Firm Profile > McGuireWoods LLP > Richmond, United States

McGuireWoods LLP
GATEWAY PLAZA
800 EAST CANAL STREET
RICHMOND, VA 23219
United States

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

The trial experts at McGuireWoods LLP represent leading automotive manufacturers in state and federal court litigation spanning automotive part liability, toxic tort and personal injury claims. Key figures in this space include firm managing partner Tracy Walker and Perry Miles, who handle nationwide class actions for Ford Motor Company, acting in a variety of product liability and asbestos claims. Also recommended is Courtney Shytle, who joined the Charlotte office in 2019 from Bowman and Brooke LLP and has experience in market leading cases involving defective airbags and diesel fuel systems. Diane Flannery heads the wider products, environmental and mass tort litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Tracy Walker; Perry Miles; Brian Jackson; Samuel Tarry; Courtney Shytle

Key clients

Ford Motor Company

Volkswagen

Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power Tier 1

McGuireWoods LLP represents a high volume of utilities clients in the US. A range of team members have prior in-house experience at utilities companies, which has resulted in the firm attracting a strong pipeline of rate cases, tariff disputes and litigation involving regional transmission organizations (RTOs). The firm is also frequently engaged in Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) enforcement cases. Todd Mullins is co-chair of the power sector in the energy industry team; he is a leading expert in FERC enforcement cases. Noel Symons is former co-chair of the utilities team and is recognised for his expertise in the RTO market and cost allocation cases. Julia English is a key name at the senior counsel level. All individuals mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Todd Mullins; Noel Symons

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Dominion Energy

Exelon Corp

Evergy

NextEra Energy

Cleco Power

Duke-American Transmission Co

Duke Energy Corp

Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 1

McGuireWoods LLP represents a substantial amount of major utility companies in the US, covering regulatory matters in the transmission, generation and customer-facing segments. The group is notably strong in energy enforcement work including rate cases, and is also at the forefront of new market issues including fuel security mandates; in a recent highlight, the team acted for Exelon in a reliability-must-run case to keep its Mystic Generating Plant operational. The practice is also a key name for organized market design and tariff matters. Todd Mullins and Noel Symons are prominent names in the market and lead the group; Mullins is noted for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) enforcement cases and Symons is recognised for his expertise in organized market design and tariffs work, regional transmission organization (RTO) issues and cost allocation matters. Julia English is a key name at senior counsel level. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Todd Mullins; Noel Symons

Other key lawyers:

Julian English

Key clients

Dominion Energy

Exelon Corp

NextEra Energy

Cleco Power

Duke-American Transmission

Duke Energy

Public Service Enterprise Group

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

Eric Bilik leads the complex litigation team at McGuireWoods LLP, has over 20 years of experience representing rail transportation clients in federal and state court litigation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board. Bilik is based in the firm's Jacksonville office alongside real estate expert Christopher Thanner, who has experience of real estate litigation involving rail facilities and railroad rights-of-way. Patrick Dover is a name to note for litigation concerning federal preemption under ICCTA and FRSA, nuisance, and tort claims involving rail transportation facilities and operations. Brian Jackson co-heads the transportation industry group and has extensive court room experience in a huge variety of transportation-related litigation, including personal injury defense, and uninsured and under-insured motorist coverage. Ashley Winsky left the practice in March 2019.

Practice head(s):

Eric Bilik, Brian Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

McGuireWoods LLP fields a strong team of white-collar criminal defense attorneys based across the US, with major centres in Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC. Todd Steggerda chairs the department from Washington DC, an office that recently welcomed Andrew McBride from Perkins Coie LLP, who has significant experience handling cases related to the communications and new media sectors. Standing out for an exemplary track-record in individual representations, Washington DC-based seasoned litigator George Terwilliger handled a number of high-profile cases for elected officials in 2019, as well as a range of healthcare sector-related cases for a variety corporates. In Richmond, John Adams is experienced with opioid litigation cases, while in Norfolk, Benjamin Hatch is noted for handling significant government investigations for corporates. In September 2019, former senior litigation counsel in the major fraud section of the US Attorney's Office for the Central District of California Kevin Lally became a major addition to the Los Angeles office.

