Regina Wilson Takes Over as ACBA President

Regina Wilson Takes Over as ACBA President
Regina Wilson Takes Over as ACBA President


The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that Pittsburgh-area attorney Regina Wilson officially became the 116th president of the 5,500-member Allegheny County Bar Association on Monday, July 1. Her one-year term ends June 30, 2025. She is the 12th woman — and only the third African-American woman — to hold the position.

“The Allegheny County Bar Association is home to me,” Wilson said. “I have been involved with the ACBA in many different ways throughout my legal career. To be in a position as president to give back to the organization that has meant so much to me is both exciting and humbling.”

Wilson is a Senior Conflicts Risk Assessment Lawyer in the Office of the General Counsel at K&L Gates. In this role, she assesses legal risks and makes recommendations to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with firm-wide policies and procedures. She advises attorneys in 48 offices globally on legal conflicts of interest, strategy and related business objectives of the firm. Wilson replaces Marla Presley, who will complete her term on June 30.

“Regina has long been a tremendous asset to the ACBA and the entire legal profession in the Pittsburgh region,” Presley said. “She will excel as ACBA president. I am proud to have

Regina succeeds me in this role and I think I speak for everyone at ACBA when I say I am excited about what the future holds.”

Wilson said fostering a sense of belonging within the ACBA is her primary goal as president.

“The ACBA is the front desk for all of our members,” she said. “I want all of our members to not only feel welcome at the ACBA, but to belong. I really want to focus on the five pillars of belonging: feeling welcome, being known, being included, being supported, and being connected. So I call on all of my fellow members to commit to being hospitable, getting to know their fellow members as individuals, being inclusive, and offering support and connection, both professionally and personally.”

Other goals Wilson is pursuing for her presidential term include increasing diversity within the Pittsburgh legal community and connecting the bar association and its members to the community.

Wilson grew up in the Wilkinsburg and Penn Hills communities and attended The Ellis School in Shadyside. She currently lives in Downtown Pittsburgh.

She graduated from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and French, and a minor in Economics. She then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate in 2007. She also holds a degree in French Studies from L’Université Rennes 2 in France.

Wilson joined K&L Gates, the second largest law firm in Pittsburgh, in 2011. She previously worked in the School and Municipal Law Practice group at Goehring Rutter & Boehm; she also served as a senior member of the Hearing Committee for District IV of the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board.

Throughout her legal career, Wilson has been involved in numerous aspects of the ACBA. She served as president of the former Homer S. Brown Law Association and led that organization’s transition to the Homer S. Brown Division of the ACBA. Ten years later, she again served as president of the Homer S. Brown Division. She received the inaugural Homer S. Brown Division Young Leader Award.

Wilson also served in key roles on the ACBA Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and Nominating Committee and co-chaired the first ACBA Ally Initiative cohort.

She has also served in various leadership roles in the ACBA Young Lawyers Division, including YLD Chair and Council Member. She has also served as Chair of the ACBA Bar Leadership Committee, Co-Chair of the YLD Diversity Committee and the Children’s Holiday Party, and as a member of the YLD Public Service Committee. In 2018, she was named ACBA’s Outstanding Young Lawyer. Throughout her legal career, Wilson has been heavily involved with the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, where she served on the Fellows Committee and the Attorneys Against Hunger Committee.

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