James F. Neale, McGuireWoods / Charlottesville
James Neale’s varied trial practice focuses on high-exposure tort cases in courts across the country. He has substantial mass tort and class action litigation experience and currently serves as co-chair of his firm's food-borne illness litigation practice group. His trial experience includes personal injury, products liability, premises liability, transportation, pharmaceutical, and ERISA cases. He has won verdicts in both state and federal court trials. In addition, Mr. Neale has defended clients in a variety of other adversarial arenas, including high-exposure cases before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and numerous arbitration panels. He has briefed and argued appeals to the Virginia Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th and the 11th Circuits, and the full Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.
M. Bryan Slaughter, MichieHamlett / Charlottesville
Bryan Slaughter concentrates his practice on complex personal injury cases. His practice areas include products liability, cases involving traumatic brain injury, serious automobile and truck accidents, premises liability, and medical malpractice. He is a member of the Virginia and West Virginia state bars. He practices throughout Virginia, and has also tried cases in North Carolina, New York, and West Virginia. Mr. Slaughter graduated from the University of Virginia in 1991, and the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1997. He has served on the Board of Governors for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association since 2001, and has chaired numerous VTLA committees as well as its products liability section. He is a member of the Boyd-Graves conference, is a faculty member at the National Trial Advocacy College, and has lectured and written on various topics involving products liability and personal injury law. Mr. Slaughter is particularly interested in promoting child safety awareness.