John Erbach is a Director in the litigation section of Spotts Fain, focusing his practice on intellectual property litigation, employment disputes, and commercial litigation, with added emphasis on litigation in federal court.  After graduating from law school in 2008, John spent two years practicing law with a large regional law firm located in Richmond, Virginia.  After that, John had the unique honor of serving as law clerk to three federal judges in Richmond, Virginia.  Most recently, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Henry E. Hudson, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Previously, John served as law clerk to the Honorable Dennis W. Dohnal and the Honorable David J. Novak, U.S. Magistrate Judges for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Of special note, John had the honor of serving as Judge Novak’s first law clerk upon Judge Novak’s selection to replace the retiring Judge Dohnal.

John also counsels businesses on immigration compliance matters.  In that vein, he frequently conducts I-9 audits and internal investigations related to immigration compliance.  Earlier in his career, John represented business clients obtaining employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas and represented a number of individuals in removal proceedings before the immigration court.

John graduated magna cum laude from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in May 2008.  While in law school, he served as vice president of the client counseling and negotiation board and president of the Federalist Society.  John also earned the CALI Excellence for the Future awards in Civil Procedure, Advanced Trial Advocacy, and Copyright Law.  As an undergraduate, John earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the College of William & Mary.

In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.  He is also an avid outdoorsman, angler, and hunter.


  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008)
  • The College of William and Mary (B.S., Psychology, 2005)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Representative Cases

  • buySAFE, Inc. v. Google, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83139 (E.D. Va. June 16, 2014)
  • Trs. of Columbia Univ. in the City of New York v. Symantec Corp., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46172 (E.D. Va. Apr. 1, 2014)
  • Global Tel*Link Co. v. Securus Techs., Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28773 (E.D. Va. Mar. 5, 2014)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Section
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Member of the Board of the Richmond Chapter
    • Federal Litigation Section
    • Intellectual Property and Communications Law Section
  • John Marshall American Inn of Court 
  • Richmond Bar Association
    • Membership Committee

Classes/Seminars Taught

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Clerk, U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson, 2012-2013
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak, 2012
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis W. Dohnal, 2010-2012
  • Associate, Williams Mullen, P.C., 2008-2010

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Read to Them, Inc.