Travis C. Gunn Associate

Travis focuses on appellate litigation and defending clients in trial court against complex, high-value lawsuits.

He has drafted briefs at both the trial and appellate stage, including the United States Supreme Court, on issues ranging from class actions, constitutional law, consumer deception, nuisance, punitive damages, and tort law. Travis advises clients in the agriculture, automobile, construction, consumer retail, and energy industries. He also dedicates significant time to representing individuals on a pro bono basis, typically in appellate courts.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Travis was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable LeRoy F. Millette, Jr., of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Travis graduated summa cum laude from William & Mary Law School. At William & Mary, Travis served on the editorial board of the William & Mary Law Review.

Experience

United States Supreme Court

Collins v. Virginia, No. 16-1027 (U.S. 2018). Represented client in drafting merits briefing and successful petition for appeal. The United States Supreme Court reversed a lower court in our client’s favor, holding that the Fourth Amendment generally requires a warrant before an officer may search in the private property near an individual’s home.

State Appellate Courts

Nicholson v. Commonwealth, No. 0371-18-2 (Va. Ct. App. 2019). Represented client in drafting merits briefing and successful petition for appeal. Case presents to the Virginia Court of Appeals the constitutionality of Virginia’s automatic suspension of driver’s licenses when a person cannot pay court debt.

Collins v. Virginia, No. 151277 (Va. 2018). Represented client in drafting merits briefing and presenting oral argument. On remand from the United States Supreme Court, the case presents to the Virginia Supreme Court the circumstances of when an emergency justifies a warrantless search of the private property near an individual’s home.

Gonzalez v. Eastman Specialties Corporation, No. 2194 (Md. Ct. App. 2018). Represented client in drafting merits briefing. The case presents to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals the scope of a duty owed from a landowner to an independent contractor’s employee.

Lopez v. Devon Energy Production Company, L.P., No. A-1-CA-36044 (N.M. Ct. App. 2018). Represented client in drafting merits briefing. The case presents to the New Mexico Court of Appeals jury instructions and evidentiary decisions in a wrongful death trial won by our client in the trial court.

Jackson v. Clarke, No. 170843 (Va. 2018). Represented client in drafting merits briefing and presenting oral argument. The Virginia Supreme Court addressed what evidence can satisfy criminal firearm statutes.

Meyers v. Commonwealth, No. 150962 (Va. 2016). Represented client by drafting merits briefing and presenting oral argument. The Virginia Supreme Court addressed issues of uncorroborated eyewitness identification testimony.

Multidistrict, Class Action, and Mass Tort Litigation

Counsel of record for Fortune 500 national retailer of consumer goods. Defended client against nationwide and state class actions, and against suits brought by state attorneys general, alleging consumer deception. Litigation is consolidated into federal multidistrict litigation proceedings.

Counsel for Fortunate 500 national animal agriculture company. Defended client against environmental nuisance claims brought by over 500 individuals in 26 lawsuits in federal mass tort proceedings.

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • William & Mary Law School, JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, William and Mary Law Review, 2013
  • College of Charleston, BA, English and Political Science, cum laude, 2008
  • Author, The Fourteenth Amendment: A Structural Waiver of State Sovereign Immunity From Constitutional Tort Suits, 35 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 71, 2014
  • Author, Knowledge is Power: The Fundamental Right to Record Present Observations in Public, 64 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1409, 2013
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