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McGuireWoods LLP

GATEWAY PLAZA, 800 EAST CANAL STREET, RICHMOND, VA 23219, USA
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J Tracy Walker

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McGuireWoods LLP

Work Department

Product and Consumer Litigation

Position

Partner; Board of Partners - Member

Career

Tracy Walker focuses on product liability, toxic tort, consumer class action and commercial litigation at the trial and appellate level. He handles cases in state and federal courts throughout the country and has tried cases to verdict in numerous states. He serves as national trial, class-action and appellate counsel for a range of product manufacturers. Mr. Walker is national appellate counsel for a major automotive manufacturer and he has handled the appeals of an array of regulatory, commercial and environmental matters for a large utility. He has tried to verdict wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases in multiple states, including many identified by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as high-risk jurisdictions. He is lead counsel on numerous, high-profile consumer class actions alleging fraud and product defects, and he has arbitrated multimillion-dollar commercial disputes, including insurance coverage matters. Co-chair of McGuireWoods’ appeals and issues practice team, Mr. Walker also serves on the firm’s Board of Partners, and is a former chair of the firms Product and Consumer Litigation department. He is president of the Bar Association of The City of Richmond.

Member

Lawyers for Civil Justice; Committee on Lawyer Discipline, 2008-2013 (Co-Chair, 2012-2013); Faculty, Mandatory Professionalism Course, 2012-2015, Virginia State Bar; Third District Disciplinary Committee, 2001-2007, Special Committee on Access to Legal Services, 1996-1999, Committee on Continuing Legal Education, 1994-1997, Virginia State Bar; President-Elect, Board of Directors, 2008 to 2014, 2004-2007, Secretary/Treasurer, 2012-2013, Judiciary Committee, 1997-2000, Richmond Bar Association; Virginia Bar Association; Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Education

Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, 1990; University of Virginia, BSME, with High Distinction, 1987


United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense

Perry Miles leads the Richmond-based automotive product liability practice at McGuireWoods LLP, while Diane Flannery heads the wider product liability environmental and mass tort litigation group. The team regularly handles sector-related product liability claims and class actions. Together with Tracy Walker and Samuel Tarry, Miles is acting as national class action and product liability counsel for Ford; in this capacity, the team was recently involved in a class action concerning allegations of defective door latches in Ford F-150s manufactured between 2015 and 2017. In December 2018, Courtney Shytle joined the office in Columbia from Bowman and Brooke LLP.

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United States: Industry focus

Transport: rail and road - litigation

Within: Transport: rail and road - litigation

McGuireWoods LLP’s transport disputes practice has a strong track-record across the road and rail sectors, acting for railroads, auto-manufacturers and trucking companies. In the trucking sector, Brian Jackson in Charlottesville represents a number of diverse clients including several for-hire motor carriers. Matthew Monsour in Pittsburgh and associate Ashley Winsky in Richmond are also contacts in the trucking practice. The rail sector team, which is headed by Jacksonville-based Eric Bilik, acts for a Class I railroad client as national counsel in relation to all punitive damages cases and pre-emption cases, and also acts as the client's bankruptcy counsel. Christopher Thanner in Jacksonville stands out for his rail sector expertise and is active in disputes with state agencies and local governments; he also handles real estate litigation involving rail facilities and railroad right-of-way. Also recommended in Jacksonville is counsel Patrick Dover. Product liability claims in the automotive sector are another key area of expertise. In Richmond, Perry Miles and Tracy Walker advise Ford Motor Company on high-exposure product liability cases across the US, and also represent the client in consumer fraud class actions. Richmond-based Terry Bagley is also noted. Bryan Brantley in Pittsburgh co-heads the transportation industry sector team. Mitchell Morris joined Butler Snow LLP in 2018.

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