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Obituary: M. Pierce Rucker

Retired Richmond attorney M. Pierce Rucker died Feb. 13. He was 71.

Born in Richmond, Mr. Rucker graduated from St. Christopher’s School in 1967 before earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in 1971. He went on to attend Washington & Lee law school, receiving his degree in 1975.

After graduation, Mr. Rucker began his legal career as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Richard B. Kellam in Norfolk.

Following his clerkship, Mr. Rucker joined Sands Anderson PC as a trial lawyer. In four decades at Sands Anderson, he served as chair of the firm’s healthcare group, as a member of its board of directors and as the firm’s president.

He retired in December 2015.

Mr. Rucker was a past president of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; he also received the VADA’s highest honor, its Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation. Mr. Rucker was also a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation.

In retirement, Mr. Rucker gave contributions to his church, St. James’s Episcopal Church, and served on the boards of Westminster Canterbury and Needle’s Eye Ministries.

Mr. Rucker is survived by his wife of 40 years, Leslie; his brother, Douglas; two sisters, Rebecca and Susan; and a niece, Meredith.