Lonnie C. Rich


Lonnie C. Rich began his legal career at the United States Department of Agriculture. During these early years of practice, he represented the Department in a wide range of personnel matters (grievances, adverse action, equal employment opportunity (EEO) complaints at the administrative and judicial level). He also represented the Department in administrative proceedings to terminate federal assistance under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. He was almost solely responsible for drafting proposed and final regulations under Title IX of the Education Amendments (prohibiting sex discrimination in federally assisted education programs).

In 1981, he entered private practice in the City of Alexandria and in 1986 joined the existing firm of Rosenthal, Grimaldi & Guggenheim. In 1998, the firm reorganized and became Rich Greenberg Rosenthal & Costle, LLP. Mr. Rich remained a principal with this firm until he formed a new firm in 2008, which is now Rich Rosenthal, LLP.

Over the past 25 years, Mr. Rich’s practice has concentrated on wills, trusts, estate planning, estate administration, real estate, and business matters.

The estate planning has involved families with substantial assets and sometimes been complicated by blended families or children with particular needs. On estate matters, Mr. Rich has helped clients work through very difficult situation involving strong personalities, unclear documents and complicated financial affairs.

In real estate, he has handled commercial sales and leases, and land use matters. Mr. Rich has represented auto dealers, body shops, and restaurants seeking special use permits from local government.

His corporate work has involved setting up corporations and LLCs, as well as sales and acquisitions. Additionally, he has drafted numerous shareholder agreements, operating agreements, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements and employment agreements.

Mr. Rich has long been involved in the civic and community affairs of the City of Alexandria, having served as an elected member of the City Council from 1991 through 2000. In recent years, he served as Chairman of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and The Campagna Center.

Mr. Rich was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated from Central High School in Memphis, Tennessee. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1970 to 1976.


Board of Directors, The Campagna Center
Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
Alexandria Bar Association

The Campagna Center, Chair of the Board (2011-12)
Alexandria Mayor’s Economic Sustainability Work Group (2006-2010)
Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Executive Board (2002-2007), Chair (2005)
Alexandria City Council (1991-2000)
Alexandria Democratic Committee (1981-2000), Chair (1987-1989)
No Gridlock! Steering Committee (1990-1991)
North Ridge Civic Association (1987-1991)
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (1985-1989)
Alexandria Civil Liberties Union Board of Directors (1982-1985)
Del Ray Civic Association (1977-1987), President (1981-1982)
Northern Virginia Planning District Commission, 1982-1985
Charter Review Commission (1980-1981)
Human Rights Commission (1978-1979)
Women’s Commission (1977-1979)


  • University of Memphis, B.A., 1970
  • University of Memphis, J.D., 1974
  • Managing Editor, University of Memphis Law Review, 1973-1974

Admissions and Affiliations

  • Tennessee Bar, 1974
  • District of Columbia Bar, 1981
  • Virginia Bar, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1985

Honors and Awards