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Samuel W. Braver

Samuel W. Braver


Pittsburgh, PA
Tampa, FL
Miami, FL

How Sam Helps Clients

For more than four decades, Sam has tried highly complex cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, setting him apart from many lawyers today who list as litigators but rarely try cases. Sam now serves as chair of the firm's Product Liability group and the Corporate Trust and Estate Litigation practice and co-chair of the Florida Litigation group. He has also served as chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation section.

Sam has represented a wide variety of commercial and financial institutions in state and federal courts throughout the United States regarding complex lending issues, complex commercial litigation and intellectual property issues, as well as sophisticated probate and trust litigation. He is also very active in corporate governance and healthcare litigation. This experience includes extensive jury and non-jury trials.

In addition, Sam has long experience representing manufacturers in products liability litigation and various clients in intellectual property/patent litigation, including the counseling of clients through product recall issues and other compliance problems involving the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Proof Points

In state and federal courts throughout the U.S., his litigation experience also includes:

  • Lender liability matters
  • Intellectual property/patent disputes
    Products liability litigation, including counseling clients through product recall issues and other Compliance problems involving the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Corporate governance and health care litigation
  • Chapter 11 adversary proceedings for financial institutions
  • Sophisticated probate and trust litigation
  • Class action litigation, representing insurance companies and financial institutions
  • Uniform commercial code issues
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims
    Lender workout and restructuring matters in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy forums
  • Commercial and consumer fraud litigation (class-action and non-class-action)
  • Breach of contract matters
  • Venture capital litigation for financial institutions
  • Coal and oil and gas litigation ranging from environmental and other governmental regulatory actions to production and contracts
  • Numerous appellate proceedings. 

Acknowledged Leadership

As a highly successful trial lawyer, Sam is well respected by bench and bar has been honored as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, for which he recently served as Pennsylvania State Chair. Since 2012, Sam has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® in commercial litigation, product liability, and estates and trusts litigation. He was selected as Pittsburgh "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation – Banking and Finance and Litigation – Trusts and Estates in the 2019 and 2020 editions, respectively.

He has been selected for the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list by his peers since 2004. He has also been selected to the Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers® list for a number of years.

Sam currently serves on a statewide committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association reviewing candidates for appellate judgeships in Pennsylvania. He has also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and in federal court arbitration proceedings and private arbitration. He has been appointed by the local Federal Bench to serve as both a Discovery Master and also as a mediator. He has served for the last eight years as a Chair of a federal and state appellate program sitting as part of a panel with either Third Circuit or Pennsylvania Appellate Judges.

Sam will take on an adjunct professor role at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law regarding a course in Litigation Planning and Strategy in the fall of 2017.

What Clients Can Expect

What would clients say about Sam? They would point out his 24/7, 100% dedication, consummate professionalism, competence, common sense objectivity and candor.

Outside of the Office

When Sam isn’t helping a client through difficult litigation, he loves teaching trial tactics, both internally at the firm and externally to young lawyers.