Phone: (804) 783-7230
Fax: (804) 783-7291
 
 
 
Doug Rucker is a past leader of our Business and Professional Litigation group. His practice is concentrated in contract law and business and professional litigation.

He regularly defends malpractice claims against lawyers, insurance agents, real estate agents and title insurance agents, and has also represented other professionals, such as:

  • Accountants,
  • Design Professionals,
  • Corporate Directors & Officers,
  • Insurance Brokers,
  • Security Dealers and Brokers,
  • House & Termite Inspection Companies,
  • Real Estate Appraisers, and
  • Title Insurers.

Of the legal malpractice cases Doug has defended since 1986, he has extricated his clients from those cases on summary judgment and other pre-trial motions in the vast majority of them.  In addition, he serves governmental entities and others in condemnation cases and is called on for representation in a variety of cases involving real estate and business disputes.

He has extensive experience in commercial real estate and mortgage finance and represents financial institutions in their financing of, and investment in, office, retail and industrial properties and developments throughout Virginia. He has been listed in the Virginia Business magazine Legal Elite 2004-2011. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Super Lawyers®. In 2012 Doug was named among Virginia Lawyers Media "Leaders in the Law".

Doug's interests include history and historic preservation.  He and his wife Marian live in the Burton-Farrar House (circa 1818) in the Historic St. John's District of Richmond.

Doug participates in a number of community, charitable, religious and professional activities, some of which are listed below:

Community Activities

  • Needle's Eye Ministries, Inc. - Chairman, Board of Directors; Executive Committee
  • Church Hill Activities and Tutoring, Inc. - Board of Directors, Executive Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, The John Marshall Foundation (2009-2011)
  • Member, Historic Richmond Foundation
  • Member, Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Former Chairman, Board of Directors, Central Richmond Association (Vice President [1990-1991]; Member of Executive Committee [1990-1996])
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Center for the Book (1995-2003)

 

■ Quick Facts

 

AV rated by Martindale Hubbell 

Education

B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 1968
J.D., University of Virginia, 1972

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond (former Member, Board of Directors [1993-1997]; Real Estate Section [Executive Committee, 1987-1988]; Former Member; Committee on Area Bar Associations [Chairman, 1991-1992]; and Former Member, Bench/Bar Conference Task Force [Chairman, 1992])
  • The Virginia Bar Association (President [1996], Member, Construction and Public Contacts Law [Chairman 1993], Civil Litigation and Business Law Sections; Chairman, Virginia Substance Abuse Committee [1989-1990]; Chairman, Membership and Member Services Committee [1993]; Chairman, Committee on Issues of State and National Importance [1991-1992];  Executive Committee [1992-1997; Chairman, 1994]; Chairman, Awards Committee [1997]); former Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Law Foundation [1998-2004])
  • Virginia State Bar (Member of the Faculty, Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course)
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • American Bar Association (Member, Litigation Section and its Professional Liability Litigation Committee and Attorney Liability Subcommittee)
  • Southern Conference of Bar Presidents (1995-Present)
  • Boyd-Graves Conference (1996-Present)
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (Member, Commercial and Technology Law Section)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation (Member, Fellows Committee)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in America
  • Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Commission on Women and Minorities in the Legal System, (1995-1996)

 *CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

 

■ Quick Facts

 

AV rated by Martindale Hubbell 

Education

B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 1968
J.D., University of Virginia, 1972

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond (former Member, Board of Directors [1993-1997]; Real Estate Section [Executive Committee, 1987-1988]; Former Member; Committee on Area Bar Associations [Chairman, 1991-1992]; and Former Member, Bench/Bar Conference Task Force [Chairman, 1992])
  • The Virginia Bar Association (President [1996], Member, Construction and Public Contacts Law [Chairman 1993], Civil Litigation and Business Law Sections; Chairman, Virginia Substance Abuse Committee [1989-1990]; Chairman, Membership and Member Services Committee [1993]; Chairman, Committee on Issues of State and National Importance [1991-1992];  Executive Committee [1992-1997; Chairman, 1994]; Chairman, Awards Committee [1997]); former Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Law Foundation [1998-2004])
  • Virginia State Bar (Member of the Faculty, Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course)
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • American Bar Association (Member, Litigation Section and its Professional Liability Litigation Committee and Attorney Liability Subcommittee)
  • Southern Conference of Bar Presidents (1995-Present)
  • Boyd-Graves Conference (1996-Present)
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (Member, Commercial and Technology Law Section)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation (Member, Fellows Committee)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in America
  • Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Commission on Women and Minorities in the Legal System, (1995-1996)

 *CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.