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Brian C. Vertz

Brian Vertz

Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC
437 Grant Street, Suite 501
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone 412-471-9000
Fax 412-471-9001
Industry Groups: Appeals, Child Support, Division Of Marital Property, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Settlement, Spousal Support, Valuation Of Businesses And Professional Practices


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2015

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Practice Areas

Family Law


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Brian C. Vertz is an experienced Pittsburgh family law lawyer and a partner of Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Through his practice, he works to resolve family law issues for his clients involving divorce, child support, division of marital property, alimony, spousal support, prenuptial agreements, settlements and appeals.

He combines big-firm experience with the personal service and attention that his clients expect from a matrimonial boutique firm. He has a demonstrated aptitude for economics and financial analysis, and has used his knowledge to benefit clients in divorce cases involving complex assets.

Mr. Vertz has numerous accreditations and honors that belie his experience and knowledge in the family law sphere.  He is one of only two AAML-trained family law arbitrators in Western PA.  He is also an Accredited Valuation Analyst, a designation conferred by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) for proficiency in business valuation. He also maintains legal resource on business and financial issues in divorce at Family Law Source.

Further, he is listed in the 2010-2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America and is AV* Preeminent peer- review rated through Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating. He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 2003 and has been included in Super Lawyers for family law since 2005.

Mr. Vertz has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to public service. He volunteers for Neighborhood Legal Services Association and donates to the Fellows Program of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. He writes prolifically and his articles have appeared in legal publications for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He is also a broadcast presenter and author for the annual Family Law Update (2006-2010), and he has written legal education materials on business valuation, tax, child support, executive compensation, equitable distribution and marital settlement agreements.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories, legal ability and general ethical standards.

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About Brian Vertz

Law School: University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Admitted: 1992, Pennsylvania

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Honors and Awards:

  • Selected Recipient, Best Lawyers in America, Naifeh and Smith, 2012
  • Selected Recipient, Best Lawyers In America, Naifeh and Smith, 2011
  • Selected Recipient, Best Lawyers in America, Naifeh and Smith, 2010
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2003 - Present

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Accredited Valuation Analyst (AVA) - National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA), 2006
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association - recognized for organizing the CLE programs for Family Law Section Summer and Winter Meetings, 2001
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Arbitration Certification, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
  • U.S. Circuit Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 2006
  • Georgia, 2006
  • Chair, Membership Committee 2002 - 2004
  • Member, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, 2006 - Present
  • Council Member, Family Law Section, Allegheny County Bar Association, 2000 - 2004
  • Co-Founder, Secretary-Treasurer, Board Member, American Inns of Court, 1994 - 1999
  • Council Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2001 - 2004

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Area 12 Governor - Toastmasters International (Pittsburgh), 2009
  • Mellon Toastmasters, VP-Education, 2008
  • Kiwanis Club of Pittsburgh, 2002
  • ACLU Legal Committee, 1994
  • National Chair of the Amicus Committee, AAML, 2013-Present
  • Former Area Governor, Toastmasters International
  • Board of Trustees, Crafton Public Library

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Mr. Vertz wrote and presented "Support Law Update 2011" before a live audience in Pittsburgh and more than 500 lawyers at 24 remote locations via satellite TV broadcast., Course Planner, Family Law Update 2011, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011, Author / Lecturer, Family Law Update, 2011
  • Brian C. Vertz recently spoke before the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges on the topic of “Creating Custody Orders that Meet the Developmental Needs of Children.” Judges Kathleen R. Mulligan, Lisette Shirdan-Harris (Philadelphia), and David Workman (Lancaster), and Dr. Eric Bernstein were also speakers for the conference., Lecturer, Pennsyvlania Conf. of State Trial Judges, 2011
  • Brian Vertz is an author of a chapter of the PBI book "Slicing the Pie: Equitable Distribution in Pennsylvania.", Author, Slicing the Pie: Equitable Distribution in Pennsylvania, 2010
  • This half-day program will discuss hot topics in divorce and business valuation, with Bob Grossman CPA and Melissa Bizyak CPA, Author, Broadcast Presenter/Host, Business Valuation and Divorce, PBI, Business Valuation, Divorce, 2009
  • Mr. Vertz wrote and presented "Child Support Provisions" for this hands-on seminar teaching lawyers to write marital settlement agreements., Author, Lecturer, Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements , Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2008
  • Mr. Vertz wrote and presented "Support Law Update 2008" before a live audience in Pittsburgh and more than 500 lawyers at 24 remote locations via satellite TV broadcast., Course Planner, Family Law Update 2008, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2008
  • Author/Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, "Slicing the Pie: Equitable Distribution in Pennsylvania." 2010
  • Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, "Valuing the Small Business in Divorce: Practice - Pointers – Pitfalls." 2012
  • Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section Winter Meeting, "Hot Tips Regarding Ethical Dilemmas for the Family Law Attorney," and "Difficult Cases - Difficult Issues." 2012.
  • Author, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume XXXIV, No. 3. "Restrictive Custody Order Does Not Terminate Child Support Obligation." 2012.
  • Tax Traps for the Unwary!, National Constitution Center, 2007
  • Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2003
  • Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2008
  • Tax Consequences in Divorce: Avoiding the Pitfalls, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2005
  • Co-Author, "Child Support, Spousal Support and Alimony Pendente Lite," Fundamentals of Family Law, PBI, 1994
  • Co-Author, "Child Support, Spousal Support and Alimony Pendente Lite," Fundamentals of Family Law, PBI, 1996
  • Co-Author, "Child Support, Spousal Support and Alimony Pendente Lite," Fundamentals of Family Law, PBI, 2002
  • Co-Author, "Child Support, Spousal Support and Alimony Pendente Lite," Fundamentals of Family Law, PBI, 2004
  • Co-Author, "Child Support, Spousal Support and Alimony Pendente Lite," Fundamentals of Family Law, PBI, 2006
  • Author, "Equitable Distribution," Fundamentals of Family Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2004
  • Author, "Equitable Distribution," Fundamentals of Family Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2006
  • Author, "Equitable Distribution," Fundamentals of Family Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2009
  • Author/Lecturer, Business Valuation and Divorce, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2009
  • Co-Course Planner and Statewide Broadcast Presenter, Family Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2006 - 2011

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Mackay v. Mackay (2009) - Superior Court of Pennsylvania - college support, 2009

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan, B.A. in English Language and Literature, Minor in Economics, 1988
  • Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, M.B.A. in Management Economics and Law, 1992
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