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Vernon E. Inge Jr.

919 East Main Street
Twenty-Fourth Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone:  804.343.4095
Fax:  804.783.7632


Mr. Inge focuses his practice on commercial litigation including creditors' rights and banking/lender litigation for both debtors and creditors, local government litigation, construction litigation, and sports law. Mr. Inge serves as the coordinating lawyer for a large docket of bankruptcy and replevin cases over multiple jurisdictions. In this role, he works with clients to develop efficient and cost-effective business solutions to fit the clients' needs.  He currently leads the Firm's Commercial Litigation and Sports Industry teams.

Mr. Inge’s sports law practice focuses on the representation of professional athletes and sports agents with their special needs in legal matters such as litigation, bankruptcies, and legal issues surrounding investments. Additionally, Mr. Inge is experienced in handling issues relating to Major League Baseball Players’ Association and the National Football League Players’ Association, including arbitrations under both organizations’ regulations. His sports law practice also involves the representation of entities that create, operate and/or promote events and tournaments, PGA Tour players and other professional and amateur athletes.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Richmond, Virginia, 1995-present 
  • Hazel & Thomas, Richmond, Virginia, 1991-1995

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Eastern District of Virginia's Standing Committee on Local Bankruptcy Rules, 2015-2016 
  • Richmond Bar Association (Vice President and Board Member)
  • Hanover County Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Leadership Metro Richmond, Class of 2007
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • The Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Published Works

  • Quoted, “Deflategate Judges Seem to Buy into the NFL’s Smear Campaign Against Tom Brady,” Forbes, March 4, 2016
  • Quoted, “The NFL Faces Legal Obstacle In Its Peyton Manning HGH Investigation,” Forbes, January 27, 2016
  • Quoted, “Roger Goodell’s Power May Not Take A Hit After Deflategate Ruling,” Forbes, September 3, 2015
  • Quoted, “The Deflategate Verdict is a Victory for Common Sense,” Boston Magazine, September 3, 2015
  • Quoted, “A Deflategate Settlement Wouldn’t Benefit Tom Brady or the NFL,” Boston Magazine, August 20, 2015
  • Quoted, “Student or Employee?” Virginia Business, June 28, 2014
  • Quoted, “Roseland Hopes Solution Lies in Sub-Division,” Richmond BizSense, February 2, 2013
  • “Risk Management for Athlete Safety and To Protect Facilities from Spectator Lawsuits,” Sports Litigation Alert, July 15, 2012
  • Quoted, “Dominion Club to press ahead,” Richmond-Times Dispatch, December 8, 2011
  • Quoted, “Dominion is almost out of the sand trap,” Richmond BizSense, December 7, 2011
  • Quoted, “Dominion Club plan to reorganize in limbo,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 11, 2011
  • Quoted, “County banks on city for reservoir land,” Tidewater Review, March 26, 2008


  • Named Best Lawyers' Richmond Litigation - Banking and Finance "Lawyer of the Year", 2015
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star" in Virginia, 2014 & 2016 
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine and Super Lawyers Business Edition in the field of Business Litigation, 2012–2016
  • Listed among the "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business magazine for Civil Litigation, 2014-2015
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Litigation - Construction, and Litigation - Municipal, 2010–2016
  • AV rated by Martindale–Hubbell for over a decade

 Academic Experience

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Sports and The Law, University of Richmond School of Law, 2003–present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Lawyering Skills III (Trial Advocacy), University of Richmond School of Law, 2000–2009
  • Adjunct Instructor, Sports Law, Virginia Commonwealth University, Center for Sport Leadership, 2011–2013 
  • Lecturer to the Virginia Commonwealth University “Sports Center” Graduate Sports Management Program on Sports Law, 1999–2002


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1991
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Richmond, 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • New York