John R. Teare, Jr.

Attorney in Charleston, WV
Mr. Teare’s primary practice is litigation defense, including handling matters for The Battle Group- Spilman’s high level litigation practice group.

•Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Labor & Employment Law and Litigation - Labor & Employment

•Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Board of Governors
•Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Past Chair of Employment Law Group
•West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, General Counsel
•West Virginia Chief''s of Police Association, General Counsel
•West Virginia Housing Institute, General Counsel
•Leadership West Virginia, Lifetime Member, Class of 2004
•Presenter for National Business Institute and Sterling Educational Services on law enforcement liability and employment law topics, including recent national teleconference
•Legal presenter for meetings of the WVHI, West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association, Municipal League and West Virginia Association of Counties
•Instructor for 6th Regional Police Academy, 1996
•Executive Board and General Counsel, Buckskin Council, BSA
•Past District Chairman and Assistant Scoutmaster, currently Mountain Rifle District Advancement Chairman
•Certified law enforcement in-service instructor for Charleston Police Department and regular speaker for Citizen Police Academy and Neighborhood Assistance Officer classes
•Civil Service Commissioner, City of Charleston

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Areas of Law

  • Litigation
  • Law Enforcement Law


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4.4 out of 5.0
  • Meets very high criteria of general ethical standards
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Admission Details

Admitted in 1990, West Virginia
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Law School Attended

T.C. Williams School of Law
Class of 1990

University Attended

Dover Police Academy
Class of 1977
State Certification
with Highest Academic Average

Wilmington College
Class of 1987
B.S. in Criminal Justice
summa cum laude

Birth Information

Born in 1954

Representative Cases

Representative Experience: Extensive experience serving as first chair in jury trials; Vast experience representing the manufactured housing industry, law enforcement management, and the defense of law enforcement liability and employment issues; Numerous appeals cases, civil and criminal bench trials, extraordinary and injunctive proceedings and ... More

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John R. Teare, Jr.
Spilman Center 300 Kanawha Boulevard, East, P.O. Box 273,
Charleston, WV 25321-0273


Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC (Charleston, West Virginia)

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