Frequently Asked Questions about Brian Samuel Malkin



Q: Tell Us About Your Mother and Father?

My dad was a Korean War veteran. My mother was an immigrant. They raised my brother and I to be contributing members of society, and that includes doing the right thing. I believe that running for Judge is doing the right thing because dispensing justice properly makes your corner of the world a better place.

Q: Where in Allegheny County is your Home?

I live in Pittsburgh with my wife and three daughters, 13, 12, and 11. My children have been extremely supportive during my campaign. They've helped to keep the house tidy. They’ve understood when I can only spend an hour doing homework. They've been very respectful of my limitations on time. So, for that, I'm very pleased and thankful. 

My wife is Christina McKaveney-Malkin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She has been a lawyer for 25 years. We met the first day of law school and have been friends ever since. My wife is extremely supportive of my campaign and is providing all sorts of help - both administratively and helping me stay positive and keep the campaign on track. My wife is the love of my life and my partner.

Q: What Is Your Educational Background?

I taught myself how to program computers at a very early age, so, it was a natural progression for me to pursue further work with computers. I went to Washington & Jefferson College to get my major in computer science and mathematics. Along the way, I took every philosophy class the school offered –attracted by the study of logic and arguments.I graduated with Honors, a semester early, with a major in computer science/mathematics and philosophy.  After college, I attended and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Q: What do you bring to the position of Common Pleas (Trial) Judge?

What I bring to the job of Trial Judge is 25 years of experience in all areas of the law. My career has spanned everything from insurance defense litigation, business litigation - to helping small companies, large companies, and individuals. I've worked with injured laborers. I have handled car accidents and medical malpractice cases. Recently, I've been working on cases involving online anti-counterfeiting, which has been extremely interesting and very technical - and requires a great deal of skill in both computer technology, assembling evidence and bringing lawsuits to federal court.

In these cases, my client is a small business who is losing money by the hour to counterfeiters who are selling counterfeits online for pennies on the dollar. With the federal lawsuit, within a matter of weeks, it turns around. By court order, counterfeiters’ accounts are frozen and the illegal counterfeits are taken down from various online stores. The clients are extremely grateful. That is very rewarding. 

Every day in the news we're seeing stories problems with privacy being invaded because computer technology's being used in unexpected ways. The problem was highlighted in the Facebook hearings where we heard congress struggling with the terminology and the technology. I am not sure anybody learned anything from these hearings. These are just a few of the problems that we're going to run into as technology outpaces the law. 

I have seen courtrooms where the Judge has made an effort to ensure that even though a person has no lawyer, they still have a full and fair hearing in court. That is what our system of justice is about. It doesn't matter whether or not you can afford the best lawyer in the world. If the Judge makes certain you have an even playing field, then you're going to get a full and fair hearing. 

As a Judge, I will use all of my experiences and skills to do ensure that everybody gets a full and fair hearing on their case. When I make decision, I will work my hardest to make it the fairest possible based upon the facts and law.

Q: Do you Have a Hobby?

I've played guitar since I was 18 years old. I've put it down and picked it up again over the years as time permitted. Recently I started playing much more seriously, taking some lessons, and really enjoying that. I have two Fender Stratocasters and I have an Ibanez – that was my latest purchase. I was looking for something that was a semi-hollow body and that worked out well for me, I am enjoying it. 

Q: What Might Voters be Surprised to Know About You?

I was a competitive figure skater at the age of 11. I would get up at 5 a.m., during a school day, skate at the ice rink for a few hours, then head to school, then go back to the ice rink after school, for some more practice. In the summer I skated 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday. By 19, I had completed the United States Figure Skating Association Gold Medal in Freestyle and Compulsory Figures, and I had also accomplished a Pre-Gold Medal in Ice Dance. I still skate for fun. 

Though I started my career as a regular lawyer, eight years into it, I decided to sit for the Patent Bar Examination.  This test is given by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and you must pass the bar to practice as a patent lawyer. I studied about 300 hours for the Patent Bar Examination. I had never worked in a patent law firm before. In review classes, I learned patent law from the beginning to the end. About three months later I sat for the Patent Bar, and figured, "There's no way I could've passed this." In the fall, I get a letter saying, "Congratulations, you were successful. You passed the patent bar." 

Q: How do you Balance Work and Family?

I have spent my career avoiding the usual law firm culture. I have worked at law firms where family comes first. I make sure I'm there for my kids to do homework, to take them to school, to pick them up if there's something important they need to get to. I've focused on my kids and my family.

I'm a free thinker. I've always been one of those people that will listen and speak only when I think I have something important to say. That's really what this campaign is about. I think the time is right for a Judge who has the technology background and cares about family and their community to get into the courtroom and make sure everybody gets a fair day in court.

Q: What Can I do to Help you get Elected?

Please join my Facebook campaign. You can find that at "Malkin 4 Judge," as well as my website, which is Please like and share my Facebook page for the campaign at ",”. You may also visit my website at for more information about me and my campaign. If you search for Malkin4Judge on your search engine, you will find all my pages.

I'm not one of those people that you're going to see advertising 24/7 leading up to the primary or the general election. I really need everybody's support and help to make this thing a reality. If you want to put somebody in the courtroom that works for family and community above all else, then please help get the word out about my campaign.

Please share my name and my campaign for judge with your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues, if a fair court system is important to you.

I'd appreciate your vote on May 21st, 2019.