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Brian J. Murren

Senior Counsel

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Brian is an experienced and recognized litigation, estates, & trusts attorney. He represents diverse clients in complex litigation matters, preparing estate plans to preserve and protect clients’ assets, and in the administration of various estates and trusts.

Brian is a member of both the Litigation and Estate and Trusts departments for the firm. Mr. Murren’s litigation practice focuses on commercial and general litigation, both prosecuting and defending lawsuits. Brian’s Estate practice focuses on assisting clients with Estate and Trust planning and administration. He is also a member of the firm’s Investment Management and Fiduciary Services practice group where he advises clients on complex fiduciary and regulatory issues.

BUSINESS, INSURANCE, AND LITIGATION

Brian has a diverse litigation practice representing his clients in complex litigation matters. He has successfully litigated a wide range of actions in both State and Federal courts across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the firm, Brian worked as a litigator for one of the largest insurance defense firms in the United States, handling a wide array of complex litigation, including bad faith claims against insurers, insurance coverage issues, personal injury disputes, and litigation involving municipalities and other public entities. He represents both nationwide clients and local clients spread throughout the South Central Pennsylvania region. Brian’s litigation experience helps him to identify potential issues and develop effective litigation strategies to facilitate the resourceful and consistent advancement of his clients' interests. Brian has also been appointed by the President Judge of Dauphin County to serve on the County’s arbitration panel for a two-year term in 2023-2024.

Brian’s professional work ethic and advocacy on behalf of his clients has also earned him the distinction of being nominated by his peers to the prestigious Best Lawyers in America© Ones to Watch publication on multiple occasions in the field of Commercial Litigation. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys at the conclusion of a months-long peer review process, during which their researchers ask leading attorneys from specific practice areas about the professional abilities of their colleagues.

WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATION

In his Estate practice, Brian prepares individualized estate plans designed to preserve and protect his clients’ assets during their lifetime and to ensure his clients’ assets pass to the appropriate beneficiaries in a tax-efficient manner in fulfillment of his clients’ intentions. To assist his clients in achieving their individualized family and financial goals, Brian crafts and implements tax-efficient strategies, such as drafting foundational estate planning documents, coordinating charitable gifts or other bequests, and implementing trusts and trust modifications. Brian endeavors to understand each individual client’s distinct needs and goals for purposes of implementing the most practical and cost-efficient estate plan. Prior to becoming an attorney, Brian worked as a paralegal dealing with the administration of Estates and Trusts with complex Federal and State tax implications while also handling a high volume of litigation-related estates.

Brian has been honored by both Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and the Best Lawyers in America© Ones to Watch for his work in the fields of Estate law. The Super Lawyers Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5% of attorneys licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. During his time in law school, he also earned the Edward N. Polisher Award for excellence in the fields of Estate Planning and Administration.

FIDUCIARY SERVICES AND ORPHANS COURT LITIGATION

Brian’s experience as a litigator and knowledge of Pennsylvania law relating to Wills, Trusts, and Estates provides him unique insight to successfully represent clients in a wide array of Estate administration, Trust administration and other Orphans Court Litigation. He has experience handling matters involving the fiduciary issues, administration of trusts, the administration of decedents’ estates, Guardianship proceedings and administration, the custodianship and property of minors, the interpretation of estate planning documents, and the actions of agents operating under powers of attorney.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Brian is an active member in both the Dauphin County and Cumberland County Bar Associations, and currently serves on the Dauphin County Bar Association Board of Directors and the Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors as Chair Elect. He frequently performs pro bono services through the Association’s Homeless Outreach Projects and serves as a Pro Bono Guardian Monitor for the Dauphin County Courts. Brian is also an active member of the Estate Planning Council of Central Pennsylvania and serves on the Council’s Board of Directors. In addition, he serves as a board member of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania and works on the organization’s Community Relations and Development Committee. Brian is an active member of the Saint Thomas More Society of South Central Pennsylvania and currently serves on the organization’s Board of Governors.

Presentations & Publications

  • “Advanced Estate Administration: A Pennsylvania Guide” - Beneficiary Disputes, Will and Trust Contests, Probate Litigation - National Business Institute, December 2022.
  • Knights of Columbus - Fraternal Benefits Night, 2022.
  • "Practical Applications of Social Media In and Out of the Courtroom", Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, April 2017.
  • "Mobile Devices: Don't Let Good Reception be Game Over", presented to the Cumberland County Inn of Court, December 2017.

Education

Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law (JD)
James Madison University (BA)

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Office Location

  • Harrisburg

Services

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Fiduciary Services & Risk Management
  • Insurance Disputes

Departments

  • Commercial Litigation

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation and Trusts & Estates
  • Pennsylvania Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, Estate & Probate 

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Cumberland County Bar Association, Member
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, Member; Young Lawyers Division, Board Member - Secretary
  • Cumberland County Inn of Court, Member
  • William W. Lipsitt Inn of Court, Member
  • Central Pennsylvania Estate Planning Council, Board of Directors
  • Saint Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania, Board Member
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania, Operations and Finance Committee Member
  • Knights of Columbus, Council No. 6693
  • Ancient Order of Hibernians

Education

Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law (JD)
James Madison University (BA)

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Office Location

  • Harrisburg

Services

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Fiduciary Services & Risk Management
  • Insurance Disputes

Departments

  • Commercial Litigation

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation and Trusts & Estates
  • Pennsylvania Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, Estate & Probate 

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Cumberland County Bar Association, Member
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, Member; Young Lawyers Division, Board Member - Secretary
  • Cumberland County Inn of Court, Member
  • William W. Lipsitt Inn of Court, Member
  • Central Pennsylvania Estate Planning Council, Board of Directors
  • Saint Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania, Board Member
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania, Operations and Finance Committee Member
  • Knights of Columbus, Council No. 6693
  • Ancient Order of Hibernians

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