Douglas Guynn
Douglas L. Guynn Education Law, Labor and Employment Law, Municipal Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation


Doug Guynn, co-chair of the Virginia Education Law Group℠, counsels school boards, educational organizations, and other public and private sector clients in education law, employment law, and civil litigation. Doug has been counsel to numerous school boards across Virginia and has served on the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, by appointment of the Governor. Mr. Guynn has represented the Virginia School Boards Association before the Virginia Supreme Court on litigated issues of statewide importance and has been one of the Association’s featured speakers on various legal issues, including constitutional matters and litigation. His education law litigation work includes a precedent-setting special education case before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and a First Amendment case that tested the boundaries of employee “free speech.” Doug’s experience also covers constitutional issues not only for school boards but for other targets of litigation, including his notable role as lead federal court trial and appellate counsel in a groundbreaking hostile corporate takeover case out of Virginia. He also served two, four-year terms on the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission, by appointment of the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.


Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (B.S., Finance, with distinction, 1976)

  • Phi Kappa Phi First Honors Award, College of Business
  • Wall Street Journal Award
  • Outstanding Senior Award, College of Business (Alumni Association)

University of Virginia (J.D., 1980)

  • Editorial Board Member, Virginia Journal of International Law (VJIL)
  • Author, Icenogle v. Olympic Airways: The Right to Jury Trial in Suits Against Foreign Government-Owned Commercial Corporations, VJIL
  • Assistant to Professor Stephen A. Saltzburg (Alaska Model Jury Instructions Project, American Criminal Procedure Casebook Project)

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of Virginia
United States District Court, Western District of Virginia
United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
United States Supreme Court

Professional Memberships

Virginia Council of School Attorneys, Charter Member and Past Chairman
National Council of School Attorneys, Member
Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Permanent Member
Virginia Law Foundation, Fellow
American Bar Foundation, Fellow
Virginia State Bar Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, Former Chairman
Virginia Local Government Attorneys Association Member