David L. Richardson Partner

Dave’s primary focus is as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel on tax-exempt bond financings for hospitals, retirement communities, colleges, universities, secondary schools and other nonprofits.

Dave also devotes a significant portion of his practice to representing banks and other financial institutions that purchase tax-exempt bonds and issue letters of credit and liquidity facilities in connection with tax-exempt transactions. He also frequently represents borrowers, trustees and economic development authorities on tax-exempt financings and public-private partnerships.

Dave has been with McGuireWoods since joining the firm in 1978, and was instrumental in expanding the firm's Public Finance Group from three lawyers in the Richmond office to more than twenty-five lawyers in McGuireWoods offices throughout the country.

Dave is the senior member of the firm’s Public Finance Group, recently served on the firm's Executive Committee, and is the former Chair of the firm's Debt Finance Department.

"We provide practical, creative and cost-effective legal and business solutions for our clients."


Bond counsel to the University of Virginia on the first public Build America Bond financing in the United States.

Underwriter's counsel or bond counsel on tax-exempt financings for virtually all continuing care retirement communities in Virginia.

Bond counsel on the only two tobacco securitization financings for the Commonwealth of Virginia, aggregating almost $2 billion.

Bank counsel, bond counsel or underwriter's counsel on tax-exempt financings for dozens of institutions of higher education and nonprofit primary and secondary schools.

Borrower's counsel and bond counsel on $160 million tax-exempt bond issue for a replacement hospital facility in central Virginia.

  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 1978
  • University of Virginia, BA, with High Distinction, 1975

Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers

Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys

Past Virginia Chapter President and Region IV Regional Executive, Healthcare Financial Management Association

Member, LeadingAge Virginia 

Member, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia

Member, American Healthcare Lawyers Association

  • Speaker, 3rd Annual Tax-Exempt Bond Compliance Seminar, Treasury Institute for Higher Education, December 12, 2014
  • Co-speaker, "Best Practices in Planned Giving and Gift Management," 11th Annual Nonprofit Seminar: Best Practices in Nonprofit Management, October 29, 2013
  • Speaker, 2nd Annual Tax-Exempt Bond Compliance Seminar, Treasury Institute for Higher Education, September 18, 2013
  • Speaker, 2013 Education Section Meeting, Office of the Attorney General, May 17, 2013
  • Virginia

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law, 2005-2022; Banking and Finance Law, 2018-2022, Woodward/White, Inc.

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Bonds/Government Finance, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2007, 2009-2021

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Richmond Public Finance Law, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2014, 2019

Fellow, American College of Bond Counsel

Fellow, Healthcare Financial Management Association

Medal of Honor, Healthcare Financial Management Association

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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