John McNichols focuses his practice in trial litigation, with emphasis in securities and investment disputes, criminal fraud cases, mass tort suits, and commercial disputes over trade secrets and non-competition agreements.  John has tried cases in both state and federal court, and has arbitrated cases before the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the American Arbitration Association.  John is also a frequent panelist and CLE presenter on securities and trade secret matters, having recently served on panels for the New York City Bar Association and Federal Circuit Bar Association.  

Since 2013, John has been the firm’s coordinator for the Pro Bono Counsel Program of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Virginia.  In addition to his pro bono practice, John is also a mentor to fellow veterans through the Georgetown Military Law Society.

John 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 and a semifinalist in the Campbell Moot Court Competition.  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:

  • Three federal criminal trials in the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Representing a government contractor in a lawsuit against a competitor for theft of trade secrets, tortious interference with non-compete agreements, and other claims arising from a federal government contract
  • Representing an international energy company in a series of mass tort cases in Delaware Superior Court
  • Obtaining dismissal of multiple securities fraud actions against major banking and telecommunications companies in federal court in Virginia and California
  • Defending a military contractor in multiple unlawful termination actions in both state and federal court in Virginia



AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®


Government Service

Law Clerk, Judge T.S. Ellis, III, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2004-2005

United States Army, 1991-1998


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