Firm News

April 24, 2017

Firm shareholder Jeff Ludwikowski participated in presenting Construction Law:Advanced Issues and Answers at the Pittsburgh Cambria Suites at Consol Energy Center on behalf of the National Business Institute.


April 1, 2017

Firm shareholder Jeff Ludwikowski presented Arbitration v. Litigation, Point/Counterpoint with Holly Howanitz of Wicker Smith O'Hara McCoy & Ford at the USLaw Spring Conference at Chateau Elan in Atlanta, Georgia.


March 2017

Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers selected Alan Miller and Henry Sneath as "Best Lawyers" in Pennsylvania for 2017 in a number of categories. Alan Miller was recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Litigation, as well as being selected a Best Lawyer in environmental law and energy law. Henry Sneath was recognized as a Best Lawyer in commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, patent litigation, personal injury defense, and legal malpractice litigation. Best Lawyers uses a peer-reviewed process in which thousands of lawyers confidentially review their peers to select the lawyers that receive these honors.


January 2017

Firm shareholder Henry Sneath's article " The New Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016" was published in the  2017 Winter edition of DRI's In-House Defense Quarterly magazine.


September 22, 2016

Firm shareholder Henry Sneath's " The New Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016" was published in the 2016 Fall/Winter edition of USLAW Magazine.


September 20, 2016

Firm shareholder Henry Sneath's led a 2-hour CLE presentation on the new Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 for the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh.


August 16, 2016

PSMN is pleased to announce that a number of its attorneys recently received awards and recognition from Best Lawyers ® and Super Lawyers ®.

Firm shareholder Alan Miller was named as the 2017 Best Lawyer Environmental Litigator of the Year and also was named a 2016 Super Lawyer in Insurance Coverage.

In addition, firm shareholder Henry Sneath was named a 2016 Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation; firm shareholder Anthony Picadio was named a 2016 Super Lawyer in Business Litigation; firm associate Brandon McCullough was named a 2016 Super Lawyer Rising Star in Insurance Coverage.


June 22, 2016

Firm shareholder Henry Sneath and firm associate led and presented at a 2-hour CLE on the new federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) at the Duquesne Club, entitled "Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA): The New Federal Private Cause of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation," which was hosted by the Western District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Duquesne University School of Law.


June 14, 2016

Firm shareholder Kelly Williams spoke at the USLAW Business to Business Litigation Exchange in San Francisco on "Prosecuting and Defending Business Defamation and Commercial Disparagement Claims by or Against Competitors Including Social Media Issues."


May 25, 2015

Firm shareholder Jeff Ludwikowski presented "Voir Dire and Jury Selection" with Honorable Ronald Folina, at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh, as part of the National Business Institute's Continuing Education Programs.


April 7-9, 2016

Firm shareholder Jeff Ludwikowski spoke on "Wacky Pennsylvania Construction Laws" at the U.S. Law Network Spring Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes California.


April 2016

Firm shareholder Jeff Ludwikowski was selected to serve a two year term as Education Coordinator for the Construction Law Section of the U.S. Law Network.


March 15, 2016

Firm shareholder Bridget Gillespie and firm associate Brandon McCullough served as Regional Editors and Co-Authors of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the DRI Duty to Defend Compendium which was published in February 2016. The Compendium addresses the latest developments on topics including what triggers the duty to defend, what is the scope of that duty, when is there a right to independent counsel and what types of proceedings require a defense, for each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Canada. Compendium authors were selected based upon their breadth and depth of experience and knowledge in handling duty to defend and coverage issues. The Compendium can be ordered at www.dri.org/Store/Product?productCode=2016-01D.


November 5, 2015

Firm shareholder Kelly Williams presented "Life Cycle of a Cyber Security Breach," at the DRI Data Breach and Privacy Law Seminar in Chicago, IL on November 5, 2015. This presentation was part of a larger conference that brought together experts from around the country to discuss cybersecurity issues and best practices for companies.


