John Byrum practices in the Administrative and Regulatory, Appellate, Business and Corporate, Litigation, and Environmental law groups, litigating cases for businesses and individuals in state and federal courts and in mediation and arbitration proceedings. These include commercial contract, employment, and related actions as well as civil and criminal administrative enforcement proceedings.
John represents developers, financial institutions, public utilities, retailers, wholesalers and individuals in civil litigation and state and federal administrative proceedings. He has tried cases in circuit courts throughout the Commonwealth and before the Virginia State Corporation Commission and has handled more than 100 appeals before the Court of Appeals of Virginia, the Virginia Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
John also assists businesses in avoiding litigation. He has advocated for clients in legislative or regulatory proceedings before the Virginia General Assembly, the U.S. Congress, the Virginia State Corporation Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and other state and federal agencies. He helps clients navigate state and federal environmental, energy, occupational safety and health, financial, and other permitting and regulatory processes. He also defends clients in civil or criminal administrative enforcement actions. John is listed in Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite ranking for Legislative, Regulatory, Administrative law.
Prior to law school, John worked as a legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Herbert H. Bateman and also served for eight years as an Assistant Attorney General, five of those as the lead litigator for the Commonwealth’s several environmental agencies.
John served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Virginia State Bar’s Environmental Law Section from 2007 to 2010 and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Administrative Law Section. He lectures on state and federal stormwater and wetlands regulations and on defending against regulatory enforcement action. He also co-authored a handbook on Virginia administrative law.
Richmond Bar Association
Virginia Bar Association
American Bar Association
Virginia Clean Economy Act Update | April 20, 2021
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Virginia Business Names 26 Woods Rogers Attorneys as 2018 “Legal Elite” | December 5, 2018
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