John Hardin Young

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John Hardin Young
J.D., University of Virginia
B.C.L., Oxford University (Exeter College)
Bar and Court Admissions
District of Columbia
Pennsylvania (Inactive)
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Young has held senior positions in private practice, industry, and government. He has effectively achieved results in highly complex situations. As a law firm partner, he has demonstrated a strong ability to identify, analyze, and solve problems in complex government and commercial litigation, business mediation, government contracting, intellectual property, antitrust, legislative counseling, and technology company formulation and financing. He has represented major corporations and associations in complex litigation throughout the United States, in both the state and federal courts. He has held corporate management positions with responsibility for corporate governance, dispute resolution, and litigation.

Mr. Young is the current chair of the American Bar Association Senior Lawyer Division and its 65,000 members.  He was also a participant in the White House Conference on Aging (held in 2015 and every ten years). He is a former member of the American Bar Association Board of Governors, Chair of the Evaluation Subcommittee of the Board’s Program and Planning Committee where he developed the Association’s first comprehensive program evaluation system; Chair of the Board’s Non-Dues Revenue Committee where he developed a strategic plan for raising non-dues revenue; a former Chair of the Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice where he restructured the section’s programs and developed a strategic plan for the future of the section.

He served as a Special Counsel, National Democratic Committee (1998 & 2000-04), where he developed the first election day monitoring program and was involved in the investigation of campaign finance. He was the General Counsel, Virginia State Board of Election (1976-1978) and General Counsel of the State Democratic Party of Virginia under Mark Warner. He has participated in the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics on the Campaign for President.

Mr. Young is an adjunct professor of law at William & Mary Law School where he received the 2017 Election Law Educator of the Year and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Law School (Election Law) and George Mason University School of Law (Alternative Dispute Resolution and Appellate Advocacy).

He has served as Assistant Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and was awarded the Coast Guard Auxiliary Commendation Medal.

Mr. Young received a B.C.L from Oxford University (1976), a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia (1973), and an A.B. from Colgate University (1970).

Mr. Young  is listed in  Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers; D.C. Top Lawyers; Who’s Who in America, the World and the Law; Life Member, American Law Institute; Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation;  He is listed on the UNDP Crisis Response Unit Roster.


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