Gregory J. Krock

Gregory J. Krock


Pittsburgh, PA

Gregory Krock chairs the firm’s Oil & Gas Litigation Practice Group. His practice encompasses a diverse range of commercial matters, with an emphasis on complex energy and technology litigation. He represents public and private corporations, energy-related companies, banks and financial institutions, technology companies, governmental entities and trade associations.

How Greg Helps Clients

Greg concentrates on energy-related matters, including oil/gas, electric utilities, coal, coke and petroleum products. He also litigates disputes involving unfair competition, covenants not to compete and trade secrets. In addition, Greg has represented corporate clients embroiled in financial, contract, shareholder and many other types of disputes.

What Clients Can Expect

Clients seeking a relentless, creative and proactive problem solver to assist in developing and pursuing their business objectives often turn to Greg. He develops an in-depth understanding of his client's business, identifies potential strategies to advance their objectives, and communicates in a timely and direct manner.

Managing highly complex commercial litigation requires a detailed understanding of the client’s objectives and the creative vision to see a clear path to success.

Acknowledged Leadership

In light of his energy-related experience, Greg has been asked repeatedly to speak and comment on oil and gas developments in the Appalachian region. He also periodically speaks at seminars involving restrictive covenants and the protection of trade secrets.

Greg was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 and 2019 in Commercial Litigation.

Outside the Office

Having started ice skating at age five, Greg played hockey through high school and college, continues to skate in an adult league, and coaches his son's amateur teams. In fact, he has installed a synthetic ice rink in his backyard for year-round skating. One of his neighbors initially joked that the rink looks like a small helicopter pad!

Proof Points

  • Obtained allowance of appeal and then prevailed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the highly–publicized Butler case involving whether a reference to "minerals" in a deed includes Marcellus Shale gas.
  • Defended a natural gas producer in an alleged price manipulation and fiduciary duty lawsuit in West Virginia. 
  • Represented a security alarm financing company in a multi-million dollar fraud action to prevent a debtor from avoiding its obligations.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of drilling service companies in a toxic tort action involving the alleged release of hydraulic fracturing chemicals.
  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an international commodities trading company in a three-day trial involving a multimillion dollar dispute. The trial involved issues of first impression regarding the cancellation of book transfers in the petroleum industry.
  • Obtained a $220 million verdict in a five-week jury trial involving a breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation associated with the coal, coke and steel industry. The verdict, which included $100 million in punitive damages, was reported by the National Law Journal's VerdictSearch to be the seventh-largest jury verdict in 2007.