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Kathleen A. Nandan


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Kathleen Nandan is Counsel with Leech Tishman, and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Internal Investigations Practice Groups. Based in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office, Kathleen focuses her practice in the areas of general and civil litigation, internal investigations, and compliance, government investigation and enforcement matters.

Kathleen 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, 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. Kathleen also has experience in First Amendment and prisoner civil rights lawsuits.

Kathleen spent 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 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. Kathleen also oversaw forfeiture recoveries of over $338 million in fiscal years 2007-2011 and more than doubled the size of the Forfeiture Unit. She has experience conducting complex financial investigations to locate assets in the U.S. and abroad. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kathleen conducted over one dozen arbitrations, evidentiary hearings, and trials.

Prior to joining Leech Tishman, Kathleen 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

Court Admissions

New York
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

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association (Member, Art and Cultural Property Sub-Committee)
Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Pittsburgh Chapter (Board Member; Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist)
Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (Member)
Leadership Pittsburgh

Professional Accolades

Federal Prosecutor Award, Federal Law Enforcement Foundation
John Marshall Award for Outstanding Performance for Asset Forfeiture (Two-Time Recipient), 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


“How Does the DOJ’s Recent Yates’ Memo Impact Your Insurance Coverage for Government Investigations?”
“Justices Must Do Balancing Act in Federal Asset Forfeiture Case,” Daily Journal
International Art and Cultural Heritage
“Protect Your Business from the Black Market Peso Exchange,” Corporate Counsel

Community Involvement

American Cancer Society/DetermiNation
Pittsburgh Glass Center (Board Member)
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Speeches & Presentations

“Anti-Money Laundering: Practical Guide on Managing Challenges and Compliance,” The Knowledge Group
“Current Trends in Government Investigations: Are You Covered?”
“Cybercrime: 2015 and Beyond,” Pittsburgh Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants
“FinCEN Enforcement Trends” Financial Intelligence & Information Sharing Working Group Winter Symposium
“Inside the Investigation and Prosecution of AML/BSA and Sanctions”
“The False Claims Act in Construction Cases,” New York City Bar Association
“Recent Sanctions Penalties & Enforcement and the Impact on Your Compliance Program”