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 will end on June 30, 2025. She is the 12th woman—and just the third African American woman—to hold the position. 

“The Allegheny County Bar Association is a home for me,” Wilson said. “I have been very involved with the ACBA in many capacities throughout my legal career. To now 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 position, she assesses legal risk and provides recommendations to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with firm-wide policies and procedures. She counsels lawyers in 48 worldwide offices on legal conflicts of interest issues, strategies and related business objectives of the firm. Wilson replaces Marla Presley, who completes her term on June 30. 

“Regina has long been a tremendous asset for the ACBA and the entire legal profession in the Pittsburgh region,” said Presley. “She is going to excel as ACBA President. I’m proud to have

Regina succeed me in this role, and I think I speak for everyone at the ACBA when I say that I’m excited about what’s ahead.”

Wilson said that nurturing a sense of “belonging” within the ACBA is her primary goal as president. 

“The ACBA is the bar association for all of our members,” she said. “I want all of our members to not only feel welcome at the ACBA, but to feel they belong. I really want to focus on the five pillars of belonging: feeling welcomed, known, included, supported and connected. That’s why I’m calling on all of my fellow members to commit to being welcoming, getting to know their fellow members as individuals, being inclusive and providing support and connection, both professionally and personally.” 

Increasing diversity within the Pittsburgh Legal Community and connecting the bar association and its members with the community are among Wilson’s other goals for her presidential term. 

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, earning her juris doctorate in 2007. She also holds a Diploma of French Studies from L’Université Rennes 2 in France. 

Wilson joined K&L Gates in 2011 the second largest law firm in Pittsburgh. She previously worked in the School and Municipal Law Practice group at Goehring Rutter & Boehm; she also served as a senior hearing committee member 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 the President of the former Homer S. Brown Law Association and led that organization’s transition into becoming the Homer S. Brown Division of the ACBA. Ten years later, she again served as chair of the Homer S. Brown Division. She received the inaugural Homer S. Brown Division Young Leader Award.  

Wilson also held key roles on the ACBA Board of Governors, Finance Committee, Nominating Committee and co-chaired the inaugural ACBA Ally Initiative cohort.

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

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