Overview

Brian is a shareholder in the Cleveland office of Reminger Co., LPA, where he is a co-chair of the firm's appellate advocacy practice group and a leader in the insurance coverage and bad faith practice group.

Since joining Reminger in 1996, Brian has maintained a diverse civil litigation practice with a concentration on appellate advocacy and insurance coverage disputes.  Brian also has a robust portfolio of general liability files wherein he represents clients in all aspects of litigation.

As an appellate practitioner, Brian has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Ohio Supreme Court and almost every Ohio state appellate district.  Brian has been lead counsel responsible for reviewing the trial court record, developing an appellate strategy, drafting appellate briefs, and presenting oral arguments in close to 300 appellate matters.  These appeals have involved legal issues concerning statutory construction, contract interpretation, personal and subject matter jurisdiction, the discoverability of trade secrets, protected health information, privileged material, tort duties, and the application of the rules of evidence and civil procedure.  Brian’s representation has spanned the breadth of Reminger’s clientele including representing doctors, lawyers, accountants, employers, injured claimants, hospitals, pharmacies, financial institutions, product manufacturers, premise owners, and insurance companies.  

As it relates to his insurance coverage practice, Brian usually represents insurance companies in disputes with their policyholders.  This representation involves counseling insurance companies on their rights and responsibilities regarding the duty to defend and indemnify policyholders and drafting opinion letters.  On occasion, Brian also represents policyholders helping them to understand their rights and responsibilities after a loss.  Brian actively litigates coverage disputes in federal and state courts involving breach of contract, declaratory judgment, and bad faith.  This litigation sometime involves document intensive discovery and the discovery of potentially privileged information. 

In addition to representing clients in appellate proceedings and insurance coverage disputes, Brian also has a diverse general litigation practice.  He represents professionals, business owners, and injured claimants in various civil actions.  This representation includes all facets of litigation, including developing pre-suit strategy, drafting pleadings, conducting written discovery, taking and defending depositions, drafting dispositive motions, participating in alternative dispute resolution vehicles, and conducting trial.  In all his efforts, Brian strives to efficiently solve my clients’ problems through wise counsel, effective advocacy, mediation, arbitration, dispositive motion practice, or trial.

Representative Experience

  • Leopold v. Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging Company, 136 Ohio St.3d 257, 2013-Ohio-3107
  • Houdek v. Thyssenkrupp Materials, N.A., Inc., 134 Ohio St.3d 491, 2012-Ohio-5685
  • White v. Leimbach, 131 Ohio St.3d 21, 2011-Ohio-6238
  • Huff v. First Energy Corp., 130 Ohio St.3d 196, 2011-Ohio-5083
  • New Destiny Treatment Center, Inc. v. Wheeler, 129 Ohio St.3d 39, 2011-Ohio-2266
  • Jerman v. Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich, LPA, 559 U.S. 573, 130 S.Ct. 1605, 176 L.Ed.2d 519 (2010)

Honors & Recognitions

Brian has been recognized by the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys for his outstanding contribution to the development of the law as author of a number of amicus curiae briefs filed in the Ohio Supreme Court.

Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law, Litigation - Insurance

Recognized as a Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine
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Community & Professional

Ohio Supreme Court
-Board of Commissioners for Character and Fitness

Ohio State Bar Association

Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
-Appellate Court Committee
-Insurance Law Committee 

Lawyers Guild of The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
-President

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Results

For a more complete list of trial results, please contact attorney.

