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At a Glance


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About McGuireWoods

McGuireWoods, home to over 1,000 attorneys in 21 offices worldwide, is a full-service firm that provides legal and public affairs solutions to corporate, individual, and nonprofit clients across a range of industries, including banking and financial services, energy, healthcare, and private equity. 

McGuireWoods’ Mergers

The firm’s roots reach back to 1834 in Charlottesville, Virginia, with the founding of Egbert R. Watson’s law practice. Since then, the firm has grown, strategically expanding from coast to coast and even overseas—much of this growth via merger. Among the firms McGuireWoods has joined with in the past decade are North Carolina firm Helms Mullins & Wicker, U.K. firm Grundberg Mocatta Rakison, Texas-based Nickens Keeton Lawless Farrell & Flack, and litigation boutique Integer Law Corp. 


McGuireWoods regularly serves clients across industries, including banking and financial services, energy, healthcare, and private equity, among others. The firm is multi-faceted—in addition to its skills in handling corporate transactions, high-stakes disputes, and complex regulatory and compliance matters, its wholly-owned affiliate, McGuireWoods Consulting, provides a unique combination of state and federal government relations prowess, buttressed by infrastructure, economic development, and advocacy expertise. 

On the labor and employment front, the firm has experience working in everything from affirmative action to immigration to labor relations to litigation to noncompetes and more. The firm tackles thousands of employment-related matters yearly. Its employment litigators bring experience in discrimination, disability, ERISA, negligent hiring and supervision, OSHA, retaliation, WARN, whistleblower claims, and the list goes on.

The firm may be best known, however, for its healthcare experience. Sixty lawyers strong, the firm’s healthcare practice often partners with other areas of the firm, like McGuireWoods Consulting, to tackle the complex issues facing its clients. The firm has a diverse roster of clients, ranging from venture capital firms and lenders to ambulatory surgery centers and clinical laboratories to pharmacies and medical trade associations, and many more.

Diversity & Inclusion Strides

McGuireWoods uses engagement and accountability, buttressed by tailored programs and training, to make steady progress in DEI. The firm has two groups charged with focusing on diversity and inclusion: the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Diversity Action Council. The first focuses on identifying, attracting, and retaining diverse talent, as well as incorporating inclusiveness into the firm’s professional development and mentorship offerings. The second is dedicated to advancing the firm’s strategic D&I goals, holding firm leadership accountable for promotion and development of diverse attorneys and helping to ensure all firm resources are effectively deployed to further their careers.

News & Awards

  • Represented Cynthia and Frederick Warmbier when they sued North Korea for having “brutally tortured and murdered” their son, Otto Warmbier. In 2018, a federal court ordered North Korea to pay the Warmbiers over $500 million.
  • Represented Ryan Collins in Collins v. Virginia. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Collins, that the automobile exception to the Fourth Amendment does not permit a police officer to enter the curtilage of a home without a warrant.
  • Represented human trafficking survivor Kendra Ross. In 2018, she was awarded an almost $8 million judgment, the largest civil single-plaintiff human-trafficking award in U.S. history, in the suit she brought against the nationwide regimented cult the Value Creators Inc. (formerly known as the United Nation of Islam).
  • Advised Dominion Energy in its agreement to sell a 50% noncontrolling interest in the historic Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind commercial project, the largest offshore wind farm in the United States and the first installed in federal waters, through the formation of a partnership with Stonepeak, a leading global infrastructure investor.
  • Client Service A-Team, 2024—BTI Consulting Group
  • Litigation Powerhouse, 2024—BTI Consulting Group
  • Mansfield Certification Plus, 2023—Diversity Lab
  • Associate Satisfaction A-Listers, 2022—BTI Consulting Group
  • Corporate Pro Bono Partner Award, 2022—Pro Bono Institute

Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Phone: (804) 775-1000

Firm Stats

Chairman: Jonathan P. Harmon
Managing Partner: J. Tracy Walker IV
Chair of National Recruiting Committee: Angelo Russo
Total No. Attorneys (2024):
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1,950 hours

Base Salary

Salaries not disclosed.

Employment Contact

Ethan Butterworth
Director, Recruiting
(804) 775-7602
Recruiting contacts for all offices are listed at

No. of U.S. Offices: 19

No. of International Offices: 2

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Charlotte, NC
Charlottesville, VA
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Jacksonville, FL
Los Angeles, CA (Century City)
Los Angeles, CA (Downtown)
New York, NY
Norfolk, VA
Pittsburgh, PA
Raleigh, NC
Richmond, VA
San Francisco, CA
Tysons, VA
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Commercial Litigation
Corporate and Private Equity
Debt Finance
Environmental & Mass Tort
Financial Services & Securities Enforcement
Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation
Labor & Employment
Mergers and Acquisitions and Energy Transactional
Public Finance
Real Estate & Land Use
Regulatory & Compliance
Securities & Capital Markets
Tax & Employee Benefits
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.