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McGuireWoods LLP
2001 K STREET N.W.
SUITE 400
WASHINGTON, DC 20006-1040
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
United States

Energy > Energy litigation: electric power Tier 1

Predominantly out of the firm’s Washington DC office, McGuireWoods LLP fields a strong team within energy enforcement, having participated in a notable number of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) enforcement cases in federal court over the past few years. In a particular highlight, the firm represented Southeast Energy Market Members made up of 17 companies in establishing and obtaining regulatory approval for a new intrahour energy market covering a wide area in the Southeastern United States. Todd Mullins  chairs the energy enforcement practice group and represents energy clients in enforcement and compliance matters involving FERC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and other regulators. Noel Symons  acts for electric utilities and other energy companies before FERC and appellate courts, and also advises on cross-jurisdictional matters involving other regulatory bodies. Julia English represents electric generation and transmission owners, among other players, and handles compliance matters involving FERC, the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of State.

Practice head(s):

Todd Mullins; Noel Symons

Other key lawyers:

Julia English; Katlyn Davis Farrell; Bernard McNamee

Key clients

Exelon Corporation

DATC Path 15, LLC

Edison Electric Institute

Evergy

Black Hills Corporation

Alabama Power Company*

Georgia Power Company and Mississippi Power Company, (collectively known as Southern Companies)*

Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.*

Dalton Utilities*

Dominion Energy South Carolina, Inc.*

Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC*

Duke Energy Progress, LLC*

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company*

Georgia System Operations Corporation*

Georgia Transmission Corporation*

Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (referred to as MEAG Power)*

North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation*

North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1*

Oglethorpe Power Corporation (An Electric Membership Corporation)*

PowerSouth Energy Cooperative*

South Carolina Public Service Authority (referred to as Santee Cooper)*

Tennessee Valley Authority*

PSE&G

Dominion Energy, Inc

Dominion Energy Virginia

Work highlights

  • Representing the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA), and Energy Trading Institute (ETI) in an amicus brief in support of the statute of limitations arguments made by Vitol, Inc. and in opposition to arguments made by FERC in a case in which FERC requested over $2.7 million worth of penalties and disgorgement and fined one of Vitol’s employees $1 million after concluding its trading activity manipulated California electricity markets.
  • Counselling Exelon Corporation in connection with the planned spin-off of its generation fleet (article linked below). McGuireWoods advised on necessary FERC approvals and prepared and made the FERC filing seeking approval of the transaction, which was granted in late 2021.
  • Represented Exelon in a novel reliability-must-run (RMR) case to keep Exelon’s Mystic Generating Plant (Mystic), a uniquely situated facility adjacent to an affiliate-owned liquefied natural gas import terminal, operational to provide fuel security in ISO-New England. FERC allowed Exelon to charge cost-based rates for fuel security even though it had never before considered whether provision of fuel security could be a basis for such a charge.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 1

McGuireWoods LLP handles strategically significant deals for both publicly-traded and private companies present in all core economic sectors, demonstrating particular strength in the energy and technology spaces. Though increasingly engaged in billion-dollar and transformative deals, the middle-market remains a sweet spot for the firm, where it handles M&A, joint ventures, asset and stock purchases, as well as corporate governance matters. Michael Woodard in Richmond leads the M&A and energy transactions group, while Thomas Zahn in Pittsburgh chairs the corporate and private equity department. Sitting in the Richmond office, Joanne Katsantonis is counsel of choice for energy companies of all sizes, Patrick De Ridder is particularly skilled in cross-border transactions, and Brian Hager is a trusted advisor to public and private companies in Virginia.

Practice head(s):

Michael Woodard; Thomas Zahn

Testimonials

‘The transaction was of moderate size, but the McGuireWoods team, primarily Patrick De Ridder, gave it his highest priority in negotiating a very favorable outcome for our shareholders. MW gave counsel on the real value of the deal points and strategic interests in the offers to best represent shareholder expectations.’

‘De Ridder, the primary attorney, greatly assisted our management team and shareholders in successfully executing and closing the transaction through his extensive experience and M&A knowledge. He listened to shareholder concerns thereby understanding our business and personal objectives giving us a high level of service. He is an adept negotiator who brought value added in making the purchase agreement significantly beneficial to the shareholders.’

Key clients

Altria Group Inc

Origo hf

Markel Ventures

3D Systems Corporation

AvidXchange, Inc.

Alfa Laval Inc

Dominion Energy Services, Inc.

Hooker Furnishings Corp.

AvePoint

Jefferson Home Builders

Work highlights

  • Advised Dominion Energy, Inc. on the sale of Questar Pipelines to Southwest Gas Holdings Inc. in a transaction valued at $1.975bn.
  • Acted for Dominion Energy, Inc in the $690m sale of Hope Gas, Inc. to an infrastructure fund launched by Ullico Inc.

Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation Tier 1

McGuireWoods LLP‘s transportation practice is consistently mandated by railroad clients in state, federal, regulatory and arbitration forums. It both prosecutes and defends clients in litigation relating to federal pre-emption matters, real estate disputes, private and public crossings, contract enforcement and interpretation issues, and cargo transportation claims. The team is also regularly hired by trucking and logistics companies, particularly in relation to the firm’s innovative use of technology through case management applications. Clients additionally benefit from the department’s complementary credentials in areas such as energy, natural resources development, land use, real estate and M&A. Another particular selling point for the practice is McGuireWoods Consulting, the firm’s government relations subsidiary that provides enviable public policy insight. Eric Bilik is a commercial litigation specialist, Christopher Thanner‘s experience includes representing railroads in disputes with state agencies and local governments, and experienced litigator Bryan Brantley in Pittsburgh heads up the firm’s transportation industry group. Tort litigation specialist Natalie Zagari, who serves as national coordinating counsel for a major transportation company, was elevated to the partnership in January 2023. All practitioners listed are based in the firm’s Jacksonville office unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Brantley; Eric Bilik

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 2

Led from Richmond by Diane Flannery , McGuireWoods LLP‘s overarching products and mass tort litigation group regularly acts as trial and national counsel for transportation clients in the defence of cases brought by plaintiffs, including those based on sophisticated defect theories. Although it handles some work in the aviation sector, the team is particularly well-versed in automotive-related matters, with longstanding relationships having been built over the years with several high-profile manufacturers. Combining deep industry knowledge alongside strong litigation capabilities, the team regularly achieves success at a dispositive motion stage, as well as in jury trials throughout the country, including in so-called “judicial hell-hole” jurisdictions. Perry Miles exemplifies these qualities and has become a popular choice among clients in the sector to co-ordinate their litigation strategy and to act as counsel at a trial stage. Samuel Tarry  is also recommended.  

Practice head(s):

Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Perry Miles; Virginia Bondurant Price; Samuel Tarry

Industry focus > Education Tier 2

McGuireWoods LLP provides full-service advice encompassing litigation, investigation and advisory work in all aspects of education law for K-12 schools, public and private colleges, universities and academic medical centers. The team routinely represents colleges and universities in government investigations before federal agencies and represents them in high-stakes litigation, often concerning allegations of sexual assault and harassment. Another strength of the team includes advice on Title IV eligibility and compliance as well as advice on civil rights lawsuits including discrimination and disability claims. Harrison Marshall jointly leads the team out of North Carolina with Washington DC-based litigator Farnaz Thompson, who previously worked at the U.S Department of Education. The group is complemented by Virginia-based tax expert Michele McKinnon who advises non-profit and tax-exempt organizations on federal tax and governance matters, while Atlanta-based Shelby Guilbert represents higher education institutions in insurance recovery actions.

Practice head(s):

Harrison Marshall; Farnaz Farkish Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly talented team, dedicated to client service and focused on what makes us unique and how to capture that for risk protection and compliance. Very responsive to questions and requests; I never am made to feel that I am anything but a very special client.’

 

Key clients

Stanford University

University of Southern California

Norfolk State University

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

University of Virginia

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

Work highlights

  • Won summary judgment in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, on behalf of seven charter school plaintiffs against the DeKalb County School District.

Energy > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 2

McGuireWoods LLP is known for being a major player in energy enforcement, having represented a number of clients in FERC enforcement cases in the federal court. The team has been involved in rate cases at the federal level and in state jurisdictions which involve novel and important issues, such as witnessing the handling of the nation’s first fuel security case and design of a new form of FERC-approved transmission financing. Noel Symons (Washington, DC) represents electric utilities and other energy companies before FERC and appellate courts, and also advises on cross-jurisdictional matters involving other regulatory bodies. Todd Mullins  is the managing partner and serves as chair of the energy enforcement practice group, having represented multiple energy traders in several FERC investigations, while Julia English also focuses on the representation of electric generation and transmission owners in matters involving FERC.

Practice head(s):

Todd Mullins

Other key lawyers:

Noel Symons; Julia D. English; Katlyn A. Davis Farrell; Bernard L. McNamee

Testimonials

‘They are amazing. Great knowledge, trustworthy. Dream team.’

‘Todd Mullins is just super smart and a great human.’

Key clients

Exelon Corporation

DATC Path 15, LLC

Edison Electric Institute

Evergy

Black Hills Corporation

Alabama Power Company*

Georgia Power Company and Mississippi Power Company, (collectively known as Southern Companies)*

Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.*

Dalton Utilities*

Dominion Energy South Carolina, Inc.*

Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC*

Duke Energy Progress, LLC*

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company*

Georgia System Operations Corporation*

Georgia Transmission Corporation*

Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (referred to as MEAG Power)*

North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation*

North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1*

Oglethorpe Power Corporation (An Electric Membership Corporation)*

PowerSouth Energy Cooperative*

South Carolina Public Service Authority (referred to as Santee Cooper)*

Tennessee Valley Authority*

PSE&G

Dominion Energy, Inc

Dominion Energy Virginia

Work highlights

  • Represented 17 companies in establishing and obtaining regulatory approval for a new intrahour energy market covering much of the Southeastern United States.|
  • Representing Exelon Corporation in connection with the planned spin-off of its generation fleet (article linked below). McGuireWoods advised on necessary FERC approvals and prepared and made the FERC filing seeking approval of the transaction, which was granted in late 2021.
  • Represented Exelon in a novel reliability-must-run (RMR) case to keep Exelon’s Mystic Generating Plant (Mystic), a uniquely situated facility adjacent to an affiliate-owned liquefied natural gas import terminal.

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 2

McGuireWoods LLP has served as lead counsel to a number of complex M&A transactions, such as its recent representation of Dominion Energy in the sale of Hope Gas Inc., its West Virginia-based natural gas utility, to an infrastructure fund launched by Ullico Inc. The firm has increased its work for clients in the renewable energy utilities sector and is home to Joanne Katsantonis , based in Richmond, who acts as the deputy managing partner for development and focuses her practice on M&A, energy transactions and financings. Brian Kelly , in Baltimore, works on a broad range of transactions including energy project and infrastructure development, M&A, project finance, structured commodity and hedging transactions. Heather Welch Arbogast is a strategic corporate advisor to utilities, energy companies, developers and other clients on a broad range of transactions in the power, retail energy, solar, wind and battery storage sectors.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Katsantonis; Brian Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Edmund Daniels; Heather Welch Arbogast; Emillie McNally

Key clients

Dominion Energy Services, Inc.

Southeast EEM

Starwood Energy Group

Work highlights

  • Represented EDF Trading Holdings LLC in the sale of EDF Energy Services (EDFES), a leading supplier of power, natural gas and related services to commercial and industrial customers across the United States, to BP.
  • Dominion Energy needed to find a new buyer for its Questar Pipelines business after a required regulatory approval process thwarted an earlier $1.3 billion sale to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.
  • Representing Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D), one of the largest energy and utility companies in the U.S., in the $690 million sale of Hope Gas, Inc., its West Virginia-based natural gas utility, to an infrastructure fund launched by Ullico Inc., an insurance and financial services holding company.

Insurance > Advice to policyholders Tier 2

McGuireWoods LLP handles a broad range of matters, with particular strengths in cases centered on D&O liability and property, business income losses and wrongful death claims tied to catastrophes including natural disasters and workplace accidents. Alongside its work in the US, the practice has experience in handling cross-border insurance disputes, often working on matters linked to London, Bermuda and Asia. The firm also supports clients seeking to recover losses caused by long-tail issues under commercial general liability primary and excess policies, healthcare claims and cyber liability linked to data breaches. The practice is led by New York-based recovery litigator Stephen G. Foresta, Scott C. Oostdyk, who handles a range of commercial insurance disputes out of the Richmond office, Atlanta-based Anthony P. Tatum, who advises financial institutions on insurance coverage matters, and product and environmental liability specialist Candace Blydenburgh, also in Richmond.

Practice head(s):

Stephen G. Foresta; Scott C. Oostdyk; Anthony P. Tatum; Candace Blydenburgh

Other key lawyers:

Shelby S. Guilbert; Joseph M. Englert; Nicholas G. Hill

Testimonials

‘The McGuireWoods insurance team provides practical advice to policyholders looking to better understand their existing insurance relationships, negotiate changes in policy language, and take proactive steps to avoid potential coverage disputes. It’s rare to find such sophisticated and experienced counsel on the policyholder side.’

