Brad A. Funari

Brad’s work is focused in three primary practice areas: commercial and business litigation; energy litigation; and employment litigation. He practices before federal and state courts across the country, and has handled jury trials, bench trials, administrative proceedings, expedited injunction hearings, public and private arbitrations and mediations. He has also handled appellate matters before the Pennsylvania appellate courts and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 3rd, 6th and 9th Circuits.

His commercial and business litigation experience includes the representation of public and private corporations, railroads, institutions of higher education and private clients in a variety of matters, including contract disputes, business torts, real estate disputes, corporate governance and shareholder matters. His energy litigation practice focuses on natural gas litigation, including shale, coalbed methane and leasing disputes. He has litigated mineral rights, royalty, fraud and other complex litigation in this arena.

Brad’s employment litigation practice focuses on representing employers in disputes involving federal and state employment discrimination laws, trade secret and noncompetition laws and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He also represents clients in various industries in FLSA collective actions and state class wage and hour cases. He has also represented corporate clients in responding to administrative charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) and the West Virginia Human Rights Commission (WVHRC) and in managing investigations conducted by those agencies.

Brad has also been called upon to serve as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial disputes. Additionally, he also serves as a pro bono mediator with the EEOC, where he completed an internship while in law school. He also clerked in the Office of General Counsel at the University of Pittsburgh before entering private practice. Brad speaks regularly on topics of interest to the petroleum and natural gas industries. He is a member of McGuireWoods' Energy Litigation Group, Distribution and Franchise Group, and the firm's Coal Team.

Brad is very active in his community and the Allegheny County child welfare system, in particular. He is a director and vice chairman of Pressley Ridge, a nonprofit organization delivering an array of services to troubled and developmentally challenged children in nine states and three countries. He has also served as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Allegheny County representing abused and neglected children within the child welfare system to ensure that children involved with the juvenile court system have a safe, supportive and permanent home.

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Areas of Practice 1) Commercial Litigation, 2) Class Action, 3) Energy Litigation, 4) Employment Litigation, 5) Labor and Employment, 6) Noncompetes and 7) Trade Secrets and Employee Fraud
Law School University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2002
Admitted Year 1992
Education Hampden-Sydney College, B.A., 1998
Bar Member / Association Pennsylvania State Bar Association, West Virginia State Bar Association
Most recent firm McGuireWoods LLP
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