University of Pittsburgh

David R. Overstreet

Adjunct Professor of Law

Mr. Overstreet has been with K&L Gates since 1993 and has an administrative law and litigation practice spanning several substantive disciplines with an emphasis on energy and environmental matters. He assists clients in a variety of business sectors with permit applications and enforcement matters before state and federal regulatory agencies, including the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Overstreet appears regularly before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board as well as state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and, in addition to being a member of the Pennsylvania bar, is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fifth and D.C. Circuits.

Mr. Overstreet also represents state and national trade associations in connection with administrative agency rulemakings and adjudications and judicial review of such actions. On behalf of national clients, he has appeared before, and litigated against, federal and state agencies throughout the United States and has successfully prosecuted civil actions brought against local and state government officials in federal courts in several states.

Mr. Overstreet is actively involved on behalf of a number of different clients in permitting, enforcement and litigation matters associated with the development of shale gas facilities in Pennsylvania. He represents natural gas development, collection and distribution companies with respect to gas well, air emission and water use permits, leasing and property rights disputes, administrative enforcement actions and related consent orders as well as third-party permit appeals. He also defends clients against civil actions alleging groundwater and surface contamination and personal injury allegedly associated with gas well development and, as part of his shale gas development practice, Mr. Overstreet has worked with leading experts in a variety of technical disciplines.

In addition to his work with natural gas development and distribution companies, Mr. Overstreet represents clients in the waste management, refining and power generation sectors. For more than fifteen years, he has advised clients with permitting, enforcement and litigation matters arising in connection with the development and operation of landfills, oil refineries, surface mines and natural gas power plants.

Mr. Overstreet also has a commercial litigation practice, as a complement to his regulatory and administrative litigation practice, and has served as lead counsel in jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts. Mr. Overstreet has also represented witnesses and targets in grand jury proceedings and, on behalf of national clients, has lead confidential, internal investigations into allegations of alleged fraud and related statutory and regulatory violations.

For several years prior to attending law school, Mr. Overstreet developed and managed a franchise and independent restaurant group that grew to include several restaurants with approximately one hundred and fifty employees.

Admissions

Bar of Pennsylvania

Supreme Court of the United States

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 1993, (magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Villanova Law Review)
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1982, (Business Administration)
  • Specialization

    • Energy
    • Betting & Gaming
    • Environmental, Land and Natural Resources
    • Oil & Gas
    • Real Estate Land Use, Planning and Zoning

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