2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Good people that care about you.”
“Lack of transparency.”
“The long hours.”
About McGuireWoods LLP
McGuireWoods’ roots reach back to 1834 in Charlottesville, Virginia, when Egbert R. Watson began his law practice. The firm now boasts 22 offices and more than 1,100 attorneys worldwide.
Thirty-six years after Watson launched his firm, he formed a partnership with George Perkins. It was the firm’s first merger, but not its last. The firm continued to grow, strategically expanding as far south as Florida and Texas, west to Chicago and California, north as far as Pennsylvania and New York, and overseas to London and Shanghai—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 in the automotive, banking and financial services, chemical, energy resources, food processing, general manufacturing, government, health care, insurance, real estate, technology and telecom, and transportation industries. The firm is multi-faceted—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 health care experience. Sixty-lawyers strong, the firm’s health care 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.
Tech and Sustainability Strides
Racing to meet the digital age, McGuireWoods uses technology to connect and enhance its practice. The firm strives for efficiency through cutting-edge case management and billing software and offers clients an online space to connect with attorneys through the firm’s extranet: McGuireWoods Connect. McGuireWoods also hosts a number of blogs focusing on niche practice areas like data privacy and security, class actions, government investigations and white collar crime, health care investments, and long-term acute care hospitals.
McGuireWoods is also committed to being green; the firm has created a Sustainable Operations Team to develop and direct its sustainability efforts. The firm has a voluntary carbon offset program, reduced its paper use by increasing its electronic filing systems and encouraging two-sided copying, and improved video-conferencing to cut down on travel. McGuireWoods has also embraced green building standards and supports the use of LEED criteria in its offices.
News & Awards
A McGuireWoods legal team won the dismissal of all criminal charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois, ending a long-running and highly publicized federal case focused on Schock’s alleged misuse of campaign and government funds.
A McGuireWoods legal team won a half-billion-dollar judgment against North Korea over the death of Otto Warmbier, a U.S. college student. The regime had imprisoned him for 17 months for allegedly taking a propaganda poster, and then sent him home in 2017 with severe brain damage to die.
McGuireWoods was named the most innovative firm in the business of law and ranked third overall in Financial Times’ 2018 North America Innovative Lawyers report, continuing its powerhouse showing as a top law firm for pioneering creative solutions to meet client needs. Meanwhile, the firm’s fintech team earned a nationwide ranking in Chambers and Partners’ “2019 Fintech Guide,” underscoring the firm’s growing position as counsel to many of the top emerging financial technology companies.
In collaboration with clients Bank of America, Duke Energy, and Wells Fargo, McGuireWoods launched Charlotte Triage, an innovative program to expand pro bono services for low-income Charlotte residents and ease the burden on local legal aid organizations. The program is an expansion of the Triage Project, an award-winning, first-of-its-kind pro bono initiative begun in 2017 that made Richmond the first U.S. city to outsource legal aid matters in 12 practices, thereby allowing legal aid groups to focus their scarce resources on other core areas.
- McGuireWoods won dismissal of all criminal charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois, ending a long-running and highly publicized federal case focused on Schock’s alleged misuse of campaign and government funds.
- McGuireWoods won a half-billion-dollar judgment against North Korea over the death of Otto Warmbier, a U.S. college student. The regime had imprisoned him for 17 months, then sent him home in 2017 with severe brain damage to die.
- McGuireWoods served as legal adviser to Dominion Energy in finalizing its $13.4 billion merger with South Carolina-based SCANA Corp.
- Most innovative firm in the business of law, 2018 (Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers)
- Client Service 30, 2019 (BTI “Client Service A-Team”)
- Law Firm of the Year, 2018 (Mergers & Acquisitions Magazine)
- Brand Elite, 2019 (BTI Consulting)
Why Work Here
At McGuireWoods, our attorneys and staff can expect to be part of a diverse culture built on respect, unwavering client service and a collective desire for professional excellence. With an exciting work environment that features new and innovative technologies, career advancement training, top-of-the-line benefits options, and the opportunity to engage with our many communities across the U.S. and overseas, our employees gain the experience they need to excel as part of one of the world’s most sought-after law firms.
An evolving career is a strong career, and we encourage our employees to take advantage of the professional development services offered to them, including training and advancement opportunities designed to encourage leadership, promote collaboration and teach better use of technology. McGuireWoods employees benefit from on-the-job training, in-house seminars, courses in continuing legal education and an array of career development programs through Practising Law Institute.
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 775-1000
Chairman: Jonathan P. Harmon
Hiring Partner: J. Tracy Walker IV
Chair of National Recruiting Committee: Angelo Russo
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
1K - 1.5K
Atlanta; Baltimore; Charlotte; Pittsburgh; Raleigh; Richmond
1st year: $165,000 Charlottesville
1st year: $135,000 Jacksonville, Norfolk; Wilmington
1st year: $130,000 Austin; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; Tysons; Washington, DC
1st year: $190,000 The firm does not adhere to a lockstep compensation system, and salaries vary for associates beyond their second years.
No. of Summer Associates:
42 total (34 2Ls; 8 1Ls) (2019)
Meredith J. Marks
Attorney Recruiting Manager
See firm website for more information.
Los Angeles, CA (Century City)
Los Angeles, CA (Downtown)
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Banking & Finance
Corporate Finance & Capital Markets
Data Privacy & Security
Financial Services Litigation
Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation
Labor & Employee Benefits
Mergers & Acquisitions
Products, Environmental, & Mass Torts Litigation
Real Estate & Land Use
Restructuring & Insolvency
Technology & Outsourcing
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.