Practice head(s):

Todd Steggerda

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

The Boeing Company

Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States

Family of Otto Warmbier

Eastern VA Medical School

Former CEO of USA Gymnastics

Aaron Schock

James C. Justice II, Governor of West Virginia

North Broward Hospital District

Purdue Pharma

John Gore, the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division

Industry focus > Transport: shipping - litigation and regulation Tier 2

McGuireWoods LLP has a strong reputation in the maritime space, advising a range of clients including ocean carriers, retailers, shipyards and off-shore infrastructure providers on Jones Act compliance, and international trade issues, among others. The practice group is headed by John Padgett in Norfolk, the point of contact for the team's key clients, such as Colonna's Shipyards. Padgett has considerable experience in charterparty disputes and cargo damage claims, and provides ongoing customs and ocean carriage advice to several leading multinational retailers.

Practice head(s):

John Padgett

Key clients

Colonna’s Shipyard

Dominion Energy

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

McGuireWoods LLP advises private and public companies on the buy and sell sides of stock purchases and M&A, divestitures and other global business combinations. Highlights over the past year have shown the team's strengths in the areas of healthcare, industrials, technology, financial services, real estate and energy, and indeed, in addition to its company M&A, the practice group also has notable expertise in private equity exits and financial advisory matters. Richmond-based Michael Woodard chairs the firm’s global M&A and corporate transactions department and also leads the renewable energy practice, having developed a reputation for advising large US energy companies and project developers. Chicago-based Geoffrey Cockrell chairs the private equity group. Also of note, the group was strengthened by the arrival of three partners from Winston & Strawn LLP; Deepak Reddy joined the New York office, while Thomas DeSplinter and Gregory Hawver joined in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Michael Woodard

Other key lawyers:

Geoffrey Cockrell; Deepak Reddy; Thomas DeSplinter; Gregory Hawver; Chris Scheurer; Thomas Zahn; Joanne Katsantonis

Testimonials

‘The team is innovative when providing solutions to complex problems and seamlessly advises across multiple jurisdictions, including coordinating with local counsel’. 

‘They can take a complicated situation and simplify it without compromising our position’. 

‘They are efficient and know how to run a transaction’.

‘The individuals understand our company and have been representing us since our inception’. 

Key clients

Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D)

Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK)

Teledyne Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TDY)

SPX Corp. (NYSE: SPX)

GWG Holdings, Inc.

10 Point Capital

Compass Group USA

Exelon Corp.

Essentra plc

Performance Food Group

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

McGuireWoods LLP is noted in particular for its experience of product recall matters, but also has deep experience in state and federal court cases ranging from lead pigment and nuisance litigation, to class actions involving asbestos, silica and foodborne illnesses. Richmond-based Diane Flannery chairs the products, environmental and mass tort litigation department. Among her recent highlights, Flannery acted for Lumber Liquidators in a series of highly publicized matters concerning the existence of carcinogens in the client's flooring materials. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of Courtney Shytle in the Charlotte office, who joined the team from Bowman and Brooke LLP.

Practice head(s):

Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Courtney Shytle; Perry Miles IV; Trent Taylor; Mark Anderson; Samuel Tarry; Tracy Walker; Stephen Busch; Terrence Bagley

Key clients

Ford Motor Company

Lumber Liquidators, Inc.

United Technologies Corporation

Universal Corp. and Universal Leaf Tobacco Company

Dollar General

Volkswagen

Olympus Corp.

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

McGuireWoods LLP acts in litigation across the US in the state and federal courts, serving as national counsel to major pharmaceutical companies, including in the well-known opioid litigation. Diane Flannery leads the practice from Richmond and has experience acting as lead counsel in MDLs. Other contacts in the team are Raleigh-based Mark Anderson, a name to note for medical product liability cases, and Samuel Tarry in Richmond, who specializes in coordinated national scientific defenses in mass tort litigation.

