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Michael P. Gaetani


Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Michael P. Gaetani


T:+1 724 416 0429

Michael Gaetani joined the Pittsburgh-Southpointe office in 2011. As an associate, he works with the litigation department.

Michael represents energy companies involved in litigation related to oil and gas drilling activities. He also has experience representing clients in cases involving insurance coverage arbitration, toxic tort litigation, construction litigation and Medicaid regulations. Additionally, he has advised clients regarding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance and e-discovery.

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  • Education

    2008 - J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law
    2005 - B.A., magna cum laude, Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics & Government (CLEG) and History, American University

    While in law school, Michael served on the Washington & Lee Law Review. He also studied abroad in London and has a certificate in international and comparative law from the University of San Diego. As an undergraduate, Michael held an internship with the U.S. Senate and was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. 

    Michael is licensed to practice in all Pennsylvania State Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.

  • Representative experience
    • Assisted with defense of natural gas production company relating to claims of soil and water contamination, property damage and personal injury
    • Assisted with several cases involving validity of oil and gas leases
    • Assisted with litigation related to local ordinances targeting natural gas production and exploration activities, including seeking injunctive relief
    • Assisted with procedural challenges to validity of local ordinances and zoning decisions, which impact natural gas production
    • Assisted with successful appeal to state intermediate appellate court to uphold dismissal of state agency's complaint alleging violations of environmental protection laws and regulations
    • Assisted with preparation of conservation easement covering restored well pad site
    • Assisted with the recovery of $150 million through international insurance coverage arbitration on behalf of large oil refining company related to claims arising from release of oil in dense residential area
    • Part of team of attorneys serving as national coordinating counsel for asbestos claims on behalf of large industrial valve manufacturer
    • Assisted with FCPA investigation related to acquisition by a U.S. company from an international developer of a sophisticated drilling software program
    • Represented long-term care facilities with respect to Medicaid eligibility for residents and recovery of unpaid balances through litigation in state court
  • Admissions
    • Pennsylvania State Bar License
  • Publications
    • Co-author, "Ohio Supreme Court strikes down local oil and gas ordinances," International Law Office, March 23, 2015 
    • "Local Regulation of HF: What the Courts Have Said So Far," Norton Rose Fulbright Western Lands Newsletter, July 30, 2014; L. Poe Leggette, Carey Gagnon, Michael P. Gaetani, Joshua Snyder, Shannon DeHont, and Kris Kleiner
    • "3rd Circuit affirms shut-in payment holds lease - Lease does not require wells capable of production," Norton Rose Fulbright Legal update, July 18, 2014; Jeremy A. Mercer and Michael P. Gaetani
    • "CERCLA's Federal Discovery Rule Does Not Preempt State Statutes of Repose," Norton Rose Fulbright Legal Update, June 11, 2014; Janet L. McQuaid, Michael P. Gaetani, Joshua Snyder, and Jennifer Blair Caplan
    • "New Environmental Site Assessment Standard for 'All Appropriate Inquiries' Under CERCLA," Norton Rose Fulbright Legal Update, January 3, 2014; Eva Fromm O'Brien, Janet L. McQuaid, and Michael P. Gaetani
    • "The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Overturns Significant Portions of Act 13; Appeal Filed Very Next Day," Fulbright Briefing, August 1, 2012; Kenneth S. Komoroski, Matthew H. Sepp, and Michael P. Gaetani
    • "Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reaffirms Subjective Test to Determine Production 'In Paying Quantities'," Fulbright Briefing, March 28, 2012; Jeremy A. Mercer, Matthew H. Sepp, Michael P. Gaetani and Mark R. Wasem
    • "Pennsylvania Act 13 (HB1950) Rewrites Law Governing Oil and Gas Activities," Fulbright Briefing, March 12, 2012; Janet L. McQuaid, Megan E. Smith, Kristen Roche, Stefanie A. Lepore and Michael P. Gaetani
    • "New Guidelines from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for Interviewing Prospective Arbitrators," K&L Gates Arbitration World, Spring 2008
  • Memberships and activities
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Allegheny County Bar Association
    • Young Professionals in Energy, Pittsburgh Chapter


    • State YMCA of Pennsylvania – Board of Directors
    • Criminal Records Expungement Project Volunteer
    • Advocates for International Development – Pro Bono Volunteer
    • Washington & Lee Alumni Association, Pittsburgh Chapter – Board Member and Law Liaison