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Brian Stansbury Appointed FMCSA Chief Counsel

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Washington - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Brian Stansbury as the agency’s new Chief Counsel.  
In this role, Stansbury will work closely with and advise the FMCSA Administrator and senior staff on all aspects of legal policy for agency programs. He will lead a team of more than 50 attorneys responsible for providing legal support on budget, procurement, fiscal law, ethics, personnel and employment matters. Stansbury brings over 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, advising automotive companies and manufacturers. 
“Brian has a proven track record of strong leadership and brings a wealth of experience,” said FMCSA Administrator Robin Hutcheson. “We are lucky to have his insight and dedication as we work to enhance roadway safety across the country.”

Prior to joining FMCSA, Stansbury was a partner at King and Spalding LLP where he served as a member of the firm’s Environmental, Health, and Safety practice. His work also included a robust pro bono portfolio. Stansbury played an active role in developing the next generation of talent at his firm and was a recipient of the company’s mentor award.

Stansbury is originally from Houston, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas and a juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. 


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) mission is to prevent crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving commercial trucks and buses. FMCSA develops safety and regulatory standards for commercial driver’s licenses; analyzes data and sponsors research; and promotes enforcement and education. FMCSA partners with nonprofit organizations, local and State governments, and other stakeholders to support innovative commercial driver training, safety inspections, and enhanced compliance and enforcement initiatives.