John S. Barr

USA: Virgina

McGuireWoods LLP
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

Tel: +1 804 775 4709
Fax: +1 804 698 2238


John is general counsel for McGuireWoods and has served in that capacity since July 2004. Throughout his career, John has represented clients in both trial and transactional matters in securities, labor and employment and construction claims.

He has had first chair responsibility for more than 350 cases in litigation or arbitration involving all types of financial products including annuities, limited partnerships and various option strategies. He also represents broker/dealers and related parties before the Virginia Division of Securities, FINRA and the SEC involving formal and informal investigations for alleged rules violations.

John has tried cases involving the enforceability of covenants not to compete, trade secrets and confidentially agreements, change in control agreements, executive compensation agreements and the “inevitable disclosure” doctrine. He has used ex parte injunctions to stop unfair competition and to regain possession of stolen databases containing confidential information.

John’s construction practice has centered on the prosecution and defense of large construction claims in traditional trial setting and in arbitration, including a significant number of cases in claims before the Virginia or North Carolina Department of Transportation, and defending E&O claims against Architects and Engineers.

John clerked for Chief Justice Harold F. Snead of the Supreme Court of Virginia from 1970 to 1972. During law school, he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the McNeill Law Society.

The dispute resolution team’s experience, varied jurisdictional practices, and broad linguistic skills enable us to offer clear guidance and advice to meet our clients’ needs. The firm’s dispute resolution team has extensive experience handling cross-border and domestic litigation and arbitration matters — acting for public, private, government and nonprofit clients from varied industries and jurisdictions. The team has particular experience managing complex multijurisdictional disputes involving many areas of practice, including financial services, energy, insolvency-related cases, shareholder disputes, intellectual property and contractual, tort, and fraud matters across a wide variety of industries and sectors. Such disputes often involve coordinating global asset tracing and recovery efforts, as well as obtaining and defending applications for freezing orders and other injunctive relief.

We also have well-established practices in EU and UK competition law, government investigations and anticorruption, in the UK and the United States. We handle audits, compliance, investigation and defense work in this arena. Clients not only benefit from our experience, but also from our team members’ varied jurisdictional practices and broad linguistic skills that enable us to offer clear, strategic and commercial advice to international and domestic clients. In doing so, we help clients resolve disputes in a manner that achieves their objectives.

We also assist our clients in resolving disputes through alternative dispute resolution methods. Our primary aim is to help our clients by focusing on their commercial objectives and by selecting the approach for each case that will achieve the most commercially advantageous solution. Team strengths include our ability to work across all practice areas and to offer strategic assistance.

Representative Services include general and complex commercial litigation (intellectual property, banking, insolvency, shareholders’ disputes, contractual disputes, and fraud and breach of trust claims).

We also handle arbitration; domestic and worldwide freezing orders and injunctions; domestic and international enforcement; asset tracing and recovery; insurance and reinsurance; EU and UK competition law, and regulation and compliance (including that associated with the UK Bribery Act 2010).

McGuireWoods is a strong, well-respected and expanding firm with a legacy reaching back more than 175 years. This legacy is a testament to our lawyers’ experience across business and industry, as well as our consistent ability to deliver an excellent legal product — efficiently and at a fair price. Some of our clients have been with us for nearly 50 years, which speaks to the level of service we provide and the mutual loyalty we engender.

McGuireWoods has more than 1,000 lawyers in 21 offices, and our lawyers speak more than 35 languages. We cross borders, practices and industries in the U.S., UK, Belgium and around the world, collaborating with colleagues and managing resources in 128 countries. We have unique cooperative arrangements in France with law firm KGA; in Israel with Shenhav Konforti Rotem & Co. (SKR), and in Saudi Arabia with Badr Alarishi. Our international presence is further enhanced by participation in the global legal networks Lex Mundi and LNI.

Named “Lawyer of the Year,” Arbitration, Richmond, Best Lawyers, 2015