Richard Cullen

Member, Liaison Committee

Richmond, VA

+1 804 775 1009

Richard Cullen is chairman of McGuireWoods LLP and a senior litigation partner. He counsels corporate executives, boards of directors, elected officials and the heads of major nonprofit institutions on matters of the utmost sensitivity, often involving issues of national security. He has extensive experience defending large multinational corporations in investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, attorneys general and local prosecutors. He is frequently called on to conduct confidential internal investigations to assist corporations in assessing risk of criminal prosecution or regulatory enforcement. His representation of clients in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice often includes the proceedings that parallel white-collar prosecution, such as SEC enforcement actions, collective prosecution or civil enforcement by states' attorneys general, debartment actions and civil litigation.

Richard gained a broad perspective on law enforcement from his service in high-level legal positions in both federal and state government. From 1997-98, Richard was attorney general of Virginia. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed him U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he directed investigations and prosecutions of financial institutions and defense contractors, and other white collar defendants. While serving as U.S. attorney, Richard was chosen to be on Attorney General William Barr's Advisory Committee. Richard also served as special counsel to U.S. Senator Paul Trible (R-VA) durin gthe Iran-Contra investigation and was on the staff of Representative M. Caldwell Butler (R-VA) during the Watergate investigation. In addition, he was on President George W. Bush's legal team during the recount of the 2000 election in Florida.

Representation of key grand jury witnesses in United States v. I. Lewis (“Scooter”) Libby and United States v. Rosen & Weissman, both involving allegations of leaks of classified national security information.

Negotiation of global settlements with U. S. Department of Justice on behalf of major defense contractor, aerospace manufacturer, multinational energy company and media conglomerate.

Representation of Members of Congress in Ethics Committee and DOJ investigations, including the resolution of the six-year federal investigation into former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s (R-TX) ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Counsel to U. S. Senate Rules Committee in challenge to the election of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

Representation of acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives in “Fast & Furious” investigation.

Representation of CIA and Department of Defense officials in investigation into Bush-era interrogation techniques.

Representation of U. S. auto manufacturer, multinational food producer and global financial institutions in multi-state attorney generals’ investigations.


Board of Directors, CrossOver Ministries 

Chair, Furman University Board of Trustees 

Member, VCU Business School Foundation

Board of Visitors, Virginia Military Institute, 1998-2002



Richard Cullen