2 Star Rating     3 reviews 
Main Office:

Gateway Plaza, 800 East Canal Street | Richmond | VA | 23219

Phone: 804-775-1000 | Fax: 804-775-1061

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Year of establishment 1834 Number of partners 423
Number of offices 24 Partner to associate ratio 1.20
Biggest office Richmond Percentage of women attorneys 37.30
Number of attorneys 1014 Percentage of minority attorneys 13.10
Number of associates 360
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McGuireWoods Reviews

- Reviewed on December 16, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Perhaps look into seeing if the workload can be changed up a bit to keep employees from getting bored and giving up."

Pros: The pay here is generous for the work that is required of people here and the experience of the people.

Cons: The work here tends to be kind of tedious and drags out forever with no end in sight. Even if you finish it the next day will be just like the previous.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

- Reviewed on October 24, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Offer more opportunities for advancement and training for management.

Pros: This is a great place to learn about the practice of law. The benefits and attorneys are great.

Cons: There are not many opportunities to move up in the organization. Management needs more training.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee


McGuireWoods is a strong, well-respected and expanding firm with a legacy reaching back more than 175 years. This legacy is a testament to our lawyers’ experience across business and industry, as well as our consistent ability to deliver an excellent legal product — efficiently and at a fair price. Some of our clients have been with us for nearly 50 years, which speaks to the level of service we provide and the mutual loyalty we engender. McGuireWoods has more than 1,000 lawyers in 21 offices, and our lawyers speak more than 35 languages. We cross borders, practices and industries in the U.S., UK, Belgium and around the world, collaborating with colleagues and managing resources in 128 countries. We have unique cooperative arrangements in France with law firm KGA; in Israel with Shenhav Konforti Rotem & Co. (SKR), and in Saudi Arabia with Badr Alarishi. Our international presence is further enhanced by participation in the global legal networks Lex Mundi and LNI.

Practice Areas

McGuireWoods practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Affirmative Action And Ofccp Compliance
  • Air
  • Anti Money Laundering And Trade Embargo Compliance
  • Antitrust Litigation And Government Investigations
  • Antitrust Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Asset Based Lending
  • Brownfields And Business Transactions
  • Business Antitrust Counseling Audits And Compliance Programs
  • Cfpb And Bank Regulatory
  • Climate Change And Environmental Finance
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • Consumer Financial Services Litigation
  • Consumer Products Safety
  • Copyright
  • Corporate Finance And Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance
  • Cross Border Transactions
  • Derivatives And Structured Products
  • Discovery Counsel Services
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • Ecommerce
  • Employment Litigation
  • Energy Enforcement
  • Energy Litigation
  • Energy Policy
  • Energy Regulation
  • Energy Transactions And Finance
  • Entity Formation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Erisa Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • European Competition And Eu Law
  • Executive Compensation
  • Export Controls
  • False Claims And Qui Tam
  • Family Business And Family Office Services
  • Federal Tax Controversy And Litigation
  • Fiduciary Advisory Services
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Financial Advisory Services
  • Food Safety
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Health And Welfare Benefits
  • Healthcare Litigation
  • Healthcare Regulation And Policy
  • Healthcare Transactions
  • Human Resources Compliance
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Dispute Resolution And Arbitration
  • International Employment
  • International Ip
  • International Tax
  • International Trade
  • International Wealth Management And Tax
  • Labor Management Relations
  • Land Use
  • Lease Finance
  • Management Training
  • Master Limited Partnerships
  • Media And First Amendment
  • Mergers And Acquisitions
  • New Markets Tax Credits
  • Noncompetes Trade Secrets And Employee Fraud
  • Nonprofit And Charitable Advisory Services
  • Occupational Safety And Health
  • Outsourcing
  • Patents
  • Pesticides And Chemicals
  • Private Equity And Venture Capital
  • Procurement
  • Product Liability
  • Project Finance
  • Public And Private Nuisance Litigation
  • Public Finance
  • Punitive Damages
  • Qualified Retirement Plans
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts
  • Sec Enforcement Defense
  • Securities Class Action
  • Securities Compliance
  • Securities Litigation
  • Shareholder And Directors And Officers Litigation
  • State And Local Tax
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainability
  • Syndicated Finance
  • Tax Policy Counseling
  • Technology Disputes
  • Toxic Torts
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks
  • Transactional Tax
  • Trust And Estate Administration
  • Uk Fraud And Regulation
  • Wage And Hour
  • Waste
  • Water
  • White Collar Defense
  • Antitrust And Trade Regulation
  • Appeals And Issues
  • Banking And Finance
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate
  • Data Privacy And Security
  • Employee Benefits
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Products And Mass Tort Litigation
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Investigations And White Collar Litigation
  • Healthcare Law
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor And Employment
  • Private Wealth Services
  • Real Estate And Land Use
  • Restructuring And Insolvency
  • Tax
  • Technology And Outsourcing
  • Trials

Hiring Criteria

McGuireWoods follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

As the firm continues to grow larger, McGuireWoods has an extremely stringent hiring process. In general, it recruits only from the top one-third of the graduating class from select law schools. In addition to academic performance at both graduate and undergraduate levels, the firm considers pervious work experience and a demonstrated passion for the law.

