Richard K. Hines, V '66
Appointed: July 2014 by Gov. Terry McAuliffe
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Richard K. Hines, V graduated from VMI in 1966 with a B.A. in English. He received his J.D. in 1972 from Vanderbilt University School of Law where he served as an editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.
Mr. Hines is the fourth generation of his family to have attended VMI. His great-grandfather was the class of 1871, his grandfather the class of 1894, and his father the class of 1926. Prior to being appointed to the Board of Visitors, Mr. Hines served on the Board of Trustees of the VMI Foundation from 2011-2014. While at VMI, Mr. Hines served as the editor-in-chief of The Bomb and, together with his twin brother, helped found Sounding Brass. He won his monogram in tennis, having played number one on the team for all three years of his eligibility and served as team captain both his Second and First Class years. He was a cadet lieutenant, was Chairman of the ’66 Ring Figure Committee, was a Distinguished Military Graduate, and was inducted into the Kappa Alpha Order Beta Commission upon graduation. Following graduation, he served as an armor officer along the DMZ in Korea as the scout platoon leader and a company commander, and following the capture of the U.S.S. Pueblo, he was made the tank battalion's operations officer as a first lieutenant.
Mr. Hines is a senior litigation partner with the Atlanta office of the regional law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP. He practices in the areas of complex litigation involving product liability, mass tort and toxic torts, franchisor, and business-related disputes. He has tried cases to verdict throughout the United States and has been selected to be listed by the National Law Journal in the top five defense verdicts in the country for a case he tried in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He is currently selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America®; Georgia Super Lawyers; Top Lawyers - Litigation by the American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Group; and is also listed in Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite. He has served as President of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (2004-2005) and was awarded its Distinguished Member Award (2013).
While climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, he met and later married, the former Dorothy Anne Smith (“Wawa”). Between them, they have six children and 14 grandchildren. They are active in the Atlanta community where Mr. Hines serves on the Board of Crossroads Community Ministries, a service for the homeless of Atlanta, and Mrs. Hines has been actively involved on the Board of the Lovett School and has served as Chairman of the Board of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.