Practice head(s):

Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Olympus Corporation

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

The product liability and mass tort litigation practice at McGuireWoods LLP is known for expertise in state and federal district court litigation. The team’s recent work has ranged from lead pigment and automotive class actions, to asbestos and toxic tort claims involving chemical exposures. Richmond-based Diane Flannery leads the team and is experienced acting in environmental multi-district litigation. Also recommended are Samuel Tarry in Richmond and Mark Anderson in Raleigh, who are representing Olympus Corporation in a nationwide docket of cases involving superbug infections allegedly linked to endoscopes made by the client.

Practice head(s):

Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ford Motor Company

Lumber Liquidators

United Technologies Corporation

Universal Corporation and Universal Leaf Tobacco Company

Dollar General

Volkswagen

Olympus Corporation

Finance > Commercial lending

McGuireWoods LLP flies under the radar due to the finance world's often New York-centric worldview, despite the fact that it has one of the most active practices in the market. Led out of Charlotte by Raj Natarajan, the team is among the largest players in the market in terms of volume and deal numbers. Strong relationships with Bank of America and Wells Fargo ensure a strong flow of mid-market lender mandates, while the firm also has major niches in key areas such as healthcare finance where it represents specialised lenders such as White Oak Healthcare Finance. Key lawyers include Eric Burk, Kent Walker, Rebecca ChaffinKevin McGinnis, and David Lapp in Charlotte, as well as Hamid Namazie in Los Angeles, Penny Zacharias in Pittsburgh, Anne Croteau in Raleigh, and Chris Molen in Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Raj Natarajan

Testimonials

‘Very strong in the syndicated loan market.  Very knowledgeable on comps and work well both with banks as well as the banks clients’

‘The legal team as a whole is very knowledgeable and fully aware of constant updates that are made to bank regulations which affects future changes to be made to Credit Agreements when there is a credit action taking place. The entire legal team is excellent to work with and are always available for any questions or inquiries regarding a deal being worked on’

‘Eric Burk and Dave Lapp are able to work through issues with opposing counsels well without creating a lot of unnecessary tension. They are very knowledgeable and easy to deal with. They focus on the key points and provide strong counsel to the bankers on solutions to issues’

‘Partner Kevin McGinnis is truly one of the best. An extremely talented legal mind and always a pleasure to work with’

‘Anne Croteau and her team have a wide range of expertise and work to keep the overall cost reasonable’

Key clients

Bank of America, N.A.

Wells Fargo

White Oak Healthcare Finance

PNC Bank

BMO Harris Bank

Madison Capital

Monroe Capital

Fifth Third Bank

Regions Bank

Capital One Corporate Finance

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Co-headed by Durham McCormick and Breenen Keene from Houston and Richmond, respectively, McGuireWoods LLP 's multi-disciplinary renewables practice leverages the expertise of M&A and finance lawyers with sector specific knowledge throughout the firm's network of national offices to effectively resource mandates throughout the project life cycle. As well as handling work for renewables developers, the firm also has strong traction with numerous energy utility companies, including Dominion Energy, which it serves as its go-to solar counsel across its portfolio of projects throughout the country. The firm also has a strong offering from its Chicago office, where Tim Callahan has carved out a strong practice for lenders and sponsors in complex financings of wind farms, solar plants, and other renewable facilitates.

