Mr John D. Padgett > McGuireWoods LLP > Norfolk, United States > Lawyer Profile

McGuireWoods LLP
NORFOLK, VA 23510-1655
United States
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Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Transactions & Technology; Transportation


Office Managing Partner


John is the office managing partner of the firm’s Norfolk office and leader of the Transportation Industry Team. He has extensive experience in providing a wide range of services to corporate and transportation clients. He understands the shipping industry with more than 30 years of experience working with the shipping and logistics’ community.

John’s portfolio of work includes providing legal support in the construction of the largest privately held container terminal in North America, assisting large energy providers to navigate the complex challenges of the Jones Act, working with private equity companies to evaluate acquisitions in the transportation, shipping and logistic space, advising lenders in the process of securing loans against floating assets, playing a role in the salvage of the Titanic, and helping public and private terminals work within a highly regulated environment. He has a unique perspective that comes from working with a wide range of shippers, terminals, brokers and carriers in the transportations industry.  


He has worked with a variety of enterprises at various points in their corporate trajectory, from early stage to maturity. He also advises corporations in the nuances of international trade and U.S. customs’ compliance issues.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Transport: shipping - regulation

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John Padgett

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP advises its shipping and maritime clients on a range of regulatory issues and is particularly active in Jones Act compliance mandates and international trade issues. Key work included advising Colonna’s Shipyard on regulatory issues relating to the construction and transportation of a dry dock from a Turkish shipyard. APM Terminals and CSX Transportation are also clients. Norfolk-based department head John Padgett has been called ‘a class act’, ‘a great negotiator’ and ‘an overall expert in ocean and maritime law’.