Richard Cullen (attorney)
|39th Attorney General of Virginia|
June 12, 1997 – January 17, 1998
|Appointed by||George Allen|
|Preceded by||Jim Gilmore|
|Succeeded by||Mark Earley|
|United States Attorney for the
Eastern District of Virginia
October 1991 – March 23, 1993
|Appointed by||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Kenneth E. Melson|
|Succeeded by||Kenneth E. Melson|
March 10, 1948 |
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Furman University (B.A.)
University of Richmond (J.D.)
Early life and education
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Cullen was raised in Staunton, Virginia. He majored in political science and played varsity football at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971. He attended the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, S.C., from 1971–72, and then worked in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Representative M. Caldwell Butler. Cullen then returned to Virginia and earned a law degree in 1977 from the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law. He he served as editor in chief of the school’s law review.
Cullen has been with McGuireWoods LLP since entering practice in 1977. He was named chairman in December 2006, succeeding Robert L. Burrus Jr. As a partner in the firm, Cullen focuses on complex commercial litigation; government, regulatory and criminal investigations; white collar defense; and accountant defense.
Cullen was the lead attorney for former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, during a six-year Justice Department investigation into alleged links between the congressman and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. No criminal charges were filed against the former House majority leader.
Since joining the firm, Cullen has taken leave three times for public service assignments. In 1987, he served as special counsel to U.S. Sen. Paul S. Trible Jr., R-Va., during the Iran-Contra investigation. He was appointed by President H.W. Bush in 1991 as a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, serving until 1993. In 1997, Virginia Gov. George Allen appointed Cullen Attorney General of Virginia to fill the unexpired term of Jim Gilmore, who resigned to conduct a successful run for governor.
Cullen is married and has four grown children.
- "Mr. Richard Cullen, Attorney". Lawyer.com. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
- "Richard Cullen Biography", "McGuireWoods LLP"
- "Trustees Emeriti", "Furman University"
- "DeLay 'knew this day would come'", "Politico" – August 16, 2010
- "Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren's Divorce Is Final", "People (magazine)" – August 23, 2010
- "Former Va. AG on Bank of America foreclosure legal team", "Reuters" – October 27, 2010
- "Bank of America hires former Va. AG, former justice official for foreclosure defense", The Washington Post – October 28, 2010
|Attorney General of Virginia