Firm Profile > McGuireWoods LLP > Charlottesville, United States

McGuireWoods LLP
652 PETER JEFFERSON PARKWAY
SUITE 350
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22911
United States

Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power Tier 1

McGuireWoods LLP has a strong presence in the utilities industry, fielding a team of specialists with previous in-house experience at various utilities entities. The firm has expertise in handling rate cases, tariff disputes, compliance and issues with regional transmission organizations (RTOs). Another area of strength is energy enforcement cases, where the team is regularly involved in negotiations and proceedings with the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC). Todd Mullins co-chairs the power sector group within the energy industry team, and is a name to note for FERC enforcement cases. Noel Symons is a member of the energy strategic advisory board, and is noted for his in-depth knowledge of the RTO market. Julia English was promoted to partner in 2020 and has a strong background representing energy clients in proceedings before the FERC, the US Department of Energy and the Department of State. All individuals mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Todd Mullins; Noel Symons

Other key lawyers:

Julia English

Key clients

Exelon Corporation

DATC Path 15, LLC

Cleco Corporation

Edison Electric Institute

Evergy

Black Hills Energy

Omaha Public Power District

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 1

Acting for an impressive and varied roster of clients, McGuireWoods LLP is active in a huge variety of administrative litigation and enforcement matters, rule and ratemaking procedures, and general advisory mandates. The team stands out in particular for its reputation among utilities clients, though it is also engaged by a number of major transmission companies, power generators and energy commodity trading companies. Managing partner Todd Mullins co-chairs the power sector practice and represents energy clients in proceedings involving the FERC, CFTC and other regulators. Noel Symons is a member of the energy strategic advisory board and also has a strong FERC caseload, with a varied client base including traditional electric and gas utilities and financial institutions. Also recommended is Julia English, who has broad expertise in regulatory and transactional matters. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Todd Mullins; Noel Symons

Other key lawyers:

Julia English

Key clients

Exelon Corporation

DATC Path 15, LLC

Cleco Corporation

Edison Electric Institute

Evergy

Black Hills Energy

Omaha Public Power District

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 1

McGuireWoods LLP acts for clients in wrongful death and personal injury claims, product liability litigation involving automotive parts and asbestos exposure disputes. The firm stands out with its long-term client relationships, having represented Ford Motor Company in wrongful death and severe injury claims nationwide for over three decades, as well as more recently in class actions and asbestos-related claims. In addition to defending leading automotive companies, the team is also active in the mobility sector and for trucking companies. Diane Flannery in Richmond chairs the products, environmental & mass tort litigation department; she has worked on a variety of class action and multidistrict litigation matters. Trial lawyer Samuel Tarry in Richmond is a name to note, currently acting in asbestos-related litigation for Ford.

Practice head(s):

Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Terrence Bagley; Perry Miles; Candace Blydenburgh; Samuel Tarry

Testimonials

‘McGuire Woods was able to leverage their relationships to deliver results for us that no other firm in Virginia could. As a result of their intercession with the Attorney General’s office, a state agency with whom we were in a dispute, was forced to hire outside counsel at considerable expense because McGuire Woods convinced the AG office that it could not (and should not) defend the position the agency had taken.’

‘Richard Cullen – Richard cuts instantly to the heart of the matter and provides invaluable strategic counsel and innovative solutions. Outstanding judgement and relationships.’

‘Stephen D Busch – Steve is the consummate professional. His diligence, attention to detail and preparation consistently exceeded our lofty expectations. Steve’s professional demeanor and reputation served us very well in difficult and contentious settlement negotiations.’

‘Duncan Getchell – Duncan’s presence and encyclopedic knowledge of the law commands respect from both opposing counsel and jurists ’

Key clients

Ford Motor Company

Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 1

Highly active in litigation filings, McGuireWoods LLP is widely respected for its representation of railroads, auto manufacturers and trucking companies. Clients also benefit from the firm's government relations subsidiary, McGuireWoods Consulting, which enhances its core practice. The rail sector department is chaired by Eric Bilik, whose experience includes the representation of a national rail transportation company in numerous lawsuits by adjoining landowners and residents; and real estate specialist Christopher Thanner, who successfully represented railroads in disputes with state agencies and local governments concerning the extent of vested railroad rights. In Pittsburg, Bryan Brantley chairs the transportation industry team, and Matthew Monsour oversees substantial litigation across the US. Also key to the practice is Charlottesville-based motor carrier litigation specialist Brian Jackson, who acts as co-director of the transportation industry team. Significant counsel-level support is provided by railroad-related litigation expert, Patrick Dover, who is particularly focused on appellate work. All attorneys listed are based in Jacksonville unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Brantley; Eric Bilik

