John r. walk -hirschler fleischer shale gas in spanish


John Walk handles civil disputes with particular emphasis on cases arising in connection with the development of real property such as land use, environmental law, eminent domain, property assessment, insurance, and contract disputes. Since joining the firm in 1980, John has served as lead counsel in a wide variety of litigation matters ranging from routine business disputes to "bet the company" litigation. In addition to traditional courtroom litigation, John is also well versed in alternate dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation and judicial settlement negotiation. Relevant Experience:

• Land Use litigation – John regularly handles appeals of zoning and other land use decisions, including defending approvals obtained by the Land Use Team which are appealed by others.Several of these cases have gone all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court and are now leading precedents on standing, assessment of connection fees, spot zoning and other land use issues.John was also lead counsel on the Fairfax (“C&I”) litigation involving over 300 suits with 40 law firms opposing the County.John successfully argued two appeals on behalf of the County.

• Tax assessment appeals – John also frequently appeals assessments of real estate and taxable equipment.This practice has included cases involving assessments in excess of $100 million.In addition, John has successfully defended tax collection proceedings, including a major decision dismissing efforts to collect on behalf of a CDA which resulted in “emergency” legislation by the General Assembly.

• Condemnation litigation — John has represented many landowners in condemnation litigation against VDOT and other condemning authorities and has secured substantial increases over pre-litigation offers. He is also one of the few attorneys to defeat a condemnation for lack of public purpose in a case cited to the U.S. Supreme Court in Kelo as the leading authority in Virginia on point.

• Environmental Matters — John has handled a variety of cases involving environmentally sensitive materials. In one case, a local government attempted to block relocation of a transformer recycling business due to its handling of small levels of PCBs. John was successful in forcing issuance of all necessary permits.

• Estates and Trusts — Another area of concentration in John’s practice is litigation involving estates and trusts, including construction of wills and trusts, estate tax allocation, fiduciary misconduct and aid, and guidance litigation.He has been involved in litigation regarding the administration of several multimillion dollar estates.One in particular involved the distribution of an approximately $19 million net estate and resulted in rulings on issues of first impression in Virginia in favor of our clients.

• Class Actions — John served as one of the lead attorneys in a major class action resulting in a $25 million settlement and later served as trustee of the settlement fund in disbursing the proceeds of the case to hundreds of class members.This case was reported in the Wall Street Journal and other major financial publications.

• Appellate Litigation — The Virginia Supreme Court hears all civil appeals on a discretionary basis, many seasoned trial attorneys have not argued a single Virginia Supreme Court case.Rarely does an attorney in private civil practice argue more than one or two in a lifetime. To date, John has handled eighteen (18) reported cases before the Virginia Supreme Court*, which follow.

• University of Richmond Law Review, Annual Survey of Virginia Law, Civil Practice and Procedure, 50 U of R Law Rev. 39 (2015), 46 U of R Law Rev. 9 (2011), 45 U of R Law Rev. 183 (2010), 40 U of R Law Rev. 95 (2005), 39 U of R Law Rev. 87 (2004)

• Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Litigation-Real Estate, Litigation-Trusts and Estate, Woodward/White, Inc., 2012-2018