Brian D. Lipkin

Director
Business Litigation

412.288.2256

Practice Areas

Litigation • Cybersecurity and Data Breach • (DTSA) Defend Trade Secrets Act • Probate, Estates and Trusts Litigation • Trade Secrets • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith • Employment & Labor Law • Intellectual Property Litigation and Prosecution • Business/Commercial Litigation • Copyright Litigation and Prosecution • Trademark Infringement Litigation
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Overview

Brian works with businesses and individuals to find creative solutions to challenging problems. He serves clients as counselor, outside general counsel, and trial lawyer.

Business Litigation

An experienced trial lawyer, Brian represents businesses in all types of litigation. Brian works with clients on contract, environmental, product liability, and real estate disputes. He represents businesses in intellectual property disputes involving patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. When disputes arise between business owners, Brian helps clients to understand and enforce their rights. Brian also serves as local counsel to out-of-state lawyers.

Brian has tried cases to juries with excellent results.

To represent clients effectively, Brian enjoys learning about their businesses. For example, Brian completed fall protection training to become certified to climb billboards, escorted a client’s mascots through an international toy fair, and traveled with a client to interview witnesses at a motorcycle expo.

In addition to representing businesses in litigation, Brian serves as outside general counsel in negotiating contracts and providing advice.

Brian has been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list. He practices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, as well as Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation

Brian represents insurance companies in coverage disputes. He has researched and written many insurance coverage opinions.

When clients need to litigate insurance coverage disputes, Brian takes an efficient, practical approach. Brian also defends insurance companies against bad faith claims.

Brian advises businesses in evaluating their insurance coverage positions and identifying potential gaps in their risk management programs. He has experience with many types of insurance policies, including commercial crime, employment practices, excess/umbrella, general liability, marine, and professional liability policies.

Employment and Labor Litigation

Brian defends businesses against discrimination and retaliation claims filed by their employees. He represents businesses in non-compete, trade secret, wage and hour, and whistleblower cases. In addition to litigating cases in state and federal courts, Brian handles administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Brian has significant experience in occupational safety and health matters. He has successfully tried citations before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and represented businesses in achieving many favorable settlements. Brian enjoys helping businesses to enhance their workplace safety programs.

Brian also advises businesses on employment and labor issues. He works with clients to develop affirmative action plans, employee handbooks, job descriptions, pay equity audits, policies, and restrictive covenants. Brian represents businesses and executives in negotiating employment agreements and severance agreements.

When clients have unionized workforces, Brian provides advice on collective bargaining agreements, labor disputes, and unfair labor practice charges.

Experience

Education & Credentials

Education

  • Boston College, J.D.
  • Tufts University, B.A. Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Third Circuits
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania
  • State of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • State of New Hampshire

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