John E. Holloway


Virginia Beach
Business Phone: 757.687.7724
Business Fax: 757.687.1557


John Holloway’s practice focuses on transportation and maritime law. Areas of experience include a wide range of maritime litigation, including cases involving breach of maritime contracts (e.g. charters and marine construction), environmental matters (e.g. oil spills, oily water separator problems, marine sanctuary issues), product liability (e.g. lashing gear, asbestos and dangerous cargo cases), marine insurance coverage disputes, salvage, collisions, cargo claims, demurrage claims, fire and property damage, shipyard liability, death and injury cases, and criminal, civil and administrative proceedings regarding regulatory compliance and immigration issues. Non-litigation experience includes advising clients about regulatory compliance, drafting and negotiating transportation contracts (e.g. service agreements, voyage/time charters, towing agreements, bills of lading, and trucking/air transportation contracts). Also experienced in general civil litigation including disputes involving real estate, Article III ADA cases, business contracts, and general tort cases.

Representative Matters

  • Handled federal court litigation in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California and New York.
  • Won summary judgments in marine insurance coverage cases on behalf of both the insurer and the insured and handled cases involving the full range of marine insurance- H&M, P&I, pollution, FD&D, war risk, yacht and cargo.
  • Represented shipowners in contract claims against the government.
  • Represented shipowners and charterers in breach of charter-party cases and arbitrations.
  • Won summary judgment for vessels in Jones Act cases on issues of liability, status, and damages.
  • Handled numerous Jones Act cases.
  • Handled numerous cases involving injuries and death within admiralty jurisdiction under section 905(b) of the LHWCA, DOHSA cases, and general maritime law.
  • Handled cases involving injuries on marine terminals.
  • Represented parties in salvage cases involving vessels and treasure.
  • Handled marine product liability cases involving lashing gear, asbestos or transportation of dangerous cargoes.
  • Assisted clients with transportation issues involving containers held for demurrage or to secure in rem claims.
  • Represented vessel owners in collision cases.
  • Handled cases involving government claims under Marine Sanctions Act.
  • Handled numerous investigations involving alleged discrepancies in oil record books and matters involving allegations relating to inoperable incinerators or defective oily water separators.
  • Represented both terminals and vessel owners in cases involving stevedoring and breach of implied warranties in cases involving fire, allision, or other property damage.
  • Handled matters involving maritime lien claims.
  • Represented vessel owners in criminal prosecutions arising out of oil spills and alleged violations of immigration laws.
  • Represented terminals, cargo shippers and vessels in transactional matters including foreign financing of purchase of U.S. fishing fleet, hedge fund investment U.S. barge fleet and terminal, terminal agreements, vessel purchase agreements, charters, bills of lading, and other contracts.
  • Represented foreign bank financing purchase of fishing fleet.


  • Author, “Judicial Activism in Maritime Cases,” 43 Tul. Mar. L. J. 21, Winter 2018.
  • Author, “Another Vietnam,” The Sewannee Review, Fall 2016.
  • Author, Book Review, Admiralty Cases and Materials, 30 Tul. Mar. Law J. 535, Winter/Summer 2006.
  • Co-author, Mistaken LHWCA Compensation Payments: Subrogation Lien or Third Party Credit?, 30 J. of Mar. L. & Comm, January 1999.
  • Author, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Fourth Circuit Review, January 1998.
  • Author, Jury Trials in Admiralty, 29 Moore's Federal Practice, § 704.8 (3d ed.) January 1997.
  • Author, Rule 14(c): Special Rules for Admiralty and Maritime Claims, 29 Moore's Federal Practice, § 704.06[1] to [2][1] (3d ed.) January 1997.
  • Contributing Author, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Antitrust Law Developments, Ocean Shipping (4th ed.).
  • Author, Comment, Multiple Murder, Multiple Punishment and Double Jeopardy in Virginia, 9 Geo Mason L. Rev. 107.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Association of Average Adjusters of the United States and Canada
  • American Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Average Adjuster’s Association
  • Southeast Admiralty Law Institute
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • American Inn of Court
  • Propeller Club of Hampton Roads
  • Honorary Consul of Iceland, 2000 - present
  • Adjunct Professor of Admiralty Law, College of William & Mary, 2001 - 2014

Rankings and Recognition

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Admiralty & Maritime law (2007-2019).
  • Selected by Law & Politics as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Transportation/Maritime (2006-2016).
  • Recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as Legal Elite in Civil Litigation (2014-2015, 2018).
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2009-present
  • Partner, Hunton & Williams, 1996-2009
  • Associate, Hunton & Williams 1988-1996
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Doumar, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1987-1988
  • United States Marine Corp, 1981-1984



  • George Mason University, 1987
    editor-in-chief, Law Review
  • Virginia Military Institute, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina