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Amanda Kitchen Short

Charlotte | 704.335.9002
Fax | 704.334.4706

Amanda Kitchen Short is an environmental attorney who has been advising clients across a wide spectrum of their legal needs for nearly 25 years. She advises clients on various environmental issues, including site remediation, corporate compliance, enforcement, and permitting.

She represents sellers, purchasers, lenders, tenants, and landlords in business transactions, environmental due diligence, and escrow and cleanup agreements. Amanda navigates her clients through environmental risks by developing risk management strategies and negotiating and drafting environmental representations, warranties, and indemnities.

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.

Amanda regularly advises the business community and environmental agencies in negotiating Brownfields Agreements for the redevelopment of contaminated sites, as well as assisting clients in complying with the requirements of the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and comparable state statutes, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) issues, including Chemical Data Reporting Rule compliance, import/export requirements, pre-manufacture notifications, and negotiating settlements of TSCA enforcement actions.

Representative Experience

  • 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 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
  • Representation of company in cost recovery action against owner of multiple undisclosed leaking 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.

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Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law, 2021-2024
  • Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” in Environmental, 2024
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Environmental Law, 2022-2024


  • North Carolina Bar Association Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law Section, Council Member, Treasurer, 2024-present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Environmental Section
  • Habitat for Humanity Charlotte