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Brian Wright

Associate
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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Virginia, USA
    Local Time: Tuesday 22:20

Practice Expertise

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Energy and Environmental Litigation
  • Construction and Engineering Litigation

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction and Engineering Litigation
  • Energy and Environmental Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation
  • Trademark Proceedings
  • View More

Profile

In his ten years as a trial lawyer, Brian has obtained nearly $100 million in combined awards and judgments for his clients.

Brian has significant trial experience and treasures the opportunity to make his clients’ cases in courtrooms and other forums. Simply put, Brian loves going to trial, whether his client is the plaintiff or defendant.

When litigation becomes necessary, Brian relies on his experience representing corporate clients in a wide array of commercial disputes—including construction litigation, contract claims, corporate torts, insurance claims, trademark infringement claims, and post-M&A disputes—to position each case well for presentation to a judge, jury, or arbitrator. He recently honed these skills as a participant at the nation’s premier trial-lawyer training program: the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Just as importantly, Brian is skilled in helping clients find smart business solutions to resolve their commercial disputes without the hassle, expense, and uncertainty of prolonged litigation.

Brian demonstrates the same versatility in his pro bono practice. He has been a steady presence in Richmond-area general district courts, where he represents low-income tenant-defendants facing eviction. Brian is proud to have helped keep many tenants in their apartments over the years by defeating their landlords’ eviction actions. He has also won a number of favorable verdicts and secured cash settlements for tenant-plaintiffs who were wrongfully evicted or whose landlords failed to return their security deposits. From 2019 to 2021, Brian served as the housing-law “champion” for the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation-Central Virginia Legal Aid Society’s Triage program, for which he recruited, trained, and mentored attorneys who were new to pro bono housing cases.

Brian is admitted to practice before the US District Court for Eastern District of Virginia, the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and all Virginia state courts.

Prior to joining the firm, Brian served as a law clerk for the Honorable Norman K. Moon of the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia, working in the court’s Lynchburg and Charlottesville Divisions. Before law school, he worked for the Department of Defense and for a management consulting firm.

Relevant Experience

  • Trademark Litigation: As trial counsel in a federal trademark dispute, Brian delivered the opening statement, cross-examined a key witness, and defeated a Rule 52(c) motion for judgment on partial findings. Brian’s trial team obtained a permanent injunction to stop the infringement, won a $42.9 million damages award, and proved that this was an “exceptional case” under the Lanham Act, resulting in an additional $3.7 million award of attorneys’ fees and $153,592 in costs for his client.

  • Arbitration: As co-lead trial counsel, Brian obtained a $50+ million award (every penny sought) for a wireless-telecommunications client after a five-day arbitration, totally defeating counterclaims exceeding $19 million.

  • M&A Litigation: Argued for and obtained dismissal of claim for punitive damages in Delaware Superior Court, leading to favorable settlement of remaining claims for breach of contract and fraud in a post-M&A dispute.

  • ERISA Litigation: Argued for and obtained summary judgment for individual defendant named as a fiduciary in an ERISA action brought by the Department of Labor.

  • Accounting Defense: Obtained dismissal for client accounting firm facing claims of malpractice, breach-of-contract, and fraud.
    Construction Litigation: Defended project owners in construction litigation against contractors’ claims for additional compensation, schedule extensions, inefficiencies, and acceleration costs.

  • Construction Litigation: Pursued project owners’ counterclaims against contractors for liquidated damages and other remedies for construction delays.

  • Energy Litigation: Defended a natural gas utility in carbon-monoxide-exposure action involving multiple plaintiffs and defendants.

  • Financial Services Litigation: Represented private equity firm asserting claims against seller for indemnification under an Asset Purchase Agreement.

  • M&A Litigation: Represented a holding company in a net-working-capital dispute after a corporate acquisition.

  • Contract Litigation: Consulted in the drafting of a User Agreement to reduce litigation risk.

  • Copyright Litigation: Advised on the application of the Copyright Act, including the Fair-Use Doctrine.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

Education
BS, The Pennsylvania State University, Economics, with honors and with distinction, 2004

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction and Engineering Litigation
  • Energy and Environmental Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation
  • Trademark Proceedings

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments
  • Commercial Litigation: Represented private equity firm involved in ongoing multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration.
  • Energy Litigation: Advised energy producer in connection with federal interpleader litigation arising out of land rights dispute.
  • Internal Investigations: Investigated whistleblower allegations reported through manufacturer's internal tip line.
  • Commercial Litigation: Defended third party (non-client) claims against law firm.
  • Pro Bono: Represented disabled veterans seeking disability benefits.


Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association – Construction Law Forum
  • Richmond Bar Association

Articles

  • Take Your Marks: An Associate’s Guide To Your 1st Big Trial, Law360
  • 5 Ways You Can Proactively Protect your Business, Construction Business Owner
  • Five Tips to Reduce Litigation Risks on Major Construction Projects, ForConstructionPros.com
  • Reduce Litigation Risk to Major Construction Projects, Construction Business Owner

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