‘I appreciate that Stephen Foresta and Nicholas Hill are quite responsive and approach their work with us in the spirit of partnership. They take the time to understand our goals and help us navigate complex issues in a timely and practical manner.’

‘I’ve worked with Shelby Guilbert. Shelby provides excellent practical advice about insurance coverage issues. He also understands the industry and often has insights into how various carriers are responding to claims.’

 

Key clients

Xerox

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

University of North Carolina Wilmington

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative

Prime Healthcare

International Paper Company

Lineage Logistics

SCANA/Dominion Energy

The Coca-Cola Company

Big Onion Tavern Group

Work highlights

  • Represent Xerox Corporation with respect to insurance coverage for claims made against Xerox arising out of Xerox’s merger agreement with Fujifilm.
  • Represented Puerto Rico’s government-owned power company, PREPA, in efforts to recover more than $500 million in insurance for property and business interruption losses arising out of Hurricane Maria and an earthquake occurring in early 2020.
  • Represented a large California-based healthcare provider in a D&O/EPL insurance recovery dispute for payment of defense costs and settlement paid by Prime Healthcare Services and its affiliates in connection with claims Prime violated the False Claims Act.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Sporting a number of former federal prosecutors, the corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice at McGuireWoods LLP acts for clients stemming from a variety of sectors, such as financial services, pharmaceuticals, and the government. New York-based Noreen Kelly chairs the group and is particularly well versed in matters relating to securities and financial services. In Washington DC, former Deputy Attorney General for the DOJ George Terwilliger has extensive experience leading cross-border internal investigations, as well as representing individual and corporate clients in criminal litigation and enforcement actions. Another key name to note for his expertise in securities is Jason Cowley in Charlotte, while Richmond’s John Adams is frequently involved at the investigation, litigation, and appeal stages of white-collar matters.

Practice head(s):

Noreen Kelly

Testimonials

‘They understand the nuances of our industry make an effort to keep updated on what is happening in the industry so that they function as a trusted legal advisor that is capable of understanding the impacts of their legal analysis on our business.’

Key clients

The Boeing Company

Vitol Inc.

Funding Circle USA, Inc.

Cherry Bekaert LLP

Frontier Communications Corporation

Sheetz, Inc.

Argos USA Corp

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

Yahoo, Inc.

Trafigura Trading LLC

The Family of Otto Warmbier

Mark Meadows

Theodore Farnsworth

Work highlights

  • Representing Yahoo Inc. in a breach of trust civil litigation before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Represented former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in connection with an allegation by the U.S. House of Representatives that he was in Contempt of Congress, which the House referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for prosecution.
  • Representing the former CEO of Helios & Matheson Analytics, the parent company of movie theatre subscription service MoviePass from December 2017 to January 2020—in two government matters including an SEC enforcement action.

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

Displaying a ‘thorough approach to engagements’, which includes a detailed knowledge of the substantive and procedural law, McGuireWoods LLP provides ‘educated and strategic advice’ to manufacturers across a range of consumer-facing products throughout the life cycle of their litigation. Much of the product liability work is led from its Richmond-based headquarters, although the firm’s Chicago office recently received a boost following the arrival in March 2022 from litigation boutique Swanson, Martin & Bell of Patrick Clyder , whose trial experience includes product liability cases throughout the country, including before Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, one of the nation’s most challenging venues for defendants. Team head Diane Flannery  leads from the front and regularly co-ordinates large-scale defenses in class action and MDLs, including her continued work for a hardwood flooring retailer in more than 140 class actions and dozens of personal-injury cases stemming from alleged formaldehyde contamination in the company’s laminate flooring made in China.

Practice head(s):

Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Mark Anderson; Terrence Bagley; Candace Ali Blydenburgh; Stephen Busch; Perry Miles; Samuel Tarry; Trent Taylor; Patrick Clyder

Testimonials

Thorough approach to engagements, which allows for educated and strategic advice.’

‘The team takes the time to engage with company representatives to truly  understand our company’s business. That level of knowledge and engagement helps them understand and identify the key issues to the engagement.’

Key clients

Lumber Liquidators, Inc.

Swedish Match NA

Universal Corp. and Universal Leaf Tobacco Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Lumber Liquidators in securing a class action settlement that resolved more than 140 class actions alleging excessive formaldehyde in Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring in one MDL, and another 40 class actions in a separate MDL that involved durability and false labeling claims against Lumber Liquidators totalling more than $1bn.
  • Represented Swedish Match NA in a high-profile product liability action brought by plaintiffs who alleged that smokeless tobacco products caused one plaintiff’s tonsil cancer.
  • Represented Universal Corp in litigation filed by more than 406 plaintiffs, including 153 children born in Argentina with birth defects, such as spina bifida and other serious medical problems.

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

Primarily centered out of its Richmond headquarters, McGuireWoods LLP is well-versed in defending clients from a range of sectors, including life sciences, in high-stakes product liability-related disputes. The firm’s trial ready approach has led to a raft of victories in state and federal courts throughout the country, while also ensuring that it is well-placed to secure early dismissals and favorable settlements. Key members of the versatile team, include Samuel Tarry  and Davis Walsh , who as well as handling fee-earning work, recently edited the American Bar Association’s Guide on Infectious Disease Litigation – particularly pertinent in light of the recent Covid-19 pandemic. Diane Flannery heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Mark Anderson; Candace Ali Blydenburgh; Joan Anderson; Samuel Tarry; Davis Walsh

Key clients

Swedish Match

Work highlights

  • Represented Swedish Match NA in a high-profile product liability action brought by plaintiffs who alleged that smokeless tobacco products caused one plaintiff’s tonsil cancer.

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

Primarily centred from its Richmond headquarters but also able to add additional bench strength from other offices, including Chicago, should the need arise, McGuireWoods LLP has a strong grounding in the defense of clients in class actions and MDLs arising in the context of product liability/toxic tort infractions. Team head Diane Flannery  has deep experience in the field and has over many years in practice had lead counsel and trial counsel roles in toxic tort cases relating to asbestos, lead paint and chemicals. She recently concluded a long-running MDL litigation involving more than 140 class actions alleging excessive levels of formaldehyde in Chinese manufactured laminate flooring. A highly regarded litigator in Virginia, Stephen Busch also has a very strong track record handling toxic tort cases, particularly with an environmental complexion.

Practice head(s):

Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Mark Anderson; Terrence Bagley; Candace Ali Blydenburgh; Stephen Busch; Perry Miles; Samuel Tarry; Trent Taylor

Key clients

Lumber Liquidators, Inc.