Practice head(s):

Brennen Keene; Durham McCormick

Other key lawyers:

Tim Callahan; Michael Woodard

Key clients

Dominion Energy

Ameren Services

KeyBank National Association

Coronal Energy

Apex Clean Energy

GlidePath

York Capital Management

AltaRock Energy

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 3

Benefiting from longstanding relationships with several energy utilities, including Dominion Energy, McGuireWoods LLP provides 'practical and knowledgeable' advice on some high-profile M&A in the sector. 'Very dynamic' Richmond-based partner Joanne Katsantonis is well-versed at handling M&A and financing work for a range of stakeholders, including utilities, independent power producers and infrastructure funds. Katsantonis handles a significant volume of work for core client Dominion Energy, including her recent representation of it on its $13.4bn merger with South Carolina-based SCANA Corporation. Baltimore-based partner Brian Kelly  co-heads the firm's power transactions team and provides 'strong leadership and great advice' across a range of M&A and finance transactions, including in relation to hedging and trading activities.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Katsantonis; Brian Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Jay Hughes

Testimonials

The lawyers are dynamic and fun, categories often missing in law firm practice.

The firm provides strong project management capabilities in addition to expertise on legal issues.

From a technical perspective, their advice is always practical, commercially-minded, and well-reasoned.

Joanne Katsantonis is a dynamic partner, who has exceptional people skills, insights and ability to get things done.

Brian Kelly has done an incredible job providing project oversight, strong leadership, and great advice. He helps us at the granular level to understand the minutia, and adds a seasoned voice to look ahead at big issues.

Key clients

Exelon

Direct Energy

GDF Suez Energy Resources

Dominion Energy

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

With offices in Texas, New York and Pennsylvania, the 'responsive and thorough' team at McGuireWoods LLP is well-placed to advise on oil and gas matters throughout the Appalachian region, as well as internationally, by virtue of its growing London office. Led out of Pittsburgh by Ryan Purpura and the 'extraordinaryAnthony Carna, the 'mutually supportive' team is well-versed across a range of M&A in the sector and also boasts a significant capability in relation to handling MLP matters. One of numerous lawyers at the firm with former in-house sector experience, Purpura is able to provide 'a very commercial' approach to upstream E&P companies on the acquisition and development of oil and gas interests, as well as to a growing roster of private equity sponsors, which he has successfully helped to nurture since joining the firm in 2014.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Purpura; Anthony Carna

Other key lawyers:

Jay Hughes

Testimonials

The firm has depth, breadth and an engaging attitude and approach in the jurisdictions where we operate.

Their first drafts and format capture the essential components of a transaction, but exceed what we receive from other firms regarding protection and potential future liability or distress cases.

The firm’s turnaround times are exceptional and the personnel, whether first year or senior partner, gives you the confidence that your side and interests are fully considered.

It seeks closure on terms that the opposing parties are agreed upon without seeming to overreach on those issues that are the most contentious.

The lawyers are mutually supportive, communicate frequently and clearly with the client, and provides strategic alternatives.

Ryan Purpura provides very commercial advice.

Anthony Carna is extraordinary.

Key clients

Intervale Capital

World Fuel Services Corporation

Essentra Plc

AB Energy Opportunity Fund

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 3

The healthcare practice at McGuireWoods LLP is recommended for its ‘extraordinary depth and expertise’. The department has two main offices; Chicago focuses on healthcare litigation and private equity investments, while Charlotte concentrates on M&A transactions. Other key areas of work in both offices include antitrust litigation, bankruptcy counselling, employment advice, and privacy and data security. Department chair Amber McGraw Walsh, who is based in Chicago, advised Women’s Health USA on restructuring its fertility platform.

Practice head(s):

Amber McGraw Walsh

Other key lawyers:

Scott Becker; James Riley; Bart Walker; Kate Hardey

Testimonials

‘The team has extraordinary depth and expertise’

Key clients

Charlotte Radiology PA

Surgical Care Affiliates (Nasdaq: SCAI)

Sheridan Capital Partners

Physicians Endoscopy – a subsidiary of Kelso & Company

Women’s Health USA – a portfolio company of Sverica

Chicago Pacific Founders Fund

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Capital Southwest Corporation (Nasdaq: CSWC)

