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Co-Chair of Houston Harbaugh’s Litigation Practice, and Chair of its Intellectual Property Practice, Henry Sneath is a trial attorney, mediator, arbitrator and Federal Court Approved Mediation Neutral and Special Master with extensive federal and state court trial experience in cases involving commercial disputes, breach of contract litigation, intellectual property matters, patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, DTSA claims, cyber security and data breach prevention, mitigation and litigation, probate trusts and estates litigation, construction claims, eminent domain, professional negligence lawsuits, pharmaceutical, products liability and catastrophic injury litigation, insurance coverage, and insurance bad faith claims. He is currently serving as both lead trial counsel and local co-trial counsel in complex business and breach of contract litigation, patent infringement, trademark infringement and Lanham Act claims, products liability and catastrophic injury matters, and in matters related to cybersecurity, probate trusts and estates, employment, trade secrets, federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and restrictive covenant claims. DTSALaw® PSMNLaw®
Henry has been recognized and listed in Best Lawyers in America in 6 categories: Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, Personal Injury – Defense, and Legal Malpractice Plaintiff and Defense Litigation. He has been voted by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Business Litigation and Intellectual Property. He was a fellow of the prestigious Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania for many years and has spoken at, chaired, facilitated and authored numerous seminars, CLE presentation, law firm retreats and public speaking events on a national basis. He is an accomplished national and regional public speaker and author and was awarded the Defense Lawyer of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI). He served as President of the 22,000 member international lawyer organization DRI (Defense Research Institute) in 2011-2012 and is a member of the IADC and ADTA organizations. He was Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section and has held numerous other leadership roles in various organizations and on Boards of Directors.
He is currently representing clients in trademark and copyright matters and in patent infringement litigation matters pursuant to the Pittsburgh Federal Local Patent Rules promulgated by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and in other jurisdictions. 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 as local counsel given 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. He is serving now as a Federal Court Special Master and mediator in large patent infringement litigation and has received certification in complex case and public policy mediation and facilitation from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation (PON) taught by some of the country’s leading academicians on ADR at Harvard, MIT and Tufts University. He is also certified by the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (USDC WDPA) for their approved ADR panel of neutrals to handle mediations, Arbitrations, Early Neutral Evaluations (ENE) and Special Master appointments in business litigation, intellectual property including patent matters, insurance, employment, trade secrets and catastrophic injury cases. See court ADR link here. Henry also 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. He has 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. He can be found on Twitter @HenryMSneath and on LinkedIn. He also hosts, edits and writes an Intellectual Property and Technology Blog and Podcasts for Houston Harbaugh at www.pitiptechblog.com
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Education & Credentials
- Duquesne University, J.D.
- Hamilton College , B.A.
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit