Brian J. McNamara


Practice Areas

Local Counsel
Workers’ Compensation


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Providence College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1995


  • Virginia
  • Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

4504 Starkey Road
Suite 115
Roanoke, Virginia 24018-8518

P: (540) 512-9345
F: (540) 512-9347

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Brian is an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group and is based in our Roanoke, Virginia office. His practice is primarily focused in the area of workers’ compensation, but also includes general and product liability, business transactions and litigation, and criminal defense.

As a workers’ compensation attorney, Brian regularly advises employers and insurance carriers on strategies to defend and resolve claims. Brian often provides guidance with regards to lien considerations involving third parties, child support, and Medicare, and regularly facilitates settlement of matters that involve such concerns. Brian handles all aspects of litigation, settlement, appeal, and mediation of workers’ compensation and matters.

Brian has extensive litigation experience in workers’ compensation and general liability matters, including both bench and jury trials.  He has tried cases in the Workers’ Compensation Commission, the State Corporation Commission, General District Courts, Circuit Courts and US District Courts.  Brian has handled appellate matters in the Virginia Court of Appeals, the Arkansas Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court.  Before joining McCandlish Holton, Brian was in solo practice for seven years, during which time he handled a broad range of matters, including workers’ compensation, general liability, product liability, domestic relations, divorce, business transactions, litigation and criminal defense. 

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Arkansas Hospice, Board of Directors (2008-2010)
  • Scheuer/Lincord GP Rescue, Board of Directors (2014-present)


  • Rule 30 Medical Cost Containment Issues and Procedures for Grievances with the Cost Containment Division, Sterling Education Services, Advanced Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Little Rock, Arkansas. (April 21, 2010)
  • 30 Workers’ Comp. Practices in 30 Minutes, Arkansas Bar Association, Annual Meeting, Hot Springs, Arkansas. (June 12, 2010)