Brian J. Slipakoff: Lawyer with Duane Morris LLP

Brian J. Slipakoff

Special Counsel
Philadelphia,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone215 979 1195

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Practice Areas

  • Securities Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Procurement/Bid Protests
  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 215 979 1195
Fax: 215 405 3897
University University of Maryland (B.A., Criminology; B.A., Government/Politics, 2000)
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2003 Editorial Board, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, 2002-2003
Admitted2003, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Professional Activities

•American Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association

BornLower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, November 13, 1978

Brian J. Slipakoff practices in the area of commercial litigation, handling a wide variety of complex commercial disputes. He counsels clients involving claims related to contract disputes, business torts, securities and commercial fraud, various class actions, procurement bid protests, toxic tort and premises liability in state and federal courts throughout the country. In addition, Brian has represented Pennsylvania state insurance department in numerous matters arising of the liquidation of insolvent insurance companies.

In 2010 through 2015, he was named a Rising Star for Pennsylvania.

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and numerous federal courts, Mr. Slipakoff is a 2003 cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a 2000 graduate of the University of Maryland.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Special Counsel, 2013-present
- Associate, 2009-2012
•WolfBlock LLP
- Associate, 2003-2009

Honors & Awards

•Listed in Pennsylvania Rising Stars, 2010-2015

Selected Publications

•Author, Supreme Court Rejects Stipulation by Proposed Class Representative as Defeating Federal Removal Under Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, Duane Morris Alert, March 21, 2013
•Author, Lawyers See Challenges in Cross-Border Disputes, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, November 10, 2011
•Co-author, Avoiding the Dangers of Electronic Discovery: To Delete, or Not to Delete?”, Philadelphia SmartCEO, September 2011
•Co-author, U.S. District Court Imposes Stiff Sanctions for Destruction of Electronically Stored Information in Discovery, Duane Morris Alert, September 27, 2010
•Co-author, Supreme Court Allows Arbitrators to Determine Validity of Arbitration Agreements, Strengthening Enforcement, Duane Morris Alert, June 24, 2010
•Co-author, Are Stock Donations to Charities Subject to Insider Trading Prohibitions? The Legal Intelligencer, June 28, 2006
•Co-author, The Criminal Defense Attorney Facing Prospective Client Perjury, 15 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 935 (2002)

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Obtained on behalf of a mortgage servicing company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia an order of summary judgment based on Bankruptcy Code precluding claims alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).; Successfully removed a quiet title action brought by two borrowers against the mortgage lender and loan servicer to federal court. Following removal, obtained an order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland granting motion to dismiss with prejudice, and dismissing in its entirety, claims of fraud and violation of the Maryland Consumer Debt Collection Act.; Represented a large public university in a Right-to-Know Law appeal in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, which affirmed, while sitting en banc, a final determination of the Office of Open Records (OOR) that denied access to certain information related to an internal investigation under the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine.; Obtained a preliminary injunction in the Loudoun County, Virginia Circuit Court on behalf of a Virginia-based spinal medical device and biologics company against its former product manager who went to work for a competitor.; Representing former officer and director of Fortune 300 exploration and production company in a number of related matters, including private claims of securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, a Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry, a Department of Justice inquiry, several state Attorney General inquiries and an internal audit committee inquiry.; Representing former independent director of Chinese reverse-merger company against claims of securities fraud, obtaining dismissal of complaint. In re A-Power Energy Generation Sys., Ltd. Securities Litig., 2012 WL 1983341 (C.D. Cal. May 31, 2012).; Represented perfume manufacturer in action against world-famous musician arising from the musician's failure to promote a perfume endorsed by him, successfully obtaining judgment in excess of $4.4 million. Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics, Inc. v. Nelson, 35 Misc.3d 1216(A), 2012 WL 1434856 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Apr. 12, 2012).; Represented broker-dealer specializing in debt securities against claims of securities fraud, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and fraudulent transfer, asserted ostensibly on behalf of the bankrupt estate of a customer.; Represented a plaintiff investment adviser in a federal court action concerning breach of contract and tortious interference with subadvisory contracts.; Defended a Fortune 100 cable and entertainment company in federal court action alleging violations of RICO, New York Consumer Protection Act, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims arising out of a stock-swap transaction. Gavin v. AT&T Corp., 543 F. Supp. 2d 885 (N.D. Ill. 2008).; Successfully defended state governmental agencies in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and Supreme Court regarding the legality and constitutionality of the agency's procurement procedures and the legality of project labor agreements under Pennsylvania law. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. v. Dep't of Gen. Servs., 17 A.3d 319 (Pa. 2011).; Defended public housing authority in action for personal injury due to alleged exposure to lead-based paint, obtaining pre-trial dismissal of federal civil rights claims. Hurt v. Phila. Hous. Auth., 70 Pa. D. & C.4th 142 (C.C.P. Phila. 2005).; Obtained reversal of a trial court order denying post-settlement discovery and evidentiary hearing to aircraft engine manufacturer. Eigen v. Textron Lycoming Reciprocating Engine Div., 874 A.2d 1179 (Pa. Super. 2005).; Obtained a decision from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania upholding a decision that outdoor advertising company had not breached a lease of a billboard and reversing a $313, 167.94 judgment that had been entered for the billboard owner for delays its actions allegedly caused in the processing of the owner's zoning variance application. CBS Outdoor, Inc. v. Warfield Phila., L.P., 32 A.3d 280 (Pa. Super. 2011).; Obtained a defense verdict following a month-long jury trial in favor of Italian vineyard on $18 million breach of the warranty of merchantability claim. Secured $500, 000 verdict for vineyard on its counterclaim for breach of contract and successfully defended verdict on both post-trial motions and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Palm Bay Int'l, Inc. v. Marchesi Di Barolo S.p.A., 796 F. Supp. 2d 396 (E.D.N.Y. 2011), aff'd, F. App'x 643 (2d Cir. May 17, 2012).; Obtained a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirming a district court decision made pursuant to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act that refused to confirm an arbitration award that had been entered against the client, a bank owned by the government of Brazil. Aurum Asset Managers, LLC v. Bradesco Companhia de Seguros, 441 F. App'x 822 (3d Cir. 2011).
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Brian J. Slipakoff

30 South 17th Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103-7396


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