McGuireWoods LLP at a Glance


  • “Early responsibility”
  • “My efforts have been appreciated”
  • “Genuinely nice coworkers”


  • “Cheap”
  • “No central system for distributing work”
  • “At the mercy of a partner's quirks”

The Buzz

  • “On the move”
  • “Richmond power”
  • “High billables”
  • “Southern”

About McGuireWoods LLP

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.

McGuire's Mergers

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 York presence.

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 21 offices and over 900 attorneys worldwide.

Sustainability Strides

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 care hospitals.

In the News

April 2015


After a six-year litigation battle on behalf of client DuPont, a McGuireWoods team headed by Brian Riopelle, chairman of the firm's Intellectual Property Department, ended with Kolon Industries of South Korea pleading guilty to criminal charges that it stole trade secrets to DuPont's Kevlar bulletproofing fabric used in making body armor. Kolon agreed to pay $85 million in criminal fines to the U.S. government and $275 million in restitution to DuPont. The civil trade secrets case dates to 2009, leading to a $920 million award in DuPont's favor after a 2011 trial. A federal appeals court vacated the large penalty and ordered a new trial last year. Kolon agreed to the $360 million settlement rather than return to court.

21? Have a Drink to Celebrate

McGuireWoods continued strategic growth in key markets and priority practices during the past year. A year after opening its 20th office in Dallas, the firm merged with Integer Law Corp. in downtown Los Angeles to give McGuireWoods its 21st office worldwide and its second in the Los Angeles area, joining the firm's 63-lawyer office in Century City. Gregory Evans, a nationally renowned litigator who left an elite Wall Street firm in 2010 to establish Integer as a respected California-based litigation boutique, became the downtown Los Angeles office managing partner.

January 2015

Welcoming Political Big Wigs

With the arrival of three premier Washington, DC, white-collar litigators early this year, McGuireWoods joined the vanguard of beltway law firms launching a multi-disciplinary strike force for VIPs and corporations in immediate need of world-class legal and public affairs help. Former Deputy Attorney General George Terwilliger will lead McGuireWoods' new Strategic Risk and Crisis Management practice. Joining him on the new team are new partners who came to the firm with Terwilliger from Morgan Lewis, white-collar litigator Bob Bittman and government contracts litigator Todd Steggerda. Terwilliger led the Republican legal team in the fiercely contested 2000 Florida election recount that prevailed before the U.S. Supreme Court and secured George W. Bush's presidency. Bittman is a former top lieutenant to Whitewater special prosecutor Kenneth Starr. Steggerda was chief counsel to the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign.

September 2014

Antitrust Acumen

McGuireWoods Richmond partner Howard Feller was elected the new chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law, an organization esteemed worldwide by competition and consumer protection lawyers and by governmental enforcers. Feller, who leads McGuireWoods' Antitrust and Trade Regulation Department, began his practice at McGuireWoods in 1978 and has been active in the ABA Section of Antitrust Law leadership for the past 25 years. Priorities for his yearlong term include improving delivery of programs and publications to members via digital means, boosting membership among plaintiff's lawyers, government lawyers and consumer protection lawyers and advancing the Section as a preeminent idea and thought leader.

August 2014

A Healthy Deal

A cross-practice team of partners from McGuireWoods' Atlanta, Baltimore and Richmond offices advised a special committee of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II Inc. in a merger with NorthStar Realty Corp. valued at $4 billion. The massive transaction created one of the nation's largest owners of medical office buildings, nursing homes and other healthcare-related properties. Boards of directors of both companies unanimously ratified the deal, which closed in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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McGuireWoods LLP

Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 775-1000
Fax: (804) 775-1061


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Richard Cullen
  • Managing Partner: Thomas E. Cabaniss
  • Co-Chairs of National Recruiting Committee: John Adams and Naho Kobayashi
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 987

  • Employment Contact
    Atlanta; Jacksonville; Los Angeles; Richmond
    Ann D. McGhee
    Firmwide Manager of Attorney Recruiting
    Phone: (804) 775-7628
    Baltimore; Charlottesville; Norfolk; Tysons Corner; Washington, DC
    Jane P. Dunton
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (703) 712-5441
    Austin; Charlotte; Houston; Raleigh; Wilmington; Dallas
    Tamara Fairhurst
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (704) 343-2065
    Chicago; New York; Pittsburgh; London; Brussels
    Amy L. Pretty
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (312) 750-3610

  • Base Salary
    Austin; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Tysons Corner; Washington, DC
    1st year: $ 155,000

    Atlanta; Baltimore; Charlotte; Richmond
    1st year: $140,000

    Pittsburgh; Raleigh
    1st year: $135,000

    1st year: $125,000

    Norfolk; Wilmington
    1st year: $120,000

    1st year: $110,000

    The firm does not adhere to a lockstep compensation system, and salaries vary for associates beyond their second years. Salaries also vary by office.

  • Summer Associate Offers
    12 out of 13 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate & Finance
    Employee Benefits
    Environmental Solutions
    Executive Compensation
    International Transactions
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Outsourcing & Technology Transactions
    Real Estate Development & Finance
    Antitrust & Trade Regulation
    Banking Litigation
    Class Action Litigation
    Electronic Discovery & Records Management
    Government Investigations
    Intellectual Property
    Labor & Employment
    Product & Consumer Litigation
    Securities Litigation
    Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation
    Aerospace & Defense
    Capital Markets
    Energy & Utilities
    Health Care
    Life Sciences
    Private Equity & Venture Capital
    Professional & Business Services
    Retail & Wholesale Distribution

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Los Angeles – Century City, CA
  • Los Angeles – Downtown, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Richmond, VA
  • Tysons Corner, VA
  • Washington, DC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Brussels
  • London
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