Swedish Match NA

Universal Corp. and Universal Leaf Tobacco Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Lumber Liquidator more than 140 class actions alleging excessive formaldehyde in Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring in one MDL, and another 40 class actions in a separate MDL that involved durability and false labeling claims against Lumber Liquidators totalling more than $1bn.
  • Representing Swedish Match in a high-profile product liability action brought by plaintiffs who alleged that smokeless tobacco products caused one plaintiff’s tonsil cancer.
  • Represented Universal Corp as lead trial counsel and co-ordinating counsel in litigation filed by more than 406 plaintiffs, including 153 children born in Argentina with birth defects, such as spina bifida and other serious medical problems.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Utilities and infrastructure funds in particular flock to McGuireWoods LLP multidisciplinary team for assistance on major transactions in the renewables space, including joint ventures, acquisitions, and the purchase, development, and sale of assets including solar and wind generation facilities. The firm is especially active in the Southeast, with M&A and energy transactional chair Michael Woodard and renewable energy sector co-chair Breenen Keene, both based in Richmond and noted for their expertise in the range of transactional work, as well as real estate and land-use guidance, respectively. The team, with Woodward as lead counsel, recently represented Dominion Energy on contracts with a value of approximately $7bn to construct the Coastal Virgina Offshore Wind project. Renewable energy sector co-chair Durham McCormick in Houston has a strong focus on tax structuring, while Timothy Callahan in Chicago is a key contact for energy-sector M&A.  

Practice head(s):

Mike Woodard; Brennen Keene; Durham McCormick

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Caprock Renewables

Dominion Energy, Inc.

East Point Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented Dominion Energy on contracts with an aggregate value of approximately $7 billion to construct a 2.6-gigawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW-C) commercial project, which will be the largest offshore wind-generating facility in the United States.
  • Advising East Point Energy, an experienced developer of grid-scale energy storage projects.

Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP represent clients in the energy sector across a range of high-stakes, high-profile litigation, in addition to advising on regulatory matters, internal investigations and appeals. The team is frequently involved in bet-the-company litigation relating to subjects including climate change and notably, the firm has a strong nationwide reputation for its handling of catastrophic litigation, often surrounding pipeline explosions and overpressure events. This work is frequently led by Brian Jackson, managing partner of the Charlottesville office, who often acts on high-exposure jury cases for energy, transportation and manufacturing companies. In Pittsburgh, Greg Krock handles litigation surrounding contract disputes, unfair competition claims and toxic tort cases.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Carna

Other key lawyers:

Brian Jackson; Gregory Krock; Andrew Gann

Testimonials

‘A small team of very knowledgeable and experienced individuals.’

‘The partner that handles our account is very knowledgeable and experienced. He is direct and to the point. He gives his opinion and is a great resource for bouncing ideas off of, but he does not waste anyone’s time with unnecessary information or explanations.’

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP acts for its roster of clients, including major players in the oil and gas market, across the entire value chain of oil and gas projects, including exploration, development, production, storage and transport mandates. Based in the firm’s Pittsburgh office, Anthony Carna leads the team and regularly advises public and private energy companies on M&A, joint ventures, project development and mineral conveyancing matters. Pittsburgh is also home to associate Molleigh Thomas, who focuses on M&A, asset purchases and lease transactions.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Carna

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TC Energy

Equitrans Midstream Corporation (EQM)

EQT Corporation

Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC

Aymium

BHE GT&S LLC

Dominion Energy

U.S. Steel Corporation

Finance > Commercial lending

McGuireWoods LLP leverages longstanding relationships with leading banks in the market, regularly advising the likes of Bank of America and Wells Fargo on investment grade, middle market and leveraged credit profiles. Particularly noteworthy on the lender side, the practice’s expertise also extends to borrower representation, with work for private equity sponsors considered a growing area of work. Kevin McGinnis heads the team from Charlotte, a hub of the firm’s offering, and is backed by Los Angeles-based Hamid Namazie and Chris Molen in Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McGinnis

Other key lawyers:

Hamid Namazie; Chris Molen; Gerum Yilma; Mark Spitzer; Peter Butcher; Penny Zacharius

Testimonials

‘McGuireWoods provides exceptionally qualified and responsive lawyers who have a deep knowledge of the market as well as of bank systems and methods.’

‘I’ve had the pleasure of working with Gerum Yilma on many deals. He is smart and knows the market really well and brings a collaborative approach to get a deal over the finish line. Gerum offers a strong value since he staffs deals just as needed and is thoughtful about staffing deals. Your example, he will let a junior associate draft the more routine elements.’

‘I have worked with the McGuireWoods for several years now and it is definitely one of the best in the business for corporate clients. The team is very knowledgeable in bank law and are always looking out for the best interest of the client. Extremely quick turn around on documents. Response time to inquiries is also very quick.’

‘Gerum Yilma always makes himself available to answer questions/talk through legal points so that we can be responsive to customers and also make sound decisions.’

‘I have found McGuire Woods to be very knowledgeable, responsive, and affordable compared to other firms that we utilize.’

‘Mark Spitzer – Extremely intelligent, responsive to customer needs, provides sage insight on legal matters.’

‘Peter Butcher and Penny Zacharius are both extremely personable and take whatever time is necessary to provide value-added advice. They are both excellent listeners and have a can-do forward-looking attitude.’

‘Their combination of competence and customer service makes them stand out.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Wells Fargo

Bank of the Sierra

Brightwood Capital Advisors

Capital One

Truist Bank

White Oak Healthcare Finance

NXT Capital

Regions Bank

PNC Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Advised Ally Bank as lead lender and administrative agent on a $557m syndicated “unitranche” term loan with three tranches of payment priority, secured by a 19-property portfolio of skilled nursing facilities (SNF) in West Virginia.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 3

The ‘extremely knowledgeable' team at McGuireWoods LLP exhibits a ‘deep understanding' of both contentious and non-contentious matters concerning healthcare M&A, private equity, and compliance related issues. Based in the Chicago office, practice head Holly Buckley - a ‘master of her craft' - advises providers on the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules; and Scott Becker advises ambulatory surgery center chains and private equity funds on transactional matters. The ‘outstandingKate Hardey possesses ‘exceptional expertise' representing physician practices and academic medical centers in matters concerning joint ventures and contractual affiliations, while Bart Walker regularly advises dental services organizations and end-stage renal disease facilities on regulatory issues. Kayla McCann Marty is particularly adept in matters concerning reproductive health and hospitals. All named practitioners are based in Charlotte, unless otherwise specified.