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Monsour; Christopher Thanner; Brian Jackson; Patrick Dover

Industry focus > Education Tier 2

McGuireWoods LLP's multidisciplinary education team has 'talent at all levels' and provides 'great legal advice' to higher education clients. Headed by corporate partner Harrison Marshall in North Carolina, the group advises higher education institutions on the full range of matters including sensitive employment-related issues, dispute resolution, and real estate. The team is also able to leverage the firm's expertise in other areas, acting for colleges in tax compliance and complex regulatory matters. Michele McKinnon heads the firm's nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations team and is the key name here. Also in North Carolina, managing partner of the firm's Raleigh office Mary Nash Rusher handles financing transactions for public and private K-12 schools and colleges. Experienced trial lawyer Craig Wood in Charlottesville has a track record of defending higher education clients in employment matters, including criminal investigations, Title IX claims, and other sexual misconduct matters.

Practice head(s):

Harrison Marshall

Other key lawyers:

Michele McKinnon; Mary Nash Rusher; Craig Wood

Testimonials

‘Besides having expertise in all areas we need legal advice in, McGuire Woods is and has been completely accessible to us – and approachable. We know we’re getting great legal advice, that we can trust. We know they care about the end result and how laws impact our organization.’

‘Depth of industry knowledge; long-term continuity of coverage on the relationship.’

Michele McKinnon is terrific.

‘Deep knowledge of the legal particularities in Virginia public higher education.’

‘The McGuire Woods team, particularly Mary Nash Rusher, really understand public higher education in North Carolina. They come alongside in-house counsel to address matters in a strategic fashion and are great problem solvers.’

Mary Nash Rusher is definitely a stand-out partner. She has a wealth of experience to draw on that helps us navigate issues very efficiently. She is a wonderful problem solver who always has practical solutions to problems. Mary Nash is great to work with, very personable and she engenders trust. I can call her anytime to discuss issues and don’t have to fear that every single conversation is on the clock.’

The talent level of the lawyers involved, especially Michele McKinnon is off the charts.’

‘Michele McKinnon is one of the two best lawyers I have ever worked with. She is great at what she does, and when she needs to bring someone else she does. Scott Weber is also very capable, as was Matt Rash. Dave Richardson is also very good.’

Key clients

Washington & Lee University

Davidson College

Central Piedmont Community College

Liberty University

Appalachian State University

The Pennsylvania State University

Episcopal High School

Lake Norman Charter School

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 2

Combining strong underlying regulatory expertise, multi-disciplinary transactional skills, and vast industry knowledge, the 'highly motivated' lawyers at McGuireWoods LLP have tremendous breadth in the power sector and are appreciated for their versatility and 'unique ability to handle small development transactions, as well as enormous public deals'. The firm has, however, gained most prominence and acclaim for its utilities-related M&A work, most notably for core client Dominion Energy, including on its recent $9.7bn sale of the majority of its gas transmission and storage segment assets to an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway. 'Dazzling' Richmond-based partner Joanne Katsantonis led on this deal and is involved in a raft of other Dominion-related M&A matters; she also has strong credentials among IPPs and financial sponsors, and is well-versed in advising on commercial arrangements in the sector, including as it relates to PPAs and EPC contracts. Based in Baltimore, Brian Kelly is chair of the firm's overarching energy industry team and as well as regularly handling M&A and finance transactions in the conventional power sector; he also has niche expertise relating to retail energy supply regulations.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Katsantonis

Testimonials

I think the breadth of the team, and their ability to handle small development transactions and enormous public deals is really unique.’

The dazzling Joanne Katsontonis who always seems to be having so much fun while she works.’

Key clients

Dominion Energy Services, Inc.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

McGuireWoods LLP represents private and public companies on both the buy and sell sides of stock purchases, mergers and other forms of acquisitions, divestitures and combinations. The department is particularly strong in the healthcare industry, and also has significant expertise in the financial services, real estate, industrials and technology sectors. Richmond-based group chair Michael Woodard stands out for his experience in energy sector transactions, regularly negotiating complex transactions on behalf of utilities and developers to acquire and develop large portfolios of solar and wind projects. Chicago-based Geoffrey Cockrell, assisted by David McLean in Dallas, chairs the firm's private equity group, and the department has notable strength in private equity exits.

