Anchoring Richmond’s Law Community for 101 Years

Observant Richmond residents will have noticed a recent addition to the city skyline. The prestigious law firm of Williams Mullen moved to new offices located on South 10th Street earlier in June. Firm Chairman, Julious P. Smith, Jr. said “Williams Mullen has been a part of Richmond since 1909. Our new office represents our continued and strengthened commitment to the Greater Richmond region and its business community.”

It was in 1909 that Lewis C. Williams and James Mullen, two Richmond attorneys formed the law firm of Williams and Mullen. These men know that changes in business and finance laws would create a need for legal services. Four years later in 1913 when Congress adopted the federal income tax, the vision of Williams and Mullen proved true. The firm grew and expanded and in 1961 became Williams, Mullen & Christian through a merger.

Around the same time Morton L. Wallerstein and Virgil R. Goode established their own law firm. In 1986, the law firm of Wallerstein, Goode and Dobbins merged with Williams, Mullen and Christian creating Williams, Mullen, Christian and Dobbins, P.C. The firm has continued to grow through mergers and now has offices in Virginia, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and London.

At Williams Mullen, approximately 300 attorneys practice in over 30 areas. The firm provides legal services regionally, nationally and internationally. Attorneys work in teams across geographical locations since the firm does not have a central office.

Recently Chambers USA recognizes Williams Mullen as a Leader in Business Law, ranking the firm among the top firms in Virginia and North Carolina.

Providing legal counsel and services does not limit the folks at Williams Mullen. The firm and attorneys give financial support and substantial volunteer time in their respective communities. Williams Mullen’s attorneys hold positions on non-profit boards and committees, arts foundations, legal aid societies and institutions of higher learning.

Attorneys at Williams Mullen offer pro bono services to the Virginia Poverty Law Center, the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce, Wills for Heroes and Habitat for Humanity. International team members have been recognized by the Court of International Trade.

Additionally, Williams Mullen offers support to such organizations as the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation (AARF), Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, March of Dimes, Multiple Sclerosis Society, United Way Services, and the YMCA.

An example of that community service is Partner Robert F. “Bob” Redmond, Jr. who, along with his fellow attorneys oversees case intake at the legal aid clinic for the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Volunteering his time, Redmond and associates help to collect unpaid wages, obtain green cards and more. They’ve never missed a clinic since Redmond began the program in 2004.

Celebrating 101 years of service, Williams Mullen recently moved into their new 16-story building on South 10th Street in Richmond. Joining the celebration, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones said, “We’re very proud you have made a commitment to downtown Richmond. You could have gone anywhere.”

Williams Mullen has a definite stature in Richmond. And it’s not just their new building.

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