McGuireWoods LLP at a Glance


  • “Work-life balance”
  • “Great resources”
  • “Significant responsibility”


  • “Lack of transparency about career path”
  • “Pay is not market after first year”
  • “Turnover rate for associates”

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.


California Love

McGuireWoods has significantly deepened its bench, adding new partners to its Debt Finance, White Collar Litigation, Tax & Employee Benefits, and Financial Services Litigation Groups. Over the past year, the firm took on 28 new lateral partners and promoted 18 associates to partnership, both records. McGuireWoods also continued its West Coast expansion, opening a new office in San Francisco and boosting it to 30 lawyers in less than a year.

Rankings Recap

Six reports over the past year by BTI Consulting-based on unprompted feedback from Fortune 500 counsel-rank McGuireWoods as a leading firm. The firm is one of four firms with the strongest client relationships that in-house lawyers recommend first to peers and one of just 11 firms to make BTI's "Most Recommended Law Firms" list the past 15 years.

June 2017
Luring Lobbyists

McGuireWoods' highly rated national public affairs arm, McGuireWoods Consulting, added Capitol Hill's four leading technology lobbyists in June, strengthening the capabilities the firm and MWC share on emerging technology issues at the intersection of law, regulation and business. The firm has aggressively built a highly acclaimed team of lawyers and consultants to handle clients' needs in tech areas that support cybersecurity, unmanned systems, and financial services.

February 2017
Shields Down

A McGuireWoods team of lawyers won a first-of-its-kind victory for client Murray Energy against a company that sought to avoid disclosing its source of privileged Murray business information behind New York's state shield law for journalists.

December 2016
How Innovative

The Financial Times ranked McGuireWoods among the top 10 law firms in its prestigious North America Innovative Lawyers report for 2016, earning honors in categories for social responsibility; changing and influencing regulation; data, analytics and intelligence; and integrated solutions. The firm was among just five firms short-listed in four different categories.

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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: Naho Kobayashi and James Neale
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 1,013

  • Base Salary

    Atlanta; Baltimore; Charlotte; Richmond; Pittsburgh
    1st year: $155,000

    1st year: $145,000

    1st year: $135,000

    Norfolk; Wilmington
    1st year: $130,000

    1st year: $120,000

    Chicago; Dallas; Houston; LA; NY; SF; Tysons; DC
    1st year: $175,000       

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

  • Summer Associate Offers
    16 out of 16 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Corporate & Finance • Employee Benefits • Environmental Solutions • Executive Compensation • International Transactions • Mergers & Acquisitions • Outsourcing & Technology Transactions • Real Estate Development & Finance • Litigation • 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 • Industries • Aerospace & Defense • Capital Markets • Energy & Utilities • Health Care • Life Sciences • Manufacturing • 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, CA (Century City) • Los Angeles, CA (Downtown) • New York, NY • Norfolk, VA • Pittsburgh, PA • Raleigh, NC • Richmond, VA • San Francisco, CA • Tysons Corner, VA • Washington, DC • Wilmington, NC Brussels • London