Practice head(s):

Holly Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Kate Hardey; Bart Walker; Kayla McCann Marty; Scott Becker; Chris Scheurer; Amanda Roenius

Testimonials

‘The team has expertise across all healthcare industries and subsectors.’

‘Kate Hardey is outstanding; Kate has exceptional expertise, and is very collaborative.’

‘The team has a diverse range of healthcare knowledge. They are responsive and practical while helping to manage risk. There is no question that they can’t address.’

‘Great team which handles our matters extremely well. Really enjoy working with all of them.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable with deep understanding around the regulatory environment and offer real solutions that can work in practice.’

‘Holly Buckley and Amanda Roenius are both stars. Holly is a master of her craft. What makes them different is their knowledge combined with an ability to manage tricky physician relationship dynamics in the context of negotiating key healthcare documents.’

Key clients

Novant Health

Audax Group

Smile Doctors

HCA Healthcare

Sverica Capital

Biofrontera AG

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Silver Oak Services Partners

Women’s Health USA

Work highlights

  • Represented Vios Fertility Institute in its sale to Kindbody. The deal, announced on Feb. 1, 2022, propelled Kindbody to unicorn status at a $1.15 billion valuation.
  • Represented BetterMed Urgent Care (BetterMed) in its sale to HCA Virginia Health System, a subsidiary of HCA Healthcare.
  • Represented United Urology Group in a joint venture with United Surgical Partners International, pursuant to which it sold a portion of its ownership interests in 22 ambulatory surgery centers.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP has significant experience defending clients in nation and state-wide class actions brought under the FLSA, state wage and hour laws. The practice is particularly well-versed in trade secret litigation, whistleblower cases, non-compete litigation and international employment law matters. Los Angeles-based Sabrina Beldner heads the team and has expertise in high-stakes employment discrimination and traditional labor matters. Christopher Michalik, operating out of Richmond, represents management in union campaigns and counsels clients on employment policies.

Practice head(s):

Sabrina Beldner

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.

Dominion Resources, Inc.

International Paper Company

Alliance Source Testing, LLC

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

General Dynamics

Imerys

PGA Tour, Inc.

Phillips Electronics North America

GROWMARK, Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP‘s tech and outsourcing team, led by Rakesh Gopalan, a specialist securities and technology practitioner based in Charlotte, advises both product vendors and buyers of IT platforms on the full range of mandates, including ITO, BPO, ERP, SaaS and IoT implementations, integrations and deployments. Associate Casey Kuretich, in Pittsburgh, leverages her experience of reviewing, drafting, and negotiating commercial sales contracts, including reseller, distributor and service provider agreements for technology vendors in order to advise clients on SaaS licensing and outsourcing deals. The pair advise retailers, trading companies and distributors, asset management firms and healthcare companies on both offshore and onshore outsourcing deals.

Practice head(s):

Rakesh Gopalan

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Represented a national publicly-traded retailer in its negotiation of a multimillion-dollar renewal and expansion of its point-of-sale system on the Oracle technology platform.
  • Represented a global investment management firm in the structuring of a comprehensive business process and information technology service outsourcing to two captive offshore services companies.
  • Represented a publicly traded, supply chain solutions company providing electrical supplies, logistics expertise and systems capabilities around the world, in a comprehensive technology outsourcing deal with a managed infrastructure services provider.

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

The team at McGuireWoods LLP, co-headed by Michele McKinnon in Richmond, regularly acts for clients such as public charities, educational institution, and charitable trusts, on a plethora of federal tax and governance issues. Among its standout lawyers are Jean Gordon Carter in Raleigh, and Gerald Thomas in Atlanta, who heads up the overall tax team. Carter co-heads the firm’s private wealth services group, and her expertise includes estate planning and administration, supported by a strong estate planning group, allowing the team to advise on income taxation of estates and trusts.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Thomas; Michele McKinnon

Other key lawyers:

Jean Gordon Carter; Bradley Ridlehoover; Alec Sauble

Transport > Aviation and air travel: finance Tier 3

McGuireWoods LLP‘s aviation practice acts for a wide array of clients, including leasing companies, financial institutions, investment businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and high-net-worth individuals. It is routinely sought out for its expertise in financing, leasing, purchasing and selling corporate aircraft; its credentials also cover the acquisition, disposition and management of commercial aircraft portfolios. Focused on transactions involving aviation and other equipment, Charlotte-based Patricia Hosmer heads up the team, which features New York’s Deepak Reddy, who represents airlines, aircraft leasing companies, financial institutions and investment funds in financing, restructuring and leasing transactions involving commercial aircraft. Also in Charlotte, David Whelpley Jr. is a key M&A and corporate transactions partner, while the domestic and cross-border deal experience of Peter Szurley in San Francisco includes handling aircraft financings and sales.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Hosmer

Transport > Shipping: litigation and regulation Tier 3

Acting for a wide range of shipping clients, McGuireWoods LLP‘s maritime practice is routinely mandated to assist with the regulatory issues surrounding transportation assets. The team is also experienced in Jones Act-related work, including in relation to terminal operations, energy matters, offshore wind projects, sale-leaseback transactions, and fleet acquisitions. In the international trade space, the group assists with tariff mitigation strategies, country of origin determinations, anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, and the shipping regulations that control how shippers and carriers interact. In Norfolk, the broad practice of founding transportation industry team leader John Padgett includes handling major litigation regarding cargo damage and charter disputes, and Pittsburgh-based Bryan Brantley, the firm’s current transportation industry head, manages a significant litigation portfolio for a Fortune 50 transportation company. Also in Norfolk, civil litigation associate Jeanne Noonan is particularly focused on transportation and maritime issues.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Brantley; John Padgett

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Continental Tire

Dominion Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented Dominion Energy in contracts to construct an offshore wind commercial project, which included assisting with the application to the Virginia State Corporation Commission for approval.
  • Acting for Continental Tire, as primary outside counsel, in addressing customs regulations that govern the international supply chain for goods imported into the US.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4

The cartel team at McGuireWoods LLP handles national and international cartel investigations, guiding clients thorough all phases of investigations as well as follow-on litigation. The firm routinely represents individual executives and private companies in high-profile criminal investigations and civil and criminal defense proceedings. Mark Kinghorn, based in Charlotte, chairs the firm’s antitrust regulatory practice, while Amy Manning leads on the litigation side, defending companies and senior executives in DOJ investigations, in addition to handling leniency applications and civil litigations. Angelo Russo is an experienced antitrust litigator with an emphasis on government enforcement and private cartel litigation, while Sarah Zielinski advises on antitrust and consumer protection issues. In Richmond, Brent Justus has a broad antitrust practice with a focus on cartel litigation before federal courts. Unless otherwise specified, lawyers are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kinghorn; Amy Manning

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP regularly defends corporations, trade associations and individuals in follow-on treble damage civil litigation and multi-district class actions which concerns allegations of price fixing to exclusive dealing and no-poach agreements. Mark Kinghorn chairs the firm’s practice and is based in North Carolina. Chicago-based Amy Manning is a key attorney who handles criminal and civil antitrust matters particularly in the life sciences, healthcare, and transportation sectors. In Richmond, Howard Feller focuses on antitrust litigation and investigations and Brent Justus has a broad antitrust practice, focusing particularly on cartel defense and litigation covering vertical conspiracies and boycotts among other claims. In Chicago, Angelo Russo handles both criminal and civil litigation across federal and state courts especially for healthcare and life sciences clients, while Sarah Zielinski assists clients with antitrust compliance and representation in complex litigation, investigations, and competitor lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kinghorn

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Argos USA Corp.

