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Katherine M. Gafner

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. Her litigation practice focuses on representing energy clients in a variety of sectors, including oil and gas, renewables, and mining, 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.

  • Selected by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers© magazine for inclusion in the Rising Stars list of top young lawyers in the Commonwealth in 2019 and 2020
  • 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
  • “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, November 14, 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, June 17-19, 2018
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Careers in Energy Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, October 10, 2017
  • “Minimizing the Intrusion of an Enforcement Action,” In-House Counsel Presentation, October 6, 2017
  • “The Regulatory Climate, Investigations, and Responses,” In-House Counsel Presentation, July 27, 2016
  • “Litigation and Regulatory Considerations,” Energy Industry Training Series: Oil and Gas Economics/Investing (A Practical Primer), Pittsburgh, August 29, 2013
  • “Oil and Gas Taxation Issues in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia,” Lorman Education Services, Pittsburgh, June 21, 2013
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • “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)
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