John S. Barr

John is general counsel for McGuireWoods and has served in that capacity since July 2004. Throughout his career, John has represented clients in both trial and transactional matters in securities, labor and employment and construction claims.

He has had first chair responsibility for more than 350 cases in litigation or arbitration involving all types of financial products including annuities, limited partnerships and various option strategies. He also represents broker/dealers and related parties before the Virginia Division of Securities, FINRA and the SEC involving formal and informal investigations for alleged rules violations.

John has tried cases involving the enforceability of covenants not to compete, trade secrets and confidentially agreements, change in control agreements, executive compensation agreements and the "inevitable disclosure" doctrine. He has used ex parte injunctions to stop unfair competition and to regain possession of stolen databases containing confidential information.

John’s construction practice has centered on the prosecution and defense of large construction claims in traditional trial setting and in arbitration, including a significant number of cases in claims before the Virginia or North Carolina Department of Transportation, and defending E&O claims against Architects and Engineers.

John clerked for Chief Justice Harold F. Snead of the Supreme Court of Virginia from 1970 to 1972. During law school, he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the McNeill Law Society.

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Areas of Practice 1) Commercial Litigation, 2) Labor and Employment, 3) Securities Litigation, 4) Corporate, 5) Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, 6) Employee Benefits and 7) Executive Compensation
Law School University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1970
Education Wake Forest University, B.A., 1967
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Virginia State Bar Association
Most recent firm McGuireWoods LLP
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