Jack L. Wuerker

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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Transactions
  • General Corporate
  • Litigation – Civil Pretrial and Trial Services
  • Litigation & Risk Management
  • Trust & Estates

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • United States Courts of Appeal:  4th, 5thand 6th Circuits
  • United States District Courts:  ED Virginia; Maryland and ED Michigan
  • United States Bankruptcy Court:  ED Virginia

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, M.B.A.
  • University of Michigan, B.S.

Large Law Firm Experience

  • Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (now Squire Patton Boggs)
  • Miles & Stockbridge

Jack’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, major estate litigation and general corporate representation and has included a broad, general representation of companies involved in mortgage banking, finance, real estate development, government contracts and information technology.

Jack has 38 years of civil trial experience, with particular emphasis on complex commercial litigation, business disputes, valuation issues, contract disputes, business torts, legal malpractice and estate disputes.  He has a particular affinity for cases that involve complex economic and/or valuation concepts.  His practice has focused on resolving complex legal issues through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution and trials.  He has tried more than 30 cases to verdict (both bench trials and jury trials), has disposed of hundreds of cases prior to trial as a result of summary disposition or settlement and has also served as outside general counsel to several local businesses.  As an outside general counsel, Jack has provided his clients with advice on myriad matters, including formation, governance, capitalization, financing, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, human resources and real estate transactions.

Because he understands the business reasons for clients to avoid the time and expense of litigation, Jack uses his trial experience to help clients develop pro-active strategies to avoid disputes in the first instance, to reduce risks when disputes do occur and to achieve their objectives through negotiation, with litigation a last, and seldom necessary, resort.  He also has extensive mediation experience, having acted as the mediator for more than 100 matters over the past ten years and having used mediators to assist in the resolution of numerous cases.

Jack received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor degree from American University Law School.  While in law school, Jack was a Dean’s Fellow and the Articles Editor of the Law Review.  After law school, Jack served as a law clerk for the Honorable Cornelia G. Kennedy.  Since completing his clerkship, he has been in the private practice of law for almost all of the rest of his career, except for a period of about five years when he held a number of positions, including Associate Director of Special Investigations, at the United States Department of Energy.

Presentations & Teaching Experience

  • Jack has been on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (“NITA”) since 2010.  He teaches NITA’s trial skills and deposition skills programs.

Honors and Awards

  • American University, Washington College of Law, JD
    • Dean’s Fellow
    • Articles Editor for the Law Review
    • Graduated with Honors
  • AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale
  • Faculty Member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy