John R. Lockard

John R. Lockard: Attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP
  • Partner at Vandeventer Black LLP
  • 500 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
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John is a partner is located in the firm’s Norfolk office. John’s practice focuses on public contracts, construction law and litigation and commercial litigation . In the construction field, he has extensive experience including contract drafting and negotiation, mechanic’s lien and payment bond claims, and litigation and arbitration of claims involving large and complex construction projects. John is an experienced litigator in both state and federal court that includes all stages of litigation: discovery, motions, trial and appeal. He has tried numerous cases to judges and juries and argued before appellate courts.

John’s public contracts practice focuses on state and federal bid protests and requests for equitable adjustment to contracts. His commercial practice concentrates on business litigation, drafting commercial leases, representing landlords and tenants in commercial real estate disputes and creditor’s rights.

John received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1986-91, completing his active duty at the rank of Lieutenant.

John has been involved in claims and disputes ranging from several thousand to several million dollars. He has litigated a wide variety of commercial disputes in both state and federal court and in arbitration. He has prepared, negotiated and litigated requests for equitable adjustment to construction and service contracts on private, state and federal projects. He has also prepared and defended bid protests on both Virginia state and federal projects. He is widely experienced in all aspects of securing and collecting debts for construction contractors, businesses, and landlords.


•Vandeventer Black Recognized as a Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
•Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys 2016 Legal Elite Finalists
•CoVaBiz Magazine Awards Top Honors To 20 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys
•20 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys have made the Coastal Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers List
•Successful Outcome in Business Conspiracy Case
•Virginia Business Magazine Lists 21 Vandeventer Black Attorneys to Virginia’s Legal Elite for 2013


•Writing Off Bad Debt
•The Perils of Online Mechanic’s Lien Services
•Claims for Additional Costs and Delays Under the New AIA A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction
•Changes to Virginia Law on Tenant Rights After Foreclosure
•February Architecture Billings Index (ABI) Inches Upward
•Virginias Ongoing Efforts to Address Employee Misclassification by Construction Contractors
•Landlord Has Personal Claim Against Officer Of Tenant Corporation For Removing Property From Premises
•Contractor Denied Payment For Work Performed Because Contract Violated Virginia Public Procurement Act
•Criminal Liability for False Representation in Obtaining Building Permit

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Creditors' Rights, Bankruptcy & Collections
  • General Litigation
  • Government Contracts
  • Surety & Fidelity Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
757.446.8622  Phone
757.446.8670  Fax
University Attended:
University of Virginia, B.A.
Law School Attended:
Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
Virginia; U.S. Court of Appeals for 4th Circuit; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for E.D. Va.; U.S. District Court for E.D. Va. and W.D. Va.


Associated Builders & Contractors, Virginia Chapter - Education Committee

Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Center, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Hampton Roads Utility & Heavy Contractors Association

Virginia Bar Association

Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

Virginia Beach Bar Association

Birth Information:
Syracuse, New York, January 19, 1964
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters; Represented a general contractor in a million dollar claim against a school board relating to the site work for the construction of two elementary schools. Filed a mechanic's lien to secure a subcontractor's million dollar claim for work performed on a multi-million dollar mixed use, high rise building project and represented the subcontractor in state court litigation against the general contractor and owner.
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

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  • 4.4/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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