R. Brandon McCullough

Top rated Insurance Coverage attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
R. Brandon McCullough
Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage, Business Litigation, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 2008

Education: Duquesne University School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2023

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

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


A director at Houston Harbaugh, P.C., R. Brandon McCullough has developed a well-deserved reputation as a leading civil litigation attorney. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a large portion of his practice encompasses insurance matters, representing national and international insurance companies in bad faith and other coverage issues. Mr. McCullough also has extensive experience in other types of civil matters, including assisting businesses as well as individuals in cases involving trade secrets misappropriation and contract breaches, and his background includes cases centered on accounting malpractice. Mr. McCullough is also closely following the COVID-19 pandemic and legal issues arising in the insurance industry involving business interruption and civil authority.

The types of insurance coverage litigation that Mr. McCullough has been involved in have included errors and omissions, commercial general liability, life and disability, and property and casualty. Outside of the courtroom, Mr. McCullough regularly provides advice and counsel to insurers at all stages of the claims handling process. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals for his successful track record in all these endeavors as well as for his ethical approach, Mr. McCullough has received a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Mr. McCullough attended the University of Pittsburgh as an undergraduate, and he received a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude in 2005. Remaining in the city, he pursued his legal education at Duquesne University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. McCullough was a member of the Duquesne Business Law Journal, and he served two judicial internships before being awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 2008. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Mr. McCullough is an active participant in the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.

Practice areas

Insurance Coverage, Business Litigation, Personal Injury - Products: Defense

Focus areas

Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance, Insurance Defense

  • 70% Insurance Coverage
  • 20% Business Litigation
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Defense

First Admitted: 2008, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.hh-law.com/attorney/brandon-mccullough/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Staff Writer/Editor, Duquesne Business Law Journal
  • “Now It’s Personal: First-Party Bad Faith,” DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, March 23, 2018, Chicago, IL
  • Editor in Chief, DRI Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Compendium
  • Federal Jurisdiction in Declaratory Judgment Actions Involving InsuranceFor the Defense, Vol. 59, No. 10, October 2017
  • Regional Editor and Co-Author of Pennsylvania Chapter, DRI Duty to Defend Compendium, February 2016
  • Editor in Chief, “Point of Law” – the E-Newsletter of the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (First Place Winner of American Bar Association Award for best Young Lawyer Division Newsletter), 2015 – 2016
  • Contributor, Business Litigation Update Section of Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Newsletter, 2011 – 2015
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Insurance Law 101 Lunch and Learn, December 9, 2013
Educational Background:
  • International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S., Magna Cum Laude
  • 10/10 Rating, AVVO
  • Young Lawyer Fellow, Allegheny County Bar Foundation, 2017
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013 - 2019
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Former Member, Young Lawyers Division Council
  • Member, Defense Research Institute 
  • Defense Research Institute, Former Chair, Young Lawyers Subcommittee of Insurance Law Committee
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Division Membership Outreach Committee
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Former Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Division Education Committee
  • Defense Research Institute, Vice Chair, Commercial General Liability Subcommittee of Insurance Law Committee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania 
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Member 
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Former Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Division Communications Committee
  • Defense Research Institute, Vice Chair, Insurance Law Committee Compendium
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Member, Bad Faith and Amicus Curiae and Appellate Practice Committees

Office location for R. Brandon McCullough

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

Phone: 412-288-4008


11 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2023

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