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Henry M. Sneath

Litigation Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

5.0   3 reviews
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  • Licensed for 40 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1984
    Active No misconduct found

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About Henry

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Business litigation, products liability and catastrophic injury claims, insurance coverage, trade secrets, DTSA, non-competition claims, energy, oil and gas litigation.

  2. Insurance
    Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith litigation; coverage opinions; Insurance defense.

  3. Intellectual property
    IP Litigation, evaluations, opinions and counseling. Patent, trademark and copyright infringement. Trademark and copyright prosecution.

  4. Antitrust and trade law
    Trade Secret and Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) audits, protection, litigation including non-compete, non-solicitation, restrictive covenants, misappropriation, theft, civil seizure and unfair competition claims.

  5. Patent infringement
    Patent infringement actions for both plaintiff's and defendants

  6. Trademark infringement
    Lanham Act, Trademark, Trade Dress litigation and filing of Trademarks.


Business Litigation. Pittsburgh Strong.®   DTSALaw®    Complex Case Mediation and ADR

Co-Chair of Houston Harbaugh’s Litigation Practice, and Chair of its Intellectual Property Practice, Henry Sneath is a trial attorney, mediator, arbitrator and Federal Court Approved Mediation Neutral and Special Master with extensive federal and state court trial experience in cases involving commercial disputes, breach of contract litigation, intellectual property matters, patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, DTSA claims, cyber security and data breach prevention, mitigation and litigation, probate trusts and estates litigation, construction claims, eminent domain, professional negligence lawsuits, pharmaceutical, products liability and catastrophic injury litigation, insurance coverage, and insurance bad faith claims. He is currently serving as both lead trial counsel and local co-trial counsel in complex business and breach of contract litigation, patent infringement, trademark infringement and Lanham Act claims, products liability and catastrophic injury matters, and in matters related to cybersecurity, probate trusts and estates, employment, trade secrets, federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and restrictive covenant claims. DTSALaw®

Henry has been recognized and listed in Best Lawyers in America in 6 categories: Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, Personal Injury – Defense, and Legal Malpractice Plaintiff and Defense Litigation. He has been voted by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Business Litigation and Intellectual Property. He was a fellow of the prestigious Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania for many years and has spoken at, chaired, facilitated and authored numerous seminars, CLE presentation, law firm retreats and public speaking events on a national basis. He is an accomplished national and regional public speaker and author and was awarded the Defense Lawyer of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI). He served as President of the 22,000 member international lawyer organization DRI (Defense Research Institute) in 2011-2012 and is a member of the IADC and ADTA organizations. He was Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section and has held numerous other leadership roles in various organizations and on Boards of Directors. PSMNLaw®

He is currently representing clients in trademark and copyright matters and in patent infringement litigation matters pursuant to the Pittsburgh Federal Local Patent Rules promulgated by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and in other jurisdictions. These rules are designed to make the Pennsylvania Western District a forum of choice for patent infringement and invalidation actions. He is also prepared to assist out-of-state law firms and their clients as local counsel given the intricacies of these Local Patent Rules which provide a procedural mechanism for accelerated case disposition, and numerous changes to the processes of Federal Rule 26 disclosure, claim construction, use of experts and infringement and invalidation contention disclosure. PSMN®

He has tried over 95 cases to jury and non-jury verdict in Federal and State Court jurisdictions and has helped clients resolve disputes through a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures. He is serving now as a Federal Court Special Master and mediator in large patent infringement litigation and has received certification in complex case and public policy mediation and facilitation from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation (PON) taught by some of the country’s leading academicians on ADR at Harvard, MIT and Tufts University. He is also certified by the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (USDC WDPA) for their approved ADR panel of neutrals to handle mediations, Arbitrations, Early Neutral Evaluations (ENE) and Special Master appointments in business litigation, intellectual property including patent matters, insurance, employment, trade secrets and catastrophic injury cases. See court ADR link here. Henry also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law teaching 2 courses: Trade Secret Law and the Law of Trademarks and Unfair Competition. He has devoted Pro Bono time to the representation of battered women in Protection from Abuse hearings and trials and is active in his Church and community. He can be found on Twitter @HenryMSneath and on LinkedIn. He also hosts, edits and writes an Intellectual Property and Technology Blog and Podcasts for Houston Harbaugh at

