Brian Jackson is the managing partner of the Charlottesville office, and is known for his success in trying high-exposure jury cases on behalf of energy, transportation and manufacturing companies in various jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Brian serves as a go-to resource relating to natural gas transmission and distribution for pipeline owners, operators and construction companies. He has experience with securing right-of-way access for the protection of underground assets and has substantial knowledge of the regulatory and investigatory issues arising out of catastrophic explosions, fires and contact incidents.
Brian leads McGuireWoods’ rapid deployment team for cases involving catastrophic incidents and has particular experience with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration corrective action orders and NTSB investigations of these events. Over the course of his career, he has managed responses to pipeline ruptures, explosions and damages cases from Texas to Massachusetts, where he has coordinated onsite crisis management, interfaced with federal and state regulatory agencies, ensured evidence preservation, and managed the coordination of experts.
As co-director of McGuireWoods' transportation industry team, Brian has experience in all aspects of litigation management, including first- and third-party claims, class actions, mass actions, personal injury defense and insurance coverage. He has served as national coordinating counsel for discovery and litigation and managed Department of Transportation audits and investigations as well as National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigations. He is well-versed in the complex interplay of regulatory bodies, litigation response and the necessary public relations issues that all arise from catastrophic events. His significant jury trial experience brings a perspective to crisis management that allows him to see a path forward.
Selected by Woodward/White, Inc. for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, for Product Liability Litigation and Personal Injury Defense from 2009-2021, Brian was named “Lawyer of the Year,” by that organization for Personal Injury Defense in 2019. While earning his undergraduate degree from Hampden-Sydney College, he was honored as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Sigma Iota and Phi Alpha Theta. Brian has been a faculty member of the National Trial Advocacy Institute since 2007, where he was honored in 2020 with the “William J. Brennan, Jr. Award” for his commitment to teaching young lawyers the skill of advocacy.
Managed all civil litigation related to an overpressure event that led to a series of explosions and fire in three neighboring towns, including the design and execution of a settlement strategy for 7 consolidated class action cases.
Managed litigation and NTSB investigation for major transmission line rupture in West Virginia.
Managed litigation and expert witness (both litigation and investigation) privilege issues for major transmission line rupture in Kentucky.
Managed company investigation, regulatory investigation in home explosion in Pennsylvania.
Managed company investigation, regulatory investigation in home explosion in Massachusetts.
Representation as lead trial counsel to natural gas transmission company in right-of-way access injunction matter.Motor Carrier Litigation
Representation as coordinating counsel for one of the largest publicly held trucking companies in the country.
Representation on general day-to-day matters of one of the largest privately held trucking companies in the country.
Representation as lead trial counsel of defendant in a post-collision fuel-fed fire case resulting in the death of the plaintiff.
Representation as lead trial counsel of a defendant in a wrongful death matter arising out of rear-end collision.
Representation as lead trial counsel of a wrongful death matter resulting in 13 fatalities and a 23-car pileup in ice and snow.
Representation as lead counsel for trucking company in defense of matter resulting in decapitation of plaintiff.
Representation as general counsel to various trucking companies regarding day-to-day operation issues, including employment, regulatory issues and risk management.Product Liability and Personal Injury Litigation
Representation as lead counsel for a manufacturing defendant in food contamination litigation.
Representation as lead trial counsel for healthcare company in wrongful death case.
Representation as lead trial counsel for a U.S. automobile manufacturer in roof strength and handling and stability claims for sport utility vehicles.
Representation as trial counsel of a foreign automobile manufacturing company regarding two-point passive restraints.
Representation as trial counsel of a U.S. automobile manufacturing company regarding two-point passive restraints.
Representation and serve as program coordinator for two alternative risk financing mechanism for high risk groups.
Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge. 2000-present
Board of Trustees, Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Foundation, 2007-present
Industry & External Relations Advisory Board, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering School of the University of Virginia, 2002-present
General Counsel, University of Virginia Health Foundation. 2005-present
Board of Trustees, University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 2007-present
Program Coordinator, Virginia Senior Care Group, LLC
Member, Defense Research Institute
Member, Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging
Member, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
Member, Tort Section and Workers' Compensation Section, Virginia State Bar
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Woodward/White, Inc., 2009-2023
Selected for inclusion in “Legal 500 United States,” Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation and Regulation, 2021; Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas 2021, 2022
Named "Lawyer of the Year," Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Charlottesville, The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2019, 2022
Honoree, "William J. Brennan, Jr. Award," National Trial Advocacy College, University of Virginia School of Law, 2020
Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Transport: Rail and Road, Virginia, Legal 500 US, 2017-2020
Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Product Liability, Mass Tort And Class Action: Automotive/Transport, Virginia, Legal 500 US, 2017
Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial), Nationwide, Chambers USA, 2016-2018
Named to "Legal Elite," Virginia, Virginia Business Magazine, 2005-2007
Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Lawyers, Litigation, Marquis Who's Who, 2000
Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Business, Litigation, Marquis Who's Who, 1996
Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in International Lawyers, Litigation, Marquis Who's Who, 1995
Named to “Virginia Super Lawyers,” Transportation/Maritime, Health Care, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012
McGuireWoods Attorneys Analyze Texas Supreme Court Opinion on Utility Tariff
August 3, 2022
McGuireWoods Lawyers Review Decision on Variable Rate Charges for Natural Gas
September 24, 2021
McGuireWoods Attorneys Recognized in 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
August 19, 2021
McGuireWoods Charlottesville Office Moves to State-of-the-Art Space in New Building
August 9, 2021