Bryan Brantley > McGuireWoods LLP > Pittsburgh, United States > Lawyer Profile

McGuireWoods LLP
SUITE 1800
PITTSBURGH, PA 15222-3142
United States


Bryan is a member of the firm’s Board of Partners and the leader of the firm’s Transportation Industry Group. He is a well-rounded litigator with national experience in a wide range of industries including transportation, retail, construction equipment, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

Bryan’s practice is centered upon understanding clients’ business needs and legal challenges, ultimately balancing the two to deliver favorable business results and litigation outcomes.

Bryan has successfully resolved client’s issues through dispositive motions, mediation, arbitration and favorable settlements. He currently serves as National Coordinating Counsel and manages a significant portfolio of litigation for a Fortune 50 transportation company as well as a major technology platform.

Bryan was a key driver in creating a litigation management dashboard with analytics components to give clients greater insights and predictability into their litigation.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation

The cross-disciplinary transportation team at McGuireWoods LLP represents both Class I and short line railroads on a diverse range of issues. The rail group has extensive experience in the implementation of federal policies, regulations and laws concerning railroad operations, property management and cargo transportation. On the disputes front, it routinely acts in commercial litigation involving federal preemption, real estate, private and public crossings, cargo transportation claims, and contract enforcement and interpretation issues. The practice is also experienced in defending railroads against environmental enforcement actions. In the world of trucking, the group acts in state and federal courts across the country, as well as before the National Transportation Safety Board and in investigations involving the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Bryan Brantley leads the firm-wide transportation industry group from Pittsburgh, where the primary role of product and consumer litigation specialist Natalie Zagari is serving as national coordinating counsel for a major transportation company. The practice also showcases longstanding commercial litigation expert Eric Bilik; and Christopher Thanner, whose track record includes representing railroads in disputes with state agencies and local governments over vested railroad rights in state-owned and public lands. All attorneys named are based in Jacksonville unless otherwise mentioned.

United States > Transport > Shipping: litigation and regulation

McGuireWoods LLP‘s ‘consistently available’ transportation, shipping, maritime and regulatory team acts for terminal operators, transportation authorities, beneficial cargo owners, commodity traders, carriers, financial institutions, and vessel owners and charterers on a vast array of shipping matters. The team consistently advises on regulatory compliance with the Jones Act, as well as shipping-related international trade issues (including the shipping regulations that determine how shippers and carriers can interact). Its practice also encompasses assistance to retailers with licensing and regulatory issues, in relation to Ocean Transportation Intermediaries-related matters; and it assists beneficial cargo owners with new enforcement remedies, which are available through the Federal Maritime Commission and the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. Heading up the team, Norfolk-based John Padgett is experienced in representing tug boat companies, freight forwarders, freight consolidators, and shipping and trucking companies; and Bryan Brantley in Pittsburgh is an experienced transportation-related litigator. In September 2023, Jeanne Noonan left the firm.