John E. Thomas Jr.


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  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, JD, cum laude, Lead Articles Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review, 2010
  • Middle Tennessee State University, BS, magna cum laude, 2006
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Member, Virginia Bar Association

John practices in the area of labor and employment. He regularly counsels employers regarding employment agreements, policies and handbooks, misappropriation of trade secrets, employee terminations, and severance agreements. With a focus on employment-related litigation, John represents employers facing claims of harassment, retaliation, and discrimination under a host of employment laws including the FLSA, the FMLA, Title VII, the ADA, and the ADEA. Moreover, he has experience representing employers facing claims concerning defamation, breach of employment contracts, and covenants not to compete.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, John held the role of special assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia. His experience also includes serving as pro se law clerk for the Honorable M. Hannah Lauck of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, judicial intern for the Honorable Michael F. Urbanski of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, and law clerk in the U.S. Department of Justice.

John is an active member of his community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tysons Corner Children’s Center, a local non-profit, and is the past Secretary for the Board of Trustees for the Kiwanis Foundation of Tysons Corner/McLean. He is a recipient of the McGuireWoods Excellence Award for his pro bono contributions and the National Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Service Award.

John E Thomas Jr.
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Author, Narco-Terrorism: Could the Legislative and Prosecutorial Responses Threaten Our Civil Liberties?, 66 Washington and Lee L. Rev. 1881, December 2009
Presenter, "Employee Mobility," Northern Virginia SHRM Legal Academy, March 23, 2017
Guest, "New Overtime Regulations to Affect Millions of Workers," In the Workplace, Wharton Business Radio, Sirius XM, May 19, 2016
Guest, "FMLA Updates Regulations to Include Same-Sex Spouses Regardless of Employee’s Residency," In the Workplace, Wharton Business Radio, Sirius XM, March 12, 2015
Presenter, 2014 Employment Law Update, October 17, 2014
Guest, "Re-Thinking Criminal Background Checks," In the Workplace, Wharton Business Radio, SiriusXM, September 11, 2014
Guest, "EEOC Enforcement Guidance Regarding the Pregnancy Discrimination Act," In the Workplace, Wharton Business Radio, SiriusXM, July 24, 2014
Speaker, Confronting Ethical Issues in the Criminal Justice System, George Mason University, November 18, 2013
Speaker, Facing Ethical Dilemmas as an Attorney, Washington & Lee University School of Law, February 28, 2013
Speaker, “Banning the Box”: How Your Company’s Job Application is Catching the EEOC’s Attention, Tysons Labor & Employment Law Group Luncheon, December 5, 2012