John P. Fishwick, Jr.

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A Roanoke native, John has spent his entire professional career helping individuals who are facing serious legal challenges – both civil and criminal. John is not afraid of a tough case and has won significant civil verdicts and obtained acquittals for a number of clients charged criminally. John is honored that many cases he takes are referred to him by other lawyers. He is also fortunate to work with a talented group of attorneys and staff at his firm, many of whom he has worked with for years. No stone is left unturned as John looks for ways to win your case.

John has significant and extensive trial experience, and he has represented individuals in serious personal injury cases as well as individuals charged with serious criminal crimes. As a former federal prosecutor, John brings vast experience to your aid when you face a serious challenge in your life. Additionally, he has successfully handled consumer cases, commercial cases, qui tam cases and cases involving civil rights.Former U.S. Attorney for theWestern District of Virginia

John has recently returned to private practice, after serving as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. John was appointed by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate for this position. As the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in the District, John focused his attention on the prosecution of violent criminals and on those responsible for the heroin epidemic. Additionally, he was actively involved with the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence program, offender reentry programs, and with opioid and heroin prevention. He was also a member of the following subcommittees: Violent and Organized Crime and Civil Rights.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • Qui Tam

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
540-345-5890  Phone
University Attended:
Harvard University, B.A., History, 1979
Law School Attended:
Washington & Lee University, J.D., cum laude, 1983
Year of First Admission:
1983, Virginia; 1983, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
Ted Dalton American Inn of Court (President 2011-2013); Virginia State Bar Council Member (2001-2007); Member, Standing Committee on Legal Ethics (2003-2007); Chaired United States Magistrate Selection Committees for Western District of Virginia (1997, 2003 and 2011); Virginia Bar Association, Committee Member, Federal Judgeship Western District (2008-2013); Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Governors 2002-2011); Chair Business Litigation Section (2002- 2008); Chair Business Litigation Section (2008- 2011); Selected Best Lawyers of America (2005-2015); Selected Virginia Super Lawyers (2008- 2015)
Birth Information:
Roanoke, Virginia, March 31, 1957
Reported Cases:
Brizzolara v. Sherwood Memorial Park, Inc., 645 S.E.2d 508, 2007 WL 1651269, (Va.), June 08, 2007; McCloskey V. Kane, 268 Va. 685, 604 S.E.2d 59, 2004 WL 2480953, Va. November 05, 2004; Ray v. CSX Transp., Inc., 189 Fed. Appx. 154, 2006 WL 1443501, C.A.4 (Va.), May 23, 2006; Smith v. Continental Ins. Co., 118 Fed. Appx. 683, 2004 WL 2830735, C.A.4(Va.) 4 December 10, 2004; U.S. v. Under Seal, 210 F.3d 363, 2000 WL 305148, Unpublished Disposition, C.A.4 (Va.), March 24, 2000; Covington v. Semones, Slip Copy, 2007 WL 1170644, W.D.Va., April 17, 2007; U.S. v. Hutcherson, Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2006 WL 1875955, W.D.Va., July 05, 2006; Deel v. Bank of American, N.A., 227 F.R.D. 456, 2005 WL 88413, W.D.Va., March 31, 2005; Holland v. Cole Nat. Corp., Not Reported in F.Supp2d, 2005 WL 1799540, W.D.Va. July 28, 2005.

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (2 reviews)
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