Thomas VanKirk is executive vice president, chief legal officer, and secretary for Highmark. Previously, he served as chairman and CEO of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, one of the largest law firms in the United States. In addition to his managerial responsibilities, Mr. VanKirk was a practicing litigator and served as corporate advisor to many Fortune 1,000 companies. Having been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2006-2012 The Best Lawyers in America, Mr. VanKirk is frequently on the forefront of applying practical and innovative solutions in the legal profession and the civic community.
Mr. VanKirk serves on many charitable and civic committees and boards, including the Executive Committee of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Pennsylvania State Economy League and the Pennsylvania Business Council. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh and the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, as well as a member of the board of the United Way of Allegheny County.
He is a graduate of Bucknell University and received his Juris Doctorate degree cum laude from Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law in University Park.