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"I don't like being accused of being a bad father. But I won't abide it making me a bad lawyer."
— Brian Altman to Louis Litt

Brian Simon Altman is a lawyer and Katrina Bennett's former associate at Zane Specter Litt Wheeler Williams.


"Because my job may be to push back, but it's also to have your back. And from now on, I will."
―Brian Altman to Katrina Bennett[src]

He is first seen when Louis enters the bullpen to assign the associates tasks. He is urged by a fellow associate, Stephanie Patel, to ask for two days off and when pressed as to why, he reveals he is going to be a father. Louis turns him down before proceeding to yell at him.

After he worked with Louis, Louis came to his home and helped him with his newborn.[1]

In "Right-Hand Man", Brian learns that Katrina Bennett wanted to fire him. However due to Louis not wanting to get rid of him, he was able to stick around as he helped Katrina. He was also Katrina's personal associate, a right of passage of all senior partners, and they work together on their first case in "Motion to Delay". Later, in "Whale Hunt" Katrina and Brian are representing their perfume manufacturing client in a lawsuit against another whose packaging is 95% identical to their clients. Claiming that their products are entirely different, Katrina and Brian researched the similarities between the two perfumes themselves. Katrina panicked and approached Donna after she and Brian shared a "moment" together, when Katrina showed Brian how to properly sample perfume by spraying each wrist and having him blindly smell each. Later their plans for doc review were shaken up when Brian's wife had to work and their babysitter fell through. Brian proposed doing doc review at their place so he can watch the baby, after they find a successful approach for their deposition, Brian's son wakes up and Brian offers to let Katrina hold him. As he hands his son over he and Katrina share another "moment", though she hurries and leaves.

The next day during the deposition they each begin rattling off euphemistic accusations against their client that are actually meant for each other over their previous close-calls. In the aftermath Katrina realizes she has to dismiss Brian as her personal associate because of the personal and professional risks they were taking by working so closely together.

After resolving the issue with Katrina, she assigns him his first solo case working for a boutique whose landlord is evicting them on the grounds that they didn't disclose small amounts of ammonia used to make their handbags. Brian asks for Katrina's help while he takes lead on the case. After successfully getting the landlord to backdown, Brian is recounting events to his wife Julie over dinner when she suggests inviting Katrina over for dinner. The subsequent look on Brian's face alarmed Julie and she asked if anything ever happened between him and Katrina. While nothing did, he realized that he never wanted to think about anyone except Julie in the way he had thought about Katrina. For the good of his family, Brian chose to resign from the firm, parting on good terms with both Katrina, and Louis who let him keep the client he had just represented.