John Dooley

I live in Newport News with my incredible wife, Jen, and our kids Carwyn and Carys.

I grew up in a Navy family, so I am a native of Ohio, and briefly lived in San Diego, California. After leaving the Navy, we moved to Chesapeake, Virginia where my Dad pastored a church, and my Mom continued her calling as a public school special education teacher at Hickory High School, which is also the school from which I graduated. I attended James Madison University and received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. After graduating from JMU, I was privileged to teach 9th grade English at Heritage High School in Newport News while studying nights for a Masters of Divinity degree. At the end of my third year of teaching, I felt called to change professions and directions entirely, mostly due to seeing the impact of the justice system on my students and their families, and I applied and was accepted into Regent University’s School of Law.

I enjoy playing music (drums, guitar, and vocals) for church worship teams, and I once had the pleasure to be part of a local jazz trio. Alas, we are all now living in separate parts of the world. I love literature, movies, history, games, and amateur carpentry and home projects. I am at my most joyful when I am with my wife and kids, whatever we are doing.

I feel immensely privileged by the trust of my clients to help guide them through the decisions and circumstances involving the most precious and intimate portions of their lives. I am so pleased to be a part of the excellent team of professionals at Holcomb Law.