John H. Bryan, Attorney at Law

John H. Bryan is a West Virginia civil rights lawyer who not only has defended people in criminal courtrooms statewide, but who also is one of the top civil rights attorneys in West Virginia, frequently suing police departments and the State for excessive force, illegal search and seizure, and other civil rights violations.  He frequently handles high profile cases.  He has tried jury trials in magistrate courts, circuit courts, and federal courts throughout West Virginia.  He has argued cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  He is a frequent lecturer to attorneys and government officials on the topic of constitutional law and civil police misconduct litigation.

Phone: (304) 772-4999

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J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, 2006

B.A., Political Science, University of Central Florida, 2003

Prior Experience:

Wake County District Attorney’s Office – Raleigh, NC

United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section – Washington, D.C.

UNC-CH Law Criminal Defense Clinic – Durham, NC


Eugene Gressman – Daniel Pollit Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy

Kilpatrick-Stockton Mock Trial Tournament Best Attorney

American Mock Trial Association National Finalist – Des Moines, IA

Yale Mock Trial Tournament Champion – New Haven, CT

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law National Holderness Moot Court Team Member – Chapel Hill, NC

UCF National Mock Trial Team Captain – Orlando, FL

Civil Rights Law Seminars Taught

Handling the Police Liability Claim (2009, 2010)

Handling Governmental Liability Cases (2011)

Handling the Police Liability Claim (2012)

Advanced Police Liability Claims (2014)

The Ultimate Guide to Police Liability Claims (2018)