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J.D., Washington & Lee University, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Editorial Board, Washington & Lee Law Review, 1987

Professional Recognition

AV Peer Review Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law and Commercial Litigation

Virginia's "Legal Elite," Virginia Business magazine

Virginia Super Lawyers, Commercial Litigation and Environmental Law

Benchmark Litigation:  the Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys


American Bar Association

Virginia State Bar

Virginia Bar Association

Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association

Chesapeake Bar Association


Past-Chair of the Board of Governors of the Litigation Section of the Virginia State Bar

Past-President of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

Permanent Member, Boyd-Graves Conference

Gary A. Bryant



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Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation and Environmental

Gary is head of the firm's litigation practice. He focuses on complex litigation matters, with an emphasis on commercial litigation and environmental law. Gary has represented clients throughout the country, and has litigated at the trial level in California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. He has handled mass tort litigation, including class action and MDL matters. Gary routinely monitors high-risk trials as appellate counsel on behalf of catastrophic loss insurers. In addition, he has handled numerous appeals to the Virginia Supreme Court, as well as appeals to the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Gary is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Regent University, where he teaches Environmental Law and Virginia Civil Procedure.

Published Decisions

  • Represents corporate entities in cost recovery actions, including claims resulting from the accidental releases of hazardous material and contamination arising out of the operation of industrial facilities. Such cost recovery actions involve not only claims arising under CERCLA, but also State law claims, including nuisance and trespass claims as well as claims based on various state statutes.

  • Represents individuals and entities in matters involving the contamination of property, including soil and structures, and the contamination of ground, surface and processed water.

  • Represents transportation companies, including railroads, in matters arising out of the transport of hazardous materials, and has litigated liability for the improper manufacture, packaging, and loading of hazardous materials, liability for failing to maintain or inspect equipment used to transport hazardous materials, responsibility for documentation of hazardous materials and the cause or causes for the release of hazardous materials during transport.

  • Represents transportation companies, including railroads, in matters involving preemption under the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act, the Federal Rail Safety Act and the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act.

  • Represents various entities in complex commercial disputes, including contract litigation as well as litigation arising out of the acquisition and development of real property.

  • Represents entities and individuals in litigation involving alleged fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, business conspiracies and other commercial torts.

  • Represents municipalities in matters involving municipal liability generally, construction contract disputes, land use and environmental law.


  • Litigation Experts: How to Pick Them, How to Prep Them, How to Preserve Them and How to Present Them,  VSB Litigation Section Annual Meeting Presentation 2011

  • PRPs:  Still Bad, But Getting Better, August 26, 2010, Presentation to Chartis, High Profile Unit, Pollution Insurance Products Group

  • CERCLA:  The Basics, April 23, 2010, Presentation to Chartis, Pollution Insurance Products Group

  • Appellate Practice in Virginia, February 19, 2010, Presentation to Chartis, Excess Claims Group

  • Faith and the Law:  The Intersection of Religious Life and Legal Practice, 2009 NPBA Bench Bar Conference

  • Business Torts in Virginia, Fall 2007 NPBA CLE Presentation

  • Discovery and Disclosure Obligations for Experts, February 2006 NARTC Presentation

  • Environmental Cost Recovery Litigation in Virginia, Spring 2004 NBI Presentation