Kevin C. Abbott

Kevin C. Abbott



  • 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
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

  • All State and Federal Courts - Pennsylvania
  • All State and Federal Courts - Ohio
  • All State and Federal Courts - West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit

Kevin is a partner in the Energy & Natural Resources Group. He focuses his work in energy litigation and oil and gas 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. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Kevin was lead counsel in winning a series of cases confirming the right to extend leases under the original payment terms, defeating class action claims seeking royalties on gas lost before the point of sale, royalties on hedging, and claims as to the allocation of post-production costs. He represented Pennsylvania’s industry groups in the leading Pennsylvania Supreme Court case on post-production costs and is currently representing the lessee in the case in which the Ohio Supreme Court will decide as to the proper treatment of post-production costs. Kevin is also representing lessees before the Ohio Supreme Court in a class action in which lessors claim that their leases are perpetual leases that are void as against public policy and in cases involving the interpretation of Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act.

Kevin teaches oil and gas law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. In 2015, he was named by the University as the interim Executive Director of its Energy Law and Policy Institute.

Kevin is the recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times' Energy Leadership Award and has been recognized in its "Who's Who in Energy" list on an annual basis. He has been recognized as a 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 Business Edition in the area of Energy & Natural Resources.

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 was lead counsel in the leading libel case in Pennsylvania in the last decade, which our client won after two trials and two rounds of appeals. He has taught media law at the University of Pittsburgh.

Employment History

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


  • 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

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Energy Law and Policy Institute – Interim Executive Director
  • 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