Kathleen A. Gallagher

Kathleen A. Gallagher is a partner in the firm's Pittsburgh office.  With over 30 years of litigation experience, she concentrates her practice in complex commercial and business litigation including real estate, contract, construction, trademark, securities fraud, and environmental disputes.

Kathleen A. Gallagher is a partner in the firm's Pittsburgh office.  With over 30 years of litigation experience, she concentrates her practice in complex commercial and business litigation including real estate, contract, construction, trademark, securities fraud, and environmental disputes.

As a former prosecutor, Ms. Gallagher has extensive experience in conducting internal investigations for publicly and privately held corporate entities and public bodies, including internal investigations conducted under the Department of Justice Corporate Governance guidelines and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

She is a member of the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and was appointed by U.S. Senator Arlen Specter to the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Gallagher was also appointed by former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to The Higher Education Advisory Panel and to the Government Outreach Committee by the World Meeting of Families.  She is also a former Adjunct Professor at La Roche College.  Ms. Gallagher is peer-rated Distinguished® by Martindale-Hubbell for high professional achievement.

Actively involved in the community, Ms. Gallagher currently serves as a board member of the following organizations:  Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series; St. Anthony Charitable Foundation; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Western Pennsylvania; The Heinz History Center; and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (Children's Challenge).

Ms. Gallagher is a frequent speaker on a variety of legal topics including the unique issues raised in the financial and private business sectors as it pertains to the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation and the U.S. Patriot Act, as well as corporate officer liability issues.

She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Seventh Circuits.

Ms. Gallagher received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Grove City College in 1979 and her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1982. 

 

 

 

  • Represents publicly traded residential builders, as well as private entities, in matters involving land use, development, zoning, environmental, and commercial litigation 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.
  • 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.

Duquesne University School of Law

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