DTSALaw®, PSMN®, PSMNLaw® and Business Litigation. Pittsburgh Strong.® are federally registered trademarks of Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

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Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
Three Gateway Center
401 Liberty Avenue, 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222


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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2008
Henry M. Sneath review
Henry is an excellent ligtigator, he has a good understanding of the law and the courts. Beyond that, he also understands business and business needs. Henry is very efficient - everything that needs to get done gets done, without overdoing it and thus without billings in excess of what's needed. Henry is also accessible, repsonsive and client focused. While quality of lawyering is my almost exclusive criteria, and I will choose the best lawyer for the case, it's an added bonus that he's very pleasant to work with. I highly recommend him. His forte is business litigation, but I would not be afraid to use him outside his area of expertise based on his legal and business skills.
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Posted by Emily | July 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!
Henry is an incredible lawyer, He will go above and beyond for his clients & truly cares about what is right. He is extremely knowledgeable and will take the time to explain details being upfront & honest, while taking into consideration your thoughts and concerns to find the best strategy and outcome. Henry is a tough negotiator and a natural in the courtroom. Our company would not be where it is today without him. I would not hesitate to contact Henry if we ever needed his expertise again & have full confidence in him. I highly recommend Henry and the Houston-Harbaugh Firm.
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Posted by Keith | June 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Trial Lawyer
Henry is a fantastic trial lawyer from start to end. Henry served as outside counsel for my company while I was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Varian Medical Systems, in a very complex and difficult patent litigation in Pittsburgh, Pa. Henry was superb at initial case assessment and strategy, with a strong command of the facts and the law. Throughout the case, Henry’s intelligence and strong analytic and practical skills ensured we stayed on top of all strategic and procedural considerations. Henry is easy to work with – I could always have frank discussions of details and strategies. Even in very difficult discussions, I could count on Henry to listen to my input with complete confidence he’d always give me his honest assessment, such that we could always stay focused on the job at hand. Even with all the “sausage making” involved in a years-long IP litigation, Henry would never lose sight of the big picture. Henry is excellent at eliciting testimony and cross-examining witnesses. He has a natural questioning and argument style that goes over well with a jury. I wholeheartedly recommend Henry for IP and complex cases without reservation.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder/Director
  • Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Trade Secret Law and Law of Trademarks and Unfair Competition
  • Duquesne University School Of Law
  • 2016 - Present
  • Shareholder/Principal
  • Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C.
  • 2002 - 2017
  • Partner
  • Doepken, Keevican and Weiss
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Partner
  • Meyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek and Eck
  • 1988 - 1998
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  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Hamilton College
  • AB
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • CNX v. CDX
  • Case Settled
  • Leach v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Successful Jury Verdict
  • University of Pittsburgh v. Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
  • Case was settled after dismissal, appeal, remand, trials and appeals


  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member and Former Chair Intellectual Property Section
  • 1984 - Present
  • DRI (Defense Research Institute)
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
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Honors and Awards

  • Patent, IP, Commercial, Legal Malpractice, Defense Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Business and IP Litigation
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Avvo 10/10 Superb Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2021
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Speaking Engagements

  • DRI National Leadership Conference
  • Leadership Principles
  • 2017
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Products Liability in the Internet of Things
  • 2017
  • USLAW Cybersecuirty Conference
  • Cybersecurity and Data Breach Prevention and Response
  • 2016
  • Commercial Litigation and IP Seminar
  • Presenting Business Valuation and IP Damages at Trial
  • 2012
  • DRI Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation Symposium 2009
  • Sub-Prime and Financial Crisis Litigation
  • 2009
  • DRI Annual Meeting
  • The Law Firm of the Future
  • 2008
  • 20th Annual Federal Practice Program
  • Dispositive Motions
  • 2008
  • DRI 2006 Intellectual Property Seminar
  • Unfair Competition in IP Claims: The New Bad Faith?
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Litigation Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Pittsburgh Litigation Lawyer Henry M. Sneath
Henry M. Sneath
Litigation Attorney
Pittsburgh, PA
Licensed for 40 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available