Katie  Surma pittsburgh

Katie Surma

Senior Attorney


Katie Surma practices in the area of commercial litigation, with a concentration in representing nationally prominent financial institutions and mortgage servicers. The matters at issue in these cases include commercial and residential foreclosure actions, debt collection matters, loan servicing, confessed judgments, lender liability, mortgage fraud, business torts, title issues, contested foreclosures, predatory lending, state and federal unfair and deceptive trade practices (UDAP) statutes and other alleged violations of law arising from her clients’ lending, servicing and collections activity. Katie also represents financial services institutions in defending matters arising under the full range of laws and statutes regulating the consumer finance industry, such as the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Representative Matters

  • Represented the Republican Caucus of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in conjunction with the 2011 State and Congressional decennial redistricting of the Commonwealth.

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • The American Bar Association
  • The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations 

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer attorney for CASA (court appointed special advocates for children)

Awards and Recognition:

  • Received a 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch recognition for Commercial Litigation
  • Two time recipient of the Roy W. Howard Fellowship 

News and Insights


  • “The Risks for International Business under the Hong Kong National Security Law,” Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University Kennedy School, July 2021​.
  • “Butler v. Charles Powers Estate and the Impact on Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale Industry,” The PIOGA Press, November 2011.