Brian A. Richardson
Brian focuses his practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation, workers’ compensation defense, general business advice and employment law. Since entering private practice, Brian has had significant trial experience in state and federal court, as well as appellate experience arguing matters before the Virginia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
As a litigator, Brian has defended companies in shareholder disputes, employment law cases, and workers’ compensation claims. He has also defended automotive manufacturers and dealerships in products liability and breach of warranty cases. He has experience defending employment matters involving discrimination claims and breach of non- compete agreements. In addition, he has a robust workers’ compensation practice, advising employers on reducing workplace injuries and implementing individualized risk management strategies.
As a business advisor, Brian has represented clients in negotiations involving entertainment contracts and television network deals. In addition, he has advised clients in the purchase and sale of privately held companies.
Brian’s local counsel practice has involved civil and class action matters pending before the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, Federal Bankruptcy Court and Circuit Courts throughout the Commonwealth.
Prior to entering private practice, Brian clerked for the Honorable A. Christian Compton, Senior Justice, of the Supreme Court of Virginia. While in law school, he was the recipient of Alexander M. and Rose S. Harman Academic Scholarship. In addition, Brian was the first African American elected President of the Student Bar Association in the 150-year history of the law school. He also served as Class President and chaired a number of committees on behalf of the Dean and the student body. His service and commitment to the University was recognized upon graduation when he received the Calhoun Bond Award, which is given to the student who made the most outstanding contribution to the University.
Brian is active in the community having chaired and served on non-profit boards, including the Youth Life Foundation of Richmond where he served as Chairman of the Board and member of the Executive Committee. In addition, he has served on the advisory council for the NAACP and currently serves on the Law Council for the Washington and Lee University School of Law.
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Supreme Court of Virginia
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- Leadership Metro Richmond, Class of 2009
- Virginia Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2009, 2010, 2012
- Virginia Business, “Legal Elite,” Business Law, 2016, 2017; Civil Litigation, 2018, 2019, 2020
- Counsel on Litigation Management (CLM)
- Richmond Bar Association
- Virginia State Bar Association, Member
- The Hill Tucker Bar Association
- The National Bar Association
- The Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
- Paralegal Studies Advisory Board, Reynolds Community College
- Washington and Lee University, Law Council Member