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Brian Samuel Malkin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

Ference & Associates LLC
409 Broad Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15143
Phone: 412-741-8400
Fax: 412-741-9292
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006
Licensed in Pennsylvania Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property Litigation (90%), Intellectual Property (10%)
Attorney Profile

Brian Samuel Malkin is an intellectual property (IP) attorney with over 27 years of legal experience. He is the principal attorney at Ference & Associates LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and head of the firm’s anticounterfeiting and online brand protection department. 

Mr. Malkin advises clients on patents, trademarks and other IP matters. He serves clients in cities including Pittsburgh, Altoona, Erie, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Sharon, State College and Williamsport. Experienced with all phases of the litigation process, he has appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as state and federal courts. He has also participated in numerous arbitrations and mediations. 

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Malkin is an e-discovery special master for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He is a former chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section council and provides pro bono representation in employment and housing cases. Supporting his local community, he is a council member for Franklin Park, Pennsylvania, and former chair of the Franklin Park Environmental Advisory Council. 

After graduating cum laude from Washington & Jefferson College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics-computer science, Mr. Malkin earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He holds a license to practice law before all Pennsylvania state courts as well as various other courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

Recognized by his peers within the legal profession, Mr. Malkin is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 10%Intellectual Property
Focus Areas

Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law


4 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006

About Brian Samuel Malkin

First Admitted: 1994, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:


  • Client Gold Champion rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rating of 10 out of 10, AVVO
  • 2019 -2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer®, Intellectual Property Litigation in Pennsylvania
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, AV®Preeminent

Educational Background

  • Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Edward Moffet Weyer Award recipient
  • B.A., cum laude, Mathematics-Computer Science and Philosophy, Washington & Jefferson College

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Attorney License, 2001

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 2021
  • United States Special Claims Court
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Pennsylvania
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Office Location for Brian Samuel Malkin

409 Broad Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15143

Phone: 412-741-8400

Fax: 412-741-9292

Last Updated: 11/22/2021

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