Brian J. Schneider

Brian J. Schneider

Shareholder 1211 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219

(804) 864-4814
(804) 421-6251 (fax)

Brian J. Schneider

Brian J. Schneider
1211 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219

(804) 864-4814
(804) 421-6251 (fax)

  • Moran Reeves Conn - Super Lawyers

The wide breadth of Brian’s experience – including claims related to product liability, toxic exposure, maritime injuries, commercial disputes, breach of contract, employment agreements, and defamation laws in federal and state courts across the country – has made him a “go to” litigator for clients ranging in size from multi-national corporations to small business owners.  As former chair of the Appellate Practice section of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Brian has likewise handled a number of significant appellate matters touching upon a variety of state, federal, and constitutional issues. For his efforts in these areas, Brian has been named several times as a “Virginia Super Lawyer” for his civil defense work, as well as among Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business for his appellate advocacy on behalf of his clients.  He was offered membership in the International Association of Defense Counsel, an invitation borne of his reputation among clients and peers alike.

Brian is a member of the Virginia State Bar Litigation Section’s Board of Governors. He also serves as President of the Henrico County Bar Association.  Brian is a former federal law clerk and is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a regular author and speaker on product liability, maritime, and appellate issues. Brian is a member of both the Virginia and Georgia bars and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of both jurisdictions, as well as in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, and Eleventh Circuits.

Areas of Practice:

  • Product Liability
  • Appellate Practice
  • Maritime Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Bar Admissions

      • Virginia (state and federal)
      • Georgia (state and federal
      • Colorado (federal)
      • U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
      • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Professional Associations and Membership

      • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
        Board of Directors (2013-present)
        Chair, Legislative Affairs (2014-present)
      • Henrico County Bar Association
        President, 2017-2018
        Board of Directors (2014-2016)
      • Virginia State Bar
        Board of Governors, Litigation Section
      • VADA Journal of Civil Litigation, Board of Editors (2012 – present)
        Chair, Appellate Practice (2012-13)
      • Virginia Bar Association
      • International Association of Defense Counsel
      • Maritime Law Association of the United States
      • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
      • Defense Research Institute
      • John Marshall Inn of Court
  • Education

    • UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, T.C. Williams School Of Law
      Richmond, VA
      Juris Doctor, cum laude, May 2000

      • McNeill Law Society (top 10% of class)
      • The Order of Barristers
      • Moot Court Board
      • Trial Advocacy Board
      • Client Counseling/Negotiations Board
      • Journal of Law and Technology

      Richmond, VA
      B.S. Accounting, cum laude, December 1995

      • Virginia Commonwealth University Honors Program
      • Golden Key National Honor Society
      • Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Honor Society)
  • Published Works/Presentations

    • “In the Wake of Devries: Revisiting the Extension of Maritime Jurisdiction Over Asbestos Claims”, published in IADC Defense Counsel Journal, Volume 86, No. 3

      “A ‘Certifiable’ Argument: Application for Certified Questions to the Supreme Court of Virginia Under Rule 5:40”,  published in Virginia State Bar Litigation News, January 2019

      “Air & Liquid Systems Corp. v. Devries: Asbestos litigation’s ‘bare metals’ defense goes before the U.S. Supreme Court,” published in Westlaw by Thomson Reuters, August 2018
      Westlaw Devries Article_Schneider

      “Maritime Law Provides No Safe Harbor for Asbestos Plaintiffs Seeking Nonpecuniary Damages,” Legal Backgrounder, published by the Washington Legal Foundation, September 2016. http://www.wlf.org/upload/legalstudies/legalbackgrounder/093016LB_Schneider.pdf

      “Anatomy of an Asbestos Case,” Virginia Association of Defense Attorney’s Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, October 2015

      “Petitions for Rehearing in the Virginia Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit,” Virginia Bar Association’s Appellate Summit, Richmond, September 2015

      “Rehear Ye, Rehear Ye: The Supreme Court of Virginia and Petitions for Rehearing Under Rule 5:37,” The Journal of Civil Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, January 2013

      “In Re: Delaware Asbestos Litigation and the Continued Expansion of Maritime Jurisdiction Over Asbestos Claims”, posted online.