Silver Oak Services Partners

HCA

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

The data privacy and security team at McGuireWoods LLP is particularly well known for its record in data breach incidents. The team also provides a range of compliance advice, relating both to developing regulations and in transactions. The 'innovative and responsiveAndrew Konia (who is based in Tysons, Virginia) heads the team which, includes Janet Peyton in the firm's Richmond office, and Pittsburgh-based Anne Peterson. Also recommended is associate Ashley Matthews in Charlottesville, who focuses on advising retailers and financial institutions. Changes to the team include the addition of former federal prosecutor Rodger Heaton in Chicago, and the departure of HIPAA expert Nathan Kottkamp to Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Konia

Testimonials

They are knowledgeable and up to date on the law and deliver very thorough advice and counseling after listening carefully and asking clarifying questions.

The team, led by Andrew Konia, is innovative and responsive. Andrew is available 24-7, places client success first, and always keeps an eye on client bottom-line and cost. His team’s deep experience and rich competence in the space allows for effective and comprehensive legal advice to be delivered quickly. McGuireWoods places a serious premium on delivering outstanding results, but also works hard to make sure that its associates are given career development opportunities, have client contact, and (when possible) are not worked around the clock.

Andrew Konia and Ashley Mathews, in particular, have a terrific attitude and make great partners when providing advice and are capable project managers.

Andrew Konia is exceptionally available. He is exceptionally easy to work with, and always focused on client outcomes.

Key clients

US Chamber of Commerce

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

McGuireWoods LLP's tax-exempt organizations practice advises not-for-profits, such as schools, universities and charitable organizations, on a range of fundraising and investment, tax compliance, real estate and labor and employment matters. In addition, the team assists high-net-worth individuals and families with charitable planning. Names to note include Michele McKinnon and Jean Gordon Carter, who are based in Richmond and Raleigh, respectively. McKinnon focuses on tax compliance, governance, endowment and investment matters, while Carter has particular expertise in estate planning and administration and charitable giving.

Practice head(s):

Michele McKinnon; Jean Gordon Carter

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP acts for corporations, trade associations and individuals in follow-on treble damage civil litigation and other civil cases including indirect purchaser litigation and multi-district class actions. Disputes frequently involved alleged price-fixing, monopolization, tying arrangements and predatory pricing. The Chicago-based Amy Manning spearheads the 'incredibly good to work with' antitrust, trade and commercial litigation department. Located in Richmond, VA, Howard Feller also fields antitrust audit and compliance training experience alongside his litigation practice. Defense of vertical conspiracies, boycotts, price discrimination and unfair competitions statues make up the majority of Brent Justus' personal practice in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Amy Manning

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are incredibly good to work with, from a client service perspective, and they also happen to be brilliant in their field.’

‘Brent Justus and Seth Schaeffer are top-notch in the antitrust field, but also so easy to work with, accessible, and reasonable. They are mindful of client budget, explain things without any “airs” despite their incredible expertise, and overall are just two of the nicest attorneys one could have representing them.’ 

Key clients

Argos USA Corp.

Argos USVI Corp.

Healthcare Distribution Alliance

Smartvent Products, Inc.

Schneider National

CSX

Fresenius Kabi USA LLC (global healthcare company)

NIBCO Inc.

Finance > Project finance

McGuireWoods LLP has a strong track record advising sponsors and lenders on projects in the power sector. Recently, the team has been highly active in the renewables space, including solar, wind, and geothermal. This has included advice across every stage of the project cycle, from greenfield developments, through to divestitures, acquisitions, and refinancings. The team has lawyers throughout the firm's extensive US network, and is co-headed by the versatile Brian KellyDurham McCormick, and Brennen Keene, who are respectively based in Baltimore, Houston, and Richmond. Timothy Callahan in Chicago is also noted for his strong experience advising sponsors and lenders on renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Brennen Keene; Durham McCormick; Brian Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Dominion Energy

