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Brickford Y. Brown

Fax: (804) 377-1289

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Mr. Brown’s practice focuses on the national, regional and local defense of large and complex products liability and toxic tort cases.  He has a refined specialty in scientific, medical and engineering issues and an extensive history of developing and presenting global defense strategies for pattern litigation. He has represented prominent manufacturers of automobiles, motorcycles, construction equipment and agriculture equipment against claims of manufacturing and/or design defects involving fatalities and catastrophic injuries. He has also defended many clients in cases related to asbestos, benzene, pharmaceuticals and noise-induced hearing loss.  As lead trial counsel, he has obtained numerous defense verdicts on behalf of Fortune 500 companies in California, Louisiana, Virginia and West Virginia and has also obtained defense verdicts in several notable criminal prosecutions for first degree murder and the first federal prosecution of a mine superintendent for willful violations of MSHA. He has also made numerous arguments before state Supreme Courts. Mr. Brown has also developed expertise in electronic discovery and serving as e-Discovery counsel to a Forbes Global 2000 company.He is admitted to practice in the State of West Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, their respective Federal District Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Brown is former Chair of the DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee, a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, listed in Best Lawyers in America (Mass Torts), named as a Virginia Super Lawyer (Products Liability Defense) and is rated “A-V” by Martindale-Hubble.

Representative Engagements

U.S. v. Kyle Jones (first federal prosecution of a mining superintendent for willful violations of MSHA) – Defense verdict on two felonies and eight misdemeanors

State of West Virginia v. Kermit Kinder (first degree sexual assault) – Defense verdict

Kanawha County, WV Asbestos Mass I (ten consolidated asbestos cases) verdicts setoff by prior settlements

State of West Virginia v. John H. Workman (first degree murder) – Defense verdict

Jessie Lowe v. National Micrographics Systems, Inc. (personal injury resulting in total disability) – Defense verdict

John Mao v. City of Charles Town (1983 action and defamation) – Defense verdict

Harold Dennis v. Westinghouse (asbestos case with confirmed mesothelioma) – hung jury followed by dismissal by plaintiff

Schlee v. Ford Motor Company, Inc. (alleged design defect in automobile resulting in paraplegia of an 18 year old passenger) – Defense verdict

CDC Flight 2 (four consolidated asbestos cancer cases in New Orleans) – Defense verdict

Yost v. Ford New Holland (alleged design defect in agriculture tractor resulting in severe and permanent injuries) – Defense verdict

Tinsley v. Great West Casualty Co. (insurance coverage) – directed verdict

Rimmer v. New Holland (alleged design defect in loader backhoe resulting in severe back injury) – Defense verdict

Smith v. New Holland (alleged design and manufacturing defect in hay mower) – plaintiff’s verdict set aside by Virginia Supreme Court

McCray v. CNH America LLC (alleged design defect in bulldozer resulting in fatality) – Defense Verdict


  • Texas Tech University, B.B.A.
    • Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D.



  • West Virginia, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1988
  • Virginia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998




  • West Virginia State Bar, Member 1979-Present
    • Criminal Law Committee, 1983-1991
  • Kanawha County Bar Association, 1982 – 1991
    • Secretary 1986-87; Treasurer, 1987-88; Vice President, 1988-89
  • West Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1991
    • Charter Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Inc., Member 1986 to present
    • Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee
      • Programs Chair 2000 and 2001
      • Committee Chair 2001-2003
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, 1997 – Present
  • International Association of Defense Counsel,


Awards and Ratings

  • International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers, Inaugural Edition
  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2006 and 2008
  • Best Lawyers in America – Mass Torts, 2009 – 2017
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell


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