both the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Third Circuit. In recognition of her distinguished record as a trial lawyer, she has been called upon to be a principal speaker in training seminars and for continuing legal education courses. Ms. Yurchak is admitted to practice before the Bars of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, and is admitted to practice in the State of Colorado. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Centre County Bar Association.
Areas of Practice:
- Commercial litigation
- Personal Injury
- Product Liability
- Labor and Employment Law
- Bankruptcy and Reorganization
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
- University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, 1985
Honors: Cum Laude
Law Review: University of Denver Law Review, Member
- Bucknell University, May, 1982
Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Major: English Literature
- Principal Speaker, Continuing Legal Education Courses
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- American Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Centre County Bar Association