Brian W. Shaffer is a commercial litigator and trial lawyer who handles high-profile and complex business disputes of all types. His clients include leading companies in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology, financial services, medical device, energy, aerospace, and construction industries. Brian regularly defends clients against claims brought by state attorneys general and private plaintiffs under state consumer protection statutes, and litigates cutting-edge matters involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other complex healthcare arrangements. He also handles class actions and other multi-party proceedings across the United States.
Brian has tried to verdict jury, bench, and arbitration cases involving product liability, fraud, civil conspiracy, Lanham Act, and breach of contract claims in a number of different jurisdictions, and handled post-trial proceedings and appeals in state and federal courts around the country. He has a strong track record of success in these matters, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. On the plaintiff side, Brian has secured seven- and eight-figure verdicts and other important relief; on the defense side, he has successfully defeated and resolved nationwide class actions and other “bet the company” litigation through vigorous defense efforts and creative approaches to settlement.
Courts regularly cite significant consumer fraud decisions Brian has earned for his clients. In one case where Brian served as lead counsel for a major pharmaceutical company in litigation involving the 340B drug discount program, his client earned a unanimous (8–0) US Supreme Court decision. In another, he secured the dismissal of a nationwide RICO class action.
Brian is one of the leaders of the firm’s healthcare and medical device litigation practices. As part of his active pro bono practice, Brian represents persecuted individuals seeking asylum in the United States.
Complex Commercial Litigation (Plaintiff)
Seven-figure bench trial victory, including award of attorneys’ fees, on behalf of reflective insulation manufacturer against former US exclusive distributor for breach of contract, willful trademark infringement and fraud. Covertech Fabricating, Inc. v. TVM Building Products, Inc. 2015 WL 4878505 (W.D. Pa. Aug. 4, 2015); 2015 WL 6743948 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 4, 2015).
Arbitration of post-closing dispute involving deferred payments owed under asset purchase agreement involving mining and quarry operations; client awarded equitable relief.
Eight-figure jury verdict on behalf of pre-engineered building manufacturer against product supplier for fraud and breach of contract. Lester Building Systems v. Louisiana-Pacific Corp., 2004 WL 2919989 (Minn. App. Feb. 17, 2004); Sandpiper Village Condominium Ass’n v. Louisiana-Pacific Corp., 428 F.3d 831 (9th Cir. 2005).
Representation of a leading global health service company in high-profile complex lawsuit against pharmacy benefits manager (PBM).
Representation of an international manufacturing company in a dispute involving theft of trade secrets by a former employee.
Representation of a life sciences client in a matter involving misappropriation of trade secrets by a competitor.
Complex Commercial Litigation (Defendant)
Representation of one of the world's leading specialty biopharmaceuticals companies in high-profile breach of contract claim filed by a generic drug manufacturer.
Representation of a leading global health service company in nationwide class action challenging use of mail order pharmacy to deliver specialty drugs used to treat HIV/AIDS under PPACA and other laws.
Representation of a contract manufacturer of orthopedic implants in "bet the company" claims of fraud, breach of contract, and warranty allegations arising after reports of failures led to a worldwide recall of the company’s implants.
Representation of a medical device company in a multimillion dollar commercial dispute involving material breaches of complex licensing and distribution agreements.
Representation of a Fortune 100 company in a complex series of indemnity claims and lawsuits arising from the construction of a $1 billion natural gas–fired, combined-cycle electric generating facility. In the Matter of Colorado Energy Management LLC, et al. v. Lea Power Partners, 114 A.D.3d 561 (N.Y. App. Div. 2014).
Representation of leading global health service company in arbitration involving issues of whether a prominent hospital system has been properly paid for claims processed based on the terms of the parties’ contract.
Civil Fraud/Consumer Protection/False Claims Act
Representation of a major pharmaceutical company in class action litigation involving the US government’s 340B drug discount program, including allegations of fraud and breach of government contract. Astra USA, Inc. v. Santa Clara County, California, 131 S.Ct. 1342 (2011).
Representation of a leading multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer in False Claims Act and fraud litigation brought by more than a dozen plaintiffs, state attorneys general, pension funds, and private insurers. Ironworkers Local Union 68, et al. v. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP, et al., 634 F.3d 1352 (11th Cir. 2011); PEBTF v. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP, 2009 WL 2231686 (M.D. Fla. 2009).
Representation of leading global health service company in connection with an administrative complaint filed by two patient advocacy organizations with the US Department of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights alleging insurance plans offered by the company violated 42 USC. § 18116 (Section 1557) and other provisions of PPACA prohibiting discriminatory health insurance practices on the basis of disability or health status.
Government Programs and Construction Projects Litigation
Representation of a management and operating agent of the US Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Agency in complex, multiparty contract disputes before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.
Representation of an owner and prime contractor in a large, multiparty dispute involving the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Cumberland Fossil Plant in Cumberland, Tennessee.
Representation of a contractor in a large, multiparty dispute involving a federal project in Canaan, Pennsylvania.
Representation of a US construction management company in claims and disputes arising from a state prison project.
Representation of a major subcontractor in disputes arising from the construction of Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Representation of a major subcontractor in claims arising from construction of Citizen's Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia.
Products Liability/Mass Torts
Representation of a specialty chemical company with respect to claims alleging personal injuries resulting from welding, cutting tools, fluids, cleaners, and other industrial solvents.
Representation of multiple defendants with respect to asbestos-related personal injury cases around the United States.
Representation of a medical device company in personal injury lawsuits involving allegations of ventilator malfunction, product defects, and failure to warn across the United States.
Representation of a national chemical company in class action litigation involving personal injuries and medical monitoring claims related to alleged chemical exposures.
Representation of multinational companies with respect to workplace "mass actions" alleging exposure to harmful products.
Georgetown University Law Center, 1996, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
University of Pennsylvania, 1993, B.A., Cum Laude
US Supreme Court
US Courts of Appeals for the Third, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits
US District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
Awards and Affiliations
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2014–2017)
Named 2014 Pennsylvania Product Liability Department Of The Year by The Legal Intelligencer
Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section