Here are some of the skills that the firm looks for in prospective hires:

Excellent academic performance
Demonstrated leadership potential
Prior relevant work experience
Law school extracurricular involvement
Strong desire and drive to succeed
Ability and willingness to take up challenges
Strong commercial sense

Pro bono

An important core value of McGuireWoods is the firm's commitment to the communities around its offices. The firm's attorneys believe that it is not sufficient for them to just do their work and go home at the end of the workday; they are strongly committed to serving the communities in which the live and work. The firm also provides full credit of the pro bono hours as billable hours to its attorneys, which further ensures that nothing detracts its attorneys from their commitment to the communities they serve.

As part of the firm's commitment to the communities, McGuireWoods handles a significant amount of pro bono work including battered spouse representations, child support enforcement prosecutions, court-appointed criminal defense, death penalty cases, housing law cases, and wills and powers of attorney. The firm provides free legal services and general counseling on a wide variety of legal issues to several local non-profit groups, including The Children's Law Center.

Notable cases

  • Successfully represented RHJ Medical Center Inc. (RHJ) against the City of DuBois, PA, which unlawfully prevented RHJ from opening a much-needed methadone clinic in Clearfield County pursuant to an unconstitutional zoning ordinance.
  • Successfully represented Spider-Man creator Stan Lee and his production companies against Stan Lee Media Inc. over profits and ownership rights to comic book characters now controlled by Marvel Entertainment Inc.
  • Represented Plano Molding Company in its acquisition of Frabill Inc; the transaction brings together under one roof Plano, the worldwide leader in fishing tackle storage systems, and Frabill, the North American leader in live bait storage, landing nets and portable ice fishing shelters and related accessories.
  • Represented Park Sterling Corporation (PSTB), the holding company for Park Sterling Bank, in a merger agreement with Citizens South Banking Corporation (Citizens South), which doubled the bank's assets to over $2 billion.
  • Won the dismissal of a California meal-break violations class action (a wage and hour class action) brought against the Vistar and Roma Food divisions of client Performance Food Group (PFG).
  • Won $919.9 million case for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. (DuPont) against Kolon industries, a South Korean manufacturing company involving the theft of trade secrets and confidential information regarding DuPont's Kevlar® aramid fiber.
  • Advised CounterPoint Capital Partners LLC on financing matters in connection with its acquisition of the assets of Tomich Brothers Fish Company and Standard Seafood.

McGuireWoods Awards and Recognitions

12 partners named "Lawyers of the Year" (Best Lawyers in America, 2013)

6 partners named Texas "Super Lawyers" (Texas Super Lawyers magazine & Texas Monthly magazine, 2012)

Litigation practice recognized as a "Litigation Powerhouse: Class Action and Tort" (BTI Litigation Outlook: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms survey, 2013)

Ranked No. 1 bond counsel firm in the Southeast region of the United States (The Bond Buyer, 2012)

201 firm attorneys named to Best Lawyers in America (The Best Lawyers in America, 2013)

Recognized in the American Health Lawyers Association's annual "Top Honors" rankings (AHLA Connections, 2012)

Recognized in annual Raising the Bar report as one of the top law firms in the state with a growing commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and inclusiveness in the workplace (Equality Illinois, 2012)

Ranked 4th nationally in Number of Syndicated Debt Finance Transactions in U.S. Lender Law Firm League Table rankings (Thomson Reuters Loan Pricing Corporation, 2012)


McGuireWoods defines diversity as recognizing and valuing the differences in its workforce. An Equal Opportunity Employer, the firm strictly follows a non-discrimination policy for all applicants and employees. The partners strive hard to ensure that there is no discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other unlawful basis, either in the recruitment process or in the annual attorney assessments.

The firm believes that fostering diversity, equality, and inclusion helps it to attract the best talent from across the continents and build the most effective teams that enable the firm to deliver the highest level of service to its clients. These values are apparent in every aspect of the firm and the way it conducts business with its clients.

In fact, as a testament to its commitment to diversity, McGuireWoods is a proud signatory of the most recent effort of New Your City's Bar Association to foster a more diverse and inclusive profession, i.e., of the statement written by the association's Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession.

Summer associate program

McGuireWoods conducts interviews at several law schools for the selection of 2L students for its Summer Associate Program. The Recruiting Committee takes into consideration the students' geographic preferences and practice areas of interest, along with academic performance and extracurricular activities, while reviewing the applications and usually informs the selected students of the decision within two weeks of the interview.

As a summer associate at McGuireWoods, one is encouraged to take up assignments related to a wide range of practice areas. The assigning attorneys typically evaluate a summer associate's assignment on the following criteria:

understanding of projects

analysis and judgment

quality of legal reasoning

writing skills

interaction with the attorneys on project teams

At the end of the program, the Recruiting Committee reviews all the evaluations conducted by the supervising attorneys and the comments given by these attorneys in order to make offer determinations. These offers are typically made for a specific office, taking into consideration the summer associate's preferences for location and practice area.

Working for the McGuireWoods

As an attorney at McGuireWoods, you will enjoy all the benefits that a large-sized, resource-rich firm can offer along with those of working in a close-knit, supportive environment. The firm holds dear is five core values-Client Service, Commitment to Excellence, Community, Collegiality, and Integrity-and these values are reflected in everything that the firm does.

McGuireWoods truly admires enterprise and imagination in its employees and focuses on maintaining diversity within its ranks. With its diverse set of 900+ legal professionals who are abound with energy, committed to working in a collaborative environment and helping their clients succeed, and extremely intelligent and ambitious, McGuireWoods provides its attorneys with the opportunity to work with kindred spirits and exceptional mentors who lead them toward an extraordinary legal career.

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