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Maritime Litigator Brian Schneider Joins Hawkins Parnell & Young

March 12, 2021 – Press Release

March 12, 2021 (Atlanta, GA) – Hawkins Parnell & Young is pleased to announce the addition of maritime lawyer Brian J. Schneider.

Brian is a go-to litigator for corporations facing toxic tort and product liability claims under maritime law. With more than 20 years of experience with admiralty jurisdiction, he navigates a wide range of state, federal, and constitutional issues coast-to-coast for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, vessel interests, and commercial shipyards. Brian also frequently speaks and writes on the intersection of maritime law and product liability claims and is cited by commentators, advocates, and courts alike. 

“Brian brings an immense wealth of knowledge in admiralty and maritime law,” said Christine Mast, managing partner of Hawkins Parnell. “His addition to our national litigation team adds a ton of firepower to our arsenal in appellate advocacy and defending complex product liability and toxic tort cases.”

Brian is a member of the Virginia Bar Association Litigation Section Board of Directors. As the former chair of the Appellate Advocacy section and the Legislative Committee of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Brian has made significant contributions through appellate and legislative advocacy. He is also a former president of the Henrico County Bar Association.

Prior to joining Hawkins Parnell, Brian was a shareholder at Moran Reeves & Conn PC. He began his product liability litigation practice at Hunton & Williams. Before entering private practice, Brian clerked for the Honorable James P. Jones in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Brian is licensed in Georgia and Virginia. He obtained his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Richmond School of Law. He received his B.S., cum laude, from Virginia Commonwealth University.

About Hawkins Parnell & Young

Hawkins Parnell & Young is a national defense litigation firm that has represented many of the largest and most well-known companies in high-risk litigation and business disputes. The team works with clients to develop winning defense strategies and, if necessary, try cases to verdict across the United States. The firm has offices located in Atlanta, Austin, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Napa, New York, St. Louis, and San Francisco.