John D. Wilburn Partner

John Wilburn is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer who concentrates his practice in construction, land use and eminent domain litigation around the country.

John represents all major constituencies in building-related projects, including public and private owners, engineering and design firms, construction managers, prime contractors and subcontractors, material and equipment suppliers, sureties and financiers, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and sureties.  He litigates a variety of construction matters before all tiers of the state and federal court system, including bid protests, design defects, and acceleration and delay claims.  John also regularly advises clients on a variety of complex and challenging projects involving energy plants, hospitals, prisons, industrial infrastructure, shopping centers, and residential developments.  Representative projects include industrial facilities such as the Maersk APM Terminal in Portsmouth, Va.; the Richmond Conference Center; Home Depot facilities; and the Alexandria Sanitation Authority Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility.

In addition, John regularly litigates complex and challenging land use and development issues for a variety of clients, including private developers, lenders, and several municipalities and government entities.   He has litigated hundreds of eminent domain matters for utility companies, municipalities, and landowners in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

John also has substantial experience in a wide range of complex business litigation matters.  He has served as lead counsel to defend several high-stakes commercial claims for business and financial services clients.  

John is a frequent speaker and author on various topics in the areas of construction and land use litigation.

  • Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law, JD, 1996
  • East Carolina University, BA, 1993

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Real Estate, Woodward/White, Inc., 2018-2020

Listed as a Client Service "All Star," BTI Consulting, 2015

Named to "Legal Elite," Virginia Business, 2010, 2011

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Construction Litigation, Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2010

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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