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 arbitrations. 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.
•LOCKARD RECEIVES ABA MILITARY PRO BONO PROJECT OUTSTANDING SERVICES AWARD
•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
•TENANTS RIGHTS IN FORECLOSURE UNDER VIRGINIA LAW
•Criminal Liability for False Representation in Obtaining Building Permit
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
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
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