John concentrates his practice in appellate litigation and motions practice in both federal and state courts. He offers a variety of appellate services to individuals, business, and government clients, including consulting and representation related to perfecting or resisting an appeal, briefing and argument, amicus curiae, and rule compliance in the appellate courts.
John has represented businesses, individuals, and government officers and agencies in numerous appeals, tapping into his familiarity with appellate law and procedure and his proven track record of crafting successful appellate arguments. His unique expertise enables him to provide high-quality representation for written or oral advocacy to maximize the chance of success at all stages of an appeal.
John also excels in non-appellate matters and regularly appears in state and federal court in various civil litigation matters, where he similarly focuses on effective written and oral advocacy in dispositive motions. He represents a wide variety of clients, including constitutional officers such as sheriffs and their deputies, clerks of court, commonwealth’s attorneys, and businesses both large and small, as well as insurance companies and their insureds in both coverage and liability disputes.
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Representing Prof. Victoria Burke, stating the trust that underlies the copyright application process should impact § 411(b)’s “knowledge” requirement.
Successfully represented the Republic of France in appeal regarding the applicability of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to the plaintiff’s intellectual property claims.
Successfully represented administrator of estate in appeal regarding breach of fiduciary duty claim.
Represented several amicus entities in case addressing the applicability of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act to university foundations.
Successfully represented property owner in multi-party litigation involving nuisance and trespass claims.
Successfully represented Virginia circuit court in an original jurisdiction proceeding to determine whether a writ of prohibition lay to prohibit the court from exercising habeas corpus jurisdiction.
Successfully represented testator’s sons in appeal regarding whether they had violated a no-contest clause in their father’s will.
Cum laude, 2009
Magna cum laude, 2006
Including the Supreme Court of Virginia