Practice head(s):

Michael Woodard; Geoffrey Cockrell; David McLean

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Katsantonis; Ryan Purpura; Chris Scheurer

Key clients

Dominion Energy

Novant Health

Equitrans Midstream Corporation

Acuren Incorporated

Domain Capital

AvidXchange, Inc.

Lansing Building Products

Falfurrias Capital Partners

Health Enterprise Partners

Trinity Capital

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP is recognized for its work on breach response, but equally adept at compiling management policies and handling advisory matters for clients in the financial services industry. In addition, the practice has extensive experience of the cybersecurity aspects of M&A, compliance with CCPA and the privacy aspects of vendor contract management. The data protection group is headed by information governance expert Andrew Konia, and also includes Janet Peyton, Anne Peterson, Rodger Heaton and associate Emily Voorheis.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Konia

Other key lawyers:

Emily Voorheis; Janet Peyton; Anne Peterson; Rodger Heaton; Ashley Matthews

Testimonials

‘I work closely with Andrew Konia, Emily Voorheis, and others on a diversity of matters. The McGW team is exceptionally responsive, capable of performing extremely sophisticated legal work on a short timeframe, and always professional and easy to work with. I have found this combination to be quite rare.’

‘Andrew Konia is a lawyer’s lawyer, always calm and considerate in a crisis, and he works (and is available) 24/7. I have found the same of his associate Emily Voorhies. Overall, the firm is unusually easy to work with – all are professionals who remind me of the best parts of the what the profession must have been like years ago. It seems to me that the firm works as a true partnership. They also care deeply about the well-being of their rising professionals, and go out of their way to expose rising professionals to new experiences.’

‘My relationship partner puts in ungodly hours to deliver advice and turn contracts on time.’

‘Andrew Konia is a fantastic lawyer to in-house counsel. He provides the moral support we need to deliver bad news and helps us offer our business partners a range of solutions. Andrew literally works day and night to hit critical deadlines.’

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP's 'very knowledgeable' team remains a popular choice among private and public oil and gas companies which are appreciative of its 'thoughtful and collegial approach' and ability to provide a 'mutually supportive' service on more complex transactions requiring several disciplines. In addition to M&A-related transactional work, the firm is also well versed in advising on commercial and contractual matters in the sector, including those relating to MLPs. With lawyers based in Pennsylvania, Texas and New York, the firm's particular sweet spot lies in its ability to handle oil and gas matters throughout the Appalachian region. It also advises on international matters through its flourishing London office. 'Standout' Pittsburgh-based Anthony Carna heads up the team and has strong ties with numerous oil and gas operators; his recent work has included several oilfield services deals, a growing trend in the oil and gas M&A space. Ryan Purpura  joined Reed Smith LLP in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Carna

Testimonials

The firm’s oil and gas transactional group provides industry leading work product with short turn around times.’

The group is very knowledgeable and provides practical advice/counseling on transactional matters.’

‘The firm excels at engaging a team of attorneys that not only work well together, and who are each very strong in their own particular disciplines, but are mutually supportive when pulled in to more complex transactions requiring several disciplines.’

‘Having worked with McGuire Woods attorneys in Houston and Pittsburgh on completely different projects, I have experienced the same thoughtful approach and collegial professionalism at both. Seemingly ego free, excellence and mutual support runs in the the firm’s blood.’

‘Anthony Carna is a standout. He is thoughtful about the work product and various aspects of un-intended consequences and manages to work with opposing counsel in a manner that exceeds mere diplomacy.’

Key clients

Dominion Energy, Inc.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Co-headed from Richmond and Houston by Breenen Keene and Durham McCormick, respectively, McGuireWoods LLP's multi-disciplinary practice advises a varied array of stakeholders, including banks and developers, on the development, financing and acquisition of renewable-related assets. In addition, the firm also benefits from close ties with numerous energy utilities, including Dominion Energy, with which it continues to advise on its solar-related activity throughout the country. Richmond-based M&A partner Michael Woodard leads on much of this work for Dominion and is a key member of the team that also includes Timothy Callahan in Chicago, who is adept at handling both M&A and project financing work in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Brennen Keene; Durham McCormick

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Callahan; Michael Woodard

Key clients

KeyBank National Association

Caprock Renewables

Centrica Plc

Dominion Energy Inc.

Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP's nationwide healthcare practice offers a strong mix of transactional and litigation services to its clients, with particular focus on bankruptcy, employment, antitrust and data security law. Lawyers in the firm's Chicago office are active in private equity transactions, but also have strength in litigation, while team members in its Charlotte office are also adept at transactions in the sector. Contacts in the Chicago office include Amber McGraw Walsh, who heads up the practice group; James Riley, who focuses on complex transactional matters for hospitals and outpatient providers; and Scott Becker, who has a specialty practice working with ambulatory surgery centers.

Practice head(s):

Amber McGraw Walsh

Other key lawyers:

James Riley; Scott Becker; Bart Walker; Holly Buckley

Key clients

Smile Doctors LLC

Surgical Care Affiliates

Sheridan Capital Partners

Audax Group

Women’s Health USA

Chicago Pacific Founders Fund, L.P.

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Novant Health

Silver Oak Services Partners

HCA

Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP's tax-exempt organizations practice is housed in Richmond, and advises an array of clients across Virginia and the southeast; with key contact Michele McKinnon overseeing the team. The group holds  schools, universities, and charitable organizations as clients, and handles charitable gifts, estate planning and trust administration, and fiduciary litigation matters. Jean Gordon Carter in Raleigh is the name for corporate governance matters for non-profits, endowments, and fund-raising, whilst Bradley Ridlehoover in Richmond advises tax-exempt organizations on federal tax and governance issues. He also has a specialism in excess benefit transactions, and business tax rules. Elsewhere, head of tax and employee benefits Gerald V. Thomas II in Atlanta focuses on complex transactional tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Michele McKinnon; Gerald V. Thomas II

Other key lawyers:

Jean Gordon Carter; Bradley Ridlehoover

Testimonials

‘McGuire Woods has assembled an all-star team of some of the very best Not-For-Profit experts in the country. We work with a lot of law firms, big and small, on an annual basis and I have to say that McGuire Woods stands at the top in terms of expertise, value and client support. ’

‘The legal expertise is top notch, thorough and timely. Partner engagement is truly exceptional. The breadth of expertise is impressive, and our Trustees, OCIO and audit team have all reported high quality experiences working with the McGuire Woods team. ’

‘We work most closely with Michele McKinnon, and have done so for the past 15 years. Michele is accessible, professional, brilliant, results oriented, and always goes above and beyond to work with our team to address all issues that surface. I have referred her to more than 10 colleagues in the past two years, and all have reported that she has exceeded their expectations. ’

‘They have domain expertise, intellectual rigor, responsiveness, attention to client need and best interests’

 

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP stands out with its longstanding client relationships - some of which span decades - and is active in MDL litigation, class actions and single or multiple plaintiff personal injury claims. The firm also advises clients on pre-litigation matters, such as warning labels. Diane Flannery, who has extensive experience coordinating and managing large-scale defense efforts, leads the products, environmental & mass tort litigation group from Richmond. R. Trent Taylor, also in Richmond, is another key member of the group with a focus on food labeling and safety issues among others.

Practice head(s):

Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

R. Trent Taylor; Mark Anderson; Stephen Busch

Testimonials

‘McGuire Woods was able to leverage their relationships to deliver results for us that no other firm in Virginia could.’

‘As a result of their intercession with the Attorney General’s office, a state agency with whom we were in a dispute was forced to hire outside counsel at considerable expense because McGuire Woods convinced the AG office that it could not (and should not) defend the position the agency had taken.’

‘Fixed fee arrangement with flexible caps provided some measure of cost assurance in contentious, extended litigation.’

‘Richard Cullen – Richard cuts instantly to the heart of the matter and provides invaluable strategic counsel and innovative solutions. Outstanding judgement and relationships.’

‘Stephen D Busch – Steve is the consummate professional. His diligence, attention to detail and preparation consistently exceeded our lofty expectations. Steve’s professional demeanor and reputation served us very well in difficult and contentious settlement negotiations.’

‘Duncan Getchell – Duncan’s presence and encyclopedic knowledge of the law commands respect from both opposing counsel and jurists.’

Key clients

Ford Motor Company

Lumber Liquidators, Inc.

STIHL Incorporated

Universal Corp. and Universal Leaf Tobacco Company

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

Attorneys at McGuireWoods LLP assist pharmaceutical and medical device companies in product liability matters at various stages, whether in pre-suit investigation and patent analysis or acting as special counsel in high profile, complex litigation. Practice chair Diane Flannery, who has extensive experience coordinating and managing large-scale defense efforts, is based in Richmond. Raleigh-based Mark Anderson is an additional noteworthy team member.

