J. Brian Jackson, managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Charlottesville office, is one of three
2020 winners of the Brennan Award presented by the National Trial Advocacy
College at the University of Virginia School of Law. The award recognizes
Jackson for his 26-year legal career and for his more than 12 years of
service on the college’s faculty.
The award, launched in 1987, honors U.S. Supreme Court Justice William
Brennan Jr., who served on the high court from 1956 to 1990. Honorees — who
include judges, lawyers in private practice and public officials — are
recognized for exceptional trial skills and contributions to advocacy
education and the legal profession.
Jackson, who co-leads McGuireWoods' transportation industry team,
represents captive insurance companies, natural gas transmission companies
and long-haul truckers, among others. He has tried hundreds of
high-exposure cases and handles all aspects of motor carrier litigation
management, Department of Transportation audits and investigations,
National Transportation Safety Board investigations, and cases involving
property damage, fire loss and arson.
“It is an honor to receive an award named for one of our country’s greatest
jurists,” said Jackson. “It is especially gratifying to be part of a
program that plays such an important role developing successful trial
The National Trial Advocacy College is a partnership between the University
of Virginia School of Law and Virginia CLE, the educational arm of the
Virginia Law Foundation. McGuireWoods Charlottesville partner
R. Craig Wood is a previous Brennan Award honoree.