Jim Theuer is an experienced litigator and trial attorney and has received an AV preeminent rating from his peers and judges.  His practice focuses on employment lawcommercial litigation, and the defense of individuals charged with Federal criminal offenses.

In employment law, he represents employers and employees in Virginia and North Carolina in the areas of: unpaid overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act; workplace claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage payment statutes, and for wrongful discharge or retaliation; discrimination claims and investigations under Title VII, Section 1981, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act; severance agreements; non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements and claims; employee handbooks and employment policies; employee hiring, discipline, and termination; union organizing petitions, unfair labor practice charges, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board; employee lay-offs and terminations and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act; denial of benefits under ERISA plans; wage garnishments and collection; and, criminal defense of employers and employees on charges arising from workplace conduct. 

In commercial litigation, he represents companies in contract negotiations for services and property, in contract disputes, and in litigation arising from commercial transactions, the provision of professional services, and management of closely-held companies.

In Federal criminal matters, he represents business owners on immigration and tax law charges, individuals charged with criminal violations of ERISA and drug-labeling laws, and individuals charged with wire or bank fraud.

He has been a CLE lecturer for Wake Forest University CLE, National Business Institute, and Sterling Educational Services, and has co-authored CLE materials for Tulane University CLE and the Virginia Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section. 

Mr. Theuer received his B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is a member of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, the North Carolina State Bar, and the Virginia State Bar, and is admitted to practice in all State courts and Federal district courts in Virginia and North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal Court of Claims. 


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, Juris Doctor with Honors

Staff Member, North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation

Certificate of Merit, Employment Law 

L’Université Jean Moulin (Lyon III), Lyon, France, Exchange student in the Maîtrise en Droit curriculum

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Arts in French

Alliance Française, Comité Universitaire de Nancy, Nancy, France, French language diploma

Brillantmont International School, Lausanne, Switzerland, Secondary School Certificate 


Trial experience in civil and criminal matters in Virginia, North Carolina, and Federal courts

Appellate experience in Virginia, North Carolina, and Federal courts

Labor and Employment attorney with Hunton & Williams, LLP, an AmLaw 100 law firm

Civil litigator and trial attorney with Robinson & Lawing, LLP, an AV-rated litigation boutique

Former Captain, United States Marine Corps

Marine Detachment and Stinger missile battery commanding officer 


Virginia State Bar

North Carolina State Bar

Bars of the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, the Federal Court of Claims, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association


What is left of a Bowman claim under Virginia law after Francis?, Virginia State Bar Litigation News, Fall 2017

Creating Fair Labor Standards Act Compliance Strategies That Work, National Business Institute, October 2017

Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Employment Context & Wage and Benefit Issues, National Business Institute, June 2016

Recent Developments in the ADA and FMLA, Sterling Educational Services, March 2009

When Is Too Late? New Rule 3:21 And Jury Demands In Virginia, Virginia State Bar Litigation
News, Fall 2007

Litigating Workplace Emotional Distress Claims, Tulane University CLE, September 2006

Adhering to the FMLA, National Business Institute, June 2006

Virginia Business Torts in the Employment Context, VBA Labor & Employment Section, October 2005

Valuation of Marital Property, Equitable Distribution, Wake Forest University CLE, November 2003

Family Law Practice - Equitable Distribution, General Practice Symposium, Wake Forest
University CLE, November 2001

Prejudgment Restraint of Assets for Claims of Damages: Should the United States Follow
England’s Lead? 20 N.C. J. Int’l L. 419 (2000)


Jim is a founder and the Secretary and Treasurer of the Badger Marine Memorial Association, a War Veterans' organization that supports past, current, and future Marine Officers and their survivors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jim has served since 2004 as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Andrew's Theological College and Seminary

Jim serves on the vestry of St. John's Anglican Church in Virginia Beach.