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Amanda R. Cashman

Associate
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Amanda Cashman is an associate in the firm's Pittsburgh office. She currently focuses her practice in commercial litigation, concentrating on matters related to oil and natural gas, and in internal investigations. Ms. Cashman’s oil and natural gas practice includes both civil and administrative litigation involving disputes related to lease terms, the calculation of royalties, surface-use disputes, and water-pollution allegations, as well as the representation of clients in crisis management situations. She also represents oil and natural gas clients in matters related to land use and local regulation.

Ms. Cashman’s commercial litigation practice also includes the representation of clients' interests in breach of contract and insurance coverage issues. Ms. Cashman has also represented health care providers in disputes with insurers related to the application of reimbursement rates and federal sequestration laws.

Ms. Cashman’s internal investigation practice encompasses a variety of enforcement actions by federal and state agencies and the response to sensitive whistleblower allegation.

Professional Background

Ms. Cashman was a summer associate at K&L Gates in 2008.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • United Way's Be a 6th Grade Mentor
  • Coordinator, K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program (2016 - present)

Speaking Engagements

  • “What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You, Right? Ethical Considerations in Internal Investigations,” K&L Gates GC University, November 14, 2018.
  • “Local Regulation Testing the Bounds of Preemption In Appalachia,” In-House Counsel Presentation, October 16, 2017.
  • “Litigation and Regulatory Considerations,” Energy Industry Training Series: Oil and Gas Economics/Investing (A Practical Primer), Pittsburgh, August 29, 2013

Additional Information

Publications
  • Co-author, “Survey of Pennsylvania Privacy and Related Claims Against the Media,” MLRC 50-State Survey: Media Privacy and Related Law, updated and published each year from 2001 to the present.
  • Prosecutors are Permitted to Display Admissible Weapons to Juries During Opening Statements in Pennsylvania: Commonwealth v. Parker. 46 Duq. L. Rev. 679 (2008).
Oil and Gas
  • Represents oil and gas operators in lease disputes with landowners regarding lease termination issues, including specifically issues related to pooling and unitization, force majeure, commencement of operations, and implied covenants, pending before both state and federal courts.
  • Defends oil and gas operators in claims related to the calculation of royalties.
  • Represents oil and gas producers in injunction proceedings in disputes related to the scope of operations and expiration of oil and gas leases, including issues related to pooling and unitization.
  • Counsel to oil and gas operators in interpreting and challenging local zoning ordinances to obtain zoning permits from local governments, including substantively challenging the validity of an ordinance before the Commonwealth Court.
  • Represents oil and gas operators in zoning hearing board proceedings challenging cease and desist orders and zoning permit denials.
  • Provided on-site crisis management to an international oil and gas producer, including advising on evidence collection and retention, interviewing witnesses, and interfacing with various governmental regulators and investigators.
Internal Investigation-Related Experience
  • Represented a multinational company in assisting DOJ and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) investigate and prosecute a former employee who embezzled nearly $15 million.
  • Investigated allegations of a multimillion-dollar fraud related to an international engineering firm’s compliance with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) as it related to a financial position taken on certain construction claims.
  • Represents corporations in responding and objecting to third-party and government subpoenas from state and federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in the preparation of witnesses for interviews and deposition.
  • Conducted a cross-border internal investigation involving evidence in the United States and France for a client in the energy sector arising out of a whistleblower complaint of management’s alleged failure to timely recognize costs in its estimate to complete a construction project for a state-owned utility.
  • Conducted an internal compliance investigation for a client in the energy sector arising out of an ethics hotline complaint alleging the chief operations officer was authorizing improper promotions and salary increases based on a sexual relationship.
Insurance Coverage
  • Represented a retailer in securing insurance coverage for potential asbestos-related bodily injury liabilities.
  • Represents a Pennsylvania utility regarding insurance coverage for asbestos-related bodily injury liabilities and environmental liabilities and losses.
  • Represents a chemical company in connection with insurance coverage disputes related to environmental remediation liabilities.
  • Represents an international oil and gas producer regarding insurance coverage for damages resulting from an unanticipated loss of containment of natural gas.
Health Care Litigation
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a consortium of hospitals in litigation involving application of federal sequestration laws.
  • Represents health care providers in disputes with insurers regarding reimbursement rates and other contractual issues.
Pro Bono
  • Represents individuals seeking final court orders under Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse statute.
  • Represents criminal defendants in the re-sentencings of juvenile homicide convictions required pursuant to the United State Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama, 132 S. Ct. 2455 (2012).