Richard S. Guy

Richard S. Guy: Attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP
  • Partner at Vandeventer Black LLP (53 Attorneys)
  • 500 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
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Richard Guy concentrates his practice in business formations, purchases, sales and mergers; banking, commercial finance, secured transactions and purchases, sales, and financing of fishing vessels; creditor’s rights and bankruptcy; commercial real estate; commercial litigation; maritime and admiralty law .

Richard is a “womb to tomb” business lawyer. At the start of the lifecycle of a business, Richard assists the owners in choosing the entity that is best for their particular business plan. His assistance includes advice about financing their growth (either conventionally or through private placements), handling offensive and defensive commercial litigation, and arranging for the owners to share in the benefits of the commercial real estate that supplies the office space to the business. As businesses reach the critical mass where they seek to acquire other businesses or are themselves attractive targets, he represents both buyers and sellers in stock, asset, and merger transactions. In several instances, his clients have sold businesses he helped them start and begun the cycle again by forming new businesses with their sales proceeds.

In addition to representing borrowers, Richard represents financial institutions and private lenders in loan transactions of varying sizes. In order to fully service the needs of lenders, he also negotiates workout agreements and handles commercial foreclosures. When borrowers file bankruptcy petitions, Richard helps lenders realize on their collateral.

Richard received a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia.

In addition to his years in private practice, Richard served as in-house counsel to General Electric Capital Corporation (1986-1992) and as General Counsel and President of Commonwealth Health Care, Inc. (1992-1996).

He is a member of the Norfolk & Portsmouth, North Carolina, Virginia, and American Bar Associations (Business Law Section), as well as Virginia and North Carolina State Bars.


LEAD Hampton Roads, Class of 1995

Listed in Best Lawyers in America : Business Organizations (2016-18)

Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2009, 15-present)


•Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019
•27 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2018
•Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys 2016 Legal Elite Finalists
•25 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Named Best Lawyers In America 2017
•Congratulations to the Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Virginia Legal Elite
•24 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Included in the Best Lawyers in America 2016


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Areas of Practice (8)

  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Creditors' Rights, Bankruptcy & Collections
  • International Business
  • Maritime & Admiralty Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
757.446.8526  Phone
757.446.8670  Fax
University Attended:
Dartmouth College, B.A., Psychology, magna cum laude; Darden School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, M.B.A.
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
1995, Virginia; 1982, North Carolina


American Bar Association - Section on Business Law

Virginia Bar Association - Sections on Business Law and International Practice

North Carolina Bar Association - Section on Business Law

Dartmouth Lawyers Association

Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

Virginia Beach Rotary Club

Boy Scouts of America, Tidewater Council, Executive Board

Bayside Presbyterian Church, Elder

Spanish and French
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

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