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Gary D. LeClair

Riverfront Plaza, East Tower
951 East Byrd Street, Eighth Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone:  804.343.4060
Fax:  804.783.7605

Biography

Mr. LeClair is co-founder and Chairman of LeClairRyan. LeClairRyan was founded in 1988 when Mr. LeClair and Dennis Ryan established a securities and venture capital legal boutique to address the special needs of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Mr. LeClair’s practice continues to include the representation of emerging growth companies as securities and general counsel. He has been the lead attorney in private and public financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and other major domestic and international transactions.

Mr. LeClair has served as a director of various business entities, including a bank, an independent trust company, a residential developer, an ecommerce business and a retailer.

A believer in community involvement, Mr. LeClair has served on the board of directors and advisors of various civic and not-for-profit organizations, including the Richmond Venture Forum, the Greater Richmond Technology Council, the Virginia Council of CEOs, the Greater Richmond Chamber Foundation, The College of William and Mary, The Steward School, Richmond 2007 and Tuckahoe Sports. He has served as General Counsel for the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Richmond Partnership. A former college football player, he has coached youth baseball, soccer and basketball. He also is a former Head Coach of a Western Wildcats youth football team.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Richmond, Virginia, 1988 – present
  • Hunton & Williams, Richmond, Virginia, 1983 – 1988
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Sam J. Ervin III, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1982 – 1983
  • C.P.A., Price Waterhouse & Co., New York, New York, 1977 – 1979

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association

Distinctions

  • Awarded the Ernst & Young Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1997
  • Received the Leadership Award from the Greater Richmond Technology Council in 1999
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Biotechnology Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, and Venture Capital Law, 2006–2014
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine in Securities & Corporate Finance, 2006–2013
  • Recipient of Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law, 2008
  • Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite" in the field of Business Law, 2008–2013
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2013 Richmond Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2013 Richmond Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University School of Law, 1982, Recipient of The Francis E. Lucey, S. J. Award in recognition of the highest academic average maintained by a graduating student
  • B.B.A., Accounting, College of William & Mary, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1982