McGuireWoods' roots stretch back to 1834 in
Charlottesville, Virginia, when Egbert R. Watson began his law
practice. Today, the firm regularly serves the automotive, banking
and financial services, chemicals, energy resources, food
processing, general manufacturing, government, health care,
insurance, real estate, retailing, sports and entertainment,
technology and telecom, and transportation industries.
Thirty-six years after Egbert Watson launched
his firm, he formed a partnership with George Perkins-it was the
firm's first merger, but certainly not its last. McGuireWoods
continued to grow, although its expansion did not always follow a
conventional path: its first office outside of DC and Virginia was
in Brussels, which it opened a full 8 years before it expanded to
Chicago and Atlanta and 13 years before the firm established a New
The firm's strategic growth has continued in
recent years. In April 2008, McGuireWoods and Helms Mullins &
Wicker-a North Carolina firm with offices in Charlotte, Raleigh and
Wilmington-announced the finalization of their union, giving
McGuireWoods more than 150 lawyers in Charlotte and making it one
of the city's largest legal presences. The firm looked toward the
U.K. in 2009, merging with Grundberg Mocatta Rakison LLP, a
London-based firm with over 25 lawyers. Then, in 2011, the firm
merged with Nickens Keeton Lawless Farrell & Flack LLP,
establishing McGuireWoods' first Texas offices and supplementing
its energy and litigation practices. Today, the firm has 22 offices
and over 1,000 attorneys worldwide.
McGuireWoods is committed to green, and we're
not talking the money kind; the firm has created a Sustainable
Operations Team to develop and direct its sustainability efforts.
The team is led by partner Daniel Slone, who speaks nationwide on
sustainability practices and represents developers of new urban and
sustainable projects. The firm has created a voluntary carbon
offset program, reduced its paper use by increasing its electronic
filing systems and embracing two-sided copying, and improved
video-conferencing in order to cut down on travel. McGuireWoods has
also embraced green building standards and supports the use of LEED
criteria in its offices.
On Top of Technology
Leaping into the digital age, McGuireWoods is
using technology to connect and to enhance its practice. The firm
strives for efficiency through cutting edge case management and
billing software and offers clients an online space to connect with
attorneys through the firm's extranet: McGuireWoods Connect.
McGuireWoods also hosts a number of blogs focusing on niche
practice areas like class actions, government investigations and
white collar crime, healthcare investments, and long-term acute
McGuireWoods had a hand in the largest merger of beer producers
in history when Anheuser-Busch InBev purchased rival brewer SAB
Miller for $106 billion. Wells Fargo played a huge role in
financing the mega-transaction and turned to a McGuireWoods team
based in the firm's London office for help with its share of a $75
billion syndicated loan - the largest commercial loan on record in
the global loan markets.
McGuireWoods advised telecom giant Sprint in its blockbuster
deal with Radio Shack. The agreement more than doubled Sprint's
company-owned retail footprint and rescued the iconic Radio Shack
brand. The M&A Advisor heralded the transaction as 2015's
"Telecom Deal of the Year" in its annual Turnaround Awards.