Law firm pushes into new market

Hutchins (left) and Wiech

Christopher Wiech (left) and John Hutchins have joined LeClairRyan’s new office in Atlanta.

LeClairRyan continues to flex its muscle around the country.

The longtime Richmond law firm has expanded yet again, announcing Tuesday the opening of a new office in Atlanta. It was barely a month ago that it opened its third location in California.

LeClairRyan CEO David Freinberg said the firm, which is one of Richmond’s largest, has had Atlanta on its radar for quite a while. Talks of bringing on the two new Atlanta partners, John Hutchins and Christopher Wiech, officially began about six months ago.

Hutchins and Wiech came over from Troutman Sanders, a large Atlanta-based firm that also has a significant presence in Richmond.

The Atlanta expansion, Freinberg said, is intended to push the firm’s geographic presence farther into the Southeast.

Freinberg said the strategy is also expanding the firm’s expertise in the growing fields of cybersecurity and IT.

“We’ve all read about the number of cyberattacks recently, and their expertise will allow us to deepen our strength in that area and expand the services we offer,” Freinberg said.

Wiech, 37, focuses his practice on data privacy and the technology industry. He counsels clients on intellectual property matters and has dealt with litigating technology issues. He is also involved in business litigation.

Hutchins, 49, has a similar focus. His practice is split between general commercial litigation and transactional issues, with a focus on data security and information technology.

“Our clients not only need to prepare themselves in advance in terms of best practices in cybersecurity policies, but also in the unfortunate event of a cyber-breach, they need to be able to know how to respond appropriately,” Freinberg said.

Hutchins and Wiech are a two-man show for now in Atlanta. But Freinberg said the firm does have plans to grow the office.

LeClairRyan now has a roster of 380 lawyers in 13 states and Washington, D.C. In addition to its new Georgia and California offices, the firm set up shop last year in Texas, New Jersey and Maryland.

It is making moves in the Richmond market as well, with plans to relocate to the SunTrust Center this summer.

Hutchins (left) and Wiech

Christopher Wiech (left) and John Hutchins have joined LeClairRyan’s new office in Atlanta.

LeClairRyan continues to flex its muscle around the country.

The longtime Richmond law firm has expanded yet again, announcing Tuesday the opening of a new office in Atlanta. It was barely a month ago that it opened its third location in California.

LeClairRyan CEO David Freinberg said the firm, which is one of Richmond’s largest, has had Atlanta on its radar for quite a while. Talks of bringing on the two new Atlanta partners, John Hutchins and Christopher Wiech, officially began about six months ago.

Hutchins and Wiech came over from Troutman Sanders, a large Atlanta-based firm that also has a significant presence in Richmond.

The Atlanta expansion, Freinberg said, is intended to push the firm’s geographic presence farther into the Southeast.

Freinberg said the strategy is also expanding the firm’s expertise in the growing fields of cybersecurity and IT.

“We’ve all read about the number of cyberattacks recently, and their expertise will allow us to deepen our strength in that area and expand the services we offer,” Freinberg said.

Wiech, 37, focuses his practice on data privacy and the technology industry. He counsels clients on intellectual property matters and has dealt with litigating technology issues. He is also involved in business litigation.

Hutchins, 49, has a similar focus. His practice is split between general commercial litigation and transactional issues, with a focus on data security and information technology.

“Our clients not only need to prepare themselves in advance in terms of best practices in cybersecurity policies, but also in the unfortunate event of a cyber-breach, they need to be able to know how to respond appropriately,” Freinberg said.

Hutchins and Wiech are a two-man show for now in Atlanta. But Freinberg said the firm does have plans to grow the office.

LeClairRyan now has a roster of 380 lawyers in 13 states and Washington, D.C. In addition to its new Georgia and California offices, the firm set up shop last year in Texas, New Jersey and Maryland.

It is making moves in the Richmond market as well, with plans to relocate to the SunTrust Center this summer.

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