In 1973 in a small office building on Foushee Street, John Thompson and Grice McMullan started what is now ThompsonMcMullan. From the beginning, the founding members focused their efforts on building a strong and successful law firm that focused on solving their clients’ business needs and legal issues.
The firm was a success out of the gate. The founders handled just about everything that came through the door. The attorneys were constantly learning new areas of the law to meet their client needs. The work was rewarding, especially due to the fact that Grice and John were such good friends.
In 1975, the firm outgrew its space and moved around the corner to 13 E. Franklin St. The late ‘70s marked a period of rapid growth. Many of the attorneys who joined in those early days of the firm are still here today. Although the firm was initially small in size, the legal talent within was carefully cultivated so that we could stand toe-to-toe in our respective practice areas with any firm in Virginia.
In 1985, the firm relocated to its current address in historic Shockoe Slip, in the heart of the Central Business District and within walking distance to state and federal courthouses.
John and Grice built a distinct firm culture that is still strong to this day. By taking a keen interest in the complex aspects of its clients’ businesses and individual legal needs, the firm built a reputation based on client service, with an emphasis on creativity, integrity and high-quality legal product. The founders instilled a sense of loyalty in the firm, among clients, staff and their families.