October 21, 2015

Firm shareholder Kelly Williams hosted and presented "Protecting Your Business in the Data Age: Cybersecurity, Data Breach Prevention and Response, Related Litigation," for the Western Pennsylvania Association of Corporate Counsel on October 21, 2015 at the Duquesne Club.

October 2015

Shareholder Jeff Ludwikowski quoted by WITF radio, Harrisburg PA with respect to disputes over $1.2 million in state grant funds related to the renovation of the Susquehanna Art Museum. Link to the story: WITF Article


September 2015

Firm Shareholder Jeffrey Ludwikowski was named Education Coordinator for the USLAW Construction Section.


July 2015

Firm Associate Brandon McCullough became a member of Council of the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.


July 2015

Firm Associate Brandon McCullough was appointed Co-Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Communications Committee.


May 2015

Firm Shareholder Bridget Gillespie elected to Chair-Elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Section.


May 22, 2015

Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. is proud to announce that 9 of its attorneys have been selected by their peers as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for 2015. Shareholders Alan Miller and Henry Sneath were selected as Top 50 lawyers in Pittsburgh. Attorneys Anthony P. Picadio, R. Brandon McCullough.


May 19, 2015

Firm Shareholder Bridget Gillespie appointed as a Zone Twelve Delegate to the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates.


April 22, 2015

Firm Sharholder Jeffrey Ludwikowski presented "How not to lose your case during deposition - proper witness preparation" for Cape Education on April 22, 2015 at the Marriot Hotel in Cranberry.


March 3, 2015

Firm Shareholders Henry Sneath and Kelly Williams presented "The Potential Consequences of Data Breach on Compromise or Infringement of Intellectual Property" at the 2015 USLAW Network Legal Leaders and Corporate Counsel Exchange in Chicago, IL. PSMN ® cybersecurity attorneys Henry Sneath and Kelly Williams moderated and presented a panel discussion at the "Protecting Your Business in the Digital Age" program at the USLAW meeting. The program involved seven panel discussions and a keynote presentation that discussed all aspects of cybersecurity and data breach issues, from prevention to response, which was coordinated and planned by PSMN ® attorney Henry Sneath.


December 29, 2014

Firm Shareholder Jeff Ludwikowski gave a 4-hour presentation on "Handling Insurance Claims" for Cape Education in Bethel Park on December 29, 2014.


December 18, 2014

Firm Shareholder Jeff Ludwikowski presented an "Update to Pennsylvania Mechanics Lien Law" to the Construction Section of the ACBA on December 18, 2014.


December 2014

Firm Associate Brandon McCullough was named Chair of the Young Lawyers Subcommittee of DRI's Insurance Law Committee in December 2014.


December 15, 2014

Firm Shareholder Jason A. Spak taught at a seminar entitled "Consumer Finance Law: Guide to Regulation and Enforcement" that was held on December 15, 2014. Mr. Spak taught the "Fair Lending and Credit Reporting: Rules, Risks, and Federal Enforcement" portion of the seminar.


December 2, 2014

Firm Associate was elected as Second Vice President/CLE Chair for the Western District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. The election was held on December 2, 2014.



October 28, 2014

Firm Shareholder Jeffrey J. Ludwikowski facilitated the U.S. Law Construction Group mock mediation at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 27 and 28, 2014.


October 15, 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.


October 14, 2014

Firm Shareholder Jeffrey J. Ludwikowski presented "Handling Construction Defects" at the NBI Seminar on "Troubleshooting Real Estate Transaction Problems" at the Hilton Doubletree in Pittsburgh on October 14, 2014.


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


September 2014

Associate named Vice Chair of Membership for the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TTIPS) in September 2014.


September 19, 2014

F irm Shareholder Bridget M. Gillespie presented "Attorney-Client Privilege and the Discoverability of In-House Counsel Pre-Litigation Internal Investigations" at PBI Inside-Outside Counsel Summit on September 19, 2014. Ms. Gillespie was part of a three-person panel that discussed various issues arising from pre-litigation internal investigations conducted by in-house counsel at this one-hour CLE presentation that was part of the two-day PBI event.


