R. John Barrett

R. John Barrett: Attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP
  • Partner at Vandeventer Black LLP (53 Attorneys)
  • 500 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
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John is a partner with Vandeventer Black and concentrates his law practice in Workers’ Compensation Defense and Maritime Litigation matters. His workers’ compensation practice focuses on working with insurance carriers and self-insured businesses defending workers’ compensation claims filed pursuant to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. He serves as Manager of the firm’s Labor/Employment Department.

He has litigated multiple claims throughout the Commonwealth before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission and before Administrative Law Judges from the Department of Labor throughout the country.

John’s maritime litigation practice concentrates on defending maritime personal injury claims, both from commercial and recreational boating accidents in both state and federal courts.

John received a B.A. from Hartwick College and a J.D. from Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary. He is a frequent lecturer on compensation and maritime issues. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest quality and ethics rating possible for attorneys. He is listed in both The Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in Virginia publications.

John served with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves (1971-94) before retiring as a Commander.


Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Listed in Best Lawyers in America: Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers (2013-present)

CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Study of Anti-Trust

CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Study of Intellectual Property Law

Richmond Journal of Law and Technology, Senior Staff Member


•Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019
•27 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2018
•25 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Named Best Lawyers In America 2017
•24 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Included in the Best Lawyers in America 2016
•Vandeventer Black LLP Announces 23 Lawyers in the Firm to be Included in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
•The Best Lawyers in America 2014 Lists 23 Vandeventer Black Attorneys
•The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Lists 23 Vandeventer Black Attorneys

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Labor & Employment
  • Maritime & Admiralty Law
  • Workers' Compensation Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
757.446.8600  Phone
757.446.8670  Fax
University Attended:
Hartwick College, B.A.
Law School Attended:
The College of William & Mary School of Law, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
First, Fourth and Eleventh Court of Appeals; 1981, Virginia


Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor in Admiralty

Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, two-time Port Director

American Bar Association

Virginia Bar Association

Virginia State Bar

Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

Department of Labor Joint Bar Association

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  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

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Norfolk, Virginia

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