Judge John Charles Thomas, Ret.

jcthomasRelevant Experience:  Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia for seven years; authored more than 200 decisions concerning contracts, torts, real property, trusts and estates, taxation-the full body of Virginia law; participated in several thousand appellate rulings.

Admitted to practice: Supreme Court of Virginia, U.S. Supreme Court, District of Columbia Circuit, 4th, 6th, 9th, 10th and 11th Circuits.

Senior Partner:  Hunton & Williams, Richmond, Virginia.

Mediated high-profile dispute regarding construction of public facility; long-term dispute within religious institution; multi-party insurance coverage and liability issues.Arbitrated intellectual property dispute over ownership and use of photo database; construction dispute involving subsoil conditions; boundary dispute between Virginia localities; disputes arising under the World Anti-Doping Code in international sports.

AAA Certified Mediator and ArbitratorAAA
Panel Commercial Arbitrators
Panel International Arbitrators
Panel of Arbitrators Vis International Arbitration Moot, Vienna Austria, March 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007
Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport/Tribunal Arbitral du Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland, June 2005
Member, London Court of International Arbitration

Argued appellate matters involving insurance coverage issues, traumatic brain injury, international letters of credit, dealership terminations, defamation, automobile crashworthiness, workers compensation, medical malpractice, construction dispute, public official's right to hold office, and product liability.

Experience regarding EPA regulations, Certificates of public need, trademark infringement, State environmental law, zoning, automobile crashworthiness, product liability, redistricting, public funding of business development, First Amendment billboard cases, asset purchase agreements, misappropriation of computer programs, trade secrets, state tax laws, maritime tort liability, and franchise law.

Litigated franchise issues such as failure to meet standards, location of competing franchises, installation of drive throughs and quality control of ingredients; litigated construction suits, personal injury defense and breach of buyout agreement.

Membership:  Member, Board of Visitors of the College of William & MaryMember, Board of Trustees of the Thomas Jefferson FoundationMember, Appellate Rules Advisory Committee of the Commonwealth of VirginiaMember, Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association, Richmond Bar Association, Old Dominion Bar Association, National Bar Association and American Bar AssociationMember, International Bar Association, Committee DMember, London Court of International ArbitrationMember, Council of Appellate Lawyers, ABA Judicial DivisionFellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Former Member, Commission on the Tercentenary of the College of William & MaryFormer Member, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Law Committee, American Arbitration AssociationFormer Member and Co-Chair, ABA National Conference Lawyers and Representatives of the MediaFormer Member, Advisory Committee, Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Judicial Conference of the United States

Education: J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1975.  B.A., University of Virginia, with distinction, American Government, 1972 

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