Kate Gafner advises and advocates on behalf of energy clients with respect to numerous aspects of their business, including litigation, appellate matters, government enforcement, real estate, crisis management, and oil and gas transactions. She represents energy clients in a variety of sectors, including oil and gas, nuclear, mining, and renewables.
Kate represents clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts as well as local governing bodies. In addition to her litigation practice, Kate practices in the areas of investigations, enforcement, and white collar crime, advising companies subject to federal and state investigations across the United States. Kate is experienced in performing internal investigations as well as defending clients against federal and state agencies.
As a member of the firm’s crisis management team, Kate also counsels clients in crisis management events by providing on-site response and post-incident support.
Kate is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Kate was a judicial extern for the Honorable Arthur J. Schwab in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Before her career in law, Kate was a high school science teacher in Western Pennsylvania.
- Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Energy Law and Oil and Gas Law, 2022
- Selected by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers© magazine for inclusion in the Rising Stars list of top young lawyers in the Commonwealth in 2019, 2020, and 2021
- Allegheny County Bar Association’s Women’s Institute for Leadership in Law, 2020 Cohort
- Leadership Development Initiative, Class of XXIV
- Selected by The Incline for Who’s Next: Law, June 15, 2017
- Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
- Marcellus Shale Coalition
- Allegheny County Bar Association
- “Some Things Never Change - or Do They? Trespass in the Modern Age of Oil and Gas Development,” Energy Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute & Fall Symposium, 15 October 2020
- “What I Wish I knew in My First 10 Years of Energy Practice,” Energy Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute & Fall Symposium, 13 October 2020
- “Ethical Considerations for Landmen,” American Association of Professional Landmen 2020 Annual Meeting
- “What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You, Right? Ethical Considerations in Internal Investigations,” K&L Gates GC University, 14 November 2018
- “What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You, Right? Resolving the Inherent Tension Between the Yates Memo and the Collective Knowledge Doctrine in Environmental Criminal Enforcement Actions,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 39th Annual Institute, Nashville, 17-19 June 2018
- Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Careers in Energy Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 10 October 2017
- “Minimizing the Intrusion of an Enforcement Action,” In-House Counsel Presentation, 6 October 2017
- “The Regulatory Climate, Investigations, and Responses,” In-House Counsel Presentation, 27 July 2016
- “Litigation and Regulatory Considerations,” Energy Industry Training Series: Oil and Gas Economics/Investing (A Practical Primer), Pittsburgh, 29 August 2013
- “Oil and Gas Taxation Issues in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia,” Lorman Education Services, Pittsburgh, 21 June 2013
- “Ethical Considerations for Landmen: From Negotiations to Notarizations,” American Association of Professional Landmen 2020 Annual Meeting
- Third Circuit Sides With Sister Circuits and Adopts Clear-statement Rules for Ambiguous Dismissal Orders, Bar Association for the Third Federal Circuit, On Appeal, May 2020 − Volume XIV, Number 2
- “What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You, Right? Resolving the Inherent Tension Between the Yates Memo and the Collective Knowledge Doctrine in Environmental Criminal Enforcement Actions,” 39 Energy & Min. L. Inst. 255 (2018)