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Corporate Attorney, Prominent Community Leader to be Honored at Commencement May 10

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Posted: Monday May 5, 2014

April 28, 2014

Saint Vincent College will honor Charles J. Queenan Jr., a corporate lawyer whose distinguished legal career spanned nearly six decades while he also served as a prominent business, civic and community leader, with an honorary doctor of laws degree at its annual spring commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Robert S. Carey Student Center, it was announced by Saint Vincent College President Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., Ph.D.

Chairman emeritus of K&L Gates since 2013 in recognition of his lifetime of contributions to the legal profession, his community and the firm which he headed for 14 years from 1976 to 1990, he formerly served as the chair and senior counsel at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, now K&L Gates, a global law firm with more than 2,000 attorneys. The firm practices out of 48 fully-integrated offices located in the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America representing leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies and capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.

He guided the firm through its first combination in 1981 and additional office openings and put in place many of the firm’s foundational features. In recognition of his service to the firm and the legal field as well as his formative role in mentoring numerous fellow attorneys, he is the only partner of the firm to be designated as chairman emeritus.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree and a master of science degree from Dartmouth College and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School.

Queenan is a life member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations (and their respective tax sections), the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, The Federalist Society and the Dartmouth Society of Engineers. He has also served as past chairman of the Pittsburgh Tax Club and the Annual Penn State Tax Conference.

In addition to his leadership role at one of the region’s top law firms, Queenan has spearheaded many corporate, charitable and civic endeavors. He has been a director of several local and regional corporations such as Allegheny Ludlum Corp., Allegheny Teledyne Corp., Fansteel Inc., Crane Co., Teledyne Technologies Inc., Medusa Corp. and Allegheny Technologies Inc.

He has provided a strong voice of leadership in the development and nonprofit sector, particularly in higher education, regional development, civil service and health care. This included serving as chair of the board of directors of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, current co-chair of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, chair of the audit committee for the board of Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse and emeritus chair of the board of trustees of Carnegie Mellon University, where he endowed a chair of psychology. He is a member of the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors and its Finance, Audit and Enrollment Committee.

In addition to his leadership in higher education he has served as a director at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Inc., Boy Scouts of America and National Flag Foundation, and is currently a director at National Organization on Disability and the National Institute for Newman Studies.

He is a life member of the United Way of Allegheny County. Queenan has been recognized by a number of different organizations including the League of Women Voters, Boy Scouts of America and the Holy Family Institute.

More than 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be awarded at the commencement ceremony. The main speaker will be Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher, who will become the 18th chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh on Aug. 1.

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Photo: Charles J. Queenan Jr. 

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