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Richard L. Derrico

Richard L. Derrico

Roanoke, Virginia

Richard L. Derrico was born in Dover, New Jersey on January 11, 1966 but found his way to Virginia through attendance at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he obtained a B.S. degree in Finance, magna cum laude, in 1988.

He attended law school at the University of Georgia receiving a J.D. in 1991. He is licensed to practice in Virginia and Georgia in all state courts, and also in the federal court system, including before the United States Supreme Court.

He has practiced in a diverse, civil, business and criminal practice with Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico for twenty years.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Organizations
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Construction Liens
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Personal Injury - Plaintiffs
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Traffic & DUI
  • Real Estate
  • Wills

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1991
  • Georgia, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1991


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1991
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) - 1988
    • Major: Finance

Representative Clients

  • Valley Bank
  • Branch Banking & Trust Company of Virginia
  • SynaptiCad, Inc. (Software Development)
  • Morco Construction, Inc.
  • Cundiff Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
  • Wachovia Bank, N/A
  • Commonwealth Catholic Charities
  • Bread Craft, Inc.
  • ERBO Construction, Inc.
  • Hanging Rock Estates Homeowners Association
  • KNI Investments LLC
  • Moyer Medical, Inc.
  • Star City Interpreters, Inc.
  • Fidelity National Title Insurance Co.
  • Investors Title Company
  • First American Title Insurance Co.


  • Tim Snyder, MORCO Construction
  • Ellis Gutshall, Valley Bank
  • Joanne Nattrass, Commonwealth Catholic Charities


  • Adjunct Faculty, Business Law, Corporations, Business Organizations, Mary Baldwin College and Virginia Western Community College

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Roanoke Bar Association, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member
  • Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Past Chairman, Board
  • Legal Aid Society, Director, 2003 - Present
  • Total Action Against Poverty, Director, 2002 - 2008
  • U.S. Naval Institute
  • Roanoke Rugby Football Club

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Aide Society of Roanoke Valley
  • Commonwealth Catholic Charities
  • St. Andrews Catholic Church


  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Phi Delta Phi