Loyalty and work ethic are the traits that Brian C. Vertz is most proud of. Clients who work with Brian remark on his tenacity and unwavering dedication to their financial and emotional well-being. In the legal community, Brian is known as a pragmatic and creative “problem solver” who won’t play games or engage in rhetoric. Coming from a blue collar background, Brian knows the importance of using each billable hour effectively to advance the client’s objectives.
When a case can’t be settled, Brian is a formidable advocate in the trial and appellate courts. Working side-by-side with David S. Pollock since 1992, Brian has developed an impressive track record in difficult child support and divorce litigation, as well as prenup enforcement and child custody proceedings. Using his business valuation training and MBA degree, Brian is frequently engaged in complicated financial cases involving business owners, licensed professionals, pro athletes and executives.
Brian has also developed a concentration in matrimonial tax issues. His book, Frumkes & Vertz on Divorce Taxation, is a nationally distributed legal treatise on tax strategy for family lawyers.
Brian is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and president-elect of the Pennsylvania chapter. He is co-chair of two national committees and a Lifetime Member of the AAML Foundation, its charitable wing. Brian is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Council and its Executive Committee.
Brian is a prolific writer who teaches the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s annual Family Law Update, one of the most-watched family law programs statewide. He has been invited to speak to the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges and writes legal education materials on business valuation, divorce taxation, executive compensation, and marital settlement agreements. Brian also publishes an insightful legal blog, FamilyLawTaxAlert, which provides current analysis on tax and financial issues for divorce lawyers and their clients.
Brian has stayed in family law for more than 25 years because of his compassion for the clients and children who are affected by divorce, and the profound change it can bring to their lives — change he helps them to embrace with financial stability and renewed control over their lives and futures. He balances long work hours by staying physically active in a wide range of outdoor and fitness activities, including golfing, mountain hiking and going to the gym. He loves travel and has explored South Africa, Spain, Germany, and the California wine country.
A former resident of Downtown Pittsburgh, Brian now resides in a small suburb of the city.
Brian obtained his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, and his Juris Doctor and Master in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, respectively.
Brian is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania, the state courts of Georgia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Brian’s accomplishments are well-noted in the legal community. A fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, he was elected board secretary of the Pennsylvania chapter in 2014, currently serves as second vice president and will ascend to the position of chapter president by 2018. Brian is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings and is ranked as one of the region’s top matrimonial lawyers under age 45 by Ten Leaders. He has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 2010 and has ranked among the list of Super Lawyers Top 50 Attorneys in Pittsburgh for a decade.
A lawyer adept at financial analysis in divorce proceedings, Brian is also a certified Valuation Analyst and a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Brian co-authored the latest edition of Frumkes and Vertz on Divorce Taxation, published in February 2016. A nationally recognized legal treatise on tax-related divorce issues for attorneys and accountants for more than 15 years, “Divorce Taxation” is updated periodically to incorporate new rules and expand coverage. He also maintains the blog, FamilyLawTaxAlert.com, where he shares tips and tax case analyses. Brian was recently appointed national chair of the AAML Amicus Committee and is also one of only three certified arbitrators in family law in western Pennsylvania.
Brian is member of the Family Law sections of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County bar associations and has served as a council member and committee chair within the organizations. Brian has served in leadership positions with Toastmasters International, and in 2012 he founded ACBA Toastmasters, the only chapter devoted to improving the public speaking skills of lawyers. Brian frequently lectures on family law matters for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and has been tapped twice to speak before the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges.
Brian’s commitment to public service is unwavering; he volunteers for Neighborhood Legal Services and donates to the Fellows Program of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. Brian is a strong supporter of the arts and various nonprofit and neighborhood organizations in his community. Brian is often tapped as a guest bartender at the HYP Club. He is also a member of the board of trustees for the Crafton Public Library and a founder of the ACBA Toastmasters, the only chapter devoted to improving the public speaking skills of lawyers.
A firm advocate for pro bono services, Brian donates time as NLSA pro bono PFA attorney and volunteer pro se motions attorney through the Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County.
Face to Face
My clients might be surprised when they receive a call from me after hours or on weekends, but I’m not bound to my desk chair all the time. In addition to a commitment to staying physically active, I have a wide range of interests that keep me on the go. In the summer, I enjoy kayaking on the Allegheny River, biking the trails around the three rivers and taking hiking trips. In between those events, I’m often doing strength training to stay in shape and avoid injuries.
In the past few years, I’ve devoted some of my leisure time to learning golf. Every golfer will tell you improvement comes in fits and starts, but I love it, and it gives me time to enjoy the outdoors with friends, family, colleagues and clients. I also love to travel and enjoy the world’s treasures and festivals, such as Oktoberfest in Munich, the grape harvest in Tuscany and Christmas in England. I am an active uncle to my niece and nephew. My brother and his wife had their second child in the summer of 2011, so I take every opportunity to visit with them in San Diego and when the whole family gets together in Michigan.