Brian Zemil is a litigator who focuses on the defense against claims involving occupational and para-occupational exposure to asbestos, and other mass toxic tort litigation. He has national and lead counsel experience, managing complex, industry-wide, multijurisdictional cases in U.S. federal and state courts. Brian served as asbestos NCC for two asbestos clients and lead counsel for a silica defendant.
Brian has represented various asbestos clients defending against claims filed in Baltimore. There, he tried to verdict four asbestos lung cancer cases and successfully prosecuted contribution claims that resulted in the reduction of the verdict by one-half (cost savings equaling $5M). Brian has developed asbestos medical experts and worked with other experts to successfully advance novel theories to secure summary judgment in asbestos cases. He has also argued Daubert- and Frye-Reed-type motions and has an established record as an appellate advocate, successfully winning an appeal that resulted in the dismissal of over 100 mesothelioma cases.
Brian currently manages ongoing litigation before Maryland state courts and U.S. federal district courts. Beyond day-to-day legal representation, Brian has worked to promote and support a wide range of civic and charitable endeavors, as well as public interest law and legal education. Various civic organizations have recognized his leadership in this area, bestowing on Brian the Educator of the Year Award, the Ed Shea Award, the Ben Civiletti Pro Bono Award, and the Maryland Bar Foundation award for the Advancement of Unpopular Causes in a pro bono case.
Brian has also served as a leader in the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, where he served twice as editor-in-chief for the Litigation Section’s national publication, Litigation News. He has also published dozens of law-related articles and is currently the publication’s standing columnist on civil procedure; in this position he writes on various topics, including ESI.
Brian is an activist and outdoor enthusiast.