Practice head(s):

Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Mark Anderson

Key clients

Olympus Corp.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 3

Longstanding client relationships are an important aspect of work at McGuireWoods LLP; for example the team has been serving Du Pont de Nemours and Company as national and coordinating counsel for all lead paint litigation for over 15 years. The firm is also involved in cutting-edge crisis work, acting as strategic lead for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts as it faced litigation related to a large natural gas explosion. Diane Flannery , who has a broad range of experience in class action and multidistrict litigation matters, chairs the products, environmental and mass tort litigation department from the office in Richmond.

Practice head(s):

Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Davis Walsh; Sam Terry

Key clients

Ford Motor Company

Lumber Liquidators, Inc.

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP's aviation team is regularly sought out for its expertise in corporate aircraft financing, leasing, purchasing and selling, as well as for its experience in the acquisition, disposition and management of commercial aircraft portfolios. Charlotte-based practice head Patricia Hosmer concentrates her practice on transactions involving aviation assets and other equipment. Acting for airlines, aircraft leasing companies, financial institutions and investment funds, Deepak Reddy in New York is widely esteemed for his advice on financing, restructuring and leasing transactions involving commercial aircraft. Peter Szurley is the key contact in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Hosmer

Other key lawyers:

Deepak Reddy; Peter Szurley; David Whelpley Jr

Industry focus > Transport: shipping - litigation and regulation Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP represents a range of clients in relation to shipping regulatory issues, including Jones Act compliance matters and the regulations that control the interaction between shippers and carriers. Norfolk-based maritime sector chair John Padgett routinely represents shipyards and tug boat companies, and has an administrative practice before the US Coast Guard; he is also experienced in Jones Act and general maritime law cases, and regularly handles charter party disputes. In Pittsburgh, Bryan Brantley chairs the transportation industry team.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Brantley; John Padgett

Key clients

Colonna’s Shipyard Inc

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4

In the cartel space, McGuireWoods LLP not only handles follow-on class actions and opt-out cases but is also active in the initial investigations that often spawn such actions. Led out of Chicago by 'master of antitrust' Amy Manning, the practice mainly represents corporations and executives in FTC and DOJ investigations. Also in Chicago, Angelo Russo has experience in investigations concerning allegations of price-fixing, bid-rigging, customer and market allocations, monopolization, and no-poach agreements. Brent Justus also has a track record representing clients before overseas authorities. In September 2020, Jonathan Lewis left to join Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

Practice head(s):

Amy Manning

Other key lawyers:

Angelo Russo; Howard Feller; Brent Justus

Testimonials

The individuals I have worked with are very professional and experts in their field. They have a personal approach, and exhibit a strong, positive team culture amongst themselves.’

Amy Manning is a master of antitrust. Her depth of knowledge about the subject matter, counsel and jurisdictions is almost unparalleled. She is an exceptional advocate and a delight to work with.’

Amy Manning is a truly gifted attorney and an absolutely lovely person. She is able to take the temperature down with adversaries, mediators, judges and even clients, when necessary. I would not use anyone else for antitrust matters.’

Very insightful advice; exceptional instincts as to application of law to facts; extremely prompt service.’

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

The antitrust team at McGuireWoods LLP represents a wide variety of corporations, trade associations and individuals in follow-on civil litigation, as well as other civil antitrust disputes, including indirect purchaser litigation. The Chicago-based Amy Manning heads up the practice group, which has experience in a full range of disputes concerning allegations of price-fixing, bid-rigging, market allocation, no-poach agreements, monopolization, predatory pricing and price discrimination. In Richmond (Virginia), Howard Feller and Brent Justus are noted for their track records in complex antitrust litigation, particularly in the manufacturing space.

Practice head(s):

Amy Manning

Other key lawyers:

Howard Feller; Brent Justus; Angelo Russo

Key clients

Argos USA Corp.

Schneider National Inc.

Smart Vent Products Inc.

Fresenius Kabi

NIBCO Inc.

Elite Staffing, Inc.

JELD-WEN, Inc.

CSX Transportation Inc.

Dominion Energy, Inc.

