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Richard is an experienced litigator in both state and federal court, including all stages of litigation: discovery, motions, trial and appeal.
As first chair, he has tried numerous cases to judges and juries. His clients range from international manufacturing companies to small professional partnerships. He currently practices before the Virginia state trial and appellate courts as well as the federal trial and appellate courts of Virginia. He regularly appears in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Virginia.
Richard received the Virginia State Bar’s prestigious R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year award, the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award and the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Sandra P. Thompson Award for outstanding and long-term service. He was selected as one of Hampton Roads’ Top Forty Under Forty by Inside Business magazine and as one of “Virginia’s Legal Elite” Young Lawyers by Virginia Business magazine.
Virginia State Bar’s prestigious R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year award
Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award
Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Sandra P. Thompson Award for outstanding and long-term service
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America - Admiralty and Maritime Law (2013-18)
Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” - Civil Trial & Commercial Litigation (2016-18)
Virginia Business, Legal Elite (2004, 06-09, 12, 14)
•Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019
•Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers
•27 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2018
•Ottinger joins Virginia Bar Association Board of Governors
•CoVaBiz Magazine Awards Top Honors To 20 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys
•20 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys have made the Coastal Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers List
•25 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Named Best Lawyers In America 2017
•Richard Ottinger Appointed to Board of Directors of Norfolk Economic Development Authority
•24 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Included in the Best Lawyers in America 2016
•17 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2014 Legal Elite
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Norfolk Economic Development Authority, Director
The Virginia Bar Association; Board of Governors Member; Civil Litigation Section, Chair (2013-2015)
Maritime Law Association, Proctor in Admiralty
Transportation Lawyers Association
Tidewater Motor Truck Association, Counsel
Downtown Norfolk Council, Board Member
Virginia State Bar
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
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