John R. Teare Jr.
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.3813
mobile 304.550.3516
  • Overview
  • Services
  • Distinctions
  • Admissions
  • Memberships
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Community Involvement
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Mr. Teare’s primary practice is litigation defense.


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


  • Serving as first chair in jury trials
  • Representing the manufactured housing industry, law enforcement management, and the defense of law enforcement liability and employment issues
  • Serving on numerous appeals cases, civil and criminal bench trials, extraordinary and injunctive proceedings and extensive motions practice
  • Serving as the current General Counsel for the West Virginia Housing Institute, Inc.
Chemical Construction Law Deliberate Intent Litigation Litigation Product Liability Litigation White Collar Criminal Defense & Compliance


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


  • 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


  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Board of Governors
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Past Chair of Employment Law Group
  • West Virginia Sheriff's Association, General Counsel
  • West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association, General Counsel
  • West Virginia Housing Institute, General Counsel
  • Civil Service Commissioner, City of Charleston

Publications & Presentations

  • 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
  • Certified law enforcement in-service instructor for Charleston Police Department and regular speaker for Citizen Police Academy and Neighborhood Assistance Officer classes

Community Involvement

  • Past District Chairman and Assistant Scoutmaster, currently Mountain Rifle District Advancement Chairman
  • Leadership West Virginia, Lifetime Member, Class of 2004
  • Executive Board and General Counsel, Buckskin Council, BSA
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