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W. Thomas McGough, Jr.

  • Executive Vice President
  • Chief Legal Officer

Tom McGough is UPMC’s chief legal officer. Prior to joining UPMC, McGough was a partner with Reed Smith, where he also served as a member of the executive committee and as chairman of the litigation department.

McGough received his law degree from the University of Virginia and then clerked for Judge Collins J. Seitz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States. He returned to Pittsburgh in 1980, serving as an assistant United States attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania before joining Reed Smith as an associate in 1982.

In 1987, Sen. Bob Dole, then minority leader of the U.S. Senate, appointed McGough associate counsel to the Senate committee investigating the Iran-Contra affair. McGough returned to Reed Smith as a partner at the end of that year.

McGough received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Princeton University. He is a former president of the Allegheny County Bar Association, a current member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, and a fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.