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Downtime: Law with a Splash of Olive Oil


If you couldn’t tell by his surname, Gary LeClair – one of the co-founders and namesakes of downtown law firm LeClairRyan – is of French descent, French Huguenot specifically.

It’s that heritage, along with an interest in history and all things French, that led LeClair and his wife April to buy a small olive farm in Provence along the French Riviera, where they spend much of their time tending the trees and growing the olives that they then have pressed to produce their own extra virgin olive oil, which they bottle themselves.

Still a practicing attorney in the firm’s economic development, M&A and other practices, LeClair, 63, purchased the 250-tree farm in 2013, in between stepping down from his leadership roles as CEO in 2011 and as chairman in 2015 – freeing him up to join April, who spends half the year there, on trips that can include business stops in London.

Read the full article in Richmond BizSense here.