Brian H. Simmons concentrates his practice in many types of complex commercial litigation matters with a particular emphasis on disputes related to construction and breaches of contract, as well as the exploration, development and production of Marcellus Shale natural gas reserves throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Brian is co-chair of the Construction Litigation practice group.
More recently, he has devoted a substantial amount of time to defending a number of retail store, bank, restaurant and university clients against class action lawsuits alleging violations of the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Brian also routinely represents and advises private entities and governmental agencies in matters involving large to mid-sized construction projects and public procurement issues. The following are some of the examples of Brian's experience in these areas:
- Represented the Pittsburgh Steelers in construction disputes related to Heinz Field.
- Represented the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in the construction of its new facility in Pittsburgh's Cultural District.
- Represented the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County in construction disputes related to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the Consol Energy Center and Pittsburgh’s North Shore Parking Garage.
- Represented large casinos in construction disputes.
- Represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, local municipalities and private entities in public bidding disputes.
- Represented numerous general contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes, including disputes involving delay damages and lost productivity claims.
In addition to his litigation activities, Brian proudly serves as outside general counsel to the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL). Since approximately 2005, he has also provided pro bono representation for underprivileged clients through the McKees Rocks Legal Clinic. His pro bono representations include cases involving bankruptcy, divorce, Social Security benefits, child custody and landlord/tenant disputes.
Recognized for his outstanding client service and leadership within the legal community, Brian was named to the 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list and was noted as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Star consecutively from 2005 to 2013.
While in law school, Brian was research assistant to Dean Nicholas P. Cafardi and Associate Dean John T. Rago. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable John F. Bell and to the Honorable Thomas J. Terputac, both senior judges on the Washington County Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania, from 1997-1998.
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1999, cum laude
Duquesne University, B.S., 1995, cum laude, Political Science with a Certificate in Business
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
McKees Rocks Legal Clinic, pro bono counsel