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Jim Roberts to retire

Prominent Richmond lawyer James C. Roberts has announced he will retire at the end of the year, ending a career noted for his skillful defense of corporations and politicians and his leadership in the bar.

Roberts, 79, is a partner at the Richmond office of Troutman Sanders. He was a managing partner at Mays & Valentine before that firm became Troutman in 2001.

Roberts was lead counsel for Richmond pharmaceutical firm A. H. Robins during the company’s protracted bankruptcy proceedings. He also led the defense of former state Sen. Richard Holland, who ultimately was acquitted of bank fraud charges.

Roberts helped to create and support the Richmond area’s Legal Aid office and served in leadership roles in numerous bar organizations.

The Troutman firm says it expects Roberts to maintain a visible and active presence even after his retirement, informally advising on case strategy and participating in attorney training.

By Peter Vieth

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