Brian has extensive trial experience with more than 175 jury trials during his 28 years of practice in the Hampton Roads area. His trial results have been published in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly and the results were very favorable to his clients.  During one year, Brian had five consecutive jury trials that each resulted in a defense verdict for his client. In one case that he was defending, the jury awarded the plaintiff $1.00.  Brian’s primary practice areas are medical malpractice, healthcare complaints, trucking/transportation, catastrophic losses, complex litigation, products liability and premises liability.

    • Education

      • J.D., Delaware Law School, with honors, 1989

      Professional Recognition

      • Litigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
    • Memberships

      • Defense Research Institute
      • Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association
      • Trucking Industry Defense Association
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  • Brian recently defended two separate malicious prosecution cases before a jury in Lancaster Circuit Court that resulted in favorable verdicts for his clients.
  • Recent defense verdict for a national trucking company brought by a severely injured plaintiff who was a Secret Service Agent.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a ski resort following a lengthy five day jury trial in U.S. District Court located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Plaintiff minor was asserting a severe traumatic brain injury and boarded millions in claimed specials.
  • Obtained a favorable result for a company and its driver in U.S. District Court located in Macon, Georgia following a lengthy jury trial. The lawsuits were brought by multiple plaintiffs who claimed serious, permanent injuries.
  • Brian has been retained by the excess carrier in catastrophic loss cases that were litigated in Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Maryland, West Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Texas. Often times, Brian has been asked to assume the defense of the case and is dropped in within weeks or months of a trial date.
  • Defended hospitals, medical groups and healthcare professionals in medical malpractice lawsuits with favorable results.
  • Represented healthcare professionals successfully before the Virginia Board of Medicine who had complaints filed against them and whose medical license was at risk of being revoked.
  • Defended national trucking companies that involved catastrophic losses, including wrongful death claims with favorable settlements.
  • Brian has defended trucking companies assessed with overweight citations and over height citations, as well as represented the drivers that were issued a traffic citation. Often times, Brian was able to get the overweight citations dismissed or the fines substantially reduced.
  • Defended a major shuttle bus manufacturer against product defect claims, crashworthy design claims and violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. These cases involved catastrophic losses, including multiple fatalities, and were litigated in Georgia and Florida.
  • Brian has defended product liability claims against the manufacturers of remote control mining equipment and mining dump trucks that resulted in catastrophic losses, including death. The cases were litigated in Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia.
  • Defended insurance agents against errors and omissions (E&O) claims for failure to procure adequate and necessary insurance coverage for the client.
  • Defended a major hotel located in Ocean City, Maryland that involved an indoor pool drowning. Brian has also represented manufacturers against product liability claims related to defective pool drain covers that resulted in a drowning.
  • Conducted examinations under oath (EUO) for national insurance companies in first party actions that were the subject of a fraud investigation. Many of the claims by the insured were withdrawn following the EUO.
  • Defended national insurance companies regarding first party actions that resulted from fire losses and water damage to the structure and contents.
  • Represented and defended stores and national restaurants in premises liability claims.
  • Brian has defended landlords against lead and mold related claims brought by the tenants that resulted in favorable outcomes.
  • As the result of Brian’s vast insurance defense experience and trying cases, he has also represented plaintiffs during his career who were severely injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents. He has achieved excellent results for his clients.


  • Brian presented at the 2016 conference of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA) on the topic of defending trucking cases in litigation.
  • In addition, he has presented many times during his career on topics for NBI Continuing Legal Education that included Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage and How to Try a Civil Case, to name a few. Brian W. Lown Member Willcox & Savage, P.C. (757) 628-5667 (757) 628-5566
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