Mr. John Stanfield Buford

Mr. John Stanfield Buford: Attorney with Hancock, Daniel & Johnson, P.C.


John Buford's practice involves a variety of complex commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts in North Carolina, including the North Carolina Business Court. He also has experience in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution fora. His interest is in using litigation technology to successfully position modern disputes for modern juries and judges.

John has represented corporate and individual clients in a variety of sophisticated business disputes, including lawsuits involving internal corporate and LLC governance disputes, contracts, trademarks, unfair and deceptive trade practices, trade secrets, business defamation, federal taxation, construction, and land use.

A native Virginian, John earned his law degree cum laude in 2002 from Washington & Lee University, where he was Executive Editor of the Law Review. John graduated from the University of Virginia in 1999, where he was a resident of the Lawn. Before joining the firm, he clerked for Senior District Judge Jackson L. Kiser in the Western District of Virginia.

Honors & Awards
• Legal Elite – Business Litigation (2014) and Young Guns (2012)
• Recognized as a "Rising Star" in Business Litigation by North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2010-15
• 40 Under Forty Award winner, Triad Business Journal, 2011
• Young Lawyer of the Year Award, NCBA, 2010

Professional & Community Activities
• Chairman (2008-2015) and Member, Guilford County Historic Preservation Commission, 2006-2015
• Member, Endowment Committee, North Carolina Bar Association, 2011-2012
• Chair, Young Lawyers Division, North Carolina Bar Association, 2012-2013
• Chair-Elect, Young Lawyers Division, North Carolina Bar Association, 2011-2012
• Secretary, Young Lawyers Division, North Carolina Bar Association, 2010-2011
• Administrative Director, Young Lawyers Division, North Carolina Bar Association, 2009-2010
• Division Director, Young Lawyers Division, North Carolina Bar Association, 2008-2009
• Chair, Meetings & Conventions Committee, Young Lawyers Division, North Carolina Bar Association, 2007-2008
• Member, Convention Planning Committee, North Carolina Bar Association, 2007-08
• Co-chair, Internet Communications Committee, Young Lawyers Division, North Carolina Bar Association, 2005-06
• Member, American Bar Association
• Member, North Carolina Bar Association, Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Section
• Member, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
• Member, West Market Street United Methodist Church

Articles & Publications
• Annual contributor to Business Courts chapter of ABA Business and Corporate Litigation Committee’s Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, 2010-2015
• Author of Note, When the Heck Does This Claim Accrue?, Heck v. Humphrey's Footnote Seven & Section 1983 Damages Suits for Illegal Search and Seizure, 58 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1493 (2001)

Law clerk to Senior Judge Jackson L. Kiser of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2002-03


Areas of Practice (4)

  • Construction
  • Litigation
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Complex Business & Corporate Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
804.967.9604  Phone
804.967.9888  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 72050, Glen Allen, VA 23060
University Attended:
University of Virginia, B.A., 1999
Law School Attended:
Washington & Lee University, J.D., cum laude, 2002
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 2002, North Carolina
Birth Information:
November 10, 1977
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