Focusing on resolving business disputes, Richard concentrates his law practice in commercial litigation with a particular focus on business and contract disputes, commercial lease and real estate matters, intellectual property disputes, tort and personal injury, maritime litigation and products liability defense, as well as alternative energy development and creditors' rights. 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 Virginia federal trial and appellate courts.
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.