John McNichols focuses his practice in trial litigation, with emphasis in mass tort suits, securities and investment disputes, and criminal fraud cases.  John has tried multiple cases in both state and federal court, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.  He has also arbitrated cases before the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the American Arbitration Association.  John’s recent trial experience includes a three-week securities fraud trial in Delaware federal court arising out of the merger of two software companies.

In the mass tort and product liability field, John represented an international energy company in a six-year, fifty-claimant dispute in Delaware Superior Court based on birth defects and other personal injuries allegedly resulting from environmental exposures.  Outside of his civil trial practice, John has also represented criminal defendants in multiple matters, including two conspiracy trials in federal court in Virginia.

John is a Contributing Editor of ABA Litigation News, an online and print publication of the ABA Section of Litigation.  He received his B.A. from Yale University in 2000 and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2003, where he was the Executive Note Editor of the Michigan Law Review.  Before joining Williams & Connolly in 2005, he clerked for a year for Judge T. S. Ellis III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  John is also a former noncommissioned officer of the U.S. Army Special Forces, and currently volunteers as the boxing coach at St. Rita Catholic School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Representative Experience

Though all cases vary and none is predictive, John’s experience includes:

  • A three-week securities fraud bench trial in federal court in Delaware
  • A one-week federal criminal trial on behalf of an insurance agent accused of fraud and money laundering
  • A one-week federal criminal conspiracy trial premised on identity theft and automobile theft
  • A one-week civil trial in Virginia state court defending a military contractor against claims of unlawful termination




AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Other Government Service

United States Army, 1991-1998


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