Williams Mullen, Woods Rogers lure more lawyers from LeClairRyan

LeClairRyan’s office in the SunTrust Center. (BizSense file photo)

A downtown law firm has lost more of its Richmond attorneys to nearby competitors.

At least four lawyers left the local ranks of LeClairRyan in the last month, adding to a string of departures from the firm that’s continued since last year at several of its offices nationwide.

Two of the four – Janet Cho and Ed White – joined Williams Mullen last week. Donna Foster preceded them by a matter of days, joining Woods Rogers on April 29. And Shyrell Reed left LeClair in early April for Moran Reeves & Conn.

Foster is at least the third LeClair attorney to jump to Woods Rogers this year, following Nancy Reynolds and Jay Spruill in February.

Ed White

Janet Cho

Janet Cho

Cho and White are the latest new arrivals at Williams Mullen, which last month lured four attorneys from Christian & Barton.

Foster and Reed are both in health care law, while Cho and White focus their practices on intellectual property matters.

Foster had been with LeClair since 2000 and Reed since 2007. Cho and White both had been with the firm since 2012.

LeClairRyan now has 208 attorneys firmwide, according to its website, down from 239 in February. Its Richmond attorney headcount stands at 31.

Donna Foster

Shyrell Reed

The firm, which keeps its Richmond office at the SunTrust Center at 919 E. Main St. downtown, has had more than 60 partners depart since 2018, including more than 20 since the beginning of this year. In addition to departures in Richmond, LeClair has lost lawyers in Hampton Roads, Boston and Rochester, New York.

Its 2018 gross revenue fell to $122 million, down about $20 million from the previous year, according to recent AmLaw reports. That was the fourth straight year of revenue declines.

AmLaw noted in February that LeClairRyan did not report profits per equity partner for 2018, but the firm told BizSense in February that it is profitable.

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