Henry M. Sneath

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
Three Gateway Center, 401 Liberty Avenue, 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA

Phone: 4122884013
Fax: 4122814499
Firm Web Site: www.hh-law.com

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Practice Areas

  • ERISA, Life, Health, & Disability
  • General Litigation
  • Industry Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Professional Liability

Practice and Personal Background

Mr. Sneath 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 Intellectual Property and Business Litigation and is a member of the prestigious Academy Of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. He is the Past President and Member of the Board of Directors of the 22,000 member international lawyer organization (DRI) Defense Research Institute, and is the former Chair of its Commercial Litigation Committee and Intellectual Property Subcommittee. He was a 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, products liability, insurance coverage and litigation topics. He is the Past Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's (PBA) Intellectual Property Law Section and formerly edited the PBA Civil Litigation Section newsletter magazine. Mr. Sneath serves on the Pittsburgh Federal Court Local Patent Rules Committee, is Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial, Intellectual Property, Patent, Legal Malpractice and Personal Injury Defense Litigation. Mr. Sneath has extensive federal and state court trial experience in cases involving commercial disputes, intellectual property matters, construction claims, professional negligence lawsuits, pharmaceutical, drug and device and products liability litigation, toxic torts and insurance coverage and insurance bad faith claims. He chairs the firm's Intellectual Property group and is Co-Chair of its Litigation group where he leads in the defense of Product Liability and Catastrophic Injury Claims. He is currently representing clients in pharmaceutical, products liability, trademark and copyright matters, and in patent litigation matters pursuant to the Local Patent Rules 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 tort, products liability, business litigation and insurance and bad faith 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 substantial Pro Bono time to the representation of battered women in Protection from Abuse hearings and trials, and is active in his Church and community.

Meetings Attended

2013, 2016, 2017, 2018

Firm Description

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

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