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Practice Areas

Architects and Engineers Malpractice;

Legal Malpractice;

Medical Malpractice;

Products Liability;

Sexual Assault;

Sexual Abuse



Bar/Court Admissions

1977, Virginia, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1978, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, for the District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit and U.S. Court of Military Appeals; 1999, West Virginia and U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia



Education

Baylor University, B.A., 1966
George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 1977




Organizations

Fairfax County, Prince William County and American Bar Associations; The District of Columbia Bar; Bar Association of the District of Columbia; Virginia State Bar; West Virginia State Bar; Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; The Counsellors.


 
JOHN O. EASTON (SENIOR COUNSEL)

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Practice Overview and Representative Experience:

John O. Easton, born Takoma Park, Maryland, 1943; admitted to bar, 1977, Virginia, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1978, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit and U.S. Court of Military Appeals; 1999, West Virginia State Bar and U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia. Education: Baylor University (B.A., 1966); George Mason University School of Law (J.D., 1977). Member, Virginia Medical Malpractice Review Panel, 1983 --. Member: The District of Columbia Bar; Bar Association of the District of Columbia; Fairfax County, Prince William County and American Bar Associations; Virginia State Bar; West Virginia State Bar; Northern Virginia Defense Lawyers Association (Treasurer, 1980-1981; Member, Board of Directors, 1981-1984); Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; The Counsellors. [Colonel, USMCR (ret.)]

John O. Easton, who practiced law for 32 years as a partner of the Firm, became Senior Counsel to the Firm effective December 1, 2013.  Mr. Easton  continues to handle legal matters in his new capacity.

Mr. Easton received his J.D. in 1977 from George Mason University and his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 1966.  He served seven years as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps (1966-1973), including a tour in Viet Nam as an infantry platoon commander and infantry company commander (1967-1968), and after leaving active duty continued to serve as an officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  He joined the firm as a law clerk in 1974, became an associate in 1977 and a partner in 1981. 

In 1990, as a Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, and the Commanding Officer of the 4th Civil Affairs Group, Mr. Easton was called up for active duty for the First Gulf War.  He and his unit were involved actively in the 100-hour ground war at the end of February, 1991, and handled thousands of Iraqi prisoners.  He ultimately was on active duty for seven months, serving in Kuwait and Iraq, and then returned to resume his legal practice with the Firm.

Mr. Easton has more than 36 years of experience in the areas of legal malpractice defense, architects and engineers malpractice defense, medical malpractice defense, products liability defense, personal injury defense and the defense of sexual assault and abuse cases.  He was once again selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, and was also selected for inclusion in Top Attorneys in Virginia.

 
Reported Cases

McClary v. Fowlkes, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66501 (E.D. Va. Aug. 27, 2008)(civil rights/medical malpractice)

Stith v. Thorne, 247 F.R.D. 89 (E.D. Va. 2007)(predatory refinancing)

Milburn v. J.C. Penney Props., 2007 Va. Cir. LEXIS 42 (Va. Cir. Ct. Mar. 30, 2007)(premises liability)

Langdon v. Doherty, 2005 Va. Cir. LEXIS 305 (Va. Cir. Ct. Mar. 10, 2005)(fiduciary liability)

Francisco v. Doherty, Sheridan & Grimaldi, L.L.P., 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 7664 (4th Cir. Va. Apr. 21, 1999)(legal malpractice)

Howell v. Rutledge, 1998 Va. Cir. LEXIS 540 (Va. Cir. Ct. July 14, 1998)(negligent infliction of emotional distress)

MNC Credit Corp. v. Sickels, 255 Va. 314, 497 S.E.2d 331 (1998)(legal malpractice)

Commercial Energies v. United Airlines, 1994 U.S. App. LEXIS 14311 (4th Cir. Va. June 10, 1994)(airport police liability)

Plouffe v. Contel Corp., 1991 U.S. App. LEXIS 7057 (4th Cir. Apr. 23, 1991)(wrongful discharge)

B.M.H. v. School Board of City of Chesapeake, Virginia, 833 F.Supp. 560 (E.D. Va. 1990)(civil rights/school liability)

Gemco-Ware, Inc. v. Rongene Mold and Plastics, Corp., 234 Va. 54, 360 S.E.2d 342 (1987)(statute of limitations for contribution)

Hitt v. Cox, 737 F.2d 421 (4th Cir. 1984)(insurance coverage)

Garrett v. Desa Industries, Inc., 705 F.2d 721 (4th Cir. Va. 1983)(products liability)

Gill v. Rollins Protective Services, Co., 722 F.2d 55 (4th Cir. 1983)(fire alarm liability)

Sky Chefs, Inc. v. Rogers, 222 Va. 800, 284 S.E.2d 605 (1981)(workers compensation appeal)

Bayer v. Travelers Indemnity Co., 221 Va. 5, 267 S.E.2d 91 (1980)(uninsured motorist coverage)

Allstate Messenger Services v. James, 220 Va. 910, 266 S.E.2d 86 (1980)(workers compensation appeal)