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Brian Vertz is a Pittsburgh family lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in settlement, litigation and appeals, including divorce, child support, premarital agreements, spousal support and APL, custody, settlement agreements, division of marital property, business valuation, and business succession planning.


Mr. Vertz is an author of Frumkes & Vertz on Divorce Taxation, the leading treatise on tax strategy for family law.  He publishes weekly tax alerts on


He is listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America (White/Woodwood) since 2010 and every edition of Pennsylvania SuperLawyers since 2004. He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Certified Valuation Analyst (NACVA). Mr. Vertz has a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also earned his law degree, and his BA from the University of Michigan.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 25%
    23 years
  2. Child Support: 20%
    23 years
  3. Prenuptials: 15%
  4. Contracts: 10%
    23 years
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • David Joel Shrager

    I endorse this lawyer. Brian is an amazing attorney who has earned the respect of his fellow lawyers as well as the judiciary.


    David Shrager Criminal defense Attorney
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  • John Anthony Biedrzycki III

    Brian is a true professional in and out of the courtroom. He has a very patient manner and his knowledge of family law is exemplary. He has treated every matter that I have referred to him with dignity, respect and excellent service.


    John Biedrzycki Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz

437 Grant Street
Suite 501
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219-6003


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200608/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 50 in PittsburghBest Lawyers in America2016
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Best Lawyer - Family LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyer - Family LawBest Lawyers in America2010
Pennsylvania SuperLawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Pennsylvania Superlawyer (Family Law)Super Lawyers2009
Pennsylvania Superlawyer (Family Law)SuperLawyer2008
Pennsylvania Superlawyer (Family Law)SuperLawyer2007
Pennsylvania Superlawyer (Family Law)SuperLawyer2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC2001 - Present
Senior AssociateReed Smith Shaw & McClay1994 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellowN/A
National Association of Certified Valuation AnalystsCertified Valuation AnalystN/A
Toastmasters InternationalArea Governor2009 - 2010
Mellon ToastmastersVice President2008 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mackay v. MackayParent Held Not Liable to Pay for College
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Publication nameTitleDate
James Publishing publicationFrumkes & Vertz on Divorce Taxation2016
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)Slicing the Pie: Equitable Distribution in Pennsylvania2010
Drafting Marital Settlement AgreementsChild Support2009
Family Law SourceA blog about divorce and business valuation issues2009
Fundamentals of Family LawEquitable Distribution of Marital Property2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of Pittsburgh, PittsburghFinanceMaster of Business Administration1991
University of MichiganEnglishOther - Bachelors1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AAML/AICPA National Conference on DivorceBeyond a Reasonable Doubt: Determination of Owner-Employee Compensation2016
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersEthical Considerations in Family Law2012
Penna. Conference of State Trial JudgesCreating Custody Orders that Meet the Developmental Needs of Children2011
14th Annual Family Law UpdateChild Support, Spousal Support and APL2010
Family Law Update 2008Child Support, Spousal Support and APL2008
Business ValuationBusiness Valuation and DivorceN/A