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Richard E. Garriott Jr.

Richard E. Garriott Jr.

Advocate for children and youth, through public and private organizations in the Hampton Roads area.

Clarke, Dolph, Rapaport, Hull, Brunick & Garriott PLC
6160 Kempsville Circle, Suite 101A
Norfolk, VA 23502
(757) 466-0464


BA, University of Richmond
MA, Ball State University
JD, University of Richmond

Who was your most important mentor and how did that mentor impact your career?

I have had many mentors over my career; however, my clerkship for the judges in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court after graduating from law school provided me with nine excellent mentors who taught me both how judges think and, especially, how to identify and argue specific issues that are important in cases. Also, my partners Hunter Clarke and Bob Rapaport taught me how to prepare and try a case.

What do you consider your biggest personal accomplishment and why?

I believe this personal accomplishment must be mentioned: that I live in the same area as my wife, four daughters, ex-wife, mother, mother-in-law, ex-mother-in-law and sister and I am still in one piece.

What is the best bit of advice you ever received?

The best bit of advice I received was from my parents. My mother always taught me to treat others as I wished to be treated and my father always told me “do the job right the first time and you won’t have to do it again.” I wish I followed their advice more in my daily life.

How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?

Balance? This is very difficult; however with four daughters at home, it makes it a little easier to attempt to leave work at the office and focus on personal life once you go home. Additionally, I attempt to make time every day for the gym or a run in order to “leave the office behind.”

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what field would you have entered?

I am not sure. I am not personable enough to sell anything, I am not smart enough to be a doctor or an engineer so I think the law was the only option I had. However, I believe if I had not become a lawyer I would have continued with my education and taught history at the college level.

What is your favorite book or movie and why?

As far as movies go, virtually anything on Turner Classic Movies. My favorite book or series of books is Winston Churchill’s History of World War II.

What are two facts about you that most people, including your closest friends, may not know?

That I am deathly afraid of drowning and water, however, I love sailing, scuba diving and white water rafting.

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  1. Rich Garriott was a champion debater at University of Richmond in the 1980’s under my coaching. He was also a rugby player. Richard was one of the few students I ever had who would come in to my office at the beginning of the season and go over the year’s schedule with me and tell me, “Dr. T., I will commit to go to these five (or whatever) tournaments. I will be ready for them when the time comes. But I cannot attend these other seven (or whatever) tournaments on the list because I will have a schedule conflict.” He was always as good as his word. Another thing Rich did not mention is that he is a Civil War buff who has on the ground expertise in Virginia battlegrounds. He enriched my own appreciation for our cultural history. Finally, He is serious about Great Leaders as role models. Ask him about Robert E Lee and Chesty Puller. I never heard about any fear of water. At college, Rich was never afraid of anything. Now that he is married and the patriarch of a family of women, ,maybe that has changed! Thanks to you for this column, and thanks to the internet that enabled me to find it. Now I will get in touch with Rich and renew our acquaintance since I retired in ’04 and moved to Sarasota. David Thomas

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