News

News

Speaking Engagements

  • Avoiding Bad Faith: Good Faith Claims Handling
    Jan 27, 2021
  • Oct 28, 2020
  • Webinar, Sep 16, 2020
  • Dispute Resolution & Deal Making
    Independence, OH, Sep 25, 2019
  • Contract Farming: Best Practices
    May 22, 2019
  • Faithful Professionalism
    Strongsville, Ohio, Jan 14, 2019
  • The Ohio Supreme Court Deals a Heavy Blow to the Use of the Delayed-Damage Rule Against Insurance Agents in Professional Liability
    Cleveland, OH, Dec 7, 2018
  • Coverage Issues Involving Playgrounds in Churches and Liability for Acts of Discrimination
    Orville, OH, Nov 9, 2018
  • The Arbitration Process and Procedure in ADR
    Cleveland, OH, Mar 25, 2018
  • Las Vegas, NV, Mar 16, 2018
  • Protocol of Appellant Argument
    Cleveland, OH, Sep 27, 2017
  • How to Respond to a Potential Bad Faith Set Up
    Cleveland, OH, Jun 15, 2017
  • Ramifications of Providing a Defense Under a Reservation of Rights
    May 27, 2015
  • Ramifications of Providing Defense Under Reservation of Rights
    Endurance Insurance Company Claim Staff, New York, NY, May 27, 2015
  • Ramifications of Issuing a Reservation or Rights Letter
    Westfield, Ohio, May 27, 2015
  • Ramification of issuing reservation rights letter
    Cleveland Academy Civil Trial Attorneys, Cleveland, OH, Apr 21, 2015
  • Non-Trucking Liability Insurance Coverage: Dynamics and Trends
    Progressive Insurance Co., Cleveland, OH, Apr 1, 2015
  • Strategic Considerations in Asserting Duty of Defense Coverage
    Northeast Ohio Association of Corporate Counsel, Oct 23, 2014
  • Sherwin Williams Landmark Conference room -101 W. Prospect Avenue, 9th Floor - Cleveland, Ohio, Oct 16, 2014
  • The Fawcett Center on campus at The Ohio State University, Jun 18, 2014
  • Future of Employer Intentional Torts
    Ohio State Bar Assn. CLE Seminar on Workers’ Comp. and Employment Practices - Columbus, OH, Sep 12, 2013
  • Insurance Coverage for Employment Intentional Torts
    Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Insurance Coverage Seminar - Columbus, OH, Jun 24, 2013
  • Appellate Procedures
    National Business Institute CLE - Cleveland, OH, Dec 21, 2012
  • Good Faith Claims Handling
    First Party Claims Conference of National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters - Providence, RI, Oct 16, 2012
  • Professionalism and Ethics in the Practice of Law
    CLE Seminar – Gilbride & Company Coverage for Attorneys - Independence, OH, May 17, 2012
  • Discovery in Probate Court Proceedings and Alternative Disputes Resolution
    National Business Institute CLE Program - Cleveland, OH, Mar 27, 2012
  • Discovery in Probate Proceedings and Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Mar 27, 2012
  • National Business Institute CLE Seminar - Independence, OH, Nov 15, 2011
  • Ohio and Kentucky Auto Liability Law
    American National Property & Casualty Co. Seminar - Springfield, MO, Oct 19, 2011
  • Columbus, OH, Aug 25, 2010
  • Trucking vs. Non Trucking Liability Insurance Coverage Dynamics and Trends- Progressive Insurance Co. Commercial Auto Division.
    Cleveland, OH, Jun 9, 2010
  • Insurance Law from A to Z
    Jun 18, 2009
  • Tort Reform and Bad Faith Litigation in Ohio, American National Porperty & Casualty Co.
    Springfield, MO, Oct 22, 2008
  • Discovery, Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association
    Sep 27, 2008
  • Litigation Bad Faith Insurance Claims, National Business Institute CLE
    Cleveland, Ohio, Apr 1, 2008
  • Legal Professionalism and Ethics, Gilbride & Company Attorney Seminar
    Cleveland, Ohio, Dec 12, 2007
  • The Structure of an Insurance Policy, Cleveland Marshall College of Law CLE Seminar
    Cleveland, Ohio, Sep 29, 2007
  • Bad Faith & Litigating an Insurance Claim, National Business Institute CLE
    Cleveland, Ohio, Sep 14, 2007
  • Bad Faith in Commercial Insurance Coverage Disputes, Royal & SunAlliance National Claims Office
    Charlotte, NC, Feb 23, 2007

Insights

Publications

Reminger Reports

Clerkships

  • Judicial Staff Attorney, Ninth Appellate District Court of Appeals, Ohio, 1994

Education

J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, summa cum laude, 1991

  • Research Editor, Cleveland State Law Review

B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1987

Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1996
  • United States Supreme Court , 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2001
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