T. Richmond McPherson III Associate

Rich focuses his practice on financial services litigation, product liability matters, and insurance coverage disputes. Rich has argued hundreds of motions while representing national banks in state and federal courts.

As part of his focus on product liability matters, Rich has represented manufacturers in a variety of commercial disputes.  In his capacity as a member of the firm’s Insurance Recovery team, Rich is frequently called upon to interpret complex insurance policies and litigate insurance coverage disputes for policyholders.

While serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Richard Voorhees of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Rich worked on a variety of civil cases, antitrust matters, employment litigation, commercial disputes, and criminal cases. Rich also maintains an active pro bono practice, including serving as a Guardian ad Litem as part of his work with the Council for Children’s Rights and representing clients in landlord-tenant disputes. Rich has also been appointed in matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

At Wake Forest University School of Law, Rich graduated first in his class, earned a faculty scholarship, served as research assistant to Dean Blake Morant, and was a member of the Wake Forest national moot court team.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Rich was the assistant director at Lipscomb University for Conflict Management and an associate at Strategic Resolutions Group. 


Representation of manufacturer in stock purchase agreement dispute.

Representation of energy provider in major insurance coverage action.

Representation of bank in mortgage-backed securities litigation.

Representation of real estate investment trust in class-action securities case.

Representation of energy provider in international discovery dispute. 

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, JD, Valedictorian, Order of the Coif, Editorial Staff, Wake Forest Law Review, 2010
  • Lipscomb University, MA, 2007
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, MDR, 2007
  • California Lutheran University, MEd, 2006
  • Pepperdine University, BA, 2004

Volunteer, Council for Children’s Rights

Member, Chair (2015-2016), Young Alumni Board, Wake Forest University School of Law

Vice Chair and Board Member, Matthews Help Center  

North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar

  • Author, How Tri-Valley University Fell off the Diploma Mill: Student Immigration and Facade Education, Journal of College and University Law, 2012
  • Author, "A View from the Bench," North Carolina Bar Association Student Division Bulletin, January 2011
  • Co-author, Corporate Justice: An Empirical Study of Piercing Rates and Factors Courts Consider When Piercing the Corporate Veil, 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 931, 2010
  • Author, "Pro Bono Opportunities for Law Students," North Carolina Bar Association Law Student Division Bulletin, January 2010
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

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Named a "North Carolina Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2020

Named to Legal Elite “Young Guns,” Business North Carolina, 2017 

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