John R. Lockard

John is a partner is located in the firm’s Norfolk office. John’s practice focuses on public contracts, construction law and litigation and commercial litigation.  In the construction field, he has extensive experience including contract drafting and negotiation, mechanic’s lien and payment bond claims, and litigation and arbitration of claims involving large and complex construction projects.  John is an experienced litigator in both state and federal court that includes all stages of litigation: discovery, motions, trial and appeal. He has tried numerous cases to judges and juries and argued before appellate courts.

John’s public contracts practice focuses on state and federal bid protests and requests for equitable adjustment to contracts.  His commercial practice concentrates on business litigation, drafting commercial leases, representing landlords and tenants in commercial real estate disputes and creditor’s rights.

John received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1986-91, completing his active duty at the rank of Lieutenant.

John has been involved in claims and disputes ranging from several thousand to several million dollars. He has litigated a wide variety of commercial disputes in both state and federal court and in arbitration. He has prepared, negotiated and litigated requests for equitable adjustment to construction and service contracts on private, state and federal projects. He has also prepared and defended bid protests on both Virginia state and federal projects. He is widely experienced in all aspects of securing and collecting debts for construction contractors, businesses, and landlords.

Representative Matters

• Represented a general contractor in a million dollar claim against a school board relating to the site work for the construction of two elementary schools.
• Filed a mechanic’s lien to secure a subcontractor’s million dollar claim for work performed on a multi-million dollar mixed use, high rise building project and represented the subcontractor in state court litigation against the general contractor and owner.