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Biography

John’s practice emphasizes litigation and litigation-avoidance strategies, as a member of our Employment Law and Consumer Finance Practice Groups and an active participant in the firm’s Credit Union initiative. He is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as in Virginia. Former Chair of the Virginia Bar Association Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, and immediate past Chair of the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers, he is a frequent speaker to lawyers, law students, and to business groups nationwide.

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Representative Matters

  • Won dismissal of several federal civil cases against credit unions, the first such dismissals in the nation, alleging their websites did not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act; won unanimous reported decision in first-in-the-nation appellate case
  • Regularly provides representation and counsel in class actions against financial institutions alleging procedural irregularities
  • Defended multiple federal court “collective” actions alleging unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as other single-employee claims
  • Enforced many covenants restricting competition by former employees, including obtaining preliminary injunctions against unfair competition and money damages for violation of a valid covenant
  • Counsel employers on ADA compliance and employment law provisions
  • Defended against many attempts to enforce invalid covenants, either by negotiated resolution or litigation, on behalf of new employers
  • Routinely defends employers in administrative and federal court proceedings alleging claims of harassment, discrimination, or failure to hire under anti-discrimination laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Provides training, policy guidance, and advice on specific situations to employers of all sizes regarding compliance with Civil Rights and other employment laws
  • Experienced in arbitration involving employment or civil rights matters, consumer claims, and other cases

Recognition & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2020
  • Norfolk Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2013, 2018
  • Norfolk Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2010, 2019
  • America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Tier One; Chambers USA, 2004-2019
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition; Law & Politics, 2008-2010
  • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2007-2019
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2009-2018
  • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
  • Virginia State Bar faculty on Professionalism; Past Member
  • Virginia State Bar faculty on Professionalism for Law Students; long-time former statewide Chair
  • “Lawyer of the Year;” Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, 1996

Associations

  • Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism; Member
  • Virginia State Bar Education of Lawyers Section; former Chair; Board of governors, 2013- present
  • Virginia Bar Association; Chairman, Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, 2006-2007; Member, Governing Council, Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, 1997-2009
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland State Bar
  • Defense Research Institute, Former Member
  • Virginia Continuing Legal Education Advisory Committee on Employment Law

Education

  • Harvard College; A.B., magna cum laude in History, 1980
  • Harvard Law School; J.D., cum laude, 1983

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