September 16, 2014


May 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


May 20, 2014

Associate moderated ABA TIPS webinar, "How to Read Financial Statements for Lawyers" on May 20, 2014


April 29, 2014


Associate article, Enforceability of Board-Adopted Bylaws Selecting Forums for Resolving Internal Disputes with Shareholders, has been selected for publication in the January 2014 edition of The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, the substantive law periodical of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The article analyzes the Delaware Chancery Court's recent decision in Boilermakers Local 154 Retirement Fund v. Chevron Corp., which upheld the enforceability of forum selection bylaws adopted by boards of directors, and considers the effects of that decision on shareholder litigation in PA.


December 9, 2013

Firm Shareholder Bridget Gillespie and Firm Associate R. Brandon McCullough spoke at Allegheny County Bar Association Insurance Law 101 Lunch and Learn on December 9, 2013


Associate 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

Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton is pleased to annouce that firm managing shareholder Alan S. Miller was recently named the Best Lawyer in Pittsburgh in Environmental Litigation for 2014 by Best Lawyers in America.


August 22, 2013

Firm Shareholder Jeffrey Ludwikowski spoke on August 22, 2013 for Cape Education on "Handling Insurance Claims"


August 15, 2013

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


April 24, 2013

Firm Shareholder Jeffrey Ludwikowski spoke on April 24, 2013 about Proper Witness Preparation for Cape Education


Associates Brandon McCullough and Kate Dempsey were named 2013 Rising Stars by PA Super Lawyers


Kelly Williams quoted in IP Law 360 article regarding Gunn v. Minton and whether patent legal malpractice cases invoke federal jurisdiction.


Firm Managing Shareholder Alan S. Miller Named 2013 Best Lawyer in Pittsburgh in Environmental Litigation by Best Lawyers in America

Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton is pleased to annouce that firm managing shareholder Alan S. Miller was recently named the Best Lawyer in Pittsburgh in Environmental Litigation for 2013 by Best Lawyers in America.


Firm Shareholder Jeffrey J. Ludwikowski Selected as One of the Top Rated Lawyers in Construction.

Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton is pleased to announce that firm shareholder Jeffrey Ludwikowski was recently selected by American Lawyer Media as one of the Top Rated Lawyers in Construction. Mr. Ludwikowski will be among the lawyers listed in the November 2012 issue of The American Lawyer.


Firm Shareholder Alan S. Miller Obtains Favorable Decision in Superior Court.

Shareholder Alan S. Miller argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court in a case stemming from a UIM arbitration decision. The Superior Court found in favor of the insurer, affirming the trial court's decision that a judgment resulting from a UIM arbitration could not exceed the UIM limits of the policy.


Firm Shareholder Alan S. Miller Argues Before Superior Court.

Shareholder Alan S. Miller participated in oral argument before the Pennsylvania Superior Court, which found in favor of the insurers that a complaint against an insurance broker alleging infringement of a copyright in insurance proposals provided to clients did not occur in the course of advertising.


October 2012

Firm Shareholder Henry M. Sneath Assumes Role as Immediate Past President of DRI.

In October 2012, Henry Sneath completed his term as President of DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, which is a leading international organization of more than 22,000 defense, commercial, and intellectual property attorneys and in-house counsel. Mr. Sneath remains an officer of DRI and will now serve as DRI's Immediate Past President.


Firm Shareholder Alan S. Miller Elected Chairman of the Board of Allegheny Land Trust.

Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton is pleased to announce that Alan S. Miller has been elected Chairman of the Board of Allegheny Land Trust, the preeminent land trust organization for Allegheny County and its environs. Mr. Miller has served on the Board of ALT for the past 8 years, and is honored to lead the Board of Directors of this important land trust non-profit organization and to work closely with ALT's new Executive Director, Chris Beichner. Mr. Miller's service as Board Member and now Chairman continues the firm's long connection with ALT; Firm Shareholder Anthony P. Picadio was one of the founding members of ALT, having guided the inception and early growth of the organization.


