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McGuireWoods LLP

  • Designation: Richmond, Va.
  • Head Count: 941
  • Gross Revenues: $599,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $635,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $945,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

McGuireWoods LLP is a Richmond-based law firm with multiple offices worldwide. On May 7, 2009, it merged with Hodges Consulting Group. On May 1, 2009, it merged with Grundberg Mocatta Rakison, and on March 31, 2008, it merged with Helms Mulliss & Wicker. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings, McGuireWoods has 886 attorneys and was the twenty-nineth largest law firm in the United States. The firm ranked 54th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100, with $530,500,000 in gross revenue in FY 2010. The firm ranked 63rd on the 2011 Global 100 revenue rankings. Besides the Virginia headquarters, the firm's attorneys work out of offices both in the United States and abroad, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago and Brussels. The firm is a full service business law firm; its practice areas include commercial litigation, corporate services, financial services, labor and employment, product and consumer litigation, real estate and environmental law, taxation, securities, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and insolvency, and intellectual property.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 51 2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 51 2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 26 3 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 144 -15 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 133 -5 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

Appeals Court Mostly Upholds Bingham Win in REIT Sale Suit

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 23, 2014

The court ruled Wednesday that broker-dealer David Lerner Associates didn't violate federal securities laws in connection with the sale of five real estate investment trusts with a combined value of $6.8 billion.

The Churn: Gibson Lands Ropes SF Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

Among those switching firms in our latest roundup: a new cochair for Gibson Dunn's life sciences practice.

Ford Gets Access to Bankruptcy Statements in Case of Asbestos 'Misrepresentation'

Amaris Elliott-Engel : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

A judge who found widespread misrepresentation by plaintiffs in a gasketmaker's bankruptcy has granted Ford Motor Co. access to the statements that parties must file to disclose their economic interests in bankruptcies.


: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Scott Morehouse joins Sheppard Mullin's real estate, land use and environmental practice as partner in the Costa Mesa, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Lawyers in Ford Acceleration Suit Ordered to File Report

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

A federal judge has ordered lawyers in a class action alleging sudden acceleration defects against Ford Motor Co. to file a joint report by April 25 outlining what remains of their case following his recent dismissal ruling.

Perseverance Pays Off for Paul Hastings in DuPont Secrets Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 07, 2014

Paul Hastings still has a ways to go if it hopes to vindicate client Kolon Industries in its trade secrets battle with DuPont Co. But Kolon's big appellate win last week has clearly boosted the spirits of its defense lawyers.

A Slimmer Patton Boggs Draws Looks

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

The end of March brought another flurry of change at Patton Boggs, as several partners in Dallas decamped to McGuireWoods and a New York judge ruled that Chevron Corp. can sue the firm for alleged misconduct.

The Churn: Weil, Patton Boggs See More Defections, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a securities litigation partner to Jenner & Block; Patton Boggs goes through another spate of departures; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr hires a former FBI director and his ex-chief of staff.

McGuireWoods Opens Dallas Office With Patton Boggs Partners

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 31, 2014

Six lawyers have left Patton Boggs to open a Dallas office for McGuireWoods, the firm said today, confirming reports last week about the moves.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

DC Lateral Moves

: Legal Times : January 31, 2014

A Native American affairs director from the White House moves to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Mayer Brown grabs a Kirkland & Ellis partner in white collar, and Northern Virginia's Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald lost lawyers to a start-up firm.Here's the roundup of Washington-area hires and promotions announced in the fourth week of March.

Patton Boggs Says Latest Partner Departures 'Not Material to the Firm'

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 28, 2014

A handful of partners left Patton Boggs this month, including a Washington-based head of a litigation group and at least four lawyers in Dallas, as the firm continues to implement downsizing and explores a potential merger with Squire Sanders.

The Churn: Bingham Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

Bingham & McCutchen loses a real estate finance partner to Holland & Knight and litigator to Stubbs Alderton Markiles; Greenberg Traurig adds a former FINRA enforcement counsel; and Holland & Hart absorbs a Salt Lake City tax boutique.

Newsmakers: Week of March 17

: Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Santiago "Jimmy" Alaniz, a partner in Fisher & Phillips in San Antonio, has been named a 2014 fellow in the mentoring program sponsored by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.


: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Pamela Fulmer joins Arent Fox's intellectual property and complex litigation practices as partner in the San Francisco office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Scatters Five Partner Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Holland & Knight adds two partners in Tampa and individual partners in Miami, New York and San Francisco; Burr & Forman welcomes four health care attorneys in Birmingham; and two energy and natural resources partners move to Husch Blackwell's Denver office.

