Brian Adams represents clients in a wide range of commercial litigation matters with an emphasis on mortgage broker litigation, business disputes, and breach of contract matters. Brian is experienced in handling federal litigation on the Rocket Docket of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia as well as in state circuit courts throughout the Commonwealth and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He also has successfully enforced his clients' rights in federal and state court appellate matters and in arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Brian is the Chair of the firm’s eDiscovery Section, which focuses on preserving and producing Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in federal and state court litigation. In addition, this section assists corporate counsel in conducting internal investigations and regulatory compliance audits.


  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law (J.D., 1991) Law Review: University of Richmond Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts (B.A., English Literature, magna cum laude, 1983) Harlan Fiske Stone Law Society

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Representative Experience

  • Obtained judgments against mortgage brokers for failing to abide by Fannie Mae underwriting requirements in originating loans.
  • Represented intestate heirs in reaching a $4.1 million settlement in a will contest case.
  • Represented construction contractors on U.S. Federal government claims.
  • Obtained insurance coverage for a construction industry client on a property damage claim.
  • Represented property owners and businesses in Americans with Disabilities Act - (ADA) Public Accommodations claims
  • Removed an executor from office based upon breach of fiduciary duties and malfeasance.
  • Represents commercial property owners, including owners of shopping centers, on a wide variety of claims.

Representative Cases

  • SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. v. North Shore Bank, 2015 U.S. Dist LEXIS ____(E.D. Va 2015)
  • Keck v. Virginia, Docket No. 12-200, ____U.S. _____(U. S. Supreme Court 2012)
  • Reynolds Foil, Inc. v. Pai, 2010 U.S. Dist LEXIS 28473 (E.D. Va 2010)
  • Epes v. Green Tree Financial Servicing Corp., 228 Fed. Appx. 275, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 11946 (4th Cir. 2007)
  • Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. v. Standard Security Life Ins. Co., 73 Va. Cir. 441, 2007 Va. Cir. LEXIS 135 (2007)
  • Commonwealth Transp. Comm'r v. Ahmed, 2003 Va. Cir. LEXIS 262 (Circuit Court of Fairfax County, Law No. 212942, 2003)
  • Capital Hauling, Inc. v. Forbes, 75 Fed.Appx. 170 (4th Cir. 2003)
  • Sydnor v. Conseco Finance Servicing Corp., 252 F3d 301 (4th Cir. 2001)
  • River Road Shopping Center v. Scott, 259 Va. 87, 523 S.E. 2d 494 (Supreme Court of Virginia 2000)
  • Actuarial Benefits & Design v. Virginia Employment Comm., 23 Va. App. 640, 478 S.E. 2d 735 (Virginia Court of Appeals 1996)
  • McCray v. Nicholson, 76 F.3d 374 (4th Cir. 1996)
  • Hill v. McIntyre, 30 Va. Cir. 163 (1993)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Construction Law Section, Member
  • Virginia State Bar, Military Law Section, Member
  • Virginia Creditors Bar Association
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Henrico County Bar Association

Published Works

  • Whose Beneficiaries Are They Anyway? Copenhaver v. Rogers and the Attorney's Contract to Prepare a Will in Virginia, University of Richmond Law Review, 24 U. Rich. L. R. 415, 1990

Community Involvement

  • Acca Shriners, Board of Trustees, benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • Childhood Language Center at Richmond, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Richmond Civitan Club, Past President

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


  • Alpha Delta Phi