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Attorney/Managing Member


Brian Schneider, a native of Richmond, Virginia, has practiced law for over 20 years.  He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned his law degree from the University of Richmond.  Upon graduating in the top 10% of his class and being selected to the McNeil Law Society, he served as law clerk to Judge James P. Jones of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.   Other than a three year period practicing with Watson Spence in Albany, Georgia, Brian has made his career in Richmond where he first practiced at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (formerly Hunton & Williams) and later as a shareholder at Moran Reeves & Conn PC.  Brian is admitted to practice in both Virginia and Georgia.  When not spending time with his three children, Brian can be found watching as much VCU basketball and Nationals baseball as he can get away with, along with reading, exercising (kinda) or playing guitar. 


  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D, cum laude, 2000

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S. Accounting, cum laude, 1995


Bar Admissions

  • Virginia (state and federal)

  • Georgia (state and federal)

  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania

  • 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



  • The Honorable James P. Jones, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia (2000-2001)


Professional Memberships and Associations:

  • Virginia State Bar, Member

  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

  • Henrico County Bar Association (President, 2017-18)

  • VADA Journal of Civil Litigation, Board of Editors

  • 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


Representative Cases

  • Boesenhofer v. Aecome, Civil Action No. 17-1072 (E.D. Pa. June 22, 2021)

  • Mullinex v. Air & Liquid Sys. Corp., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 221669 (E.D. Va. Dec. 6, 2018)

  • Goodrich v. Air & Liquid Sys. Corp., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 235491 (E.D. Va. Oct. 26, 2018)

  • Hays v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corp., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 196718 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 15, 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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)

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

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

  • 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)


Community Involvement

  • Pro Bono Work, Commonwealth Catholic Charities

Published Works/Presentations 

  • “In the Wake of Devries: Revisiting the Extension of Maritime Jurisdiction Over Asbestos Claims,” Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 86, Iss. 3 , July 2019

  • 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 

  • "Maritime Law Provides No Safe Harbor for Asbestos Plaintiffs Seeking Nonpecuniary Damages," Legal Backgrounder, published by the Washington Legal Foundation, September 2016. 

  • "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 

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