Henry M. Sneath

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
Henry M. Sneath
Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Employment Litigation; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1984

Education: Duquesne University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2024
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Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Three Gateway Center
401 Liberty Avenue, 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Visit website


As a Shareholder and Director, Mr. Sneath is Co-Chair of Houston Harbaugh’s Litigation Practice and Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice, With over 95 trials to verdict, Mr. Sneath is an experienced trial attorney, mediator, arbitrator and Federal Court Special Master focusing on complex business litigation, intellectual property, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, DTSA, Cybersecurity and Data Breach, Covid-19 and Coronavirus legal matters, products liability, pharmaceutical liability, probate, trusts and estates litigation, toxic torts, insurance coverage and bad faith, energy, catastrophic injury and tort litigation matters. He 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 Business and Intellectual Property Litigation and was a member of the prestigious Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. Mr. Sneath has helped clients resolve disputes through a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures (ADR) 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 serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law teaching two courses: Trade Secret Law and the Law of Trademarks and Unfair Competition. 

Mr. Sneath is listed in Best Lawyers in America® in five categories: commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, patent litigation, legal malpractice law, and personal injury defense litigation. He is Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, which is that organization’s highest rating. Mr. Sneath is a Past President and Member of the Board of Directors of the 22,000 member international lawyer organization DRI (formerly Defense Research Institute) and is the former Chair of its Commercial Litigation Committee and Intellectual Property Subcommittee. He was Regional Editor of the DRI national publication “The Business Suit” and is a frequent lecturer and course planner for national and regional seminars on a wide range of business litigation, intellectual property, personal injury, law firm management and marketing topics. He served as Editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Civil Litigation Section quarterly magazine and is a Past Chair of the PBA Intellectual Property Law Section. He is an active member of the national lawyer organizations IADC and ADTA. He authors and edits an IP, Technology, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Covid -19, Trade Secrets/DTSA blog and podcasts at www.pitiptechblog.com.

Mr. Sneath has extensive federal and state court trial experience in cases involving commercial disputes, intellectual property matters, trade secrets, DTSA, construction claims, employment, non-competes, and restrictive covenants, professional negligence lawsuits, products liability and pharmaceutical litigation, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith claims. He and his litigation team are fully prepared to handle Covid-19 and Coronavirus related legal matters in employment, business litigation, trusts and estates litigation and more. He is currently representing clients in trademark and copyright matters and in patent infringement litigation matters pursuant to the 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 currently serving as a Special Master in Federal Court upon appointment by the Chief Judge of the Court. Mr. Sneath has also 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.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Employment Litigation: Defense, Estate & Trust Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury - Products: Defense

Focus areas

Bad Faith Insurance, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employer, Insurance, Insurance Defense, Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Non-Compete Agreements, Pharmaceutical, Trade Secret, Will Contests

  • 30% Business Litigation
  • 30% Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 10% Employment Litigation: Defense
  • 10% Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10% Insurance Coverage
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Defense

First Admitted: 1984, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.hh-law.com/attorney/henry-sneath/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Internet IP Litigation: Can the Law Catch Up With Technology?, IP Today, 2008
  • "Pennsylvania Federal Business Decisions" (Contributing Author), PBA "Civil Litigation Update"In re Bilski: Will It Be a Blockbuster?
  • Why is Scrabulous still up?, Los Angeles Times, 2008
  • Fast Track Patent Litigation in Pennsylvania Western District Court, Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Update, 2007
  • Program Chair: "Business Litigation", DRI Seminar (New York City), 1999
  • Speaker "Business Method Patents" and "Internet Copyright and Trademark" issues, DRI Technology Litigation Seminars (Chicago), 2000 - 2001
  • Speaker/Moderator "Brand Protection" (Chicago), DRI Technology Litigation Seminar, 2001
  • Moderator/Speaker (San Francisco), DRI Annual Meeting Program, 2002
  • Program Chair, DRI Intellectual Property Litigation Seminar (Phoenix), 2002
  • Speaker "Liability Insurance", Sterling Seminars, 2003
  • Speaker "Recent Copyright Developments and Cases", DRI Intellectual Property Seminar (San Diego), 2004
  • Chair, DRI Annual Meeting, 2007
  • Speaker "Unfair Competition Claims in IP Cases", DRI Intellectual Property Seminar (Miami), 2006
  • Presenting Business Valuation and IP Damages at Trial, Commercial Litigation and IP Seminar, 2012 - Present
  • Sub-Prime and Financial Crisis Litigation, DRI Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation Symposium 2009, 2009 - Present
  • The Law Firm of the Future, DRI Annual Meeting , 2008 - Present
  • Dispositive Motions, 20th Annual Federal Practice Program, 2008 - Present
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Protection From Abuse Hearings and Trials for Battered Women
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Techi, Inc., Former Board Member
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property, Business Law and Tort/Insurance Practice Sections, Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Civil Litigation, Construction Law and Federal Court Sections, Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Vice-Chair, Business Litigation Committee
  • The Federalist Society, Pittsburgh Lawyers Division, Member
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association), Member
  • DRI (Defense Research Institute) - Commercial Litigation Committee, Immediate Past Chair
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Fellow
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ), Member
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections
  • DRI (Defense Research Institute), President and National Member Board Of Directors
  • Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Super Lawyers for Business and Intellectual Property Litigation
  • DRI Most Outstanding Committee Chair Award
  • AV Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • AVVO 10/10 "Superb" Rating
  • Pennsylvania 2012 Defense Lawyer of the Year Award
  • Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Patent Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Defense Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • Clark Prize, Most Outstanding Public Speaker
Educational Background:
  • Hamilton College, BA Degree in Economics and English, 1980
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law: Teaching Trade Secret Law (including the law of DTSA), Trademark Law and the Law of Unfair Competition, 2016
Industry Groups:
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • DRI (Defense Research Institute)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federalist Society
  • International Association Of Defense Counsel
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Henry is wildly enjoyable as a colleague and executive committee member. He is dedicated to firm improvement and the growth of all attorneys in the firm and to obtaining the best outcomes for his clients. ”

“Excellent bet the company litigation trial lawyer”

Office location for Henry M. Sneath

Three Gateway Center
401 Liberty Avenue, 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-288-4013


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