Brian A. Zemil

Brian Zemil has proven experience in complex litigation in areas of product liability, wrongful death, toxic tort, premises liability, asbestos and silica products, and insurance contracts. He litigates tort and commercial disputes in state and federal courts. He focuses on preparing cases for trial and has experience both in trying cases on his own and being part of a trial team for large mass tort cases.

With national counsel experience, Mr. Zemil manages and litigates mass tort cases, often pending in multiple jurisdictions. Mr. Zemil has first chair trial experience in state and federal courts. He has taken or defended over 500 fact and expert witness depositions. He is a skilled negotiator and has obtained favorable resolutions for clients. Mr. Zemil is also an experienced appellate advocate.

Significant Matters
As lead national and trial counsel, Mr. Zemil has directed nationwide mass tort silica litigation. Mr. Zemil implemented an early exit strategy that resulted in the dismissal of his client from all of its silica cased in the MDL.

Mr. Zemil argued before the Court of Appeals of Maryland, and through that appeal, successfully transferred over 200 cases to a jurisdiction more favorable to the client. In another recent appeal, Mr. Zemil argued to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to support post-trial court rulings in a case Mr. Zemil tried to verdict.

Additionally, Mr. Zemil has successfully prosecuted a contribution claim against a co-defendant in each of the four product liability cases consolidated in a 28 day trial. He has also argued before the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, and through that appeal successfully dismissed over 100 cases.

Nationally, Mr. Zemil serves as a Delegate to the American Bar Association. In Maryland, he has served two terms on the State Bar Board of Governors. Mr. Zemil is a Past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Mr. Zemil provides pro bono legal services to the community including successfully trying a prisoner’s rights case in federal court where a jury awarded punitive damages.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Litigation, 2) Product Liability and Mass Torts and 3) Class Action Defense
Law School University of Tulsa College of Law (LL.M., 1994)
Education Albright College (B.S., 1990)
Bar Member / Association Maryland State Bar Association
Most recent firm Venable LLP
Relevant Jobs
Legal Secretary
USA-LA-New Orleans

Insurance Defense Legal Secretary – General Liability    We are seeking an experienced Legal Secretary to handle general liability defense matters in very fast-paced environment.  Proficienc...

Apply now


BURLINGTON, VERMONT, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Vermont’s largest law firm with lawyers in offices in Vermont and New Hampshire, is looking for an associate attorney with at least three years of lit...

Apply now

Counsel, Field

Counsel, Field Responsibilities: Handles legal matters. Represents company and its policyholders in civil litigation and workers' compensation matters involving claims for money damages or compensati...

Apply now

+ View more jobs
A. Harrison Barnes
A. Harrison Barnes

A. Harrison Barnes is a well-known attorney throughout the United States. As a member of the Malibu community, Harrison is committed to serving the needs of Malibu residents and businesses in legal matters.

Benjamin P. Smith
Benjamin P. Smith

Benjamin P. Smith is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. He is a trial lawyer with a particular focus on high-stakes disputes in the biotechnology, medical device, and internet industries.

Brian M. Jazaeri
Brian M. Jazaeri

Brian M. Jazaeri is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. Mr. Jazaeri represents clients in complex commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on class action matters and financial services, healthcare and technology litigation.