Richard C. Mapp III


    Rick is a member of the ESOPs & Employee Benefits, Mergers, Acquisitions & Strategic Alliances, and the Business Taxation practice groups. Rick is also the President of ESOP Strategies, a consulting subsidiary of Kaufman & Canoles, established to provide ESOP Feasibility Studies and other services related to ESOP succession planning.

    Rick’s employee benefits practice includes plan design, leveraged employee and/or management buy-outs, business succession planning, executive compensation, banking and finance, and tax planning.

    Representative Matters

    • Represented company and selling shareholders in $50 million bank-financed ESOP buyout of manufacturing facility outside Baltimore, MD
    • Represent numerous 100% ESOP owned S corporations doing business as government contractors in Maryland, Virginia and elsewhere
    • Facilitated and closed numerous ESOP buy-outs (bank and/or seller-financed)
    • Provide Employee Benefits counsel for North American operations of a large multinational corporation

    Recognition & Honors

    • America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Chambers USA, 2022-2023
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2002-2024
    • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2012-2013
    • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell


    • American Bar Association; Taxation Section
    • Mid-Atlantic Chapter of The ESOP Association; Vice President, Eastern Region
    • The ESOP Association; Legislative and Regulatory Committee
    • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
    • Hope House Foundation; President
    • St. Pius X Catholic Church; Chairman, Development Committee
    • Professional Services Council; Member


    • University of Virginia; B.A., with distinction, 1978
    • University of Virginia School of Law; J.D., 1982

    Press & Publications