Robert J. Barry


    Bob is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and the Manufacturing & Distribution Industry Team. His practice concentrates on employment law litigation, day-to-day advice, and long-term strategies for employers in both the public and private sectors. He regularly advises on discipline and discharge, employment discrimination, wage and hour issues, occupational safety and health, restrictions on competition, and unemployment compensation.

    Representative Matters

    • Defense of all types of claims for numerous public and private sector employers
    • Defense of Fair Labor Standards Act claims including multiple employee cases
    • Represents employers in workplace safety and occupational safety and health cases
    • Ongoing advice to institutional employers including professional corporations, credit unions, colleges, public school systems, manufacturers and distributors in a wide variety of employment matters
    • Extensive experience dealing with federal and state administrative agencies

    Recognition & Honors

    • Best Lawyers in America, 2006–2015, 2018-2023
    • Norfolk Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2012
    • Norfolk Litigation – Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2022
    • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2007–2012, 2015-2021
    • Virginia Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition; Law & Politics, 2009-2010
    • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004–2006, 2010-2014, 2017-2022
    • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
    • The Raven Society Award; University of Virginia, 2013
    • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ Magazine, 2019, 2023


    • University of Mary Washington Foundation; Chairman
    • Virginia High School League Foundation; Member
    • Old Dominion Umpires Association; Member
    • Virginia Bar Association; Past State Chair, Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, 2004–2005; Member of Governing Council, 1995–2007
    • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
    • Virginia State Bar
    • American Heart Association; Event Chair
    • Bon Secours DePaul Health Foundation; Event Chair
    • Eastern Officials Association; College and High School Sports Official; Life Member, Hall of Fame


    • University of Virginia; B.A., with distinction in English, 1975
    • University of Virginia School of Law; J.D., 1978

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