Chairman: Jonathan P. Harmon
Managing Partner: J. Tracy Walker IV
Number of attorneys: 1,100
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. 2019 marked the 14th time that McGuireWoods has been singled out for excellence on BTI’s Client Service 30 list. One aspect of McGuireWoods’ value proposition is its ability to address client issues from multiple angles by partnering with affiliate McGuireWoods Consulting, which The National Law Journal ranked in the top 20 Washington, DC 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. For the past four years, Financial Times has honored McGuireWoods as one of North America’s most innovative law firms in its prestigious North America Innovative Lawyers report. In 2019, the firm ranked No. 1 for Talent, Strategy & Changing Behaviors, No. 2 for the business of law and No. 7 overall. 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 inhouse 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 that legal decision-makers at top companies rank 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 Most Pioneering Firm for Female Lawyers and for Pro Bono Program of the Year in Chambers’ 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards USA, and 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. The National Law Journal named McGuireWoods to its ‘2019 Pro Bono Hot List.’
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Many of the firm’s practices enjoy nationwide recognition and consistently are ranked among the industry elite. McGuireWoods earned nationwide recognition in the 2019 Chambers USA guide in areas related to energy, healthcare, M&A, products liability, projects, transportation, and food and beverage. For the fourth year in a row, McGuireWoods received a nationwide ranking for private wealth law in the Chambers High Net Worth guide. And the firm’s fintech team earned a nationwide ranking in the 2020 Chambers FinTech guide. In US News-Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms, McGuireWoods has been named Law Firm of the Year for banking and finance, banking and finance litigation, and trusts and estates. In addition, the firm had 28 lawyers listed in banking and finance law in 2020’s Best Lawyers in America, the most of any firm in the nation.
Law360 recognized McGuireWoods as a 2019 White Collar Group of the Year — one of only five firms to earn the prestigious honor. It marked the second time the publication has recognized the firm for its elite government investigations and white collar litigation practice and the fifth time Law360 lauded McGuireWoods as a Group of the Year. The firm previously also received the accolade for its banking, automotive and sports practices. For the second year in row, the firm ranked No. 1 worldwide in 2019 for advising lenders in syndicated loans, according to Refinitiv, with 254 deals, more than any other firm in the world. The value of those deals — $223.6 billion — places the firm second in proceeds.
The firm’s M&A practice solidified its position as a leading law firm for U.S. and global M&A transactions in 2019, earning top five rankings for U.S. deal count and top 10 rankings for global deals in year-end league tables published by Refinitiv and Bloomberg. McGuireWoods’ capital markets practice also attained top 10 league table rankings for advising corporate issuers and underwriters in an array of transactions.