Kathleen A Gallagher

Kathleen Gallagher

Kathleen A Gallagher

Kathleen A Gallagher is a partner in our McLean, VA office.


Kathleen Gallagher has a wide range of experience in complex commercial and business matters in areas such as contract, trademark, securities fraud, and environmental disputes.

As a former prosecutor, Kathleen has extensive experience in conducting internal investigations for both publicly and privately held corporate entities as well as public bodies, including internal investigations conducted under the Department of Justice Corporate Governance Guidelines and the United States Environmental Protection Agency Guidelines.

Representative Matters

  • Currently represents multiple entitles, both public and private, in conducting internal investigations involving a wide range of criminal, civil, and ethics matters.
  • Successfully represented the court-appointed receiver in bankruptcy in a case seeking recovery in excess of $60 million for breach of an oral contract to provide software to run a steel processing plant which cost in excess of $250 million; case settled after opening statements.
  • Successfully defended licensee corporation in a multi-jurisdictional $75 million claim for breach of a license agreement.
  • Successfully defended a privately held corporation, its officers and directors, and related trusts in a multi-jurisdictional, multi-million-dollar dispute alleging fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.
  • Represents publicly traded residential builders, as well as private entities, in matters involving land use, development, zoning, environmental, and commercial litigation matters.
  • Represented the 2001 Reapportionment Commission of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, successfully defending the 2001 decennial Commonwealth redistricting plan before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
  • 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

  • Local Rules Advisory Committee of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Member
  • Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Member
  • La Roche College, Former Adjunct Professor

Community Involvement

  • Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series, Executive Board of Directors
  • St. Anthony Charitable Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, Board of Directors
  • The Heinz History Center, Board of Directors
  • YMCA of Pittsburgh, Former Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, Chair of the 2007 and 2008 YMCA Season of Giving Galas
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Childen's Challenge Board

Awards and Recognition

  • Government Outreach Committee (appointed by the World Meeting of Families)
  • The Higher Education Advisory Panel (appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett)
  • Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Western District of Pennsylvania (appointed by U.S. Senator Arlen Specter)

News and Insights - Speaking Engagements

  • "The Crime of Doing Nothing; Strict Liability for Corporate Officers," co-presenter, Eckert Seamans' Continuing Legal Education Seminar, August 2015
  • "Sources of Power and Influence Strategies," panelist, Pennsylvania Bar Association's Women in the Profession Mid-Year Meeting, March 30, 2011
  • "Networking Strategies," panelist, Pennsylvania Bar Association's Women in the Profession, November 8, 2008.
  • Frequent speaker on the unique issues raised in the financial and private business sectors in light of both the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation and the U.S. Patriot Act.

Media Coverage

  • "Newsmaker:  Kathleen A. Gallagher," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 14, 2015.
  • "Eckert Seamans partner chairs Sunset Task Force," Pittsburgh Business Times, November 2012.
  • "Many employers would like to believe it can't happen to them, but employee fraud is on the rise," an article regarding steps a corporation can take to protect itself from economic loss and potential liabiilty due to employee fraud, Pittsburgh Business Times, June 2002.


Practice Areas
Law School
Duquesne University, 1982