Principal Attorney

Phone: +1 (412) 741-8400
Fax: +1 (412) 741-9292

Brian helps oversee the firm’s Online Brand Protection and Anti-Counterfeiting department. He also counsels clients on patent, trademark, and copyright matters. He represents clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has prosecuted trademark and patent applications from filing to registration. He regularly handles trademark opposition litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board as well as trademark filing and prosecution. Brian currently serves as an E-Discovery Special Master for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

For over 25 years, Brian has been involved in all types of litigation as lead counsel. He has handled discovery, motions practice, and appellate practice. His cases have included insurance defense, employment disputes, complex business litigation and intellectual property disputes. He has tried cases in federal and state court and represents individuals and large companies, before judges and juries. He also represents clients before Arbitrators and Mediators.

Brian is a 2019 and 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® in Intellectual Property Litigation in Pennsylvania.  He has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV®Preeminent for the highest level of professional excellence. He has also been awarded a Client Gold Champion rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He also has an AVVO rating of 10 out of 10.

As a law student, Brian clerked for Yablonski Costello Leckie & Chaban, in Washington County. Before moving to private practice, Brian began his legal career with the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Bureau and with Judge Rosalia Parker as a judicial law clerk.

 In December of 2005 and 2006, Brian was chosen as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Star as one of the Best Young Lawyers Under 40 in Workers’ Compensation. This distinction is awarded to less than 3% of all lawyers in Pennsylvania.

Brian has served multiple times on the Election Board and as Judge of Elections in Franklin Park.Brian is past Chair of the Franklin Park Environmental Advisory Council and the Franklin Park Zoning Board. Brian currently serves as a Franklin Park Councilman.

Brian regularly contributes his time to Pro Bono employment and housing matters and is past Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section Council.

 Brian lives in Franklin Park with his wife, Christina, and his 3 daughters.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Special Claims Court
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania


  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, Mathematics-Computer Science and Philosophy, Washington & Jefferson College
  • Edward Moffet Weyer Award recipient
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society

Past Employment

Mr. Malkin is a former shareholder of Malone Middleman PC where he routinely appeared before administrative law judges, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, the Commonwealth Court, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Pittsburgh Office
409 Broad Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
+1 412 741 8400

About Us
Ference & Associates is a Pittsburgh, PA based law firm with a global client base. Our attorneys focus on patent, trademark, and copyright law.

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