John McNichols focuses his practice in trial litigation, with emphasis in trade secret disputes involving technology companies. John has multiple clients in the Dulles Technology Corridor, including Appian and Vercara.  He has tried multiple civil cases in both state and federal court, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.  Outside of his civil trial practice, John has also represented criminal defendants in multiple matters, including a recent conspiracy trial in federal court in Maryland resulting in a jury acquittal.

John is an Adjunct Professor of Evidence at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the DC Bar, and an Associate Editor of Litigation News, where he writes the quarterly column on technology and the law.  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.

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 federal criminal conspiracy trial based on alleged fraudulent payroll claims against an insurance company
  • A one-week civil trial in Virginia state court defending a military contractor against claims of unlawful termination
  • A one-week commercial arbitration between an international lodging company and one of its franchisees
  • A one-week commercial arbitration concerning a residential building contract
  • Two commercial arbitrations between an international media company and its exclusive trademark licensee




AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Other Government Service

United States Army, 1991-1998


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