The Churn: Akin, Simpson Add Houston Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

Akin picks up Baker & McKenzie's former North America oil and gas chair and Simpson hires an M&A partner from Baker Botts, both in Houston; Reed Smith welcomes two regulatory partners, in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and K&L Gates lands new partners in Milan and Washington, D.C.

Gross Revenue Up at McGuireWoods

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

At McGuireWoods, managing partner Thomas Cabaniss is counting his blessings after his firm posted another positive financial performance in 2013.

New Partners Recall How They Discovered They'd Made Partner

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 10, 2014

Tom Ward wouldn't stoop to cliché by describing the day he was named partner as "the best of times, the worst of times."

Revenue Growth Can't Keep Husch Playing in Peoria

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

With five Peoria-based partners jumping to local shop Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo, Husch Blackwell has decided to close its outpost in the central Illinois city.

Southern Company Powers Up Legal Team With New GC

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 28, 2014

The energy company cites the new hire's 20-plus years of experience in the sector.

Southern Company Appoints James Kerr as Its New GC

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 27, 2014

Southern Company has appointed McGuireWoods partner James Kerr II as general counsel, chief compliance officer and executive vice president, effective March 8.

Panel Overturns Bank Penalty in Foreclosure Action

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2014

A judge went too far when he nearly halved the amount of principal a bank sought to recover in a foreclosure action to punish the bank's purported lack of good faith during conferences, a Brooklyn appellate court has ruled.

The Churn: MoFo Lands Judge Peck, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

MoFo hires the federal bankruptcy judge who oversaw Lehman Brothers' Chapter 11 case; nine securitization and structured finance attorneys leave Jones Day to join Chapman and Cutler; and Latham adds its third private equity partner from Clifford Chance in the past year.

Is Threat of Surveillance New Reality for Law Firms?

Sara Randazzo and Andrew Ramonas : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

For many lawyers who represent foreign governments, the recent revelation that the U.S. National Security Agency's Australian ally has been privy to communications between an American law firm and its international client comes as no surprise.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

The following cases were recently filed in the Washington-area district courts. This information is provided by the district courts' official online bulletins.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

The Churn: L&E Defections at Paul Hastings, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Three New York–based Paul Hastings labor and employment partners jump to Proskauer Rose, and a fourth joins Ogletree in Atlanta; Foley & Lardner adds two partners and an of counsel in Miami; and a Kirkland partner becomes chair of Winston & Strawn's West Coast private equity practice.

White & Case Scores for Pfizer in Lyrica Patent Row

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

Pfizer Inc. and its lawyers at White & Case fended off a major challenge from generic rivals on Thursday, persuading an appeals court that patents for the blockbuster painkiller Lyrica give the company exclusive rights to sell the drug through the end of 2018.

The Churn: Yankees President Heads to Jackson Lewis, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Randy Levine, team president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin to join the New York office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. Meanwhile, Covington adds two financial M&A partners in Washington, D.C., and Gibson Dunn lands new partners in Los Angeles and New York.

Am Law 200 Firms Stake Claims in Houston

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Drawn by the oil and gas boom, plenty of other firms have followed Latham's lead into Houston.


: The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

E-Discovery Schoolhouse: 'Significant E-Discovery Cases of 2013'

Gerline Fleury : Law Technology News : January 22, 2014

Exterro's webinar draws a rave with one caveat: more Q&A please!

The Morning Wrap

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 22, 2014

A round-up of legal news from ALM publications and news outlets around the country: Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are indicted; Edward Snowden denies he's a spy, and a judge considers whether to grant a new trial to a 14 year-old boy executed in 1944.

The Bankruptcy Files: Freedom Taps McGuireWoods for Chapter 11

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

McGuireWoods is advising Freedom Industries, the company responsible for a recent chemical spill that prompted drinking water bans that affected 300,000 West Virginians, on its Chapter 11 filing. Meanwhile, Skadden and Kirkland are dominating the market on bankruptcy work amid a dearth of large filings and the latter is among the Am Law 100 firms handling out-of-court restructurings for clients like Altegrity, Brookstone and M*Modal.

Damages Claims Mount Following Chemical Spill

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

The chemical spill that poisoned the water supply for 300,000 customers has prompted dozens of lawsuits, many of them filed by attorneys in Charleston who experienced first-hand the spill's effects.

In-House Counsel Profile: John Stipancich, general counsel for Newell Rubbermaid Inc.

