Attorney Victoria Bechtold Kush is an accomplished civil litigator who is currently a Shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. With 15 years of complex commercial litigation experience in state, federal and appellate courts, she drives successful resolution of legal disputes for energy companies, universities, commercial resorts, healthcare institutions, robotics developers, consumer products companies, municipalities and non-profits, with clients ranging from emerging entities to Fortune 500 companies. Victoria possesses specialized expertise in eminent domain matters, real estate and land use issues, oil and gas litigation and construction litigation. With her depth of legal experience, she teaches “The Legal Environment” at Duquesne University and frequently serves as a legal analyst on WPXI’s Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (PCNC). She was honored as the Woman of Distinction in Government & Law by Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania and one of the “16 Pittsburghers You Should Know” by NEXTPittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Business Times named her one of its Women of Influence, and each year since 2019, she has been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Stars.
Deeply committed to non-profit leadership and community service, Victoria is presently a Board Director for Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. She is the Chair of Buchanan’s Day of Service and has provided pro bono assistance in protection from abuse cases as well as to The Innocence Project, VolunTOTS, iRise Leadership Institute and Neighborhood Legal Services, among others. She has volunteered for United Way’s Adopt-a-School program, serving as a Coordinator for its mock trial program for high school students. Prior to law school, she graduated as Valedictorian from Duquesne University and served as Miss Pennsylvania, part of the Miss America Organization. Out of the courtroom, Victoria is a classically trained soprano, having performed throughout the eastern United States for audiences including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Vice President Dick Cheney and Julian Bond. She holds a second-degree black belt in Taekwon-Do, and enjoys training together with her husband and two children.