Expect world-class leaders, lawyers and clients.
Experience diverse opportunities and colleagues.
Excel as part of a global law firm.
Why Work Here
At McGuireWoods, our attorneys and staff can expect to be part of a diverse culture built on respect, unwavering client service and a collective desire for professional excellence. With an exciting work environment that features new and innovative technologies, career advancement training, top-of-the-line benefits options, and the opportunity to engage with our many communities across the U.S. and overseas, our employees gain the experience they need to excel as part of one of the world’s most sought-after law firms.
An evolving career is a strong career, and we encourage our employees to take advantage of the professional development services offered to them, including training and advancement opportunities designed to encourage leadership, promote collaboration and teach better use of technology. McGuireWoods employees benefit from on-the-job training, in-house seminars, courses in continuing legal education and an array of career development programs through Practicing Law Institute.
“From the earliest years, associates receive training on client relations and business development, as well as substantive opportunities such as CLEs and practice group meetings …,” says one senior associate.
“McGuireWoods is actually well-positioned to give good training to its associates because of our size and scope. We have plenty of large, complicated matters which give attorneys the opportunity to work on very sophisticated issues, but we also maintain enough smaller matters to give younger lawyers opportunities to take on significant responsibility early in their careers.”
McGuireWoods dedicates substantial resources to supporting new lawyers and integrating lateral attorneys and their clients into the firm. For students, our summer programs offer individual training and experience working directly with our lawyers, while on-campus interviews connect recruiters with potential employees. For new associates and staff, a McGuireWoods career offers a healthy work/life balance, competitive salaries and full benefits, and a rich culture built on our deep commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Our matrix of departments, industry groups, client teams, offices, and committees provides ample opportunity for lawyers to help drive the firm’s success and shape its future. Our attorneys benefit from cutting-edge technology support, marketing and business development, professional development, and knowledge management. We also enrich our local communities through volunteerism, fundraising, scholarships, sponsorships, and a thriving pro bono program.
Our lawyers are McGuireWoods’ most valuable resource, and incorporating lateral associates and partners only strengthens our legal teams. In recent years, the firm has welcomed into its ranks leading international lawyers and recent corporate counsel, former state and U.S. prosecutors and agency officials, and former U.S. Supreme Court clerks.
A thriving, full-service firm, McGuireWoods has more than 1,000 lawyers in 23 offices worldwide. Over our 180-year history, we have earned our clients’ loyalty with deep and broad legal expertise, a passion for understanding their businesses and markets, innovative delivery of business-minded solutions, and award-winning client service.
Many of the firm’s practices enjoy nationwide recognition and consistently are ranked among the industry elite by Thomson Reuters, Chambers and Partners, and BTI Consulting Group, among others. Our worldwide presence has grown with the addition of our London office in 2009, three Texas offices in 2011 and 2014, a second Los Angeles office in 2015, and a San Francisco office in 2016. Last year, we formed a strategic alliance with Shanghai firm FuJae Partners. And we can augment our legal services with public affairs expertise through our affiliate, McGuireWoods Consulting.
Pro Bono and Community Service
The firm regularly donates to more than 300 nonprofit organizations throughout the world, and our lawyers give thousands of pro bono hours on an annual basis to assist the underprivileged on death penalty cases, child support enforcement prosecutions, housing law cases, battered spouse representations, wills and powers of attorney, court-appointed criminal defense, and general counseling for nonprofit groups.
Legal Project Management
To support better collaboration and communication with clients, and afford greater transparency, McGuireWoods developed and implemented a proprietary legal project management program called ClientSyncTM. This system plans and tracks budgets, appropriately delegates tasks, manages client communications and derives feedback from clients.
Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs)
McGuireWoods is a pioneer in the creative use of alternatives to the billable hour, offering much-needed certainty to our clients’ spending on outside counsel. In 2016, BTI Consulting Group recognized us as among an elite group of law firms that are absolutely the best at “making alternative fee arrangements the successful cost control tool they were intended to be.”
For more than 20 years, the firm has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement green strategies for recycling, reducing waste and cutting down on paper use. As part of our Green Vendor Policy, we are migrating to sustainable suppliers, and we have seven office buildings that are LEED-certified. Moving forward, the firm has joined the Law Firm Sustainability Network and our legal practice has a 30-year history in sustainability-related matters.
Diversity & Inclusion
We offer tremendous opportunities to minority law students, like our Diversity Scholarship Program, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholarship Program, and the 2015 Law Preview Scholarship Program. Our Charlotte location hosts the Legal Diversity Clerkship Program, and we sponsor an internship program in partnership with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. The firm is consistently recognized for our diversity initiatives:
- Law360, 2015 – McGuireWoods ranked fifth on Law360’s list of “The 25 Best Law Firms for Black Attorneys,” recognizing firms that have a significantly higher ratio of African-American lawyers than the industry average, particularly at the partner level.
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2014 – McGuireWoods received the 2014 NAPABA President’s Award in recognition of the firm’s support for NAPABA, the NAPABA Law Foundation and its internship program.
- Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009 and 2007 – We have been recognized repeatedly as a “Best Law Firm for Women,” for our demonstrated commitment to the retention and advancement of female talent.
- Equality Illinois Recognition, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 –Equality Illinois selected us as one of the top Illinois law firms with a growing commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusiveness in the workplace.
- Multicultural Law Magazine, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 – McGuireWoods was named a Top 100 Law Firm for Diversity (2009-2012), a Top 100 Law Firm for Women Lawyers (2009–2012), and a Top 25 Law Firm for African-American Lawyers (2009, 2011 and 2012).
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association 2011 Innovator Award – We were one of five recipients of the award, which is bestowed upon U.S. in-house legal departments, law firms, bar associations or legal organizations in recognition of our recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers.
For more information, read our annual Diversity & Inclusion Report.