With many years experience as a commercial trial lawyer, Stanley “Butch” Barr has participated in many other areas of litigation, including construction, local government, employer-employee, union management relations, and state and federal constitutional claims. He has extensive experience in the federal courts and has argued numerous cases in the Virginia Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Butch received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the College of William and Mary. Following law school he spent several years representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases and labor unions in the building and construction trades. Since then he has limited his practice primarily to commercial disputes, defense of negligence claims, and representing management in labor disputes. He is a past Virginia Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. He has been selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in America and the Legal Elite in Virginia Business Magazine for Litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Represented large corporations and lenders in commercial disputes
  • Represented municipalities in excessive force and other constitutional claims
  • Defended hospitals, physicians and attorneys in negligence claims
  • Provided advice and guidance to companies seeking to remain non-union
  • Represented property owners in multi-million dollar condemnation actions

Recognition & Honors

  • Eggleston I’Anson Professionalism Award; Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1999-2015, 2017-2019
  • Norfolk Labor Law-Management Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Norfolk Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition; Law & Politics, 2009-2010
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Business Litigation; Law & Politics, 2006-2019
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite, Litigation; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004-2006, 2008, 2010-2014, 2017-2018
  • Local Litigation Star; Benchmark Litigation, 2009
  • American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow
  • Virginia Law Foundation; Fellow
  • William and Mary Law Review


  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association; President, 2005
  • City of Norfolk; Civil Service Commission, 1981-2004; Chairman, 1990-2004
  • Virginia Opera Association; Director, Officer, General Counsel
  • Norfolk Collegiate School; Trustee, Chairman, 1989-1993
  • Marshall-Wythe School of Law Foundation; Chairman, 1992-1995
  • Hampton Roads Sanitation District Commission; Chairman, 1984-1995, 1983-1995
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference


  • College of William & Mary; B.A., 1962
  • William & Mary Law School; J.D. (B.C.L.), 1966

Press & Publications