Hirschler is pleased to announce that Jim Theobald has been named to the 2021 class of the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame, presented by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. The event honors members of Virginia’s legal community who have made lasting marks on the legal field across the commonwealth of Virginia. Theobald will be honored at a special event on February 22 at the John Marshall Ballroom in Richmond.
Theobald joined Hirschler in 1980 and served as president between 1992 and 2004, followed by another 14 years as chairman between 2004 and 2018. Under his leadership, the firm grew to about 90 lawyers, making it one of Virginia’s largest. Throughout his career, Theobald established himself as the go-to land use lawyer in the commonwealth, representing its largest developers to secure approvals for Virginia’s most notable projects. In total, he has helped bring hundreds of projects to fruition.
Outside of his legal practice, Theobald leverages his real estate acumen to serve the community in a number of ways, including offering insights to area leaders to advance the interests of the overall community through responsible economic development. For two years, he was president of Richmond Goodwill Industries, where his legal insights helped the organization relocate once it outgrew its headquarters. Theobald is a member of the Richmond Bar Association and the Richmond Real Estate Group. He also served on the finance committee for ChamberRVA and the board of directors for Venture Richmond. On the state and national level, he is a member of the Virginia State Bar’s Real Property Section, American Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and is a fellow in both the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation.
Theobald earned his undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary and his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Kristen M. Chatterton