Henry M. Sneath, Esq.

Houston Harbaugh, P.C. (by recent Merger)

Shareholder and Director

Three Gateway Center
401 Liberty Avenue, 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-288-4013 (Direct Dial)


On January 1, 2018, Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. merged with Pittsburgh firm Houston Harbaugh, P.C. where Mr. Sneath is now a Shareholder, Director, Executive Committee Member and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department.

Mr. Sneath is a trial attorney focusing on complex business, intellectual property, trade secrets, DTSA, pharmaceutical and products liability, toxic torts, insurance, energy, catastrophic injury 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. He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law teaching 2 courses: Trade Secret Law and the Law of Trademarks and Unfair Competition.

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 a 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 was 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 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


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


  • 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