Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Tulsa College of Law, 1994
    JoeAnn E. Long Memorial Award
  • B.A., Albright College, 1990
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Brian A. Zemil


Brian Zemil defends clients sued in mass toxic tort litigation. With national counsel experience, Brian manages and litigates mass tort cases, often pending in multiple jurisdictions. Since 1994, Brian has defended over 500 fact and expert witness depositions, defended manufacturers, distributors and contractors involved in industry-wide litigation on local, regional and national levels. He has tried to verdict, as co-counsel, cases involving claims of occupational cancer, lung disease and death. Brian's practice is currently focused on the defense of claims involving occupational and para-occupational exposure to asbestos. He is a skilled negotiator and has obtained favorable resolutions for clients. He is also an experienced appellate advocate.

Significant Matters

  • Presently defending contractor in more than 30,000 asbestos-related personal injury and wrongful death cases filed in the State of Maryland.
  • Brian has successfully tried to verdict a contribution claim against a co-defendant in each of the four product liability cases consolidated in a 28 day trial.
  • He argued before the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, and through that appeal successfully dismissed over 100 cases. See Brannan v. The Wallace & Gale Asbestos Settlement Trust, 208 Md. App 164 (2012).
  • As lead national and trial counsel, Brian has directed nationwide mass tort silica litigation.  Brian implemented an early exit strategy that resulted in the dismissal of his client from all of its silica cases in the MDL.
  • Brian argued before the Court of Appeals of Maryland, and through that appeal, successfully transferred over 200 cases to a jurisdiction more favorable to the client.  In another appeal, he argued to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to support post-trial court rulings in a case Brian tried to verdict.


Nationally, Brian serves as a Delegate to the American Bar Association.  In Maryland, he has served two terms on the State Bar Board of Governors.  Brian is a Past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.  He provides pro bono legal services to the community including successfully trying a prisoner’s rights case in federal court where a jury awarded punitive damages.