Brendan focuses his practice on protecting the rights of people and small businesses injured by the carelessness of others. Brendan is one of only eleven lawyers in Western Pennsylvania invited to be an active member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a prestigious national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges. This follows his 2011 induction into the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County- an invitation only organization limited to 250 of the most exceptional civil trial lawyers in Allegheny County – of which Brendan was one of the youngest members ever admitted. Brendan is “privileged to serve members of our community injured through no fault of their own due to the carelessness of others.” Brendan’s singular goal and passion as a lawyer is to improve the safety of our community through zealous advocacy of his clients civil rights. When avoidable tragedy arises, the attorneys of Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin, of whom Brendan is a proud partner, 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.” VerdictSearch has included numerous lawsuit resolutions of Brendan’s in its annual Top Pennsylvania Verdicts and Settlements report. Additionally, Brendan is regularly called on by the media to provide insight and commentary on lawsuits of national import as well as high-profile litigation undertaken by Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin.
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 at the University of Pittsburgh, Brendan received his B.S. and went on to obtain a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2005. Brendan is admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, the Western Pennsylvania Association for Justice and is a founding member of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Chapter of Toastmaster’s International.
When he is not working Brendan enjoys spending as much time as possible with his high school sweetheart and wife, Lacey and their three sons, Nathan, John and Owen.
Lead Attorney Horton v. Target Corporation – $2.1 million jury verdict for woman who suffered a hamstring avulsion due to slipping and falling on a wet floor. (This is the largest reported slip and fall verdict in the history of Western Pennsylvania). Read more about this case in the Legal Intelligencer “Target Dealt $2.1M Verdict in Slip-and-Fall Case”.
Lead Attorney Brand Marketing Group v. Intertek NA – $6.3 million jury verdict (This is the largest reported verdict of its kind in Western Pennsylvania and included $5 million in punitive damages). Read more about this case in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “O’Harra Firm wins $6 million verdict over testing of space heaters”. This verdict was later upheld via precedential and law-changing opinion by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Read more about the Third Circuit’s decision in the Legal Intelligencer, “A ‘Rude Awakening’: Punitive Damages in a Commercial Dispute”.
Lead Attorney Fitzgerald v. Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania et al. – $2 million settlement for worker who suffered a broken leg when a pressurized gas line broke open.
Lead Attorney Sample v. Vrudney – $1.35 million settlement (insurance policy limits) for family of woman killed by a reckless driver.
Lead Attorney Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawsuit – $1 million settlement (insurance policy limits) for family of woman who died from opiate-induced respiratory arrest following a routine neck surgery.
Co-counsel Tait v. Butler Area School District et al. – Class action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of children students of Summit Elementary School who were exposed for months to water contaminated with dangerous levels of lead and copper. Read more about this case in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Lawsuit: District allowed ingestion of contaminated water at Butler elementary school”. Watch an investigative interview about the case on CBS news, “High Lead Levels Still Present In Butler Co. School’s Water”.
Lead Attorney Hoyman v. UPMC – Class action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of patients alleging that the hospital system’s failure to report an employee’s drug abuse resulted in thousands of patients being exposed to the risk of hepatitis C infection. Read more about the case at Law360 “UPMC Faces Class Action Over Worker’s Spread Of Hep C”.
Lead Attorney Alwine v. South Hills Endoscopy Center – Class action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of patients alleging that the Center exposed them to a variety of diseases as a result of improper cleaning of endoscopes.