Ameren Services

KeyBank National Association

Coronal Energy

Apex Clean Energy

GlidePath

AltaRock Energy

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP's oil and gas practice fields senior litigators from multiple offices, including Richmond, Houston, Charlottesville and Pittsburgh. The practice is noted for its experience in disputes relating to the Appalachian Basin, leveraging its Pittsburgh office. It also has expertise in climate change and coastal erosion cases, and matters arising from natural gas pipeline explosions, which utilize the firm's environmental and toxic tort specialists. Richmond's Ryan Frei is an experienced commercial litigator with a track record in disputes involving oil and gas contracts, allegations of fraud and tort claims. Pittsburgh-based Megan Haines is a key name for environmental disputes, Brian Jackson  in Charlottesville has experience in pipeline explosion cases, and oil and gas litigator Greg Krock joined the Pittsburgh office from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Frei; Megan Haines

Other key lawyers:

Jim Jeffries; Brian Jackson; Greg Krock

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP is sought out by leading corporations from a range of industries, such as energy, transportation, waste management, manufacturing and natural resources. The environmental regulatory and compliance group has experience of state-wide environmental issues, including enforcement and contested administrative matters and litigation. Charlotte-based David Franchina is a contact for Superfund matters, as well as civil and criminal enforcement; while Charles Case in Raleigh is experienced in litigation concerning contaminated property remediation. Contacts in the Richmond office include Dale Mullen, a name to note for enforcement actions and citizen lawsuits, and Vishwa Link and Diane Flannery, who oversee the wider regulatory and compliance service group.

Practice head(s):

Vishwa Link; Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Charles Case; David Franchina; Dale Mullen; John Lain; Eugene Mathews III; Scott Oostdyk

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP is rated for its 'thorough understanding of what a client needs in order to successfully complete a deal'. The team was recently strengthened by arrival of Deepak Reddy, who joined the NewYork office from Winston & Strawn LLP  in April 2019. With experience acting for international air carriers, aviation leasing companies and private investors, Reddy is said by one client to have 'unparalleled expertise in business aviation'. Charlotte-based practice head Patricia Hosmer is also recommended, as is Peter Szurley in San Francisco, both of whom have handled large private financing and acquisition deals over the past year.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Hosmer

Other key lawyers:

Deepak Reddy; David Whelpley; Peter Szurley

Testimonials

‘The team is ready to take on tasks, frequently at short notice, understanding what a client needs in order to successfully complete a deal.’

‘Deepak Reddy has unparalleled expertise in business aviation, not only on the operational side, but financing as well.’

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP advises emerging financial services companies offering consumer-facing fintech products on a range of compliance issues, litigation, technology transactions, government investigations and regulatory enforcement matters. Rakesh Gopalan leads the multi-disciplinary team from the Charlotte office and focuses on corporate and securities matters alongside Richmond-based James Anderson. In Chicago, Sarah Zielinski is a name to note for commercial and class action litigation, while Susan Rodriguez handles civil litigation, government investigations and enforcement actions. Former practice co-head David Reidy moved in-house to PayActiv.

Practice head(s):

Rakesh Gopalan

Key clients

LendingHome Corporation

Lending Club Corporation

AvidXchange

CURO Financial Technologies Corp

JS Capital Management

Falfurrias Capital Partners III

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 4

Charlotte-based Rakesh Gopalan and Chicago based Derek Roach jointly lead the team at McGuireWoods LLP, which has experience assisting clients on the entire outsourcing life-cycle, from consulting engagements to licenses and remediation. Steve Gold, the former chair of the group, departed the firm to set up his own practice, GoldTechLaw LLC.

Practice head(s):

Rakesh Gopalan; Derek Roach

Key clients

ALM Media

Anixter

Upside Travel

Top RX, Inc.

