J. Tracy Walker IV

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Practices
Education
  • Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, 1990
  • University of Virginia, BSME, with High Distinction, 1987
Admissions
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Affiliations

Member, Boyd-Graves Conference

Associate Member, Lawyers for Civil Justice

Committee on Lawyer Discipline, 2008-2013 (Co-Chair, 2012-2013); Faculty, Mandatory Professionalism Course, 2012-2015; Virginia State Bar

Third District Disciplinary Committee, 2001-2007; Special Committee on Access to Legal Services, 1996-1999; Committee on Continuing Legal Education, 1994-1997, Virginia State Bar

President-Elect; Board of Directors, 2008 to 2014, 2004-2007; Secretary/Treasurer, 2012-2013; Judiciary Committee, 1997-2000, Richmond Bar Association

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Tracy Walker serves as deputy managing partner of McGuireWoods and is head of the firm’s litigation practice. Mr. Walker’s individual practice focuses on product liability, consumer class action and commercial litigation at the trial and appellate level. He handles complex matters in jurisdictions throughout the country and has tried cases to verdict in numerous states. He serves as national trial, class action and/or appellate counsel for a range of clients.

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Lead appellate counsel for automobile manufacturer in Virginia Supreme Court in product liability action resulting in $20 million verdict. Reversed and final judgment for manufacturer. 2016

Lead defense counsel in consolidated consumer class actions against automobile manufacturer in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging engine performance issues. Summary judgment for defendant. 2016

Lead appellate counsel for automobile manufacturer in U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in class action alleging premature failure of vehicle axles. Summary judgment for manufacturer affirmed. 2016

Lead appellate counsel for automobile manufacturer in Virginia Supreme Court in wrongful death action resulting in $14 million verdict. Reversed and final judgment for manufacturer based on improper admission of expert testimony. 2015

Lead defense counsel in consumer class action against automobile manufacturer in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Summary judgment for defendant. 2014

Lead defense counsel in consumer class actions filed in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of West Virginia and the District of South Carolina alleging that vehicles are prone to unwanted acceleration events. 2014

Lead appellate counsel for automobile manufacture in Maryland Court of Appeals in mesothelioma case. 2013

Lead appellate counsel for gas control valve manufacturer in U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Exclusion of expert witness and summary judgment for manufacturer affirmed. 2013

Lead appellate counsel for automobile manufacturer in Virginia Supreme Court in wrongful death action. Exclusion of evidence and summary judgment for manufacturer affirmed. 2013

Lead appellate counsel for automobile manufacturer in Virginia Supreme Court in mesothelioma case. Jury verdict for plaintiff reversed. 2013.

Lead defense counsel in consumer class actions against automobile manufacturer in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 2012

Defense counsel in products liability action against gas control valve manufacturer filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan arising from propane explosion and resulting catastrophic injuries. Summary judgment granted as to all claims. 2012

Lead appellate counsel for a power company in Virginia Supreme Court (2011) and Virginia Court of Appeals (2012) in environmental permitting case. Issuance of permit affirmed.

Lead appellate counsel for a construction company in Virginia Supreme Court (2010) and Virginia Court of Appeals (2012) in $20 million breach of contract case. Judgment affirmed in part and reversed in part.

Lead trial counsel in wrongful death action against automobile manufacturer tried in the Court of Common Pleas of Pike County, Pennsylvania. Defense verdict. 2011

Lead trial counsel in wrongful death action against automobile manufacturer tried in the Circuit Court of Mays County, Oklahoma. Plaintiff non-suit at trial. 2011.

Lead defense counsel in consumer class action filed against automobile manufacturer in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Class certification denied. 2011

Lead appellate counsel for pork producer in Missouri Court of Appeals in consolidated nuisance actions arising from farming operations. 2011

Lead defense counsel in consumer class action filed against smoke alarm manufacturer in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Motion to dismiss with prejudice granted. 2011

Lead defense counsel in consumer class action filed against automobile manufacturer in the Circuit Court of Escambia County, Florida. Summary judgment granted as to all claims. 2010

Appellate counsel for a power company in Virginia Supreme Court in $500 million breach of contract action. 2009

Lead trial counsel in wrongful death action against automobile manufacturer tried in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Defense verdict. 2009

Lead trial counsel in wrongful death action against automobile manufacture tried in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Kentucky. Defense verdict. 2009

Lead trial counsel in wrongful death action against smoke alarm manufacturer tried in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Hung jury and mistrial. 2008

Fellow, Virginia Bar Foundation

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Product Liability, Mass Tort And Class Action: Consumer Products, Legal 500 US, 2017

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Automotive/Transport, Legal 500 US, 2016-2017

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Richmond, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2016

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Woodward/White, Inc., 2007-2017

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: Products Liability, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2010-2017

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Personal Injury Defense: Products, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2017

Named to "Legal Elite," Appellate Law, Virginia Business, 2011, 2013-2016

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Product Liability, Mass Tort And Class Action: Toxic Tort – Defense, Virginia, Legal 500 US, 2008-2011, 2017