R. John Barrett

Office Location: Norfolk, VA
  • B.A., Hartwick College
  • J.D., Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
Courts & Administrative Bodies
  • First, Fourth & Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional & Community Activities
  • 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
Notable Accomplishments
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers (2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell ® AV Preeminent ® Peer Review Rating
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America ®: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers (2013-present)
  • Richmond Journal of Law and Technology, Senior Staff Member

John is a senior 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 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.

Attorneys Named 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year”
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Six Vandeventer Black LLP attorneys were recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2021 “Lawyer of the Year.” Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The following attorneys were listed on the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the following practice ...
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28 Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® list
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Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that 28 attorneys have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect ...
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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019
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Best Lawyers®, a respected publication that ranks attorneys based on peer review, recently announced ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ list (2019 Edition). Attorneys from Vandeventer Black LLP, were selected to receive this prestigious recognition in one or more categories. The recognized attorneys are: Norfolk, VA Christopher Ambrosio: Business Organizations (including ...
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