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Hon. John W. Brown (Ret.)

Areas of Experience

Medical malpractice, personal injury, premises liability, civil rights, construction, defamation, insurance coverage, local government, professional liability, trusts & estates, and family law including child/spousal support, custody/visitation, and equitable distribution.

Professional Experience

  • Certified Mediator, Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • Chief Judge, 1st Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia, City of Chesapeake, 2021-2022. Judge, 2008-2021.
  • Private practice including personal injury, family, and commercial matters, 1980-2008.
  • Former Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Chesapeake.
  • Former Commissioner in Chancery for Divorce and Equity Matters, Chesapeake Circuit Court.
  • Former Commissioner of Accounts, City of Chesapeake, Chesapeake Circuit Court.


  • Past President, Chesapeake Bar Association.
  • Past President, Chesapeake Rotary Club; Paul Harris Fellow.
  • Former Chairman, Chesapeake Board of Directors, TowneBank.
  • Former Chairman, Professional Division, City of Chesapeake United Way Campaign.
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees, Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
  • Former Member, Board of Governors, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Former Member, American Trial Lawyers Association.


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D.
  • William & Mary Law School, Master of Law and Taxation.
  • Methodist University, B.A., Cum Laude.

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