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Barry W. Spear

Barry Spear is a critical member of the Boleman Law Firm team of bankruptcy experts. He is a trial lawyer whose skills in the courtroom make him one of the best lawyers in Virginia to handle any litigation that might be necessary during the term of a client’s bankruptcy case. The majority of bankruptcy cases proceed without any litigation being necessary. However, issues do arise in which a determination of a dispute by a Judge is needed. Barry gives our clients the confidence they need and deserve if they should ever have to appear in court and explains the process every step of the way.  He also serves as a mentor for other Boleman lawyers in litigation matters.

Barry has been with the Boleman Law Firm since 2009 and is a shareholder of the firm. He is the head of the firm’s Bankruptcy Litigation group. He has been practicing Bankruptcy law since 1995 and has represented debtors and creditors in various Chapters of the United States Bankruptcy Code, as well representing individuals and businesses in numerous types of liquidation, insolvency, reorganization and litigation matters. He has extensive experience litigating a wide variety of issues before the Bankruptcy Court.


Barry served on the Panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1999-2008. He has served two terms as President of the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association, in 2008-2009 and 2018-2019.    He also served on the Board of Directors of that organization for many years. He also serves on the Bankruptcy Bar Liasion Committee for the Norfolk Division of the Bankruptcy Court.

Barry has been a speaker on complex bankruptcy and litigation issues at seminars and programs sponsored by various organizations, including the Virginia Bar Association, Virginia CLE, the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association, Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association, Hampton Bar Association, and the Greater Peninsula Women’s Bar Association.

Barry graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Bowdoin College in 1988. He received his law degree from Washington and Lee University in 1995 cum laude. Prior to entering private practice, he served as law clerk to the Honorable David H. Adams, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1995-1996. Following his term as the law clerk, Mr. Spear joined the law firm of Weinberg & Stein where he worked until 2002. Later, Mr. Spear operated his own practice until he joined the Boleman Law Firm in 2009.

Barry has litigated a substantial number of matters in the Richmond, Newport News, and Norfolk Divisions of the Eastern District of Virginia Bankruptcy Court involving a wide range of bankruptcy issues. Should an issue go before the Court as a contested matter or require a trial, Mr. Spear will either be handling it or be working with the attorney who is primarily responsible. He is admitted to practice before the United States Bankruptcy Courts in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Barry’s reported cases include:
  • Banc of America Leasing & Capital, LLC v. Havel, 2006 WL 2850645 (E.D. Va. 2006);
  • Abate v. Spear, 289 B.R. 62 (E.D. Va. 2003);
  • In re Professional Coatings (N.A.), Inc., 210 B.R. 66 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 1997);
  • In re Draper, 2015 WL 7264669 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2015);
  • Lawrence v. Combs (In re Combs), 543 B.R. 780 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2016);
  • Rosenblum v. Hardesty (In re Hardesty) 553 B.R. 86 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2016);
  • In re Foster, 556 B.R. 233 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2016);
  • Commercial Cash Flow LLC v. Matkins (In re Matkins) 605 B.R. 62 (Bankr. E.D. 2019)


  • Bachelor of Arts, History, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
  • Juris Doctor cum laude, Washington & Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VA

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar, Bankruptcy Section
  • Virginia Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • ​Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

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