September 2012

Firm Associate R. Brandon McCullough was selected in September 2012 to serve as a member of the Communications Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.


Firm Shareholder Kelly A. Williams Becomes Allegheny County Bar Foundation Fellow.

Shareholder Kelly A. Williams was recently nominated to become a 2012 Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. Created in 1996, the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Fellows Program was established as a formal means to honor attorneys who have shown a commitment to excellence in charitable, community, professional, and/or public service activities. The Fellows Program allows the Allegheny County Bar Foundation to enhance the delivery of pro bono legal services to low-income clients in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Also, through the pledges of the Fellows, the Bar Foundation creates an endowment to enhance delivery of pro bono legal services to low-income clients in Allegheny County.


Firm Shareholder Henry M. Sneath Rated 10/10 Superb by AVVO.

Mr. Sneath achieved ratings of 10/10 Superb by AVVO, an on-line legal rating service, in the categories of Business and Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Infringement Litigation, Trademark Infringement Litigation, and Copyright Infringement Litigation.


August 17, 2012

Firm Shareholder Henry M. Sneath Speaks at Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Annual Meeting.

On August 17, 2012, Mr. Sneath spoke to the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association at its annual meeting in Duluth, Minnesota on the current litigation climate and changes in the insurance industry.


August 14, 2012

Firm Shareholder Jeffrey J. Ludwikowski presented a seminar in Cranberry, Pennsylvania on "Handling Insurance Claims" to both legal and insurance professionals for Cape Education on August 14, 2012.


August 8, 2012

Nine days after oral argument, the Federal Circuit, in a unanimous per curiam decision, affirmed the trial court's judgment for Midtronics, Inc. in a patent lawsuit originally brought in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The trial court found that defendants willfully infringed Midtronics' patent, enjoined defendants from further infringement, and awarded over $1 million in attorneys' fees.


Firm Shareholder Henry M. Sneath Named 2012 Pennsylvania Defense Lawyer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. (News Release)

Henry M. Sneath, a principal shareholder at the Pittsburgh business litigation, insurance coverage and intellectual property boutique law firm, Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P. C., ( www.psmn.com) was recently awarded the 2012 Pennsylvania Defense Counsel of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI at www.padefense.org) at the organization's annual meeting. The award is given annually to a PDI member who "best exemplifies the qualities of professionalism, dedication to the practice of law and promotion of the highest ideals of justice in the community." Sneath, an active member of PDI, served as the 2011-12 President of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar ( www.dri.org), an international organization of 22,000 civil defense, commercial and intellectual property litigators, and corporate counsel.


June 7, 2012

Firm Shareholder Henry M. Sneath Speaks at Canadian Defence Lawyers Association Annual Meeting.

On June 7, 2012, Henry M. Sneath spoke to the Canadian Defence Lawyers Association Annual Meeting in Toronto on the state of the defense litigation bar in the US and Canada, and issues of common concern to American and Canadian lawyers.


May 17, 2012

Firm Shareholder Henry M. Sneath Speaks at DRI Business Litigation and Intellectual Property National Seminar.

On May 17, 2012, Mr. Sneath spoke at the DRI Business Litigation and Intellectual Property National Seminar in New York City on the topic of business and patent valuation damages.


Firm Shareholder Henry M. Sneath Elected to 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and 2012 Best Lawyers in America.

Henry Sneath was elected by his peers in 2012 as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Insurance Coverage as published by Super Lawyer Magazine. Mr. Sneath was also named as one of the Best Lawyers in America in 2012 in five categories: Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Defense Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, and Personal Injury Defense Litigation.


Firm Shareholder Anthony P. Picadio Elected to 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and 2012 Best Lawyers in America.

