Amanda Kitchen Short Counsel

Amanda's environmental and real estate practice focuses on a wide range of matters including site remediation, corporate compliance, enforcement, permitting and hazardous and solid waste liability.

She has advised clients with regard to the investigation and cleanup of hundreds of contaminated properties, including remediations done under state voluntary cleanup and underground storage tank programs. She also represents sellers, purchasers, lenders, tenants and landlords in all aspects of business transactions, including environmental due diligence, developing strategies for managing environmental risks, and negotiating and drafting of environmental representations, warranties, indemnities, escrow agreements and cleanup agreements.

Amanda regularly works with the business community and environmental agencies in negotiating Brownfields Agreements for the redevelopment of contaminated sites. She assists clients in complying with the requirements of the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and comparable state statutes, and she represents companies identified as potentially responsible parties at federal Superfund sites throughout the country. Amanda also advises clients on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) matters, including Chemical Data Reporting Rule compliance, import/export requirements, pre-manufacture notifications, and negotiating settlements of TSCA enforcement actions.


Representation of developer in the negotiation and completion of the first Brownfields Agreement in North Carolina financed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Representation of chemical manufacturing company in the negotiation of settlements with the U.S. EPA for violations of inventory update reporting requirements under TSCA.

Representation of company in cost recovery action against owner of multiple undisclosed leading underground storage tanks, and negotiation of a full reimbursement of outstanding claims from State UST Trust Funds.

Representation of company with environmental issues at various sites throughout the southeast, including investigating and analyzing environmental conditions, obtaining No Further Action letters and applying for Brownfields Agreements.

Representation of former dry cleaning company in the assessment and remediation of site through the North Carolina Dry-Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Act Program.

Representation of manufacturing company in the voluntary disclosure of violations of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants pursuant to EPA’s May 11, 2000 Audit Policy.

Environmental and real estate counsel to company in the investment in, acquisition and development of multiple apartment complexes throughout the southeast.

Representation of leading manufacturer of automotive repair and finishing products in a cost recovery action related to an emergency cleanup directed by the U.S. EPA.

Coordination of environmental due diligence and negotiation of environmental transaction documents for a purchaser of a chain of fast food restaurants.

Environmental counsel to lead arranger of $1.3 Billion revolving credit and term loan facilities for a worldwide diversified manufacturer of complex metal components and products serving the aerospace, power generation and general industrial markets with real estate collateral locations throughout the United States. 

  • The University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, Note and Comment Editor, North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, 2001
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, with Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1997

Member, Environmental Section, Mecklenburg County Bar

Council member, North Carolina Bar Association, Environmental Section

Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity

  • Speaker, "Toxic Substances Control Act," Webinar for Rockwood Specialties, November 2009
  • Speaker, "Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments - The Client's Perspective from an Attorney's View," Presentation to S&ME, July 2009
  • North Carolina

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Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2021

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