Brendan focuses his practice on protecting the rights of people and small businesses from our community injured by the carelessness and recklessness of others. Recently inducted into the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County- limited to 250 of the most exceptional civil trial lawyers in Allegheny County- Brendan is “privileged to serve members of our community injured through no fault of their own due to the disregard of safety rules.” Brendan’s singular goal and passion as a lawyer is to improve community safety through zealous advocacy of his clients civil rights. When community safety rules are broken innocent people can get hurt. Fortunately, when avoidable tragedy arises, the attorneys of Meyers Evans & Associates, of whom Brendan is a proud member, are there to enforce the rules, protect the injured and bring about just outcomes.
Brendan prides himself on finding the best solutions for his clients’ legal dilemmas, often bringing about life-improving settlements. There are, however, times when wrongdoers simply refuse to accept responsibility for their actions and force the injured and innocent to prove their case to a jury. Brendan points out, “While many attorneys fear having their client’s fate determined by apparent strangers, I believe in our jury system and have the utmost faith that our community’s conscience will enforce important safety rules and ensure that justice is always done.” Brendan’s faith combined with his dynamic ability to tell a simple story that people care about make him a powerful trial advocate for his clients. These attributes recently culminated in bringing about a spectacular verdict in Federal Court of more than $6 million for a small local business. This amazing outcome, comprised of an unheard of $5 million in punitive damages, was chronicled in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article titled, “O’Hara firm wins $6 million verdict over testing of space heaters.”
The son of a doctor and trauma counselor Brendan learned early on the importance of compassion, empathy and to always stand up for what is right, no matter the consequence. It is these attributes, ingrained in his legal practice, that have led Brendan to be repeatedly named a “Rising Star” by the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers whose honorees are selected by their peers as being among the top up-and-coming lawyers in the state.
Following a four-year tenure as a scholarship swimmer, Brendan received his B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000 and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2005. Brendan was admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 2006. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, the Western Pennsylvania Association for Justice and is a founding member and active participant in the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Chapter of Toastmaster’s International.
When he is not working Brendan enjoys life with his high school sweetheart and wife, Lacey and their two sons, Nathan and John.