Samuel W. Braver, Esq.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, Pittsburgh
Mr. Braver is a shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, and is chair of the firm’s Product Liability practice. He has served as head of the Commercial Litigation Group of the Pittsburgh office and is a member of that practice group, as well as practice groups in Financial Institutions and Health Care.For more than 32 years, Mr. Braver has represented financial institutions in state and federal courts throughout the east coast regarding complex commercial lending litigation as well as sophisticated probate and trust litigation in jury and non-jury trials. He is also very active in corporate governance and health care litigation. In addition, he represents manufacturers of various products in products liability litigation.His defense litigation experience includes lender liability, Uniform Commercial Code, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and product liability litigation. Mr. Braver has also handled lender workout and restructuring matters in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy forums, consumer fraud litigation (class-action and non class-action), breach of contract matters, and venture capital litigation for financial institution subsidiaries involved in venture capital funding. He has also spent a significant amount of time in Chapter 11 adversary proceedings on behalf of various financial institutions and has represented financial institutions and title insurance companies in class action litigation.Mr. Braver represents and counsels clients in commercial litigation and has served as lead trial counsel in numerous cases that have been tried to final verdict, both jury and nonjury, regarding commercial litigation matters. He also has been involved in a significant amount of appellate work. He has a background in banking litigation, including many aspects of lender liability and orphan’s court litigation. He also has handled matters involving corporate governance and control matters, ERISA issues, health care issues, insurance coverage, construction litigation, litigation involving claims against accounting firm clients, product liability, breach of contract, Uniform Commercial Code, tax litigation, personal injury, and class actions (state and federal).He also has been involved in litigation relating to various aspects of coal, oil, and gas litigation encompassing diverse areas from environmental and other governmental regulations to litigation matters involving coal, oil, and gas production and contracts. Mr. Braver has represented clients in the state and federal courts across Pennsylvania, as well as Florida, West Virginia, New Jersey, Indiana, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio. He is licensed in Pennsylvania and Florida.As a result of his concentration in commercial litigation and his experience and years as a trial lawyer, Mr. Braver has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Allegheny County Bar Association and is president of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. Mr. Braver has also recently been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, and recently was named to a committee to study changes in Allegheny County jury voir dire. He has served as a master to the American Inns of Court at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Chapter. He has served as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy training programs and has lectured for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and other groups as part of Pennsylvania’s continuing legal education program. He has been selected for the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list by his peers since 2004.Mr. Braver has both developed and participated in successful novel alternative dispute resolution procedures designed to resolve commercial disputes outside of the typical judicial forum, which included binding and non-binding mediation and mini-trials.Mr. Braver served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and has served as an arbitrator for federal court arbitration proceedings as well as a master in state court proceedings involving both construction and nonconstruction matters.