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Hon. John E. Wetsel, Jr. (Ret.)

Areas of Experience

Medical malpractice, personal injury, domestic relations, accounting, business dissolution, condemnation, construction, contracts, defamation, real estate.

Professional Experience

• Certified Mediator, Supreme Court of Virginia.

• Judge, 26th Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia, 1991-2015; Chief Judge 2001-2003.

• Former Director, Kuykendall, Wetsel & Kuykendall, P.C.

• Retired First Lieutenant, United States Army Air Defense Artillery.


• Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation.

• Former Member, Executive Committee, Virginia Bar Association.

• Former Member, Medical Malpractice Review Panel, 26th Judicial District of Virginia.

• Former Member, Judicial Systems Advisory Committee.

• Former Member, Panel of Annexation Judges.

• Former Member, Judicial Performance Evaluation Task Force.

• Former Chairman, Task Force on Technology and Science, Commission on Courts in the 21st Century.

• Former Member, American Academy of Hospital Attorneys.


• University of Virginia, J.D.

• Washington & Lee University, B.A.


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