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Robert Jon Barry

Employment and labor Attorney at Norfolk, VA

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also known as Bob Barry

  • Licensed for 45 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1978
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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Employer side consultation and litigation defense in a broad range of employment matters: wage and hour, discipline and discharge, discrimination and harassment, workplace safety, workplace policies, employee handbooks, unemployment compensation

    45 years

  2. Education
    Representation of colleges and universities, public school divisions and independent schools. Experience includes business aspects, employment issues, public employer issues

I have enjoyed a diversified employment law practice for just over 40 years.  My career began in the Virginia Attorney General's Office in 1978.  Before I left to enter private practice, I had argued cases in all of Virginia's 127 jurisdictions and courthouses.  My second case ever was in the Virginia Supreme Court, shortly after my 25th birthday.

I have had the pleasure of representing varied private sector employers and both public and private institutions.  These have included service as General Counsel to the College of William and Mary, School Board Counsel for the Cheasapeake, Virginia Public Schools, and representation of manufacturers, financial institutions and both small and large businesses, all affording leadershop roles in handling legal matters.

I enjoy consulting with clients to avoid the expense and time away that results from litigation but have also litigated when necessary over the years.  I have worked hard to achieve recognition and rapport with courts and several agencies with jurisdiction over my clients, including the EEOC, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and the Virginia Employment Commission.

In spare time, whatever that is, I have been a Division 1 college baseball umpire and a high school basketball and swim referee.  I play golf, although rarely, enjoy travel, and root for the Univeristy of Virginia sports teams.  I am married with two grown daughters. 

I enjoy serving on various boards and  look forward to continuing my law practice

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  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, JD Juris Doctorate
  • 1978


  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Section Chair, Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Maga
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer Norfolk and Richmond, Va
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer- Employment Law
  • Best Layers in America
  • 2019
  • A/V Pre-eminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Raven Award for University and Community Service
  • University of Virginia, RavenSociety
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Kaufman & Canoles Employment Law Update
  • Too Numerous To List
  • 2019
  • Environmental and Safety Conference
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • 2019
  • Virginia Bar Assoc., Labor and Employment Section
  • Various Employment Law Topics
  • 2018
  • Virginia School Boards Assoc, AnnualConference
  • ADA, FMLA and Workers' Comp, Look Three Ways Before Crossing This Intersection
  • 2017
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Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 07
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"I highly endorse Bob Barry. He is singular in his ability to get the case resolved with as little drama as possible while still treating everyone respectfully. I have always been happy to work with Bob. He is super smart and compassionate. What a combo!"
Family Attorney | Oct 20
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"I endorse this lawyer."
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Robert Jon Barry
Employment and labor Attorney
Norfolk, VA
Licensed for 45 years