      “Asbestos Litigation in Admiralty,” Perrin Asbestos Conference, San Francisco, September 2011 and September 2012

      Conner v. Alfa Laval, Inc.: A Critical Assessment of the Continued Expansion of Maritime Jurisdiction in the Asbestos MD,” posted online.

      “A ‘Little’ Problem: Turning the Tide of Maritime Jurisdiction in Virginia Product Liability Cases in the Wake of Garlock v. Little,” The Journal of Civil Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Summer 2010

      “Developments in Virginia Asbestos Litigation,” The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Spring Meeting, May 14, 2010 (presentation given with Eric G. Reeves)

      “Twists & Turns – The Use of Maritime Law in Toxic Tort Cases,” The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Annual Meeting, October 29, 2009

      “The Law of Punitive Damages in Virginia,” Punitive Damages: A State-by-State Compendium, DRI Defense Library Series, 2009

      “The Independent Contractor Defense in Tractor-Trailer Accident Cases: Putting the Brakes on the Application of Proctor v. Refrigerated Transportation, Inc.,” The Journal of Civil Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Fall 2008

      “Insuring” a Fair Trial: The Direct Action Statute and The Single State Registration System, Georgia Defense Lawyers’ Association Journal, Summer 2007

      Fanning the Winds of Change: Court Approval of Confidential Settlements and the Virginia Mediation Statute,” VSB Litigation News, Summer 2005

      Case Management and Health Claims in Toxic Tort Litigation, ALI-ABA Course of Study, Environmental and Toxic Tort Matters: Updates and Trends 2004, Orlando, FL, 01/22/04

      “Jurisdiction Over Cybertorts: The ‘Virtual’ Reach of Virginia’s Long-Arm Statute,” VBA News Journal, 03/01/03

      “Federal Environmental Laws Shouldn’t Set Standards in State Law Liability Suits,” WLI’s Critical Legal Issues: Working Paper Series, reprinted in ABA Environmental Newsletter, 11/01/02

      “Zapped in Cyberspace,” Trial Magazine, 02/01/02

      Annual Developments in Civil Litigation, Virginia CLE, 2002-2004

      “Legal Issues Raised by the Summary Jury Trial Process,” BLI – Law Department Management Adviser, 2002

  • Representative Cases

    • Kiser v. A.W. Chesterton Co., 770 F. Supp. 2d 745 (E.D. Pa. 2011)

      John Crane Inc. v. Hardick, 284 Va. 329, 732 S.E.2d 1 (2012)

      Thompson v. Robby Thruston Carpentry, Inc., 68 Va. Cir. 43 (Richmond Cir. Ct. 2005)

      Mitsubishi Motors Corp. v. Colemon, 290 Ga. App. 86 (2008)

      CNH America LLC v. Smith, 281 Va. 60, 704 S.E.2d 372 (2011)

      American Communications Network v. Williams, 264 Va. 336, 568 S.E.2d 683 (2002)

      Chase v. Scotts Co., 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28655 (D. Md. 2002)

      Velocity Express Mid-Atlantic v. Hugen, 266 Va. 188, 585 S.E.2d 557 (2003)

      Murrell v. Cargill Meat Logistics Solutions, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9134 (M.D. Ga. 2007)

      Sullen v. Worth County Board of Education, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65035 (M.D. Ga. 2007)

      Roan v. Anderson Trucking Service, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27894 (M.D. Ga. 2008)

  • Honors and Awards

      • Martindale Hubbell, A-V rated
      • Virginia Super Lawyer
  • Past Employment Positions

      • Law Clerk, the Honorable James P. Jones, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia (2000-2001)
      • Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond, VA: 2001-2006
      • Watson Spence LLP, Albany, GA: 2006-2009
Brian J. Schneider
1211 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219

(804) 864-4814
(804) 421-6251 (fax)

  • Moran Reeves Conn - Super Lawyers

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