CSX Transportation Inc.

Elite Staffing, Inc.

JELD-WEN, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Argos, a US cement and ready-mix concrete manufacturer, in connection with several antitrust matters, including two civil antitrust lawsuits involving allegations of price-fixing in the ready-mix concrete and cement markets in coastal Georgia and South Carolina, one of which is a class action.
  • Represented Elite in an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Illinois Attorney General that raises novel questions regarding the scope of the Illinois Antitrust Act.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP is rated for its frequent advice to Bank of America on multiple debt issuances and its regular engagements from various utilities. Over the research period, the firm advised Bank of America on more than $25bn in debt offerings. It also represented Virginia Electric and Power on a series of high-value debt issuances. Charlotte partners Greg Kilpatrick and Barlow Mann, along with Hannah Thompson Frank in Pittsburgh, are key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Greg Kilpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘McGuireWoods, as a mid-size law practice, provides better value for your legal expense. Additionally, they place value on listening to the customer and understanding your unique situation. They are experienced and were very effective in going up against the larger law firms in debt transaction. They leveraged their team across SEC, transactions and debt markets to provide outstanding legal guidance.’

‘The partners provided instant creditability as they were experienced and recognized. The true value was the partnership of getting a complete understanding of our business and challenges faced. We were more than just a billable client.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Dominion Energy, Inc.

Markel Corp.

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

Virginia Electric and Power Company

NewMarket Corporation

Kennametal, Inc.

American Woodmark

Work highlights

  • Represented Dominion Energy in three debt transactions, including a $850m fixed-income offering of unsecured unsubordinated Series C senior notes and a $1bn fixed-income offering of unsecured Series B senior notes.
  • Represented Bank of America in dozens of public and private debt with an aggregate value of more than $25bn billion, including its issuance of its second Equality Progress Sustainability Bond.
  • Represented Virginia Electric and Power Company in issuing more than $3bn in debt securities.

Finance > Fintech Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP has a well regarded fintech team that covers many corners of the industry. This includes consumer and business lenders, payment processors, data aggregators, crypto and blockchain technologies and alternative finance. The lawyers advise on the regulatory and transactional aspects of new product launches and partnership agreements, as well as broader corporate M&A and financings. Compliance, litigation, investigations and regulatory advice also feature heavily on the agenda. The team co-chaired by Charlotte-based technology and securities partner, Rakesh Gopalan , who has good experience in capital markets and outsourcing deals, and litigator, Molly White , in Los Angeles, who is a former SEC prosecutor. Sarah Zielinski in Chicago is experienced in class action disputes and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Rakesh Gopalan; Molly White

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AvidXchange, Inc.

The Brink’s Company

Simpler Trading

Spence Labs

NuSource Financial

Marquis Software Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised Simpler Trading, a leading platform offering interactive online education for individual traders and investors, in connection with a majority investment from private equity firm ZMC to accelerate Simpler Trading’s growth and expand key technology and offerings.
  • Represented Konfio, a Mexico-based leading provider of digital banking, payments and software tools designed for small and mid-size businesses, in connection with an $80 million secured loan from Community Investment Management, an institutional impact investment management firm.
  • Represented a national publicly traded retailer in connection with its multimillion-dollar renewal and expansion of its point-of-sale system on the Oracle technology platform.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP is particularly strong in CAA regulatory and litigation matters, and the regulation of emerging contaminants. Other areas of focus include toxic and mass torts, nuisance claims, environmental resource damage claims and enforcement actions. The team is led by Charlotte’s David Franchina, and Vishwa Link and Diane Flannery in Richmond. In Washington DC, Makram Jaber is well versed in CAA litigation and EPA enforcement actions, while Aaron Flynn acts for high-profile companies in the utilities, oil and gas, and manufacturing sectors on both litigation and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

David Franchina; Vishwa Link; Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Darin Waylett; Aaron Flynn; Makram Jaber; Allison Wood

Work highlights

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP has recently been active in emerging issues, including the EPA’s actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, as well as environmental justice issues and residuals management. The team is also strong in CAA regulatory matters and litigation and is led by Charlotte’s David Franchina and Vishwa Link and Diane Flannery in Richmond. Franchina is a key name for solid and hazardous waste, water and air pollution matters, while Washington DC’s Aaron Flynn and Makram Jaber act for utilities and oil and gas companies on a range of environmental regulatory matters. Amanda Waters joined as counsel in Richmond from Aqua Law in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

David Franchina; Vishwa Link; Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Flynn; Makram Jaber; Heather Stevenson; Allison Wood; Amanda Waters

Key clients

Crescent Communities

Work highlights

  • Advising Crescent Communities on the development of multifamily communities on environmentally contaminated properties in prime locations in Phoenix, Arizona and Denver, Colorado.

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

McGuireWoods LLP‘s offering is co-led by David Finkelson from its Richmond office and experienced high-stakes trial lawyer Yasser Madriz from its Houston base. The team represents well-known clients such as Vans Inc in high-value matters for both claimants and defendants involving alleged trade secret misappropriation, breaches of contract, tortious interference, and breaches of fiduciary duties between employees and employers. Houston-based Meghaan Madriz is a key partner to note in the team, with significant experience defending employers in complex litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

David Finkelson; Yasser Madriz

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Yasser Madriz and Meghaan Madriz are noteworthy team members.’

Key clients

Vans, Inc.

Lexington Home Brands

Surfshark Ltd.