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP advises a variety of energy industry clients across the areas of exploration, development, production, storage and transportation. In this regard, the team is experienced in both high-profile litigation and regulatory matters. Richmond-based Ryan Frei is an experienced commercial litigator who co-chairs the energy disputes practice. Brian Jackson in Charlottesville and Greg Krock in Pittsburgh are also noted. Megan Haines joined Reed Smith LLP in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Frei

Other key lawyers:

Jim Jeffries; Brian Jackson; Greg Krock

Key clients

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and NiSource

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP fields a group of environmental and regulatory specialists whose experience cuts across air, waste, water and brownfields. With a strong presence in Clean Air Act litigation matters, the team is also capable of assisting clients in toxic tort, citizen suits and nuisance claims. Charlotte-based David Franchina chairs the environmental practice, while Vishwa Link leads on regulatory and compliance matters and Diane Flannery oversees the toxic tort litigation offering from Richmond. The practice has recently expanded its ranks in Washington DC with the addition of three environmental partners from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in April 2020: Makram Jaber, whose strengths include enforcement actions; climate change expert Allison Wood; and Aaron Flynn, who is noted for his thorough knowledge of the Clean Air Act.

Practice head(s):

David Franchina; Vishwa Link; Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Allison Wood; Aaron Flynn; Makram Jaber

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP's national environmental practice has experience across air, brownfield, waste and water, but is perhaps best known for its presence in Clean Air Act regulatory and litigation matters. Mandates involving the redevelopment of contaminated property and regulation of emerging contaminants are other strong points for the group, which is led by David Franchina in Charlotte, and Vishwa Link and Diane Flannery in Richmond. In April 2020, the team grew considerably with the addition of three environmental partners in Washington DC: climate change expert Allison Wood, Clean Air Act specialist Aaron Flynn, and Makram Jaber, all of whom joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

Practice head(s):

David Franchina; Vishwa Link; Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Allison Wood; Aaron Flynn; Makram Jaber

Key clients

Crescent Communities

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP has a strong track record in the financial services sector, and advises a mix of emerging and established companies on all fintech matters. This includes support on compliance issues, litigation, technology transactions, government investigations and regulatory enforcement. The multi-disciplinary practice is led out of Charlotte by Rakesh Gopalan.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP is well versed in handling outsourcing transactions for clients in the financial services, logistics, and IT sectors. Rakesh Gopalan leads the team from the Charlotte office, and is recommended for assisting financial institutions with technology outsourcing deals. Derek Roach left the firm in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Rakesh Gopalan

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 4

At McGuireWoods LLP, clients benefit from Steven Adkins extensive ITC experience, acting both for complainants and respondents. With decades of investigations under his belt, Adkins is able to assist with a wide range of technologies and products and offers complementary expertise in proceedings before the US Customs and Border Protection Agency. Richmond-based David Finkelson is the head of the IP practice.

Practice head(s):

David Finkelson

Other key lawyers:

Steven Adkins

Testimonials

Very considerate and thorough in helping clients to evaluate all tactics.

McGuirewoods keeps very good record and control of the work they do. Optimal effort with great result thus keeping the service very competitive and flexible.

Steven Adkins maintains very good service and good relationship with client on a long-term basis for decades. Very friendly and warm with no empty/useless talk. He is very helpful in catering to the client’s need in different practice areas by introducing and maintaining good control of the service provided by other offices of his firm. I highly recommend him.

Key clients

Taurex Drill Bits, LLC

Current Lighting Holdco, Inc.

Union Technology International (Macao Commercial Offshore) Company Limited

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP has a thriving mid-market transactional practice that handles a mix of strategic outsourcing and partnership agreements, as well as M&A, corporate finance and capital markets work. The team is especially strong in the fintech space, but also assists clients with software-as-a-service business models, cloud implementations, open-source software, AI technology and blockchain. Technology and securities partner Rakesh Gopalan leads the team from Charlotte, with strong support from James Anderson in Richmond, and other partners spread across offices in Dallas, Baltimore, Raleigh and New York.

Practice head(s):

Rakesh Gopalan

Other key lawyers:

James Anderson

Key clients

EXL Service (Nasdaq: EXLS)

Mobile Communications of America, Inc.

THRIVE Networks

E-Technologies Group

Banyan Technologies

Segue Technologies

Teledyne Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TDY)

AvidXchange

Freedom Electronics

Pareteum Corp.

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP covers a broad spectrum of trade secrets work, from audit and compliance issues to litigation and government investigations. The firm has strengths in enforcing and defending claims of trade secret misappropriation, as well as advising on employment policies and procedures. Patent litigation specialist David Finkelson in Richmond chairs the firm's IP litigation and transactions department. Also active in Richmond are Brian Riopelle, who is an experienced IP litigator, and Rodney Satterwhite, who focuses on IP, employee mobility and employment litigation. Managing partner of the Houston office Yasser Madriz is a veteran trial lawyer at the federal and state court level.

