McGuireWoods LLP at a Glance


  • “Minimal micromanagement”
  • “Stability”
  • “The people”


  • “Lack of significant presence outside of the Southeast”
  • “Having to bill time”
  • “Inability to retain diverse associates”

The Buzz

  • “Woman/mother-friendly”
  • “Good regional firm”
  • “Virginia”
  • “Small-time”

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 Mulliss & 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 19 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.


March 2014

Fighting for the Defrauded
Kenneth Bell, a partner in the McGuireWoods Charlotte, NC office, was appointed by a federal court as receiver in the ZeekRewards case. He filed the first lawsuits against alleged insiders and net winners in the massive Ponzi and pyramid scheme that defrauded more than 700,000 victims of over $700 million. Bell's lawsuit seeks to recover more than $200 million.

Tackling the Texas Legal Market

McGuireWoods opened an office in Dallas-the firm's third in Texas and 20th worldwide-with six new partners who came to the firm from the Dallas office of Patton Boggs. They bring with them rich experience in private equity and intellectual property and form the nucleus for a major Southwestern and Texas presence for MW. The new partners are Jon Finger, Akash Sethi, J. Kevin Boardman, David McLean, Darren W. Collins and Robert C. Hilton.

January 2014

A Super Acquisition
A team of lawyers from the McGuireWoods Charlotte, N.C. office represented North Carolina-based supermarket chain Harris Teeter in closing its $2.5 billion acquisition by national grocery giant Kroger. Harris Teeter stockholders receive $49.38 per share. Harris Teeter operates 227 stores and employs about 225,000 associates. Kroger, a Fortune 500 company, operates 2,641 supermarkets and other enterprises worldwide. MW Charlotte partners Harrison Marshall, Chris Scheurer and Rick Viola represented Harris Teeter.

December 2013

London Calling
McGuireWoods London represented TEOCO, a leading global provider of analytics and optimization solutions to communications service providers, in its buyout of AIRCOM International, a network design and optimization software provider. The combined company serves a worldwide base of more than 300 communication service provider customers in more than 100 countries from offices in 15 different and nations. London partners Robert Rakison and Mark Langford led the McGuireWoods team, which also included senior associate Gabriella Olson-Welsh and associate Josefin Lönnborg.

Saving Money and Saving the Planet

MaxWest Environmental Systems Inc., represented by McGuireWoods, won a groundbreaking ruling from the Environmental Protection Agency for a patented sewage sludge gasification technology that cuts air and water pollution and significantly reduces public waste treatment costs. The EPA's ruling that MaxWest's plant in Sanford, FL, is not an incinerator exempts it from rigorous and costly regulations that govern incinerators. MaxWest's technology breaks sludge down into nutrients that are reused as fertilizer and into combustible gas that creates a self-sustaining energy source for the treatment process and substantially reduces natural gas expenses. It means MaxWest can put its Florida plant into operation and build new plants serving several major cities nationwide.

July 2013

A Fiscal Policy Leader
Russ Sullivan, the director of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee staff for a decade under then-Sen. Max Baucus (now U.S. ambassador to China) joined McGuireWoods LLP as a partner in the firm's Washington, DC office and as a senior adviser to McGuireWoods Consulting LLC. Sullivan handled much of the nation's fiscal policy issues, including the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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McGuireWoods LLP

One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030
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 2014: 984

  • 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

    Dallas; Austin; Charlotte; Houston; Raleigh; Wilmington
    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, TX; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Tysons Corner, VA; Washington, DC; Wilmington, DE
    1st year: $ 155,000

    Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; Richmond, VA
    1st year: $140,000

    Pittsburgh, PA; Raleigh, NC
    1st year: $135,000

    Charlottesville, VA
    1st year: $125,000

    Norfolk, VA; Wimington, NC
    1st year: $120,000

    Jacksonville, FL
    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
    18 out of 20 (2013)

  • 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, 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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