Generate Capital

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP counts fintech as a core strength of the practice, and has been also been advising on outsourcing, healthcare-related tech projects, and M&A-related transactions. The team advised Thrive Technologies on its acquisitions of financial services provider Tier1Net and IT cloud services provider EaseTech. Rakesh Gopalan in Charlotte heads up the group. New York-based capital markets expert Stephen Older is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rakesh Gopalan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AvidXchange

Teledyne Technologies

ExlService Holdings

Banyan Technologies Group

Axispoint Technology Solutions

Mobile Communications of America

Clearview Continuity

Thrive Technologies

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

From its main offices in Virginia, McGuireWoods LLP is particularly strong in the South, but its litigation practice reaches across the country and is comfortable handling cases up to appellate level. The team has been active recently in a number of multi-district class actions. It continues to represent Ford in a series of significant asbestos lawsuits, having secured successes in New York and Maryland state appellate courts in 2018. In another signifiant commercial dispute, Ava Lias-Booker defended Telos Corp in Maryland State Court against claims brought by shareholders and hedge funds that it fail to pay more than $100m in dividends. A key lawyer is Jonathan Blank in Charlottesville, chair of the business and securities litigation department and a well-known trial lawyer who focuses on energy law. Among key hires in 2019 were Stephen Foresta to the New York office from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, who has a track record in mass tort and product liability actions, and Tanya Greene, a respected business litigator with experience advising Fortune 100 clients, to the LA office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Blank

Other key lawyers:

Cheryl Haas; Robert Muckenfuss; Todd Steggerda; Diane Flannery

Key clients

Ford

Telos

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 5

The securities litigators at McGuireWoods LLP are experienced in a wide range of securities-related proceedings on behalf of financial institutions before federal and state courts, the Center for Multi-District Litigation, the SEC, FINRA and the DOJ. Jonathan Blank in Charlottesville, Cheryl Haas in Atlanta, Robert Muckenfuss in Charlotte, Todd Steggerda in Washington DC and Diane Flannery in Richmond are the practice heads. Managing partner of the New York office Noreen Kelly is key to the firms broker-dealer, restructuring, finance and white-collar practices, and she handles securities cases for financial institutions. Jeffrey Chapman in New York is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

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

McGuireWoods LLP places a strong emphasis on its deal volume, recording a significant number of transactions in the middle market, which is its core focus. The team is especially strong in independent sponsor work and healthcare work, where a regular client is Ridgemont Equity Partners, a North Carolina-based fund focused on healthcare acquisitions. Geoffrey Cockrell heads up the team in the Chicago office, with the 'practicalJon Finger in Dallas and Thomas Zahn in Pittsburgh also being key names to note. The team also made two lateral hires in 2019: Colin Bumby joined the New York office from Latham & Watkins LLP and Thomas DeSplinter joined in Chicago from Winston & Strawn LLP.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Cockrell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Jon Finger provides outstanding practical business advice in addition to sound legal advice.

Key clients

Sheridan Capital Partners

Falfurrias Capital Partners

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Acacia Partners

LLR Partners

Ridgemont Equity Partners

WJ Partners

Chicago Pacific Founders Fund

Women’s Health USA

Silver Oak Services Partners

Summit Park

Intervale Capital

Tiger Peak Capital

CEI Vision

Investment funds > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 6

McGuireWoods LLP's team has particular strength handling rural development work and fund formation matters, acting for RBICs and SBICs, among other clients. Mark Kromkowski and Bryan Bylica are the names to note in Chicago, and Kevin Boardman is a key contact in the Dallas office.

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. 2019 marked the 14th time the firm was 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, which The National Law Journal ranked in the top 20 Washington, D.C., government relations firms. By working closely with its consultants, McGuireWoods can augment its legal work with powerful expertise 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. For the past four years, Financial Times has honored McGuireWoods as one of North America’s most innovative law firms in its prestigious North America Innovative Lawyers report. In 2019, the firm ranked No. 1 for Talent, Strategy & Changing Behaviors; No. 2 for the business of law; and No. 7 overall.

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 that legal decision-makers at top companies rank 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’ 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. The National Law Journal included McGuireWoods on its 2019 Pro Bono Hot List.

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 Ryan T. Purpura
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
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Number of Attorneys Firmwide : 1,100