McGuireWoods LLP at a Glance


  • “Great people”
  • “Work-life balance”
  • “Quality work”


  • “Lack of training”
  • “Compensation is not at market level”
  • “Advancement is difficult”

The Buzz

  • “Richmond powerhouse”
  • “Good litigators”
  • “Cutting edge”
  • “Lifestyle firm”

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 22 offices and over 1,000 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

A Player in the World of Sports

Sepp Blatter, once considered the most powerful man in sports, turned to McGuireWoods as U.S. and Swiss criminal investigators began examining alleged corruption in FIFA, the worldwide soccer federation he headed for 17 years. The firm negotiated Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer's agreement to take over for retiring NASCAR legend Tony Stewart in 2017. And McGuireWoods defended Florida State University in a Title IX lawsuit over an alleged sexual assault by Heisman Trophy winner and former Seminole quarterback Jameis Winston. Law360 named McGuireWoods a "Sports Practice Group of the Year" for its work.


The firm recently grew on both sides of the Pacific. In December 2015, the firm announced a strategic alliance in China with the newly launched FuJae Partners in Shanghai, founded by three highly respected Chinese lawyers with training in the United States and deep experience with China's pre-eminent law firms. In 2016, the firm announced the opening of its 23rd and newest office in San Francisco.

March 2016
In the Green Lane

McGuireWoods helped launch Green Lane, an alliance of customs and trade law firms in Europe established in 2016 to help manufacturers and service providers in European Union member states navigate the thicket of trade laws and customs-related complications that can snarl commerce.

November 2015
Big Beer

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.

Working for the Coal Mines

In 2015, Murray Energy, America's largest underground coal mining company, turned to McGuireWoods' energy team to undertake the first legal challenge against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over stringent reductions for surface level ozone standards.

April 2015
Rescuing Radio Shack

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.

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McGuireWoods LLP

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


  • 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 2016: 987

  • Base Salary
    Austin; Baltimore; Charlotte; Richmond; Pittsburgh
    1st year: $ 140,000 Raleigh
    1st year: $135,000

    1st year: $125,000

    Norfolk; Wilmington
    1st year: $120,000

    1st year: $110,000

    Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; Tysons; Washington
    1st year: $ 155,000

    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
    16 out of­­­­ 17 (2Ls) (2015)

  • 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
  • San Francisco
  • Tysons Corner, VA
  • Washington, DC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Brussels
  • London
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