Richard Dean Holzheimer Jr. Partner

Rick is a first-chair trial attorney with extensive courtroom experience. Rick concentrates his litigation practice in construction, commercial litigation, government contracting, financial services, and real estate.

He has significant experience in business litigation matters, eminent domain, government contracting, intellectual property, products liability, healthcare, and land use. He has litigated cases throughout the United States with significant experience in the state and federal courts of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Rick has represented clients in all aspects of the construction industry including owners, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals. He has represented various energy clients on their litigation matters. Rick also completed a secondment as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 energy company where he handled litigation and real estate matters.

In business, Rick has provided all level of services including advice, strategy, litigation, and settlement negotiations. In the area of business litigation, he has a broad range of experience that includes contract disputes, trade secrets, financial services disputes, employment litigation, government contracting, products liability, easement issues, successor liability, zoning issues, patent litigation, defamation, and licensing matters. Rick was recognized for helping his client obtain one of the largest settlements in Virginia for that year.

Rick is an active member of the community. He is President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia. Rick previously was the chair of the Circuit Court Committee of the Fairfax Bar Association. Rick supported the business community as a board member for the Dulles Area Chamber of Commerce and for the Asian American Chamber of Commerce. He was also a board member of the University of Virginia’s Asian and Asian Pacific American Alumni Network. He is also a member of Leadership Fairfax, Inc., an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Fairfax County through public service. Rick further served his community as a member and chairman of the Board of Directors of Second Story (previously Alternative House), an emergency shelter for run-away teens, young mothers, and at-risk youth.

  • Notre Dame Law School, JD, Notes Editor, Journal of College and University Law, 1996
  • University of Virginia, BA, Economics and Foreign Affairs, 1993

President, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia

Member and Co-Chair, Judicial Screening Committee, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia

Former Chair, Circuit Court Committee, Fairfax Bar Association

Co-chair, General Civil Litigation Standing Committee, Fairfax Bar Association 2011- 2013

Board Member, Asian and Asian Pacific American Alumni Network of the University of Virginia (UVA-AAPAAN)

Circuit Representative, Young Lawyers Division, Virginia Bar Association, 2005-2008

President, Young Lawyers Section, Fairfax Bar Association

Member, Northern Virginia Chapter, Federal Bar Association

Member, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Greater D.C.

  • Speaker, Business Beware: Premise Liability in the Age of the COVID-19 Economic Restart, Webinar, May 28, 2020
  • Speaker, Real Estate Contract Implications Amid COVID-19 Concerns: Force Majeure, Impossibility and Frustration of Purpose, April 6, 2020
  • Speaker, "What’s Yours is Mine: The Challenges and Law of Eminent Domain in Energy Production and Transportation," 10th Law of Shale Plays Conference, September 4 - 5, 2019
  • Presenter, Real Estate Development and Construction Project Management, March 28, 2019
  • Speaker, "Diversity in the Legal Community – Practical Solutions to the Development of Diverse Legal Teams," 129th Annual Conference, Virginia Bar Association, Williamsburg, VA, January 25, 2019
  • Presenter, "Negotiation: Learn by Doing," Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), General Counsel Summit, April 2017
  • Presenter, "Using Effective Legal and Business Strategies to Avoid and Address Pipeline Encroachments," CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo, March 2017
  • Presenter, "Eminent Domain Law and Procedure," Dominion Resources, January 2017
  • Speaker, "Perfect Pitch," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Southeast Regional Conference, October 2016
  • Presenter, "Litigation and Construction Contract Issues," Dominion Resources, September 2015
  • Speaker, "Condemnation Quick Hits - What’s the Process," Southeastern Electric Exchange, 2015 Annual Conference & Trade Show, June 2015
  • Speaker, "When Excavation Goes Wrong: Litigation Lessons," CGA Excavation Safety Conference & Expo, March 2015
  • Faculty Member, "Construction Contract Management: Managing Risk, Handling Disputes, and Avoiding Claims," Virginia CLE Webinar/Conference, February 2015
  • Presenter, "Acquisition of Land Rights Through Negotiation or Condemnation," Legal Roundtable at the Southern Gas Association Operating Conference, July 2014
  • Speaker, "Condemnation Trends in the Post-Kelo Word," Southeastern Electric Exchange, 2014 Annual Conference & Trade Show, June 2014
  • Panelist, "Bringing Balance to the Force, Small Firm Life," NAPABA 25th Annual Conference, November 2013
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Named, "Top Attorney", Arlington Magazine, 2019

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Real Estate, Woodward/White, Inc., 2018-2020

Named to “Virginia Super Lawyers,” Construction Litigation, Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2019

Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America, 2017

Named to “Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers,” Construction Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2017

Named to “Virginia Rising Stars,” Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2011

Named to “Legal Elite,” Civil Litigation, Virginia Business, 2011-2012

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