Meredith Hobbs : The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. was formed by Newell Co.'s 1999 merger with Rubbermaid Inc. General counsel John Stipancich said the law department staffed up from 2004 to 2008.


: The National Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Insurance Industry Deals a Boon to Big Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

A dozen Am Law 100 firms have grabbed roles on a series of transactions announced since the start of 2014 involving the insurance industry, where consolidation in the sector this year could could produce a bevy of business for transactional lawyers.

The Churn: Chadbourne Adds 'Deep Throat' Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A former Manatt Phelps partner in Washington, D.C., with ties to Watergate figures joins Chadbourne; Hinshaw & Culbertson makes a group hire from an IP boutique in Chicago; and Orrick lands two Bingham entertainment trial lawyers in Los Angeles.

More Women Partners at Pa. Firms, but Overall Ranks Stagnant

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 14, 2014

Even as the percentage of women partners has increased over the last decade, female lawyers continue to make up less than one-third of the attorney population at Pennsylvania's 100 largest law firms, according to data tracked by Legal sibling publication PaLaw magazine.

The Churn: Another Patton Boggs Loss, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

A banking partner leaves Patton Boggs in New York to join Greenberg Traurig; McGuireWoods hires a onetime counsel to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Latham poaches a Weil partner in London.

New Fellowship Aims to Restart Dormant Legal Careers

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Four Am Law 100 firms—Baker Botts, Cooley, Hogan Lovells, and Sidley—have signed on to a new pilot program designed to put women lawyers who have stepped away from the profession for one reason or another back into a law firm setting.

Newell Rubbermaid's Double-Duty GC

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 08, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid general counsel John Stipancich is one of a growing number of GCs of Fortune 500 companies to expand his role into business operations at a time when multinationals are under pressure to cut costs while boosting growth in the face of sluggish consumer demand.

Pro Bono Partnership Introduces IPhone App

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 08, 2014

The Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has launched a new iPhone app that allows prospective volunteers to check current volunteer opportunities at the touch of a button.

Newsmakers - Dec. 30

: Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2013

Niko Lorentzatos has been named executive vice president and general counsel at Oasis Petroleum Inc. in Houston. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.


: The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

Barbara de Marigny joins the tax practice of McGuireWoods as partner in the Houston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2013

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi hires The Beatles' longtime U.S. lawyer; a former U.S. ambassador to Australia rejoins Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sidley Austin hires two new partners. .

Induced Infringement: What In-House Counsel Need to Know

Mark Varboncouer : Corporate Counsel : January 02, 2013

A corporation can be liable for direct infringement if it makes, uses, sells, offers to sell or imports that which infringes a patent. But under what circumstances can a corporation (or its corporate officers) be liable for induced infringement?

Justice Watch: Foreclosure Attorneys Targeted In 3rd DCA Ruling

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 02, 2013

Two Miami foreclosure attorneys say they were just doing their jobs defending homeowners when they ended up being targeted in an appellate decision by Third District Court of Appeal Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg.

Jones Day, Vinson Help Secure North Dakota Pipeline Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2013

Marathon Petroleum has turned to Jones Day to negotiate its agreement to serve as the primary distributor of oil that will flow through Enbridge's $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline. The Canadian company's battle to build a pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific Ocean is the subject of a feature story in this month's issue of The American Lawyer.

Fee Request Struck in Barbri Class Action Settlement

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2013

A federal judge has struck down an attorney's request for legal fees in a $9.5 million class action settlement resolving antitrust claims against the publisher of the Barbri bar exam review course.

'Disturbing Gaps' in Corporate Antibribery Practices

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 05, 2013

A new study by the business intelligence firm Control Risks and the Economist Intelligence Unit found that there are "disturbing gaps" in international companies' bribery and corruption preparation and practices.

Harris County Jury Issues Verdict in Fen-Phen Fee Fight

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 04, 2013

A Harris County jury has returned a verdict finding Houston firm Fleming & Associates should pay Houston lawyers Stephen and Charles Kirklin $660,000 under referral contracts for Fen-Phen litigation.

ON THE MOVE: Gainesville Lawyer Goes Solo with Plaintiffs Firm

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 30, 2013

R. Shane Lazenby has opened his own plaintiffs firm in Gainesville after a decade practicing insurance defense law.

Ex-Teller Accused of Theft Gets $600K in Settlement with Bank

Greg Land : Daily Report : January 29, 2013

A one-time bank teller who was acquitted on charges of stealing about $46,000 while she worked at Bank of America has settled her malicious prosecution suit against the bank for $600,000.