Kathleen Nandan is Counsel with Leech Tishman, and a member of the firm’s Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations, Internal Investigations and Embezzlement Practice Groups. Based in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office, Kathie focuses her practice in the areas of general and civil litigation, internal investigations, and compliance, government investigation and enforcement matters.
Kathie regularly advises clients on a wide range of issues, including litigation and trial matters, internal and government investigations, federal asset forfeiture, money laundering and the Bank Secrecy Act, the False Claims Act, export control and sanctions compliance enforcement, subpoena compliance, privacy issues and other law enforcement-related concerns. She litigates issues on behalf of domestic and foreign corporate clients, as well as non-profit institutions. Kathie also has experience in First Amendment and prisoner civil rights lawsuits.
Kathie spent over a decade working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, where she was the second-in-command of one of the largest civil divisions in the country. There, she oversaw the office’s affirmative practice (civil enforcement of federal law) and supervised attorneys handling both affirmative and defensive litigations involving tort, employment discrimination, civil rights defense, civil RICO, bankruptcy, environmental, social security, asset forfeiture, and immigration. Kathie also served as Chief of the Forfeiture Unit where she coordinated the office’s efforts to recover property derived from criminal activity, including stolen and looted art and cultural property. In fiscal years 2007-2011, Kathie oversaw forfeiture recoveries of over $338 million, attributable largely to white collar and narcotics offenses. She has experience conducting complex financial investigations to locate assets in the United States and abroad.
Kathie has conducted dozens of arbitrations, evidentiary hearings, and trials.
Prior to joining Leech Tishman, Kathie served as a Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She was also employed by Reed Smith, where she was a member of the firm’s Anti-Money Laundering and Trade Sanctions team and Global Regulatory Enforcement group.
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
B.A. in Political Science and History, summa cum laude, University of Pittsburgh
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
The Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Pennsylvania (Judicial Law Clerk)
Reed Smith LLP
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York
Fordham University School of Law
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
New York City Law Department
Women in White Collar Defense Association, Pittsburgh Chapter
American Bar Association (Member, Art and Cultural Property Sub-Committee)
Allegheny County Bar Association (Council Member, Federal Court Section)
Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Pittsburgh Chapter (Board Member; Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist)
Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (Member)
Federal Prosecutor Award, Federal Law Enforcement Foundation
John Marshall Award for Outstanding Performance for Asset Forfeiture (Two-Time Recipient), U.S. Department of Justice
Stimson Medal, Association of the Bar of the City of New York to Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Eastern and Southern Districts
“Nowhere to Turn for Victims of post-1945 Theft of Art (Williams v. Nat’l Gallery of Art),” Author, Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter, Fall 2018, American Bar Association Section of International Law
2018, 2015 and 2012 Contributor to International Legal Developments in Review: International Art and Cultural Heritage, The International Lawyer.
Protect Your Business from the Black Market Peso Exchange, Corporate Counsel, 21 November 2014.
Justices Must Do Balancing Act in Federal Asset Forfeiture Case, Daily Journal, 16 October 2013; Co-Author: David A. Kochman.
Speeches & Presentations
Picking the Fruits of Crime: Introduction to Federal Asset Forfeiture. Speaker at seminar hosted by Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Pittsburgh Chapter), Feb 2019.
Anti-Money Laundering: Practical Guide on Managing Challenges and Compliance. Speaker at CLE Webinar hosted by The Knowledge Group, May 2016.
Current Trends in Government Investigations: Are You Covered? Speaker at CLE Seminar Pittsburgh, PA, April 2016.
Cybercrime: 2015 and Beyond. Lecture given to Pittsburgh Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants, Pittsburgh, PA, February 2016.
FinCEN Enforcement Trends. Speaker at Financial Intelligence & Information Sharing (FIIS) Working Group Winter Symposium, Washington D.C., December 2015.
Inside the Investigation and Prosecution of AML/BSA and Sanctions, Moderator of Law Office Panel Discussion, New York, NY, October 2015.
The False Claims Act in Construction Cases, Panelist at CLE hosted by New York City Bar Association. New York, NY, June 2015.
Recent Sanctions Penalties & Enforcement and the Impact on Your Compliance Program, Speaker at CLE/CPD Webinar, June 2015.