Brian has handled general litigation cases of all types on a local and national level for more than 26 years. During this period of time, Brian has taken to verdict approximately 200 jury trials in various state and federal courts. Many of his results have been published in newsletters that conduct verdict research and in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Brian practices in the Hampton Roads area and in other parts of Virginia that include Richmond, Roanoke and Northern Virginia. In addition, Brian has handled cases in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Brian has been retained directly by the insurance company or by the insurer’s third party administrator to represent the interest of the insured in a broad range of cases, including accidents that involve automobiles, tractor trailers, commercial buses, heavy machinery, and mining equipment. The cases generally involve violations of certain regulations and standards that have been promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The allegations can include negligence, breach of warranty claims, and product defects that include manufacturing and design claims.
Brian has defended several hundred cases over 26 years that have involved property damage claims and a broad range of bodily injuries that have included traumatic brain injuries, orthopedic injuries, severe burns, paralysis, amputations, and catastrophic injuries resulting in death. The serious nature of a plaintiff’s injuries can result in long term disability with a loss of future income and benefits, future medical bills and costly life care plans that can include home health care services for life. The lawsuits generally involve several million dollars in claimed damages by the plaintiff, and typically impact the primary and excess insurance policies of the insured.
Brian’s practice has also included the representation of healthcare professionals and hospitals who have been sued by patients on the allegation that the physician, nurse and/or hospital deviated from the standard of care while treating the patient. This can occur as the result of a bad surgery, wrong medication, or a misdiagnosis that has left the patient with devastating injuries and in some situations even death. The cases are generally expert intensive and require that the attorney have expertise in the understanding of general medicine and the procedures at issue.
Brian has defended many healthcare professionals who have had complaints made against them by patients or by other healthcare providers. The complaints are filed with the Virginia Board of Medicine and typically set forth allegations of malpractice or violations of ethical standards that can impact a practitioner’s license. The type of disciplinary action that can be taken by the Board of Medicine may include a reprimand, a modification or suspension of a license to practice medicine or practice a certain sub-specialty. The complaint requires a written response and generally can result in the appearance before the Board of Medicine for an informal or formal hearing.
- Defense verdict in Chesapeake Circuit Court for trucking client
- Recent success at a hearing before the Board of Medicine in which all charges against the physician were dismissed
- Favorable results with the Board of Medicine on a number of complaints against healthcare providers in which the charges were dismissed
- Recent jury trials resulting in favorable verdicts for the defense in two separate malicious prosecution cases
- Defense verdict in a products liability case in Richmond Circuit Court
- Defense verdict in a case involving a minor with a traumatic brain injury tried in Federal Court, Scranton, Pennsylvania
- Favorable jury verdict in Federal Court in Macon, Georgia where two plaintiffs were asserting serious bodily injuries from a motor vehicle accident
- 2016 – Presented on the topic of handling trucking accidents at the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Conference
- 2015 – Presented on the topic of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage for NBI-- Continuing Legal Education