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Amy L. Barrette

Amy L. Barrette


Pittsburgh, PA

How Amy Helps Clients

Amy has a proven track record of success for upstream oil and gas operators and has served as lead counsel in a number of high-profile engagements. Amy advises energy companies in federal and state court actions on a wide variety of issues, including alleged contamination of water supplies from natural gas operations, hydraulic fracturing nuisance claims, personal injury, contract, royalty, zoning and lease disputes. She also assists clients with environmental practices, including Act 2 remediation and has represented energy and other clients in negotiations with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Additionally, Amy has significant experience managing all aspects of litigation, arbitration and mediation, including advising clients on their discovery obligations relative to electronically stored information.

Amy has been named to the “Who’s Who in Energy” list by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

What Clients Can Expect

Amy has an ability to anticipate clients’ needs based on the changing landscape and quickly adapt her strategy to deliver positive results for her clients – a quality that enables her to develop strong and lasting relationships with her clients. She is known for her tenacity and forcefulness. One of Amy’s clients has said she is the “best investigative attorney that he’s ever met.”

Outside the Office

Amy is dedicated animal advocate and rescuer. She is actively involved in cat rescue in southwest Pennsylvania, where she puts her passion for animals to work. In addition, Amy and her husband have opened their home to a number of rescues.

Proof Points

  • Defending oil and gas clients against claims of methane migration and water contamination from hydraulic fracturing and natural gas drilling.
  • Representing oil and gas clients in consent order negotiations with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Representing oil and gas clients in appeals before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.
  • Representing oil and gas clients in connection with lease disputes.
  • Defended various oil and gas operators in quiet title actions.
  • Obtained injunctive relief for an oil and gas client in connection with repeated instances of trespass on well locations.
  • Representing an oil and gas client in connection with personal injury claims related to operations on natural gas well pads.
  • Representing oil and gas clients in connection with EPA CERCLA requests.
  • Representing oil and gas clients in connection with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection enforcement actions.
  • Represented a wood treatment facility in connection with EPA and DOJ allegations of RCRA violations.
  • Represented an energy client in consent order negotiations preventing the closing of a coke manufacturing plant.
  • Defended an internationally known forensic pathologist and medical examiner charged with 84 federal felonies; after months of trial, the defense rested without calling a single witness, and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on any of the counts.