2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The people are wonderful”
“Compensation and bonuses are low”
“Lack of transparency in management”
“Mentorship that is lacking”
About McGuireWoods LLP
McGuireWoods’ roots reach back to 1834 in Charlottesville, Virginia, when Egbert R. Watson began his law practice. Today, the firm regularly serves clients in the automotive, banking and financial services, chemical, energy resources, food processing, general manufacturing, government, healthcare, insurance, real estate, technology and telecom, and transportation industries.
Thirty-six years after Watson launched his firm, he formed a partnership with George Perkins. It was the firm’s first merger, but not its last. The firm 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 eight years before it expanded to Chicago and Atlanta and 13 years before the firm established a New York presence.
McGuireWoods’ 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 UK in 2009, merging with Grundberg Mocatta Rakison, a London-based firm with more than 25 lawyers. In 2011, the firm merged with Nickens Keeton Lawless Farrell & Flack, establishing McGuireWoods’ first Texas offices and supplementing its energy and litigation practices. Then, in 2015, highly regarded litigation boutique Integer Law Corp. merged with McGuireWoods, establishing a second Los Angeles office for the firm. Today, the firm has 23 offices and over 1,100 attorneys worldwide.
McGuireWoods is committed to being green; the firm has created a Sustainable Operations Team to develop and direct its sustainability efforts. The firm has a voluntary carbon offset program, reduced its paper use by increasing its electronic filing systems and encouraging two-sided copying, and improved video-conferencing 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
Racing to meet the digital age, McGuireWoods uses technology to connect and 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 data privacy and security, class actions, government investigations and white collar crime, healthcare investments, and long-term acute care hospitals.
IN THE NEWS
For the past year, a McGuireWoods white collar litigation team led by Richard Cullen has served as counsel advising Vice President Mike Pence in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. In April, another Cullen-led team sued North Korea over the death of Otto Warmbier, a U.S. college student. The regime had imprisoned him for 17 months for allegedly taking a propaganda poster, then sent him home in 2017 with severe brain damage to die.
McGuireWoods secured a U.S. Supreme Court victory in Collins v. Virginia. Partner Matt Fitzgerald, co-chair of the firm’s appellate practice, persuaded the justices that the Fourth Amendment’s automobile search exception does not permit police to search a vehicle in a home’s curtilage without a warrant or the owner’s permission.
After finishing among the top firms in 2017 for the number of M&A, private equity, and syndicated loan deals, the firm ranked among the top five in definitive global and U.S. M&A league tables for Q1 2018. McGuireWoods won “Law Firm of the Year” in Mergers & Acquisitions magazine’s Mid-Market M&A Awards for the growth of the firm’s deal work and industry-leading innovations that add value beyond the traditional role of legal counsel.
For the 12th time, BTI Consulting named McGuireWoods to its “Client Service 30,” part of its prestigious Client Service A-Team survey, the gold standard in measuring client service based on unprompted feedback from Fortune 500 counsel. For the sixth straight year, McGuireWoods was recognized among firms with the strongest brands in BTI’s “Brand Elite” survey. And McGuireWoods is among just 10 firms to make BTI's "Most Recommended Law Firms" list more than 15 years in a row.
Financial Times ranked McGuireWoods among the top three law firms in its prestigious North America Innovative Lawyers report for 2017—the second year in a row the firm has earned recognition among the best legal innovators. The firm was one of only two to be short-listed in six categories: Most Innovative Firm in North America; Litigation and Disputes; Enabling Business Growth; Accessing New Markets and Capital; Strategy and Changing Behaviors; and Collaboration. The firm also was commended in the Rule of Law and Access to Justice categories.
Why Work Here
At McGuireWoods, our attorneys and staff can expect to be part of a diverse culture built on respect, unwavering client service and a collective desire for professional excellence. With an exciting work environment that features new and innovative technologies, career advancement training, top-of-the-line benefits options, and the opportunity to engage with our many communities across the U.S. and overseas, our employees gain the experience they need to excel as part of one of the world’s most sought-after law firms.
An evolving career is a strong career, and we encourage our employees to take advantage of the professional development services offered to them, including training and advancement opportunities designed to encourage leadership, promote collaboration and teach better use of technology. McGuireWoods employees benefit from on-the-job training, in-house seminars, courses in continuing legal education and an array of career development programs through Practising Law Institute.
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 775-1000
Chairman: Jonathan P. Harmon
Hiring Partner: J. Tracy Walker IV
Chair of National Recruiting Committee: Angelo Russo
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
1K - 1.5K
Atlanta; Baltimore; Charlotte; Raleigh; Richmond; Pittsburgh
1st year: $165,000 Charlottesville
1st year: $135,000 Jacksonville, Norfolk; Wilmington
1st year: $130,000 Austin; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; LA; NY; SF; Tysons; DC
1st year: $190,000 The firm does not adhere to a lockstep compensation system, and salaries vary for associates beyond their second years.
Summer Associate Offers:
17 out of 18 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
19 total (18 2Ls; 1 1L) (2018)
Los Angeles, CA (Century City)
Los Angeles, CA (Downtown)
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Wilmington, NC I London
Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Banking & Finance
Corporate Finance & Capital Markets
Data Privacy & Security
Financial Services Litigation
Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation
Labor & Employee Benefits
Mergers & Acquisitions
Products, Environmental & Mass Torts Litigation
Real Estate & Land Use
Restructuring & Insolvency
Technology & Outsourcing
*See firm website for additional departments and specific practice areas and industries