Bryan Neft, a member at Spilman Thomas & Battle, is the 110th President of the Allegheny County Bar Association. His term began on July 1, 2018 and will end on June 30, 2019.
Mr. Neft’s practice is focused on commercial litigation and toxic torts, which includes experience in a variety of areas, such as antitrust, banking and lender regulatory matters, business torts, competition and trade secrets, consumer protection, contractual disputes, environmental law, ERISA, false advertising, health care, insurance coverage, medical malpractice, shareholder and corporate control disputes, products liability, accountants’ liability, and insurance bad faith and unfair insurance practices.
Mr. Neft also practices before the Appellate Courts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio drafting briefs and motions regarding issues of first impression in toxic tort law and insurance coverage. He has had trial responsibility through appellate proceedings, and first and second chair experience in all phases of pretrial and trial procedure in federal and state courts, arbitration proceedings and administrative proceedings, including those before the Pennsylvania Board of Claims.
He has also spoken extensively on the topic of electronic discovery and document retention.
In 2003, Mr. Neft was named a “Pennsylvania Lawyer on the Fast Track”, a recognition given annually by American Lawyer Media to only several dozen attorneys under the age of 40 for their significant contributions to the practice of law through case work, bar association involvement and pro bono efforts.
Mr. Neft is a past Treasurer of the ACBA and the past Treasurer and Trustee of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. He chaired the latter’s successful Attorneys Against Hunger campaign for 11 years. He was a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Task Force on Gender Equality. Mr. Neft is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates.
Neft’s involvement in charitable efforts of the ACBF have been just as extensive. He is a former ACBF treasurer and for 11 years chaired the organization's successful Attorneys Against Hunger Campaign - which has raised nearly $2 million to fight hunger in Allegheny County. He also is an ACBF sustaining fellow, a recognition reserved for attorneys who have shown a commitment to excellence in charitable, community, professional and/or public services activities.
In addition to his bar association activities, Mr. Neft previously served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Beth El Congregation of South Hills.