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Our Attorneys

ThompsonMcMullan’s lawyers practice in 19 distinct areas, earning significant professional recognition. Our lawyers are regularly recognized by peer-nominated lists, including Virginia Business’ Legal Elite, US News and World Report’s Best Lawyers, including a Best Lawyer of the Year in Financial Service Regulation Law, Construction Law, and Elder Law. Virginia Super Lawyers also routinely recognizes ThompsonMcMullan lawyers as Super Lawyers and as Rising Stars.  Our lawyers hold leadership roles in legal, business, and civic organizations in the City of Richmond and surrounding counties, as well as in the local, Virginia, and American Bar Associations.


Our History

John Thompson and Grice McMullan founded ThompsonMcMullan over 40 years ago in a small office building on Foushee Street in Richmond, Virginia. After graduating from law school in 1967, John spent over five years at Reynolds Metals, first as a patent attorney and member of the general law department and later as counsel in the Washington, D.C. Government Relations Department. He had planned to take a new legal job in a small town in Colorado. Before leaving Washington, he ran into a friend and fellow attorney, Matthew Ott, who convinced him to come back to Richmond and share office space with him and Michael Morchower.

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Our Difference

There is no “one size fits all” solution to legal problems.  The size and complexity of legal issues vary from client to client, and so does our approach.  Our clients entrust us with their most important challenges and concerns.  Our job is finding the most effective way to resolve them.

Through our affiliation with Meritas, we can handle legal issues across the country or around the globe. Meritas is an international alliance of 7,000 experienced lawyers in 195 full-service law firms serving 250 markets across all 50 states and 60 countries. Our clients may have a legal issue arise in Virginia, but with national or international implications.  Our affiliation with Meritas enables us to serve our clients, no matter the state or country.

For over 40 years, we have focused on providing clients with personal, responsive, and exceptional service.

Celebrating More than 40 Years of John B. Thompson

John R. Thompson

One of the firm’s two founding members, John B. Thompson, retired on October 30th, 2015. Click to read more about John’s impact on two generations of attorneys and his community.

ThompsonMcMullan Selected to U.S. News and World Report's 2016 ``Best Law Firms`` List

BLF 2014_Silver_General

U.S. News and Best Lawyers have joined to rank more than 12,000 firms in the U.S. ThompsonMcMullan was once again honored in the 2016 list.


ABLE Act 2014


When Estate Plans and Shareholder Agreements Collide

Estate Planning

When Estate Plans and Shareholder Agreements Collide


IRS Releases Form 1023-EZ for Certain Nonprofit Organizations