Brooks H. Spears Associate

Brooks is an associate who focuses on complex litigation for clients from various industries, including hospitality, real estate development, construction, natural gas, coal, utilities, government contracts, data centers, telecommunications, banking, and politics. Before joining McGuireWoods in 2015, Brooks spent two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Irene M. Keeley, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

During law school, Brooks also externed for the Honorable Robert E. Payne, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Experience

Brooks’ experience includes the following:

Represented international hotel chain in its litigation matters for franchised and managed hotels;

Represented a political fundraiser and businessman on federal computer hacking and RICO claims against a foreign sovereign;

Represented media personality in contract negotiations with BlazeTV;

Represented senatorial candidates in claims related to the 2021 U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia;

Represented the former CEO of automobile manufacturer for a deposition subpoena;

Represented former White House chief of staff in civil litigation against members of Congress and Select House Committee;

Represented government contractor in defending against $300 million fraud and state RICO claims;

Represented international timeshare company in defending against $2 million claims of fraud and negligent resort management;

Represented natural gas transportation company in jury trial in federal court on claim that airport negligently caused pipeline rupture;

Represented Fortune 100 financial institution in defending against $10 million fraud and breach of contract claims;

Represented data center REIT in defending against $70 million claims for breach of contract and tortious interference;

Represented sitting governor and his company in bench trial in federal court on $8 million claims for breach of a coal supply agreement;

Represented interstate natural gas companies in acquiring pipeline easements through eminent domain under the Natural Gas Act;

Represented real estate developers and luxury resort in obtaining multi-million-dollar tax refunds and reduced property tax assessments from Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Northern Virginia; and

Represented pro bono victim of human trafficking in obtaining and enforcing judgment.


The following decisions are also representative of Brooks’ experience:

Mech. Contractors Ass’n of Am., Inc. v. Hilton Franchise Holding, LLC, 2020 WL 7481771 (D. Del. Dec. 18, 2020);

Georgia Republican Party, Inc. v. Sec’y of State for Ga., 2020 WL 7488181 (11th Cir. 2020);

Puchalski v. TCFC HotelCo, LP, 2020 WL 1891885 (D. Utah Apr. 16, 2020);

S and V LLC v. Lowe’s Home Ctrs., LLC, 2019 WL 7020259 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 20, 2019);

L-3 Commc’ns Corp. v. Serco Inc., 926 F.3d 85 (4th Cir. 2019);

Olin v. Dakota Access, LLC, 2017 WL 4532581 (D.N.D. Oct. 10, 2017);

Palmer v. Atl. Coast Pipeline, LLC, 801 S.E.2d 414 (Va. 2017);

Bristol Univ. v. Accrediting Council for Indep. Colls. & Schs., 691 F. App’x 737 (4th Cir. 2017);

LongView Int’l Tech. Solutions, Inc. v. Lin, 2017 WL 1396062 (Va. Apr. 13, 2017);

Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. v. Spinnaker Resorts, Inc., 2017 WL 831155 (E.D. Va. Feb. 3, 2017); and

Columbia Gas Transmission LLC v. Tri-State Airport Auth., 2016 WL 1737120 (S.D. W. Va. May 2, 2016).

  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • 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 Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • German
  • Author, Dakota Access Pipeline: Down but Not Out, McGuireWoods Legal Insights, December 6, 2016
  • Note, "If the Plaintiffs are Right, Grutter is Wrong:" Why Fisher v. University of Texas Presents the Supreme Court with an Opportunity to Overturn a Flawed Decision, 2012
  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, cum laude, Articles & Comments Editor, University of Richmond Law Review, 2013
  • Hillsdale College, BA, International Business and German, cum laude, 2009

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2018-2022

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2022, 2023

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