bhimmel@reedsmith.com

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Brian focuses his practice on commercial matters including insurance coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders, restrictive covenant and trade secret matters, commercial contract disputes, and complex litigation.

In the News

  • 24 April 2016 "Cyber ruling opens door to CGL claims Records 'published' without being viewed" Business Insurance (quoted regarding impact of decision by the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit supporting insurance coverage for a cyber liability claim)
  • 30 June 2015 “Tech Moves Too Fast to Enforce Smartphone Noncompete” Pennsylvania Law Weekly  (quoted regarding enforceability of non-compete agreements in iDropped v. Summo)
  • 5 June 2015 "When Buying Cybersecurity Insurance: Caveat Emptor" FinOps Report (quoted on cyber liability insurance coverage)
  • 20 January 2015 “Increasing Cybersecurity Risks Driving Insurance Policy Growth” Tech Times (quoted regarding need for specific cyberliability insurance coverage as part of overall program to manage cyber risks)
  • 5 January 2015 “Target’s data breach liabilities mount as credit card issuers’ suit proceeds” Business Insurance(quoted regarding insurance impact of court ruling relating to Target data breach)
  • 13 October 2014 “Banks Win vs. Insurers in Cyberattack Claims Payouts” The Wall Street Journal – Risk and Compliance Journal: The Morning Risk Report (quoted regarding impact of decision by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in favor of coverage for a cyberliability claim)
  • 10 October 2014 “Babcock Case May Give Policyholders More Settlement Control” Law360 (quoted regarding analysis of case pending before Supreme Court of Pennsylvania concerning settlement rights of an insured in underlying litigation when the insurance company is defending the insured in that litigation subject to a reservation of rights)

Credentials

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1992, J.D., magna cum laude, Staff Member (1990-91) and Associate Editor (1991-92), University of Pittsburgh Law Review; Elected to the Order of the Coif; Received the Pittsburgh Tax Club 1992 Memorial Prize
  • University of Michigan, 1989, B.A., Economics

  • Pennsylvania

  • State Supreme Court - Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court, Pittsburgh Chapter (1996-1998)
  • Board of Directors, Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania

  • Honorable Robert E. DeMascio, U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan