Focusing on resolving business disputes, Richard concentrates his law practice on commercial litigation, including intellectual property disputes, tort defense, transportation and maritime litigation, and complex trusts and estates disputes. Richard serves as a co-chair of the firm’s Government Relations Committee and works on a broad variety of governmental matters.
Richard is an experienced litigator in both state and federal court, including all stages of litigation: discovery, motions, trial and appeal.
As first chair, he has tried numerous cases to judges and juries. His clients range from international manufacturing companies to small professional partnerships. He currently practices before the Virginia state trial and appellate courts as well as the federal trial and appellate courts of Virginia. He regularly appears in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Virginia.
Richard received the Virginia State Bar’s prestigious R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year award, the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award and the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Sandra P. Thompson Award for outstanding and long-term service. He was selected as one of Hampton Roads’ Top Forty Under Forty by Inside Business magazine and as one of “Virginia’s Legal Elite” Young Lawyers by Virginia Business magazine.