President, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Robert J. Grey Jr., a senior counsel with Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond, retired from the active practice of law in March 2016. Robert received his B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973 and his law degree from Washington & Lee University in 1976.
From 1978 to 1981, he was an assistant professor at VCU and started his own law firm, Grey & Wesley. In 1982, he was appointed by the Governor to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. He became chair in 1983 and served until 1985, when he joined the law firm of Mays, Valentine, Davenport & Moore (later Troutman Sanders). In 1995 he went to LeClair Ryan and became affiliated with the McCammon Mediation Group Ltd. He joined Hunton & Williams in 2002. From 1998 to 2002 he served as chair of the ABA’s House of Delegates and was the first African American to be an officer of the Association. He was elected President of the ABA in 2004, the second African American to hold the position. In 2009, Mr. Grey was appointed by President Obama, and confirmed by the Senate, to serve on the Board of the Legal Services Corporation. In 2012, Robert was elected President of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Mr. Grey’s previous community service includes the chairmanship of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and membership on the board of visitors of Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University, the board of trustees at W&L, and the board of visitors at St. Catherine’s School.