Bryan was born and raised in Pittsburgh – he is the son of a small businessman and a lawyer who started her career as a home economics teacher. He attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1989. He now lives in Pittsburgh’s South Hills with his wife, Julie Cohen, an author, their children and their rescue German Shepherd, Elsa.
Bryan has spent more than 30 years litigating and trying cases, and counseling clients throughout Pennsylvania. He began his career as a clerk for the Pennsylvania Superior Court and has a first-hand understanding of the court’s caseload.
Bryan also served for nearly 15 years in a leadership role on the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Board of Governors and as its president where he championed issues affecting women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ members of the legal profession. During his tenure on the board, he promoted changes to the rules of professional conduct to prohibit bias, and chaired the committee responsible for drafting the Bar Association’s Code of Professionalism, which is still in use today.
That work led to The Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointing Bryan as a member, and later as chair, of its charitable arm, the IOLTA Board, which oversees funding of legal service agencies across the Commonwealth that provide legal services to those who cannot afford them.
Bryan’s long career in the law has prepared him to be a Superior Court Judge, and the values of hard work, fairness and access to justice continue to guide him every day.