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Three Gateway Ctr. 401 Liberty Ave., 22nd Fl.
Pittsburgh  PA  15222

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Henry Sneath

Co-Chair of Houston Harbaugh's Litigation Practice, and Chair of its Intellectual Property Practice, Henry Sneath is a trial attorney 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, 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 employment, trade secrets, federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and restrictive covenant claims. DTSALaw

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 is a fellow of the prestigious Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 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 litigation matters pursuant to the Pittsburgh 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. He is serving now as a Federal Court Special Master in large patent infringement litigation. 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 for Houston Harbaugh at

Awards / Recognition

Best Lawyers in America Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Defense

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2005 2019

Top 50 Pittsburgh Super Lawyers 2014, 2015

AV Preeminent Rated Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System

Fellow Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County

10/10 "Superb" Rating AVVO

Most Outstanding Committee Chair Award Defense Research Institute

Most Outstanding Committee Chair Award Defense Research Institute

Pennsylvania Defense Lawyer of the Year Award 2012

Most Outstanding Public Speaker Clark Prize

Professional Affiliations

Member American Bar Association (Intellectual Property, Business Law, and Tort/Insurance Practice Sections)

Member Pennsylvania Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section)

Past Chair, Intellectual Property Section Pennsylvania Bar Association

Member Allegheny County Bar Association (Civil Litigation, Construction Law, and Federal Court Sections)Member Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association

Member American Intellectual Property Law Association

Past President and National Member Board of Directors Defense Research Institute

Member Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Committees Defense Research Institute
  • Bar Number: 40559
    Pennsylvania , 1984
  • Duquesne University School of Law
    J.D. , 1983
  • Hamilton College
    B.A. , 1980

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