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, automotive,
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.
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. 200356 (Va. 2021). Represented client in drafting merits briefing. The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled in our client’s favor and clarified the law about the procedural steps required to appeal from a final judgment. On remand, the Court of Appeals of Virginia reversed the judgment of conviction against our client for lack of sufficient evidence.
- McClary v. Jenkins, No. 191132 (Va. 2020). Represented client in drafting merits briefing and presenting oral argument. The Supreme Court of Virginia clarified the legal standard for when a taxpayer can challenge the legality of local government expenditures.
- Gonzalez v. E.S. Corporation, No. 2194 (Md. Ct. App. 2020). Represented client in drafting merits briefing. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled in our client’s favor when addressing the scope of a duty owed by a landowner to an independent contractor’s employee.
- S. v. Villalta, No. 3D19451 (Fla. Ct. App. 2020). Represented client in drafting merits briefing. The Florida Third District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court to rule in our client’s favor that a non-resident manufacturer was not subject to personal jurisdiction in a state trial court.
- Lopez v. D.E.P. Company, No. A-1-CA-36044 (N.M. Ct. App. 2020). Represented client in drafting merits briefing. The New Mexico Court of Appeals determined the scope of duties required by those who hire independent contractors.
- Collins v. Commonwealth, No. 151277 (Va. 2019). Represented client in drafting merits briefing and presenting oral argument. On remand from the United States Supreme Court, the Virginia Supreme Court determined when an emergency justifies a warrantless search of the private property near an individual’s home.
- 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 in drafting merits briefing and presenting oral argument. The Virginia Supreme Court addressed issues of uncorroborated eyewitness identification testimony.
Other Representative Matters
- Member of national litigation team for a leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment.
- 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 and breach of warranties. Litigation was consolidated into federal multidistrict litigation proceedings.
William & Mary Law SchoolJD
summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, William and Mary Law Review2013
College of CharlestonBAEnglish and Political Science
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Appellate Practice, 2021-2024
- Author, Uber’s Challenge to Non-Individual PAGA Standing Crashes at the California Supreme Court, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, July 18, 2023
- Author, Date of Delivery, Not Sale: California Imposes New Requirement for Consumer Products Warranties, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 17, 2023
- Author, 8th Circuit Confirms: No Anti-Removal Presumption Applies Under Class Action Fairness Act, Class Action Countermeasures, January 25, 2023
- Author, Manufacturers and Retailers Beware: New Warranty Class Actions, Class Action Countermeasures, August 18, 2022
- Author, U.S. Supreme Court: Individual PAGA Claim Must Cruise Into Arbitration, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, June 15, 2022
- Author, Georgia High Court Ruling “in Tension” With SCOTUS Personal Jurisdiction Precedent, Class Action Countermeasures, September 24, 2021
- Author, "Consumer Contract Terms Offer Cos. Arbitration Alternatives", Law360, July 1, 2021
- Author, Using Contracts to Avoid Problematic Jurisdictions and Unfavorable Law, Class Action Countermeasures, May 24, 2021
- Co-author, Justices May Clarify Personal Jurisdiction Online In Ford Suits, Law360, November 11, 2020
- Author, "Maximizing Defense Advantages In Jurisdictional Discovery", Law360, May 21, 2020
- 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
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th 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
- Speaker, "Magnuson-Moss Information Session", In-house industry organization, August 31, 2022
- Speaker, Using Contracts to Avoid Problematic Jurisdictions and Unfavorable Law, April 29, 2021
- Hon. LeRoy F. Millette, Supreme Court of Virginia, 2013-2015