Jeffrey P. Brundage
Jeff Brundage focuses his practice on commercial litigation, representing companies in state court, federal court, and before administrative proceedings. His primary clients include utilities, energy suppliers, and telecommunications companies. Jeff also defends these same companies in class-action litigation and in responding to state and federal agency investigations such as Civil Investigative Demands. Jeff also has experience with commercial contract disputes, real property matters, and collections matters. In addition, he has extensive experience in e-discovery. He also has represented Veterans before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on a reduced fee basis and regularly provides pro bono services in Washington, D.C. and Virginia.
- Represented Veteran in the United States Court of Appeal for Veterans Claims seeking disability benefits for wartime service connection.
- Represented a utility company that was sued for trespass and injunctive relief when a developer bought property for approximately $20 million and discovered the utility company’s fiber optic lines outside of the right-of-way, allegedly delaying the construction project. Jeff ascertained the weaknesses in the developer’s case, including intrinsic developer construction delays, presented the same during a settlement conference, and obtained an easement for the client, obviating the need for a costly trial.
- Independently litigated seven-figure insurance defense (including legal malpractice) and commercial cases in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. state and federal courts while minimizing client and carrier costs.
- Represented billion-dollar landscaping company in litigation in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland courts.
- Successfully defended $1 million legal malpractice case against associate and law firm on dispositive motion.
- Successfully dismissed bar complaints against clients.
- Analyzed primary and umbrella insurance policies to draft coverage opinions.
- Represented office of a sitting state governor in a federal grand jury investigation.
- Represented financial institutions in litigation in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland state and federal Courts.
- Drafted and argued brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding unemployment compensation dispute.
- Represented telecommunications company in carrier rate dispute against AT&T in federal court.
- Represented utility company in access charge and ownership dispute against Amtrak in federal court.
- A state consumer protection division began an investigation into an energy company and issued it subpoenas for documents. Jeff successfully defended the company, managing the state attorney’s expectations and coordinated the production of documents, eventually leading to the closure of the investigation with no charges filed.
- Defended energy companies in class action lawsuits in federal courts.
- Represented foreign airlines in successful mitigation and withdrawal of penalties and fines from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Transportation Security Administration.
- Defended a state government against allegations of gerrymandering in federal court.
- Represented motorcycle manufacturer in products liability litigation.
- Maryland State Bar Association
- Virginia Bar Association
Awards and Recognition:
- Received a 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch recognition for Commercial Litigation
- Selected for inclusion in Washington D.C. Super Lawyers – Rising Star (2015 – 2020)
News and Insights
- “Maryland PSC Imposes Customer Acquisition Moratorium on Supplier Prior to Considering the Merits of Administrative Law Judge Proposed Order,” Eckert Seamans’ Energy Supplier Litigation Blog, January 5, 2021.
- “MD Energy Supplier Accused of Enrollment Violations,” Eckert Seamans’ Energy Supplier Litigation Blog, December 21, 2020.
- “Variable Rate Contract with a Price “Based on Business and Market Conditions” Not Actionable,” Eckert Seamans’ Energy Supplier Litigation Blog, December 9, 2020.
- “Illinois Commerce Commission Rules That Natural Gas Variable Rates Do Not Need To Match Rate Provided By Default Service Provider,” Eckert Seamans’ Energy Supplier Litigation Blog, December 8, 2020.
- “Energy Supplier Litigation Update – Emerging TCPA Defense,” Eckert Seamans’ Energy Supplier Litigation Blog, November 23, 2020.
A native of Fairfax, Virginia, Jeff maintains his strong ties to the community through pro bono work at Catholic Charities and community service. He is a sports enthusiast who enjoys playing basketball and is an avid fan D.C. sports teams. He can also be found hiking in the Shenandoah Valley.