John  - R. - Teare

John R. Teare, Jr.

Charleston, W.Va.
304.340.3813 - office
304.550.3516 - mobile


  • Dover Police Academy, State Certification, Highest Academic Average, 1977
  • Wilmington College, B.S. in Criminal Justice, summa cum laude, 1987
  • T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1990
  • University of Virginia Trial Advocacy Institute, 1996


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • 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
Mr. Teare’s primary practice is litigation defense, including handling matters for The Battle Group — Spilman’s high level litigation practice group.

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 extensive motions practice
  • Current General Counsel for the West Virginia Housing Institute, Inc.

Awards & Distinctions

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 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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