Brian J. Willett

Brian J. Willett

Associate

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, 2014, J.D., First Amendment Law Review – Articles & Notes Editor; North Carolina Law Review – Staff Member; Carolina I.P. Law Association – Communications Chair
  • University of North Carolina, 2010, B.A., with distinction, Journalism and Mass Communication, Tau Sigma National Honor Society

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Court of Appeals - Third Circuit

Having relied on entrepreneurial pursuits — such as freelance writing, personal training, and launching music and fitness websites — to fund his undergraduate and law school education, Brian is familiar with the passion and dedication clients bring to their businesses. These experiences have also helped Brian understand the challenges clients face, particularly those related to content production, such as intellectual property management and efficient resolution of challenges in fast-paced industries. Brian is zealous about addressing the needs of others, and engaged in pro bono work each year of law school, including during his bar preparation summer, focusing mainly on domestic violence and women's issues.

While at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Brian worked for the N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center, where he helped draft and edit a policy recommendations report for state legislators. Brian also worked for the UNC Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources, where he established the CLEAR Weekly Update publication, and published a paper on groundwater use for the 2013 UNC Law Environmental Law Symposium. Additionally, Brian was a board member of the Carolina Intellectual Property Law Association, and was active in the UNC Sports and Entertainment Law Association and the UNC Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Brian was a summer associate at Reed Smith in 2013 and has worked on matters involving commercial and financial services litigation, real estate, mortgage, and trademark and copyright protection. He has experience drafting preliminary objections, answers, reply briefs, and motions to dismiss on issues such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, defamation, and RICO claims. Brian has also prevailed in arguments before the Allegheny and Lawrence County Courts of Common Pleas, representing BMW NA and BNY Mellon, respectively, and remains active in pro bono matters.

Employment History

  • 2014 - Reed Smith
    • Summer Associate in 2013