McGuireWoods Pro Bono Clients

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP, a ‘knowledgeable’ team of the ‘highest caliber’, is experienced in handling issues related to the design, implementation and maintenance of equity-based and performance-based incentive compensation plans. These arrangements include omnibus incentive plans, stock option plans and stock ownership plans, among others. Taylor French, active in the firm’s North Carolina office, uses his ‘in-depth experience’ to help clients with an array of traditional executive compensation and employee benefits matters. Richmond’s Robert Cipolla primarily focuses on qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, executive compensation and other related benefits matters. Chicago-based Carolyn Trenda is vastly experienced in designing and assisting clients with the ongoing administration of tax-qualified retirement plans.  Charlotte’s Allison Tanner, who focuses on advising employers on the legal aspects of employee benefit and executive compensation matters arising under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, was promoted to partner in 2022, while Richmond’s Robert Wynne, whose practice includes all aspects of executive compensation and employee benefits law.

Practice head(s):

Taylor Wedge French

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The McGuire Woods Team are very knowledgeable in public sector laws and have a keen understanding of our industry.’

‘All the individuals we work with at McGuire Woods are of the highest caliber.’

‘Taylor French has helped us with many unique and complex benefit and retirement plan issues of the years. We are grateful for his knowledge and in-depth experience.’

Key clients

Equitrans Midstream

The ExOne Company

The Neiman Marcus Group

DXC Technology

NorthShore University Health System

Dominion Energy Services, Inc.

Direct Energy (sold to NRG Energy)

Sheridan Capital Partners

Navient Solutions, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Equitrans Midstream on various executive compensation, retirement and health plans.
  • Advising NMG on all aspects of NMG’s compensation and benefits programs.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

Counting financial institutions and private equity firms among its key clients, McGuireWoods LLP’s tax and employee benefits group is highly specialized at handling high-value M&A and ESOP transaction, as well as having notable expertise in providing counsel on foreign law compliance in implementing global stock compensation plans, along with solving special problems involving plans for collectively bargained employees. Taylor Wedge French co-heads the team from Charlotte, focusing on representing boards of directors and compensation committees in negotiating and drafting employment and severance agreements, while co-head, Gerald Thomas operates out of Atlanta. Virginia-based Robert Cipolla concentrates on health and welfare plans, and Robert Wynne is also noted. William Tysse retired from the practice in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Thomas; Taylor Wedge French

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Dominion Energy Services, Inc.

L3 Harris Technologies, Inc.

Perspecta, Inc.

Direct Energy (Centrica US Holdings, Inc.) – NRG Energy

Latticework Capital Management, LLC

Trinity Private Equity Group

eLearning Brothers, LLC

Navient Solutions, LLC

Rising Point Capital

Carolina Foods, Inc.

ExlService Holdings, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised a global provider of three-dimensional printing machines and other products, in its $611 million sale of all issued and outstanding shares of its common stock to Desktop Metal, Inc.
  • Represented a Blackstone portfolio company in its acquisition of SC Engineers Inc.
  • Represented a Connecticut-based private equity firm, in its recent acquisition of Metal Forming & Coining Corporation.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

Data protection policies and governance programs for nationwide clients are frequent mandates for McGuireWoods LLP. Virginia-based Andrew Konia regularly assists clients on data breach remediation and security issues pertaining to vendor contracts and private equity transactions. Janet Peyton, also in Virginia, is the go-to for intersecting intellectual property and data matters as well as EU and US cross-border data transfers. Pittsburgh-stationed counsel Anne Peterson handles data breach responses across a plethora of industries. Alicia Baiardo in San Francisco routinely advises clients on compliance strategies in line with the CCPA and CPRA. Rodger Heaton has departed the practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Konia

Testimonials

‘The team is exceptional in every regard. The lawyers are client-centric, hyper-responsive, able to scale up and down quickly and efficiently, have deep experience in every kind of data issue – most notably issues involving PCI, HIPAA, and financial institution specific matters – have worked with (I believe) virtually every state AG, and are just wonderful colleagues.

‘McGuireWoods also has very accessible rates given the caliber of their professionals. I have seen them do innovative work with large data, and solve problems creatively.’

‘Andrew Konia, the practice leader, is a lawyer’s lawyer. He is always thinking about his clients’ interests, but finds time to be a gentleman to his colleagues and subordinates. He is forward-thinking, and available 24/7.’

‘Janet Peyton is an absolute joy. Brilliant and hard-working, she rivals Andrew in her ability to think strategically and forecast issues several moves ahead. She is also hyper-responsive.’

‘I also appreciate how aggressively the firm promotes and provides opportunities for their rising professionals – especially rising women.’

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 4

McGuireWoods LLP has developed a prominent track record in representing investors, including private equity funds, strategic buyers and banks, on high value M&As, joint ventures, IPOs and financings where IP is a key asset. The team is also active in standalone technology transactions, including IP licensing and transfers, and broader collaboration, software-as-a-service and outsourcing agreements. Sector strengths include fintech, artificial intelligence, blockchain and the internet-of-things. In addition to technology companies, the firm also represents end-users. Rakesh Gopalan leads the team from Charlotte, with Richmond-based corporate partner, James Anderson, also active in the space.

Practice head(s):

Rakesh Gopalan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AvidXchange, Inc.

Simpler Trading

THRIVE Networks

E-Technologies Group

Banyan Technologies

Segue Technologies

Teledyne Technologies, Inc.

Silverchair

3D Systems (NYSE: DDD)

Work highlights

  • Advised Simpler Trading in connection with a majority investment from private equity firm ZMC to accelerate Simpler Trading’s growth and expand key technology and offerings.
  • Represented AvePoint, a publicly traded SaaS and data management platform provider, in its cross-border acquisition of tyGraph.
  • Represented Direct Digital Holdings, an end-to-end full-service digital advertising platform, inclosing its $15.4 million initial public offering of Class A common stock, which trades on Nasdaq.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

McGuireWoods LLP is particularly proficient in the energy, financial services, and white-collar sectors, as well as commercial litigation. Jonathan Blank in Charlotte focuses on the energy sector, in particular natural gas litigation, and has also litigated antitrust, construction, fraud and mineral rights cases. Robert Muckenfuss also works from Charlotte and focuses on business and financial services litigation and has advised significant financial institutions in a breadth of consumer related lawsuits, including nationwide mortgage litigation. Yasser Madriz is the managing partner of the team's Houston office and is an accomplished trial lawyer who is well-established in federal and state court litigation, as well as in arbitrations, with expertise in technology and IP disputes, trade secret theft, and unfair competition claims. Chicago's Amy Manning,  Cheryl Haas in Atlanta, and Diane Flannery in Richmond are also notable names.

Practice head(s):

Amy Manning; Jonathan Blank; Robert Muckenfuss; Cheryl Haas; Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Yasser Madriz; Wolfgang McGavran; Sam Tarry; Mark Anderson

Testimonials

I believe that McGuire Woods excels at “outside the box” thinking and developing creative legal solutions. Additionally, their team is highly dedicated and responsive. Last but not least, they are open to alternative billing arrangements and working with the client to reduce costs.’