Practice head(s):

David Finkelson

Other key lawyers:

Brian Riopelle; Rodney Satterwhite; Yasser Madriz; Peter Farley; David Greenspan; Eric Schlichter

Key clients

Argos USA Corp

Performance Food Group

The Nielsen Company

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

McGuireWoods LLP leverages its network of offices throughout the US to represent clients in a wide range of commercial disputes and class actions, often involving clients in the financial services and energy sectors. Jonathan Blank leads the practice from Charlottesville and has maintained a steady flow of cases in the natural resources sector, including natural gas litigation and cases involving mineral rights. In the Baltimore office, Ava Lias-Booker has an active trial practice covering a variety of commercial and civil disputes. David Powell in San Francisco is a name to note for financial services litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Blank

Other key lawyers:

Ava Lias-Booker; David Powell

Testimonials

‘Excellent team of professionals from the top to bottom, consisting of dedicated attorneys who truly care about the client and the outcome of cases.’ 

Key clients

Telos Corporation

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 5

McGuireWoods LLP has a prolific mid-market private equity platform, combining high deal volume with a strong focus on growth industries including healthcare, technology, business services, and manufacturing. The team has seen a significant growth in mandates during 2020, from a combination of mid-market buyout houses and industry-focused funds. The group is led by Chicago's Geoffrey Cockrell, an active dealmaker and specialist in healthcare and life sciences transactions, alongside Dallas-based David McLean, who focuses on lower-middle-market work and equity investments. Also in Dallas, Jon Finger is noted for his innovative work with independent sponsors, while in Pittsburgh, Thomas Zahn handles a range of PE-backed corporate transactions, including buyouts, portfolio company deals, and exits.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Cockrell; David McLean

Other key lawyers:

Jon Finger; Thomas Zahn

Key clients

Acacia Partners

ASGARD Partners & Co

Align Capital Partners

Audax Group

Capital Southwest Corporation

Falfurrias Capital Partners

Gastro Health Holdco, LLC

LLR Partners

Prairie Capital, L.P.

RAI Acquisition LLC

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Ridgemont Equity Partners

Rising Point Capital

Silver Oak Services Partners

The Center for Orthopedic and Research Excelleance, d/b/a HOPCo

The Speech Pathology Group

Tygon Peak Capital

Tyree & D’Angelo Partners

Women’s Health USA

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 5

McGuireWoods LLP handles a diverse caseload that encompasses both federal and state court actions, arbitrations and mediations, and proceedings before the SEC, FINRA and the DOJ. The firm frequently acts for financial institutions, though its recent work also includes notable victories for companies in the life sciences and technology sectors. Jonathan Blank (Charlottesville), Cheryl Haas (Atlanta), Robert Muckenfuss (Charlotte), Todd Steggerda (Washington DC) and Diane Flannery (Richmond) are the lead partners in a practice group, which covers a huge range of matters including complex commercial litigation, environmental and mass tort litigation, financial services, business and securities litigation, government investigations and white-collar crime.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Blank; Cheryl Haas; Robert Muckenfuss; Todd Steggerda; Diane Flannery

Finance > Commercial lending

McGuireWoods LLP is an extremely busy finance firm, often ranking near the top of tables for deal count and value. Though the team does provide advice to borrowers, it is best known for its lender work; Bank of America and Wells Fargo are key bank clients which the firm advises on high-value financings in a huge variety of industry sectors. The group enjoys a dominant presence in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is quickly becoming one of the most significant financial centers in the US. Practice head Raj Natarajan and Eric Burk are both based in Charlotte, while Chris Molen and Hamid Namazie work from Atlanta and Los Angeles, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Raj Natarajan

Other key lawyers:

Eric Burk; Chris Molen; Hamid Namazie

Key clients

Bank of America, N.A.

Capital One, N.A.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Gunvor USA LLC

Mercuria Energy Trading Inc.

