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M. Richard Coel

2318 Mill Road
Suite 1100
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone:  703.647.5938
Fax:  703.647.5947
222 Severn Avenue
Suite 42
Building 1, 2nd Floor
Annapolis, Maryland 21403


Mr. Coel is a seasoned trial attorney with substantial first chair experience litigating cases in courts throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation. Over the course of his career, Mr. Coel has successfully handled a variety of cases and legal issues including business disputes, corporate fraud matters, breach of contract cases, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, wrongful foreclosure, toxic torts, negligence, and complex insurance coverage disputes. He also has significant experience utilizing alternative dispute resolution to help clients avoid expensive and unnecessary litigation.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Alexandria, Virginia, 2016 – Present
  • Macleay, Lynch & Lapidus, P.C., Washington, D.C., 2012 – 2015
  • Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll P.C., Rockville, Maryland, 2010 – 2012

Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar


  • Recognized as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the area of Civil Litigation Defense, 2014 and 2015, as published in Washington Post magazine and Washington D.C. Super Lawyers magazine
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Business Litigation, 2017
  • Recognized as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Business Litigation, 2017


  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 2009, Student Bar Association President, ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award
  • B.A., History and Government, University of Texas at Austin, 2006, Nominated and selected to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Selected to the National Dean’s List

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia