J. Brian Jackson Partner

Brian Jackson is the managing partner of the Charlottesville office, and is known for his success in trying high-exposure jury cases on behalf of energy, trucking and automobile companies in various jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Energy Litigation

Brian serves as a go-to resource relating to natural gas transmission and distribution for pipeline owners, operators and construction companies. He has experience with securing right-of-way access for the protection of underground assets and has substantial knowledge of the regulatory and investigatory issues arising out of pipeline ruptures and explosions.

Brian leads McGuireWoods’ rapid deployment team for cases involving catastrophic explosions and has particular experience with Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration corrective action orders and NTSB investigations of these events. Over the course of his career, he has managed responses to pipeline ruptures, explosions and damages cases from Texas to Massachusetts, where he has coordinated onsite crisis management, interfaced with federal and state regulatory agencies, ensured evidence preservation, and managed the coordination of experts.

Motor Carrier Litigation Management

As co-director of McGuireWoods' transportation industry team, Brian has experience in all aspects of motor carrier litigation management, including first- and third-party claims, personal injury defense, uninsured and under-insured motorist coverage. He has served as national coordinating counsel for discovery and litigation, Department of Transportation audits and investigations, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigations, and cases involving property damage, fire loss, and arson. He is well-versed in the complexities of tractor-trailer accidents and multiple-vehicle collisions and has handled these types of cases throughout the United States in both federal and state courts. He also has significant jury trial experience with wrongful death and severe bodily injury claims arising out of complex, multiple-vehicle pile-ups.

Well-recognized for his commitment to the transportation industry, Brian has been selected by his peers as one of the best transportation lawyers in the state of Virginia. Earlier in his career he was nominated for membership in the prestigious Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), and he has remained an active member ever since.

For several years in a row, Brian has been named as one of Virginia Business Magazine’s "Legal Elite." While earning his undergraduate degree from Hampden-Sydney College, he was honored as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Sigma Iota and Phi Alpha Theta. Brian has been a faculty member of the National Trial Advocacy Institute since 2007.

Experience

Energy Litigation

Managed all civil litigation related to an overpressure event that led to a series of explosions and fire in three neighboring towns, including the design and execution of a settlement strategy for 7 consolidated class action cases.

Managed litigation and NTSB investigation for major transmission line rupture in West Virginia.

Managed litigation and expert witness (both litigation and investigation) privilege issues for major transmission line rupture in Kentucky.

Managed company investigation, regulatory investigation in home explosion in Pennsylvania.

Managed company investigation, regulatory investigation in home explosion in Massachusetts.

Representation as lead trial counsel to natural gas transmission company in right-of-way access injunction matter.

Motor Carrier Litigation

Representation as coordinating counsel for one of the largest publicly held trucking companies in the country.

Representation on general day-to-day matters of one of the largest privately held trucking companies in the country.

Representation as lead trial counsel of defendant in a post-collision fuel-fed fire case resulting in the death of the plaintiff.

Representation as lead trial counsel of a defendant in a wrongful death matter arising out of rear-end collision.

Representation as lead trial counsel of a wrongful death matter resulting in 13 fatalities and a 23-car pileup in ice and snow.

Representation as lead counsel for trucking company in defense of matter resulting in decapitation of plaintiff.

Representation as general counsel to various trucking companies regarding day-to-day operation issues, including employment, regulatory issues and risk management.

Product Liability and Personal Injury Litigation

Representation as lead counsel for a manufacturing defendant in food contamination litigation.

Representation as lead trial counsel for healthcare company in wrongful death case.

Representation as lead trial counsel for a U.S. automobile manufacturer in roof strength and handling and stability claims for sport utility vehicles.

Representation as trial counsel of a foreign automobile manufacturing company regarding two-point passive restraints.

Representation as trial counsel of a U.S. automobile manufacturing company regarding two-point passive restraints.

Representation and serve as program coordinator for two alternative risk financing mechanism for high risk groups.

  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 1993
  • Hampden-Sydney College, BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1987

Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge. 2000-present

Board of Trustees, Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Foundation, 2007-present

Industry & External Relations Advisory Board, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering School of the University of Virginia, 2002-present

General Counsel, University of Virginia Health Foundation. 2005-present

Board of Trustees, University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 2007-present

Program Coordinator, Virginia Senior Care Group, LLC

Member, Defense Research Institute

Member, Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging

Member, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging

Member, Tort Section and Workers' Compensation Section, Virginia State Bar

  • French
  • West Virginia
  • Virginia
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • Virginia (All State and Federal Courts)

Honoree, "William J. Brennan, Jr. Award," National Trial Advocacy College, University of Virginia School of Law, 2020

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Woodward/White, Inc., 2009-2020

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Charlottesville, Woodward/White, Inc., 2019

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Transport: Rail And Road, Virginia, Legal 500 US, 2017-2019

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Product Liability, Mass Tort And Class Action: Automotive/Transport, Virginia, Legal 500 US, 2017

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial), Nationwide, Chambers USA, 2016-2018

Named to "Legal Elite," Virginia, Virginia Business Magazine, 2005-2007

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Lawyers, Litigation, Marquis Who's Who, 2000

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Business, Litigation, Marquis Who's Who, 1996

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in International Lawyers, Litigation, Marquis Who's Who, 1995

Named to “Virginia Super Lawyers,” Transportation/Maritime, Health Care, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012

  • Speaker, "Hot Topics Panel," "Safety, FDA regulations & liability," "Mock Deposition," 2014 IWLA Warehouse Legal Practice Symposium, June 18, 2014
  • Instructor, "Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases—Trial Segment," Motor Vehicle Virginia Continuing Legal Education Seminar, May 17, 2007
  • Speaker, West Virginia Judicial Conference, April 29, 2007
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