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Gary D. LeClair

919 East Main Street
Twenty-Fourth Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone:  804.343.4060
Fax:  804.783.7605


Mr. LeClair is a co-founder and served for more than 20 years as Chairman (until 2015) and CEO (until 2011) 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 now has returned to the fulltime practice of law. His practice continues to include the representation of middle market and emerging growth companies, as well as private equity and venture capital firms, as securities and general counsel. He has been the lead attorney in hundreds of private and public financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and other major domestic and international transactions.

Mr. LeClair has served on the board of directors and advisors of various business entities, including a bank, an independent trust company, a private equity fund, a venture fund, 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.

Speaking Engagements

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


  • Recognized as a member of the inaugural class of the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2018
  • Recipient of the Virginia Bar Association President's Award, 2017 
  • Recipient of “30 in 30” Award (one of the Top 30 individuals who shaped the Metro Richmond Community during the past 30 years), 2016. Read the interview here.
  • Recognized as an Eminent Practitioner by Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2015 – 2018
  • Recipient of the Alumni Medallion Award presented by the College of William & Mary, 2014 (click here for video)
  • 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 among 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 – 2019
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Securities & Corporate Finance, 2006 – 2019
  • Recipient of Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law, 2008
  • Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite" in the field of Business Law, 2008 – 2013 and 2016 – 2017
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2015 & 2018 Richmond Venture Capital Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2013 Richmond Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2013, 2016 & 2019 Richmond Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law "Lawyer of the Year"


  • 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