Anthony Picadio was elected by his peers in 2012 as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in three categories: Business Litigation, Environmental Law, and Insurance Coverage. He was also selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the following categories: Bet-The-Company Litigation, Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Litigation, and Personal Injury Litigation (Defense and Plaintiff).


Firm Shareholder Alan S. Miller Elected to 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and 2012 Best Lawyers in America.

Alan Miller was elected by his peers in 2012 as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Insurance Coverage. He was also selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law.


Business Publication Quotes Firm Shareholder Henry M. Sneath on i4i Lawsuit

Firm Shareholder Henry Sneath was quoted recently in the internet publication "Marketwatch" regarding the unsuccessful Federal Circuit appeal by Microsoft from the trial court ruling that Microsoft infringed a patent held by Plaintiff i4i Limited Partnership. Microsoft has been ordered to pay $290,000,000 and is enjoined from selling Microsoft Word which contains the infringing XML editor software. Microsoft has a right to seek an appeal to the US Supreme Court.


Business Publications Quote Firm Shareholder Henry M. Sneath on i4i Lawsuit Injunction Ruling

Firm Shareholder Henry M. Sneath was quoted in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today regarding the lawsuit filed by i4i, a Toronto based technology firm against Microsoft over an alleged infringement of a patent related to XML, a key software component included in computer programs such as Word. Mr. Sneath in commenting on the judge's order for Microsoft to stop selling Word in USA Today said, "Microsoft is behind the eight ball and has 60 days to see if it can get the federal appeals court to stay the injunction." In The Wall Street Journal Mr. Sneath stated, "i4i has a strong verdict in its pocket with a strongly-worded opinion. There are plenty of issues Microsoft can raise, but if the [injunction] holds, they've got a real problem."


Several Business publications quoted Firm Shareholder Henry M. Sneath regarding a trademark dispute involving on-line site "Facebook" and regarding the copyright and trademark dispute Hasbro v. Agarwallas involving the on-line Scrabble game clone, Scrabulous

Shareholder Henry M. Sneath, who handles patent, trademark and copyright litigation, was recently quoted in The Wall Street Journal on-line magazine Marketwatch regarding the dispute between the Chief Executive of the networking site Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, and his academic contemporary, Aaron Greenspan, who is challenging Facebook's registered trademark. "Pressing for the cancellation of a trademark is a difficult legal maneuver even for seasoned lawyers, according to Henry Sneath, a patent and trademark attorney with Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton P.C. in Pittsburgh..."

Sneath was also quoted in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune and The Tech regarding the legal dispute between the creators of Scrabble (Hasbro and Mattel) and the makers of Scrabulous (Brothers Jayant and Rajat Agarwalla) and their on-line host Facebook, after suit was filed by Hasbro, the alleged infringers pulled the Scrabulous game and launched a new one called Wordscraper. As to the new game Wordscraper, Sneath is quoted saying, "I'm not convinced that it is different enough," said Henry M. Sneath, an intellectual property attorney and a board member of DRI -- The Voice of the Defense Bar, an organization of 22,000 defense lawyers. "Copyright infringement in particular does a very detailed factual analysis of whether or not content is substantially similar to the original. That's the test: substantial similarity." View the full text of the articles at the links above.


Business publications quote Firm Shareholder Henry M. Sneath on Cisco v. Apple Trademark Lawsuit

Firm Shareholder Henry M. Sneath was recently quoted in the Information Week, EE Times and Computerworld on-line magazines regarding the Trademark Lawsuit filed by Cisco Systems against Apple, Inc over the alleged infringement by Apple of Cisco's iPhone registered Trademark. Sneath noted that the trademark issues were "murky and complicated" and that the stakes were large. For Apple, he said, "a large penalty looms if the court eventually rules against it -- penalties for willfully infringing on a trademark can be tripled, and the court can order payment of full legal fees for the plaintiff, he said. View the full text of the articles at the links above.