‘Sam Tarry and Mark Anderson – excellent litigators, friendly, passionate and dedicated to advance the client’s goals.’

Key clients

Tanner Pharma UK Limited; TannerGAP Inc

Cook County Sheriff’s Office

Fisher Auto Parts

Work highlights

  • Defended a complex $46 million plus multi-jurisdictional proceedings against Tanner Pharma UK and TannerGAP pursued by FS Medical Services regarding the sale of Coronavirus testing kits sourced from China to the DHSC.
  • Advised Cook County Sheriff’s Office in a reversal of class certification in a high profile Title VII class action for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Advised Fisher Auto Parts in a closely watched case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia alleging breach of contract, wrongful termination of contract, and unjust enrichment and conversion.

Finance > Project finance Tier 5

McGuireWoods LLP has a strong presence in transactions in the energy sector, advising clients including financial institutions, developers, and private equity and infrastructure funds involved in the financing and development of projects in solar and wind in particular. Baltimore-based energy industry team lead Brian Kelly  has broad M&A experience, while Brennen Keene in Richmond and Durham McCormick in Houston co-head the renewables team. Other key practitioners include transactional partners Timothy Callahan  and Evelyn Kim, who are based in Chicago and San Francisco, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kelly; Brennen Keene; Durham McCormick

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Callahan; Evelyn Kim

Key clients

KeyBank National Association

Caprock Renewables

Dominion Energy, Inc.

Starwood Energy

Work highlights

  • Advises KeyBank National Association in relation to equipment, construction and permanent financings for developers of wind farms and solar plants.
  • Advised Dominion Energy on contracts for the construction of a 2.6-gigawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW-C) commercial project.
  • Represents Starwood Energy Group Global in a joint venture with Leyline Renewable Capital to develop and finance two battery storage projects.

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

McGuireWoods LLP is deeply involved in the middle-market and handles a diverse range of private equity transactions for investors, sponsors, family offices, and portfolio companies. Despite having a particular specialism in healthcare, spearheaded by Chicago-based co-head Geoffrey Cockrell , the practice has a broad industry focus which spans from technology and IP to tax and real estate. Thomas Zahn is also a leading figure in Pittsburgh, regularly representing funds on add-on acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and minority investments. In Dallas, Jon Finger brings extensive knowledge of the pharmaceutical, tech, and financial industries, while Gregory Hawver handles a steady stream of M&A, recapitalizations and joint ventures from Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Zahn; Geoffrey Cockrell

Other key lawyers:

Jon Finger; Gregory Hawver

Testimonials

‘They offer deep industry strength and practice groups that collaborate extremely well and work together seamlessly.’

‘Highly knowledgeable but extremely strong interpersonal skills and an understanding of transaction dynamics; constructive and creative approaches to solving problems.’

Key clients

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Trinity Hunt Partners

Falfurrias Capital Partners

Summit Park

LLR Partners

Compass Group Equity Partners

Assured Healthcare Partners

Drum Capital

Banner Ventures

Sverica Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised CEI Vision Partners, a portfolio company of Revelstoke Capital Partners, in the $600 million sale of CVP to EyeCare Partners.
  • Advised Vet’s Best Friend Group, a portfolio company of  Revelstoke Capital Partners, in its sale to Rarebreed Veterinary Partners.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 5

McGuireWoods LLP‘ full-service transactional practice represents lenders in the origination and sale of multifamily mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and recommended for its work in affordable housing deals. From New York, Dennis Mensi represents institutional lenders in originating and servicing of commercial mortgage loans secured by all asset classes, and also advises lenders on servicing of mortgage loans. Craig Harmon in Richmond, Virginia acts for real estate investors in connection with mezzanine loans, A/B notes, subordinated debt and other structured investment arrangements.  

Practice head(s):

Dennis Mensi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The group is extremely client focused. They are very responsive, knowledgeable and cost-effective for a national law firm.’

‘T. Craig Harmon is the quintessential relationship partner. He is our go-to counsel for anything and everything, always able to assist or find appropriate counsel within the firm that has the requisite expertise to assist.’

‘ I greatly appreciate the excellent core real estate skills of McGuireWoods such as (i) documentation and negotiation, (ii) issue spotting and problem solving, (iii) time management and efficient billing and (iv) client management. Make no mistake, this is an industry best CRE team that improves deal quality and zealously represents its client all while maintaining positive relationships with borrowers and their counsel. And should deals go sideways, the team at McGuireWoods is superbly skilled at resolving defaults and/or pursuing remedies in all states. Moreover, the individuals work exceptionally hard, remain available at all times and yet bill more reasonably than other comparable firms. It is with this perspective that I can offer the following- they are best in class.’

‘In the CRE space, counsel should be a proper balance of facilitators and bodyguards. The CRE counsel at McGuireWoods have the strong technical skills to analyze the issues within their domain but they also extend their purview to areas that assist in risk management (such as borrower due diligence). ‘

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 6

Ava Lias-Booker McGuireWoods LLP

Work highlights

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

McGuireWoods LLP has built a significant presence in mid-cap IPOs and follow-on offerings. With capital markets lawyers across multiple offices, it has landed an impressive client base, particularly on the issuer side. Stephen Older co-chairs the capital markets group from New York.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious

Led by Gerald Thomas, McGuireWoods LLP has particular expertise in renewable energy transactions and tax-exempt energy efficiency financings, as well as a notable presence in the healthcare sector.

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. 2023 marked the 17th time McGuireWoods has been singled out for excellence on BTI’s Client Service A-Team, this year earning a No. 4 overall ranking.

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 D&I, Outstanding Firm for Pro Bono and Outstanding Firm for Veterans Advancement in the 2022 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 Mark W. Kinghorn
Complex commercial litigation Robert A. Muckenfuss
Corporate and Private Equity Thomas E. Zahn
Data privacy and security C. Andrew Konia
Debt finance Kevin A. McGinnis
Energy Brian J. Kelly
Financial services litigation Cheryl L. Haas
Government investigations and white-collar litigation Noreen A. Kelly
Healthcare Holly Buckley
M&A and Energy Transactional 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 : Baltimore
Offices : Brussels
Offices : Charlottesville
Offices : Houston
Offices : Jacksonville
Offices : London
Offices : Los Angeles – Century City
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Offices : New York
Offices : Norfolk
Offices : Pittsburgh
Offices : Raleigh
Offices : Richmond
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Offices : Shanghai
Offices : Tysons
Number of Attorneys Firmwide : 1,100