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Henry M. Sneath Shareholder

Four Gateway Center
444 Liberty Avenue Suite 1105
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone:
412-288-4013 (Direct Dial)
Fax:
412-288-2405
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Mr. Sneath is a trial attorney focusing on business, intellectual property, pharmaceutical and products liability, toxic torts, insurance and tort litigation matters. He received his J.D. degree in 1983 from Duquesne University School of Law. During his last two years of law school, he served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He has been designated by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the fields of Business and Intellectual Property Litigation and is a member of the prestigious Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. Mr. Sneath is listed in Best Lawyers in America in 5 categories: Commercial Litigation, intellectual property litigation, patent litigation, legal malpractice law, and personal injury defense litigation. He is Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, which is that organization's highest rating. Mr. Sneath is the Immediate Past President and Member of the Board of Directors of the 22,000 member international lawyer organization DRI (formerly Defense Research Institute) and is the former Chair of its Commercial Litigation Committee and Intellectual Property Subcommittee. He is Regional Editor of the DRI national publication "The Business Suit" and is a frequent lecturer and course planner for seminars on a wide range of business litigation, intellectual property and personal injury topics. He served as Editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's (PBA) Civil Litigation Section quarterly magazine and is a Past Chair of the PBA Intellectual Property Law Section.

Mr. Sneath has extensive federal and state court trial experience in cases involving commercial disputes, intellectual property matters, construction claims, professional negligence lawsuits, pharmaceutical and products liability litigation, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith claims. He is currently representing clients in trademark and copyright matters and in patent litigation matters pursuant to the Local Patent Rules promulgated in 2005 by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. These rules are designed to make the Pennsylvania Western District a forum of choice for patent infringement and invalidation actions. He is also prepared to assist out-of-state law firms and their clients with the intricacies of these Local Patent Rules which provide a procedural mechanism for accelerated case disposition, and numerous changes to the processes of Federal Rule 26 disclosure, claim construction, use of experts and infringement and invalidation contention disclosure. He has tried over 95 cases to jury and non-jury verdict in Federal and State Court jurisdictions and has helped clients resolve disputes through a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures. Mr. Sneath has also devoted Pro Bono time to the representation of battered women in Protection from Abuse hearings and trials and is active in his Church and community.

Representative Cases of Henry M. Sneath

Commercial Litigation: Intellectual Property, Construction Claims, Business and Contract Disputes

Insurance/Professional Liability: Defense, Coverage, Subrogation and Bonds

Life, Health and Disability Insurance

Products Liability Litigation

Constitutional/Civil Rights Litigation

Corporate/Transactional/Workout

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1983
  • Hamilton College
    • B.A. - 1980
    • Major: Economics
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • "Pennsylvania Federal Business Decisions" (Contributing Author), PBA "Civil Litigation Update"
  • In re Bilski: Will It Be a Blockbuster?
  • Internet IP Litigation: Can the Law Catch Up With Technology?, IP Today, 2008
  • Why is Scrabulous still up?, Los Angeles Times, 2008
  • Fast Track Patent Litigation in Pennsylvania Western District Court, Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Update, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • AVVO 10/10 "Superb" Rating
  • DRI Most Outstanding Committee Chair Award
  • Pennsylvania 2012 Defense Lawyer of the Year Award
  • Clark Prize, Most Outstanding Public Speaker

Past Employment Positions

  • DKW Law Group, P.C., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Partner, Litigation Department. Chairman, Technology & Intellectual Property Practice Group, 1998 - 2002
  • Meyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek & Eck, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Partner, 1990-1998, 1988 - 1998

Pro Bono Activities

  • Protection From Abuse Hearings and Trials for Battered Women

Firm News

  • Firm Shareholder Jeffrey J. Ludwikowski facilitated the U.S. Law Construction Group mock mediation at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas on October 27 and 28, 2014.
  • Firm Shareholder Kelly A. Williams presented a Webinar for USLAW entitled "Discovery of Social Media Evidence and Use of Social Media Evidence at Trial," with Maureen L. Kenning of Regis Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 15, 2014.
  • Firm Shareholder Jeffrey J. Ludwikowski presented "Handling Construction Defects" at an NBI seminar on "Troubleshooting Real Estate Transaction Problems" at the Hilton Doubletree in Pittsburgh on October 14, 2014.
  • Firm Counsel Robert L. Wagner presented "Monkey Selfies, Ellen DeGeneres, and Twitter Pics—Current Issues in Copyright Law" at the Pittsburgh Paralegal Association 2014 Fall Education Conference on October 2, 2014
  • Associate Brandon McCullough was named Vice-Chair of the Young Lawyers Subcommittee of DRI’s Insurance Law Committee
  • Associate Brandon McCullough was named Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyer Division
  • Associate Gregory M. Monace named Vice Chair of Membership for the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TTIPS) in September 2014
  • Firm Shareholder Bridget M. Gillespie presented "Attorney-Client Privilege and the Discoverabilty of In-House Counsel Pre-Litigation Internatl Investigations" at PBI Inside-Outside Counsel Summit on September 19, 2014
  • Firm Counsel Robert L. Wagner named vice-chair of the DRI IP Committee Community in August 2014
  • Firm Shareholder Bridget M. Gillespie was elected vice chair of the PBA Civil Litigation Section Council in May 2014
  • Associate Kate Dempsey was named editor of the PBA Civil Litigation Newsletter
  • Associate Gregory M. Monaco moderates ABA TIPS webinar, “How to Read Financial Statements for Lawyers” on May 20, 2014
  • Associate Robert Wagner spoke at the Pittsburgh Paralegal Association's Meeting on the state of intellectual property law on April 29, 2014
  • 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

Contact Information

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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