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Pittsburgh Business Litigation Attorneys

Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C., is a well-known business litigation law firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania practicing in the areas of intellectual property, environmental, tort, insurance coverage, and other business disputes. Our lawyers serve clients primarily in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, but also in other jurisdictions on a special admission basis.

Our firm is recognized in the U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firm" Rankings for Commercial Litigation and Environmental Law and we appear in The Bar Register for Preeminent Lawyers, which lists only those law firms that have been designated as outstanding in their field.

As a litigation and patent prosecution boutique firm, our attorneys concentrate their practice in the following fields:

Our Pittsburgh business litigation attorneys represent clients in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia. We represent individuals and business enterprises in a wide range of commercial litigation, intellectual property, environmental and regulatory enforcement matters, and we advise corporations in connection with patent, trademark, copyright, insurance and risk management issues. For more information, call 412-288-4000 or send us an e-mail by completing the contact form on this website.

Our attorneys prosecute patents, trademarks and copyrights and are admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). We regularly represent insurance carriers in insurance coverage, unfair trade practices and bad faith matters and we defend pharmaceutical, products liability, toxic tort, professional negligence and agent and broker claims and lawsuits.

We are a proud member of the USLAW NETWORK, a national organization composed of 66 independent, defense-based law firms with over 5,000 attorneys covering the United States, Canada and Latin America. Among the firms, there are over 150 offices in 47 U.S. states. An alliance with the Trans-European Law Firm Alliance (TELFA) gives us access to 25 European law firms each representing its own jurisdiction and a similar relationship with ALN Limited enables USLAW to partner with 10 firms in East and Central Africa.

Pennsylvania Intellectual Property Attorneys

Our principals have represented clients and served as local counsel to out-of-state law firms, in patent, trademark and copyright actions and we are currently involved in patent litigation being conducted pursuant to the Local Patent Rules of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. These local rules, promulgated by the Judges of the Western District Court, are designed to make Western Pennsylvania a forum of choice for patent infringement and invalidation actions. The rules provide for accelerated case disposition of patent claims and make numerous changes to the process of Federal Rule 26 disclosures, claim construction, use of expert witnesses and disclosure of infringement and invalidation contentions. The Pennsylvania Western District is one of a number of district courts in the United States to have adopted such Local Patent Rules. We represent clients in patent, trademark and copyright matters and in litigation involving trade secrets, non-compete agreements, licensing issues and claims brought pursuant to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Our attorneys have extensive experience with all aspects of patent protection and litigation with specialized training and experience in the biological, chemical, computing, electrical, mechanical and optical fields. As registered patent attorneys before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), we can draft and obtain patents for our clients in a variety of technical fields. In addition to prosecuting patents, our attorneys have decades of experience handling complex patent litigation matters for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, both as plaintiffs and defendants. We have successfully represented clients with a variety of different technologies in obtaining favorable settlements or jury verdicts. We can provide Intellectual Property Audit Services for companies of all sizes and we can do so on a cost-efficient basis. Our attorneys also handle Trademark Opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

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For more information, call 412-288-4000 or send us an e-mail by completing the contact form on this website.

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  • Associate Gregory Monaco's article (Enforceability of Board-Adopted Bylaws Selecting Forums for Resolving Internal Disputes with Shareholders) published in the January 2014 edition of The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly
  • Firm Shareholder Bridget Gillespie and Firm Associate R. Brandon McCullough speak at Allegheny County Bar Association Insurance Law 101 Lunch and Learn
  • Associate Gregory M. Monaco Appointed to National Membership Committee of Federal Bar Association
  • Firm Managing Shareholder Alan S. Miller Named 2014 Best Lawyer in Pittsburgh in Environmental Litigation by Best Lawyers in America
  • Firm Shareholder Jeffrey Ludwikowski spoke on August 22, 2013 for Cape Education on "Handling Insurance Claims"
  • Firm Shareholder Jeffrey Ludwikowski spoke on August 15, 2013 for Cape Education on "Proper Witness Preparation"
  • Firm Shareholder Bridget M. Gillespie was elected secretary of the PBA Civil Litigation Section Council
  • Associate Kate Dempsey was named associate editor of the PBA Civil Litigation Newsletter
  • Firm Shareholder Kelly A. Williams to serve as program marketing chair for DRI's 2014 Women in the Law Seminar
  • Firm Shareholder Kelly A. Williams elected vice-chair of the ACBA Women in the Law Division for 2013-2014

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Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C.
Four Gateway Center
444 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1105
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-288-4000
Toll-Free: 888-288-4028
Phone: 304-520-0228
Fax: 412-288-2405
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Fee information: Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C., generally charges fees based on an hourly rate, which is highly competitive with those rates charged by firms performing comparable work in the same geographical area. On a selective basis, we represent corporate and individual plaintiffs in litigation under a modified or purely contingent fee arrangement. Under this arrangement, our compensation is contingent, in whole or in part, on the result we obtain for our client. Cases in which we have accepted a contingent fee arrangement include legal and medical malpractice, securities fraud, intellectual property, environmental contamination, personal injury, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.