Brian T. Himmel

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.

He has represented policyholders in the pursuit of insurance coverage — through negotiation, mediation and litigation — with respect to numerous types of claims, including product liability, intellectual property disputes, professional liability, cyberliability, employment practices liability, employee dishonesty matters, and advertising injury. Brian has extensive experience representing policyholders with respect to long-tail claims arising out of both toxic-tort and environmental liabilities. In the context of asbestos bankruptcy proceedings, Brian negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance settlements to fund trusts to pay present and future asbestos and/or silica claims. Brian has also negotiated coverage-in-place agreements to secure continued coverage into the future for mass tort claims. Brian is the co-leader of the Insurance Recovery Group’s Cyberliability practice area.

Brian also advises and represents clients in all aspects of restrictive covenant and trade secret matters. He routinely counsels clients regarding the drafting and enforcement of restrictive covenants as well as contracts for the protection of trade secret information. Brian also advises clients regarding best practices relating to restrictive covenant issues, including the hiring of individuals subject to confidentiality obligations or restrictive covenants. Brian is often called upon to negotiate resolutions to disputes involving restrictive covenant and/or trade secret issues. When negotiation is not a viable option, Brian has extensive experience litigating these issues, including in the contexts of temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions.

Brian has participated in all aspects of litigation and trial work in various state and federal courts. He also has extensive appellate experience, having briefed and argued before the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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Areas of Practice 1) Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants, 2) Insurance Recovery, 3) Litigation & Dispute Resolution, 4) Commercial Litigation and Disputes, 5) Asbestos Insurance Coverage, 6) Employment Practices Liability and 7) Environmental Liability Policies
Law School University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D.,1992
Education University of Michigan, B.A., 1989
Bar Member / Association Pennsylvania State Bar Association
Most recent firm Reed Smith LLP
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