Henry M. Sneath

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
 | Three Gateway Center, 401 Liberty Avenue, 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-288-4013
Fax: 412-281-4499
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

Mr. Sneath is a shareholder and principal at Houston Harbaugh, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pa. He received his J.D. degree in 1983 from Duquesne University School of Law. He has been designated by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the fields of Intellectual Property and Business Litigation and is listed in Best Lawyers in America is the categories of Commercial, Intellectual Property, Patent, Legal Malpractice and Personal Injury Defense litigation. Mr. Sneath is a member of the prestigious Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. He was the 2011-2012 President and National Member of the Board of Directors of the 22,000 member international lawyer association DRI (Defense Research Institute) and is the former Chair of its Commercial Litigation Committee and Intellectual Property Subcommittee. He is the former editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's (PBA) Civil Litigation Section newsletter magazine and is a Past Chair of the PBA Intellectual Property Law Section. Mr. Sneath has extensive federal and state court trial experience in cases involving commercial disputes, intellectual property matters, trade secret misappropriation claims, construction claims and accidents, professional negligence lawsuits, pharmaceutical, toxic and products liability litigation, energy sector litigation, industrial accidents, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith claims. 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 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 and personal injury topics. Mr. Sneath is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law teaching Trade Secret Law and the Law of Trademarks and Unfair Competition. He has also devoted extensive 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 is currently representing clients in trademark, copyright, DTSA, products liability, insurance coverage and energy and natural gas matters, and in patent 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 and his firm are also actively involved in both the environmental and commercial litigation arising from the regional drilling and production of Marcellus Shale gas and related products.  

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (40%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)

Insurance Coverage (20%): Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense

Personal Injury - Products (20%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019

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About Henry Sneath

Admitted: 1984, Pennsylvania

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


  • Clark Prize, Most Outstanding Public Speaker
  • Pennsylvania 2012 Defense Lawyer of the Year Award
  • DRI Most Outstanding Committee Chair Award
  • AVVO 10/10 "Superb" Rating
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • Super Lawyers for Business and Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Patent Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Defense Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law
  • AV Rating by Martindale Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ), Member
  • Techi, Inc., Former Board Member
  • The Federalist Society, Pittsburgh Lawyers Division, Member
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Fellow
  • Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Vice-Chair, Business Litigation Committee
  • DRI (Defense Research Institute) - Commercial Litigation Committee, Immediate Past Chair
  • DRI (Defense Research Institute), President and National Member Board Of Directors
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Civil Litigation, Construction Law and Federal Court Sections, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property, Business Law and Tort/Insurance Practice Sections, Member
  • AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association), Member
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Protection From Abuse Hearings and Trials for Battered Women

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Dispositive Motions, 20th Annual Federal Practice Program, 2008 - Present
  • The Law Firm of the Future, DRI Annual Meeting , 2008 - Present
  • Sub-Prime and Financial Crisis Litigation, DRI Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation Symposium 2009, 2009 - Present
  • Presenting Business Valuation and IP Damages at Trial, Commercial Litigation and IP Seminar, 2012 - Present
  • Speaker "Unfair Competition Claims in IP Cases", DRI Intellectual Property Seminar (Miami), 2006
  • Chair, DRI Annual Meeting, 2007
  • Speaker "Recent Copyright Developments and Cases", DRI Intellectual Property Seminar (San Diego), 2004
  • Speaker "Liability Insurance", Sterling Seminars, 2003
  • Program Chair, DRI Intellectual Property Litigation Seminar (Phoenix), 2002
  • Moderator/Speaker (San Francisco), DRI Annual Meeting Program, 2002
  • Speaker/Moderator "Brand Protection" (Chicago), DRI Technology Litigation Seminar, 2001
  • Speaker "Business Method Patents" and "Internet Copyright and Trademark" issues, DRI Technology Litigation Seminars (Chicago), 2000 - 2001
  • Program Chair: "Business Litigation", DRI Seminar (New York City), 1999
  • Fast Track Patent Litigation in Pennsylvania Western District Court, Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Update, 2007
  • Why is Scrabulous still up?, Los Angeles Times, 2008
  • 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?

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


Educational Background:

  • Hamilton College, BA Degree in Economics and English, 1980

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
Office Location for Henry M. Sneath

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

Phone: 412-288-4013

Fax: 412-281-4499

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Last Updated: 12/11/2018

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