John M. Erbach
John Erbach represents a wide variety of business entities and individuals in complex business and commercial litigation, including employment disputes, defense of consumer protection claims, and intellectual property litigation. As an additional part of his practice, John regularly counsels businesses on dispute resolution, employment compliance matters, employment policies, employee handbooks and insurance coverage matters. John regularly litigates cases in state and federal court, as well as arbitration, having taken a number of cases to successful verdicts in a variety of business litigation matters.
Earlier in his career, John had the unique honor of serving as law clerk to three federal judges in Richmond, Virginia, including the Honorable Henry E. Hudson, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia; the Honorable Dennis W. Dohnal, U.S. Magistrate Judge; and, the Honorable David J. Novak, U.S. Magistrate Judge. Of special note, John had the honor of serving as Judge Novak's first law clerk upon Judge Novak's selection to replace the retiring Judge Dohnal. John regularly serves as local counsel for national and international law firms that have matters pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
In 2015, John was elected to represent the Dale District of Chesterfield County, Virginia, on the county's School Board. The School Board sets policy for the school system, makes key hiring decisions for an 8,000-employee organization, and oversees the school system's budget and capital improvement projects. John also served as the Board's vice chairman and chairman in 2017 and 2018, respectively. He declined to seek a second term and concluded his service after one four-year term. This experience has given John perspective as a client served by other lawyers—an experience invaluable to business clients often facing similar employment and operational issues to that of a large school system.