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.

Selected as Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year - Insurance Law - Cleveland (2024)

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

    Recognized as a Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, since 2011
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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

    • Dec 5, 2023
    • Verdict and Insurance Law Update
      Oct 20, 2023
    • Feb 24, 2023
    • 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 Issuing a Reservation or Rights Letter
      Westfield, Ohio, May 27, 2015
    • Ramifications of Providing Defense Under Reservation of Rights
      Endurance Insurance Company Claim Staff, New York, NY, May 27, 2015
    • Ramifications of Providing a Defense Under a Reservation of Rights
      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 Proceedings and Alternative Dispute Resolution
      Mar 27, 2012
    • Discovery in Probate Court Proceedings and Alternative Disputes Resolution
      National Business Institute CLE Program - Cleveland, OH, 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 State University College of Law, summa cum laude, 1994

    • Research Editor, Cleveland State Law Review

    B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1994

    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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