"Pittsburgh is a small city with a big-city feel. Yet, you never feel like a stranger here."
When Bryan Brantley arrived in Pittsburgh for law school, he was pretty sure he would leave after graduation. By then, however, he’d taken a different view – despite job offers from law firms in other cities. “I saw how the landscape of Pittsburgh was changing. There seemed to be big opportunity here as a city with several corporate headquarters of public companies.”
That was 2004. Today, he is a litigation partner at McGuireWoods LLP, defending major manufacturers in product liability lawsuits. He convinced his love (now his wife, Katrina, also an attorney) to live here too, rather than her first choice of the Richmond, Va./ Washington, D.C. areas where opportunity and family were abundant.
Making their Pittsburgh home in the Deutschtown neighborhood of the North Side gives them easy access to downtown, and many local restaurants and amenities. “We love walking to James Street, Max’s, Legends, Bistro Soul (“good comfort food that’s not fried”) and to Savoy in the Strip. They also go to PNC Park, often with clients, and to Heinz Field. (When it comes to sports, Bryan’s heart may still be in Ohio, but he’s close friends with several current and former Steelers.)
Bryan and Katrina are also avid cyclists. They enjoy both road and trails, including those in North Park and along the “Jail Trail,“ the Eliza Furnace section of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail that passes alongside the Allegheny County Jail downtown, a bit of irony not lost on these lawyers.