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McGuireWoods LLP
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Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation


Partner; Chairman, McGuireWoods LLP


Richard Cullen is the chairman of McGuireWoods LLP and a senior litigation partner. He counsels corporate executives, boards of directors, elected officials and the heads of major nonprofit institutions on matters of the utmost sensitivity, often involving issues of national security. He has extensive experience defending large multinational corporations in investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, state attorneys general and local prosecutors. He is frequently called on to conduct confidential internal investigations to assist corporations in assessing the risk of criminal prosecution or regulatory enforcement. His representation of clients in investigations by the Department of Justice often includes the proceedings that parallel white-collar prosecution, such as SEC enforcement actions, collective prosecution or civil enforcement by states’ attorney generals, debarment actions and civil litigation. Richard gained a broad perspective on law enforcement from his service in high-level legal positions in both federal and state government. From 1997 to 1998, Richard was Attorney General of Virginia. In 1991, President George H. W. Bush appointed him U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he directed investigations and prosecutions of financial institutions and defense contractors, and other white collar defendants. While serving as U.S. Attorney, Richard was chosen to be on Attorney General William Barr’s Advisory Committee. Richard also served as special counsel to U.S. Senator Paul Trible (R-VA) during the Iran-Contra investigation and was on the staff of Representative M. Caldwell Butler (R-VA) during the Watergate investigation. In addition, he was on President George W. Bush’s legal team during the recount of the 2000 election in Florida.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Clients praise the ‘experienced‘ team at McGuireWoods LLP for its ‘trustworthiness‘ and the ‘exceptional‘ quality of its leadership, service and advice. In a significant individual representation, Washington DC’s George Terwilliger and Benjamin Hatch represented former US Representative Aaron Schock following a 24-count DOJ indictment on fraud and false statement charges arising from his official expense reimbursements and subsequent reports to the Federal Election Committee; following motions to dismiss, two counts were removed from the indictment, while the team continues to represent the client in a preliminary criminal investigation launched by the DOJ. In Richmond, Richard Cullen and Patrick Rowan are also handling a number of representations on behalf of public figures in high-stakes investigations. The group also represents several multinationals, including corporations and financial institutions, in state, federal and cross-border investigations. Charlotte’s Kenneth Bell, Richmond’s John Adams and practice chair Todd Steggerda in Washington DC are also names to note. In a major hire, Emily Gordy joined the Washington DC office from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, where she managed enforcement operations.