John S. Barr, a partner in the Richmond office of McGuireWoods LLP, was appointed to the Virginia State Bar’s Disciplinary Board, effective July 1, 2008. He will serve a three-year term.
The Disciplinary Board is the only disciplinary body in Virginia, aside from three-judge panels, that can suspend or revoke a lawyer’s license to practice law. The Supreme Court of Virginia appoints the 16 lawyers and four lay persons, who sit on the Disciplinary Board
Barr previously served two terms on the Third District Committee of the Virginia State Bar, which hears charges of ethical misconduct against lawyers in the Richmond-metro area. He also served two terms on the Virginia State Bar Council as an elected representative of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.
In his legal practice, Barr represents broker/dealers and associated persons in connection with customer-asserted securities fraud claims, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and the array of claims within the imagination of the plaintiffs’ securities bar. Barr 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. Additionally Barr serves as the general counsel for McGuireWoods.