John C. Johnson

540-725-3363 (D)
540-772-9167 (F)


John Johnson has experience in litigating catastrophic injury claims, employment law, and representing constitutional officers, local government entities, school boards, and municipal authorities in all phases of litigation throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

John concentrates on the defense of constitutional and civil rights claims and matters under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in state and federal court, and the representation of self-insured employers and local governments in matters before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.   In addition, he has an active appellate practice and frequently argues cases before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court of Appeals of Virginia, and the Supreme Court of Virginia.

John is a frequent speaker to professional groups on workplace issues, workers compensation, and the interplay between state and federal laws and regulations in the employment arena.


  • Virginia Military Institute (B.A. – English)
  • Washington & Lee University (J.D.)


  • Captain, United States Army Reserve

Areas of Practice:

  • Local Government Defense
  • Local Government Employee Defense
  • Claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983
  • Employment Law
  • Constitutional Issues
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Appeals

Bar Admissions:

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Honors, Affiliations and Activities:


  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Virginia Super Lawyers in Litigation


  • Past Member – Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline, Virginia State Bar
  • Former Chair – Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline, Virginia State Bar
  • Past Member – Task Force on Public Access to the Attorney Disciplinary Process, Virginia State Bar
  • Past Member – Virginia Bar Association, Ad Hoc Committee to Study Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession
  • Past Board of Governors – Young Lawyers Conference, Virginia State Bar
  • Member – Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Member – Defense Research Institute


  • Member – Roanoke Bar Association
  • Member – Federal Bar Association (Roanoke Chapter)
  • Master of Bench and Bar – The Ted Dalton American Inn of Court

Community Honors, Affiliations and Activities:

  • Board, Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Boy Scouts of America (2006-Present)
  • Council President – Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Boy Scouts of America (2010 – 2013)
  • National Council – Boy Scouts of America (2010 – 2013)