Brian J. Sommer
Brian J. Sommer
Brian J. Sommer is Of Counsel at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP and a member of the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law & Employee Benefits, Intellectual Property, and Sustainable Development Groups.
practice is focused on commercial litigation, particularly securities litigation, intellectual property disputes, Marcellus Shale litigation, and shareholder rights.
In the area of securities litigation, Mr. Sommer
has represented both investors and investment firms in connection with investor disputes, and has successfully represented financial advisors in connection with their departures from investment firms.
In particular, Mr. Sommer
has expertise regarding disputes involving signing bonuses and the repayment of promissory notes.
has tried numerous cases in FINRA arbitrations for investors, financial advisors, and brokerage firms.
In the areas of Intellectual Property some of Mr. Sommer's
Handling numerous oppositions to client's portfolio of trademark applications, including defeating multiple summary judgment arguments, effectively conducting discovery resulting in the withdrawal of opposition to client's trademark application, successfully arguing for registration of client's marks after initial denial by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and successfully arguing on appeal to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals that the decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel another party's trademark should be upheld.
Resolved in client's favor copyright work for hire dispute.
Resolved in favor of client a misappropriation of trade secrets case involving theft of client information by competitor.
also has experience in representing clients in shareholder disputes involving closely held businesses, copyright infringement, Marcellus Shale litigation arising from contamination to client's property from oil and gas operations, litigation involving Pennsylvania's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection law, defamation claims, breach of contract actions arising out of construction work, and litigation involving unpaid debts pursuant to promissory notes.
He has also counseled a solar energy developer on their leasing agreement's compliance with applicable Pennsylvania law.
is a 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Star and a 2005 nominee Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Rising Star Leadership Award.
Mr. Sommer is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
He is a member of the University of Vermont Alumni Association, the Appalachian Telemark Association, and is active with Renew Pittsburgh, an organization dedicated to physically repairing city neighborhoods through volunteer efforts.
Mr. Sommer is a 1998 cum laude with Honors in Political Science graduate of the University of Vermont, where he majored in both history and political science, and a 2001 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
resides in Squirrel Hill with his
wife and family.
personal pursuits and interests include running, skiing, and rock climbing.