James R. Richards


Contact Information :

434/847-8195 fax
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Jim Richards practices primarily in the areas of business formation and transition, tax planning, and estate planning and administration. Jim has practiced law for over 30 years and brings to bear on each matter his wide range of past experience with litigation, real estate, and lease and contract negotiation to help him be a helpful resource to clients.

Past experience includes representing AREVA with regard to the formation of a joint venture with Northrup-Grumman to design and build nuclear reactor containers, the formation of numerous ESOP plans for client companies, and purchases and sales of client companies to create value for their owners.

Jim is active in the community. He is the current chairman of the board of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the board of Lynchburg Sheltered Industries, is currently a board member of the Lynchburg Community Trust, and is a lifetime member of the board of Spring Hill Cemetery Association.

Practice Areas: 

Taxation, Estate Planning, Business Law and Real Estate Development


Hampden-Sydney College, B.A. 1980; University of Richmond/T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D. 1984

Admitted to the Bar: 

1984 (Virginia); admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and the United States Tax Court

Community Activities:
Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce (current chairman); Lynchburg Sheltered Industries, Inc. (current chairman); Lynchburg Community Trust (board member); Spring Hill Cemetery Association (board member); First Presbyterian Church, Lynchburg, Virginia (ordained elder, member of session, Adult Sunday School lecturer)

Professional Experience and Activities:

Virginia State Bar; Lynchburg Bar Association; Virginia Bar Association