PNC Financial Services

U.S. Bank

Madison Capital

Hayfin Advisors

MUFG Union Bank

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

McGuireWoods LLP acts for international corporations, government entities and high-profile individuals in criminal investigations and high-stakes enforcement matters. Headed by Todd Steggerda, the practice group handles white-collar crime matters, anti-bribery, anti-corruption, sanctions and crisis management situations. Among the team's standout highlights, Norfolk-based Benjamin Hatch represented The Boeing Company in its defense of a federal criminal investigation into the crashes of two 737 Max 8 jets. Also recommended is George Terwilliger, a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer, is recommended for internal investigations, civil litigation and FCA matters. The team has also been strengthened by the arrival of several new partners: Michael Francisco joined the firm following a clerkship at the US Supreme Court in August 2020; Elizabeth Hogan joined from FINRA in October 2020; in February 2021 Michael Podberesky joined from the DOJ; in January 2021 John Moran joined from the DOJ, and in August 2020, Charlotte-based Jason Cowley joined from the DOJ. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Todd Steggerda

Other key lawyers:

George Terwilliger; John Adams; Robert Bittman; Richard Cullen; Benjamin Hatch; Kevin Lally

Testimonials

‘They are skilled lawyers and are supported by a first-rate team of colleagues’.

Key clients

James C. Justice II, Governor of West Virginia

North Broward Hospital District

The Boeing Company

Purdue Pharma

Finance > Project finance

McGuireWoods LLP is best known in this space for its work in the renewable energy segment. Jointly led by Richmond-based Brennen Keene and Durham McCormick in Houston, the team represents several of the largest utilities companies in the US, including Dominion Energy, which it advises on almost all of the company's corporate and financing transactions. On the lender side, the team has been acting for several banks looking to providing financing to solar and wind projects. Outside of renewables, Timothy Callahan has broad experience of conventional power projects. Brian Kelly in Baltimore leads the energy industry team and is recommended for M&A in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kelly; Brennen Keene; Durham McCormick

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Callahan

Key clients

KeyBank National Association

Caprock Renewables

Dominion Energy Inc.

McGuireWoods, one of the world’s leading law firms, has earned the loyalty of its many longstanding clients with deep and broad legal experience; a passion for understanding their businesses and markets; innovative delivery of practical, business-minded solutions; and unmatched service. McGuireWoods’ continuing success comes down to one simple fact: The firm listens to its clients.

Clients consistently place McGuireWoods among a small group of elite firms in surveys such as BTI Consulting’s Client Service A-Team, an annual ranking derived from unprompted feedback by general counsel and top decision-makers at Fortune 1,000 companies. 2021 marked the 15th time McGuireWoods has been singled out for excellence on BTI’s Client Service 30 list. One aspect of McGuireWoods’ value proposition is its ability to address client issues from multiple angles by partnering with affiliate McGuireWoods Consulting, ranked by The National Law Journal as one of the top 20 Washington, D.C., government relations firms. By working closely with its consultants, McGuireWoods can augment its legal work with powerful experience and connections in strategic communications and government relations.

Also setting the firm apart is its longstanding commitment to innovation in the delivery of legal services. Financial Times has consistently honored McGuireWoods as one of North America’s most innovative law firms in its prestigious North America Innovative Lawyers report. The firm invests in technology and staff to enhance its productivity and efficiency, including building an outstanding in-house e-discovery infrastructure. McGuireWoods was quick to embrace legal project management and has developed proprietary tools for budgeting and matter management, even helping clients establish their own in-house systems. And the firm is a pioneer in the creative use of alternatives to the billable hour to help clients control legal costs without sacrificing quality. BTI recognized McGuireWoods as one of only a handful of firms named by legal decision-makers at top companies as the absolute best at developing and implementing AFAs for their corporate clients.

The firm partners with clients to give back to communities and advance their mutual desire to increase diversity and inclusion in the profession. McGuireWoods was a finalist for Outstanding Firm for Pro Bono and for Veterans Program of the Year in the 2021 Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America. The firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts have been recognized by Law360, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, among others. As part of the firm’s commitment to community service, its lawyers provide thousands of hours of pro bono work each year, helping children, battered spouses, the elderly, veterans and nonprofit groups.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and trade regulation Amy B. Manning
Complex commercial litigation Robert A. Muckenfuss
Data privacy and security C. Andrew Konia
Debt finance Raj Natarajan
Energy Brian J. Kelly
Financial services litigation Cheryl L. Haas
Government investigations and white-collar litigation Todd R. Steggerda
Healthcare Amber McGraw Walsh
M&A and corporate transactions Michael B. Woodard
Private equity Geoffrey C. Cockrell
Securities & capital markets Greg R. Kilpatrick
Chairman : Jonathan P. Harmon
Managing Partner : J. Tracy Walker IV
Offices : Atlanta
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Offices : Los Angeles – Century City
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Offices : Tysons
Number of Attorneys Firmwide : 1,100