John Walker’s areas of practice include business litigation, commercial litigation, land use/real estate litigation, administrative/regulatory law, banking litigation, insurance law, local government law, construction litigation, trust and estate litigation, product liability defense and securities litigation.
He has represented manufacturers, real estate developers, regulatory agencies, local governments, banks, independent power producers, distributors, automobile dealerships and leasing companies, insurance companies, construction companies and engineering firms.
For many years, John has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, Land Use & Zoning Litigation and Real Estate Litigation (2007-present). He was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Banking and Finance Litigation.
He has also been listed in Virginia Super Lawyers magazine (2006-present) for Business Litigation and named among Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine for both Civil Litigation and Environmental/Land Use Law for several years, most recently in 2015. In 2009, John was elected a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation in recognition of his outstanding contributions to his community and the legal profession in Virginia.
John has been a leader of the statewide legal community. He is a past president of the Virginia Bar Association (2014), a former chair of the board of governors of the Virginia Bar Association (2012), a past president of the Virginia Law Foundation (2007) and a past chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association (1997).
He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, in addition to the Richmond, Virginia and American bar associations. John is a former appointee to the CLE Committee for Virginia CLE.
In addition, John has held civic leadership positions, both locally and statewide. John currently serves as the immediate past chair of the board of trustees of the Collegiate School in Richmond and is a trustee emeritus of the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences Foundation.
He is a past chair of the board of directors of the E. Angus Powell Center for Economic Literacy, a former trustee of the Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, a past president of Theatre IV (now Virginia Repertory Theatre) and a former officer and board member of the Richmond Chapter of the University of Virginia Alumni Association.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 1983, John worked for the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. In 1989, he received his law degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. During law school, he received the Best Advocate Award in the Harry L. Carrico Moot Court Competition and was selected as a member of the National Moot Court Team and Moot Court Board.
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