W. Thomas McGough, chief legal counsel for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, will give the keynote address at the forty-fourth annual Red Mass of the Diocese of Greensburg and Saint Vincent Archabbey, College, and Seminary. The Mass will be held at noon Friday, September 23, at the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, J.C.D., Ph.D., will be the principal celebrant.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Mr. McGough received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, then clerked for Judge Collins J. Seitz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States. He returned to Pittsburgh in 1980, serving as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania before joining Reed Smith as an associate in 1982.
Early in 1987, Sen. Bob Dole, then minority leader of the U.S. Senate, appointed Mr. McGough associate counsel to the Senate Committee investigating
the Iran-Contra affair. Mr. McGough returned to Reed Smith as a partner at the end of that year.
Mr. McGough has handled a wide variety of litigation, including cases in the health care industry. He is recognized in the Best Lawyers in America in five categories: Bet-the-Company Litigation, First Amendment Law, Commercial Litigation, Appellate Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense.
Mr. McGough received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Princeton University. His civic and charitable positions have included service to WQED Multimedia, Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation, Dapper Dan Charities, Shady Side Academy and the Mayor’s Commission on Public Education, among others.