Kevin C. Abbott

Partner

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1981, J.D., magna cum laude, Member and Notes Editor of the Law Review; Elected to Order of the Coif
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1978, B.A., magna cum laude

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • All State Courts - Pennsylvania
  • All State Courts - Ohio
  • All State Courts - West Virginia

Kevin is a partner in the Energy & Natural Resources Group. He focuses his work in energy litigation, oil and gas law, and media law.  He has more than 30 years of experience in representing clients in the oil and gas industry, natural gas exploration and production companies, interstate pipeline companies and utilities. Kevin is currently advising natural gas exploration and production companies on issues related to exploration of Marcellus and Utica Shales in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York. He is the adjunct professor for oil and gas law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

In the area of media law, Kevin represents several newspapers in libel cases, obtaining access to public records and proceedings, and responses to subpoenas.  He has taught media law at the University of Pittsburgh.

Kevin is the recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times' 2012 Leadership Award. He is a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy/Environmental Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™. Kevin has also been listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in the energy field in every year since 2004, and in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition in the area of Energy & Natural Resources.

Employment History

  • 2000 - Reed Smith
  • 1983 - Thorp Reed & Armstrong

Clerkships

  • Honorable Leroy J. Contie, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • Honorable Leroy J. Contie, Jr., U.S. District Court - Northern District of Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association – Selected as a member of its national arbitration panel; served as an arbitrator in numerous commercial disputes and energy disputes 
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation – Board of Trustees
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association – Served for seven years on the Board of Directors