Brian E. Pumphrey Partner

Brian is a class action litigator with significant experience in financial services, fiduciary and securities litigation.

Brian’s financial services practice focuses on lawsuits filed by consumers against national banks, especially mortgage and foreclosure process litigation. Throughout the past several years, he has litigated more than a dozen mortgage-related class actions all across the country in state and federal courts, while at the same time handling countless individual consumer financial matters, including actions under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, state and federal RICO and countless others.

Brian’s fiduciary litigation experience is also nationwide in scope. As both a litigator and a counselor, Brian represents large financial institutions that serve as corporate trustees. Brian’s fiduciary litigation experience runs the gamut from ordinary breach of fiduciary duty cases and to complex investment management claims. He also counsels trustees on risk avoidance, and regularly assists trustees in resolving disputes with trust beneficiaries, co-trustees and other parties before the disputes blossom into costly litigation.

Brian’s securities class action experience is equally broad. He has experience in litigating class actions under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These matters often focus on complex accounting issues.

In addition to handling financial services, securities and fiduciary litigation matters, Brian maintains a broad-based commercial practice, regularly handling healthcare litigation, business tort and trade secret litigation, and residential and commercial landlord-tenant litigation.

Brian serves on the Gettysburg College Alumni Board of Directors and is an active volunteer with the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society.

While attending the University of Richmond School of Law, Brian was a member of the McNeill Law Honor Society.


Serves as national class action counsel for one of the largest financial institutions in the world in mortgage and foreclosure process cases.

Represents a national bank in varied trust and fiduciary matters in litigation with high net worth individuals and trust beneficiaries.

Represented manufacturer of fire and security, healthcare and electronics products in multi-district securities and ERISA class action.

Effectively litigated affirmative action against a publicly-traded company’s former lead director for breach of fiduciary duty, resulting in multimillion-dollar judgment.

Represented international accounting firm in multibillion dollar negligence action concerning alleged improper opinions on complex hedging and amortization policies.

Effectively represented national health insurance company in issue of first impression litigation over interpretation of Medicaid statute concerning payments for emergency services.

Represents local public housing authority in both a counseling and litigation capacities concerning landlord-tenant and regulatory matters.

Effectively represented excess and surplus lines insurer in a “bet the company” trade secret and computer crimes litigation.

Represented private college in trust litigation relating to potential sale of multimillion dollar American art collection.

  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Manuscripts Editor, University of Richmond Law Review, 2001
  • Gettysburg College, BA, Honors in History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1998

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Securities Litigation, Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2010, 2012-2016

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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