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    Biography

    Brandon Uram is a business attorney who harnesses his competitive nature to provide clients with fierce, tactical advocacy. With a background in economics, he understands the business considerations that his clients continually face; and by taking those considerations into account in developing and executing litigation strategies, he doesn’t lose sight of the “big picture.” Through creativity, thoroughness, and strategic thinking, Brandon crafts practical solutions to his clients’ most complex and important legal issues.  

    Brandon is a well-rounded lawyer who has a combination of courtroom and boardroom experience. As a skilled litigator, he is sought after to help navigate complex commercial litigation for a wide array of clients across various industries, especially clients in the construction arena.  From large corporations to closely held companies and individuals, clients call upon Brandon to resolve construction and contract disputes, corporate governance issues, shareholder derivative actions, trade secret cases, and labor and employment matters.   

    Brandon also leverages his litigation know-how when assisting clients with transactional matters like entity selection and formation, asset purchases and sales, and contract drafting, review, and negotiation. By viewing these corporate matters through a litigation lens, he is able to spot and address key issues in these critical corporate documents and advise clients accordingly.  In doing so, he helps clients tailor contracts, operating agreements, and form entities in a way that provides an extra layer of protection and which reduces the likelihood of future litigation. 

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    The Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch," 2022
    The Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch," 2021
    Super Lawyers, 2019-2021 Pennsylvania Rising Star
    Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
    Member, Allegheny County Bar Association (Construction Law Section – Elected Council Member, 3-year term)
    American Bar Association (Forum on Construction Law)
    Editor, Duquesne Business Law Journal
    Research Assistant to John E. Murray, Jr., Duquesne University (2013-2015)
    CALI Excellence Awards in both Contracts and Civil Procedure

    Key Experience

    Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a subcontractor client for breach of contract and violations of Pennsylvania’s Contractor & Subcontractor Payment Act (“CASPA”). After briefing and oral argument, the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County rejected the opposing parties’ argument that the client had failed to complete its work on the project. Instead, the Court held that the opposing parties had materially breached the contract, that their withholding of payment to the client violated CASPA, and the client was entitled to recover CASPA damages, which include attorneys' fees and expenses
    Successfully represented the minority member of a limited liability company that had been unable to act and protect its most-valuable asset from an impending foreclosure by procuring injunctive relief and the appointment of a custodian and after fierce litigation, the company’s key asset was preserved and foreclosure was avoided. The company then sold its key asset for more than $58 million.
    Successfully represented a member of a limited liability company by obtaining preliminary injunctive relief to preserve the status quo, which prompted the parties to agree to a fast-track mediation. The mediation was ultimately successful and allowed the client to sell his equity in the company for fair market value and pursue his separate ventures

    Work Experience

    2020 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2017-2020 Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C.
    2015-2017 Blumling & Gusky, LLP

    Speaking Engagements

    Concepts of Drafting Legal Documents, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, December 2020

    Concepts of Drafting Legal Documents, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, September 2021

    Pennsylvania Bar Institute - A Day on Real Estate: Construction Contract Drafting for Owners, Developers, & Tenants (March 1, 2019)

    America’s Crumbling Underground Infrastructure—Out of Sight, Out of Mind. . . . Is There a Solution?, ABA FORUM ON CONSTRUCTION LAW NEWSLETTER, Summer 2018 (coauthored with Edward B. Gentilcore, Esq.)

    Pennsylvania’s Crumbling Underground Infrastructure—Out of Sight, Out of Mind?, BREAKING GROUND, January/February 2018 (coauthored with Edward B. Gentilcore, Esq.)