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MCGUIREWOODS LLP: McGuireWoods Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2019 Leading Lawyers Guide

By Press release submission | May 6, 2019


McGuireWoods LLP issued the following announcement on April 30.

Chambers and Partners recognized McGuireWoods lawyers 83 times and firm practice areas 39 times in the 2019 edition of “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.”

Seven practice areas received nationwide recognition: Food & Beverages: Regulatory and Litigation; Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation); Healthcare; Product Liability & Mass Torts; Corporate/M&A; Projects: Renewable & Alternative Energy; and Transportation: Aviation: Finance.

McGuireWoods earned 13 Band 1 regional practice rankings in Banking & Finance; Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Corporate M&A; Environment; Intellectual Property; Labor & Employment; Litigation: General Commercial; Litigation: Products Liability; and Real Estate.

Individually, 25 lawyers earned Band 1, “Star Individual,” “Eminent Practitioner,” or “Senior Statespeople” rankings, reflecting their stature as leaders in their respective practices and industry areas.

In interviews with Chambers researchers, clients praised the firm for going beyond outstanding legal service.

“They provide sound advice, understand our needs and desires as a business, produce excellent work product and have top-notch partners and associates,” a client said of the firm’s litigation practices.

Another applauded the firm’s M&A lawyers for “their diverse range of skill sets,” adding, “if something falls out of our core area of work, they can cover that.”

Clients also noted the firm’s market-leading capabilities in banking and finance. One described McGuireWoods as “absolutely a cut above in this area in terms of industry knowledge, responsiveness — and all of the other attributes.” Another said the firm is “recognized as one of the preeminent practices in the country in terms of syndicated loans.”

Clients commended the firm’s energy regulatory lawyers, particularly in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission enforcement matters. “They are exceptional and have a national footprint with a smaller boutique firm feel,” one said. “They are very responsive and have a good command of their subject matter.”

The Chambers USA honors follow the firm’s recent nationwide rankings in Chambers’ 2019 Fintech Guide and annual High Net Worth Guide.

Practice Rankings

McGuireWoods earned state recognition in the following practices:

Antitrust (Illinois)

Banking & Finance (North Carolina, Pittsburgh & Surrounds, California, Georgia, Illinois)

Bankruptcy/Restructuring (North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois)

Corporate/M&A (Southern Virginia, Charlotte & Surrounds, Maryland, Texas)

Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (Pittsburgh & Surrounds)

Environment (Virginia, North Carolina)

Healthcare (Illinois, North Carolina)

Insurance (Texas)

Intellectual Property (Southern Virginia, Texas)

Labor & Employment (Virginia, North Carolina, California)

Litigation: General Commercial (North Carolina, Virginia, Pittsburgh & Surrounds, Illinois)

Litigation: Products Liability (Virginia)

Real Estate (Northern Virginia, Southern Virginia)

Technology & Outsourcing (Illinois)

Individual Rankings

McGuireWoods lawyers were recognized in the following categories:


Illinois – Amy Manning and Angelo Russo of Chicago

Banking & Finance

California – Hamid Namazie and Mark Spitzer of Los Angeles; Peter Szurley of San Francisco

Georgia – Christopher Greene and Chris Molen of Atlanta

Illinois – Philip Perzek of Chicago

North Carolina – Eric Burk, Rebecca Chaffin and W. Kent Walker of Charlotte

Pittsburgh & Surrounds – Penny Zacharias of Pittsburgh

Banking & Finance: Public Finance

North Carolina – Mary Nash K. Rusher of Raleigh


District of Columbia – Douglas Foley of Washington

New York – Brian Swett of New York

North Carolina – Robert H. Pryor and Scott Vaughn of Charlotte

Pittsburgh & Surrounds – Mark Freedlander of Pittsburgh

Virginia – Sarah Boehm, Dion Hayes and John Maddock of Richmond; David Swan of Tysons


Maryland – Cecil Martin III and Heather Welch Arbogast of Baltimore

New York – Jeffrey L. Rothschild of New York

North Carolina – Chris Scheurer and David B. Whelpley Jr. of Charlotte

Southern Virginia – Joanne Katsantonis of Richmond

Texas – David P. McLean of Dallas

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity

Pittsburgh & Surrounds – David Hornyak and Ryan Purpura of Pittsburgh

Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)

Nationwide – Todd Mullins and Noel Symons of Washington

Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity)

Texas – Becky H. Diffen of Austin


North Carolina – David Franchina of Charlotte; Charles D. Case of Raleigh

Virginia – John Lain, Dale Mullen, and James Thornhill of Richmond

Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation

Nationwide – James Neale of Charlottesville


Illinois – Scott Becker, Jason Greis, James B. Riley Jr. and Amber McGraw Walsh of Chicago

North Carolina – Bart Walker of Charlotte

Healthcare: Transactional

Nationwide – Scott Becker of Chicago


Texas – Pamella A. Hopper and J. Mark Lawless of Austin

Intellectual Property

Southern Virginia – David E. Finkelson, Janet P. Peyton and Brian C. Riopelle of Richmond

Texas – Darren Collins of Dallas

Intellectual Property: Patent

New York – Benjamin C. Hsing of New York

Labor & Employment

Georgia – Richard B. Hankins of Atlanta

Illinois – Joel Spitz of Chicago

North Carolina – Brian Barger and Bruce Steen of Charlotte

Virginia – Gary Marshall of Richmond, Stephen W. Robinson of Tysons

Litigation: General Commercial

Maryland – Ava Lias-Booker of Baltimore

North Carolina – Douglas W. Ey Jr. and Bradley R. Kutrow of Charlotte

Texas – Ronald Franklin of Houston

Litigation: Healthcare & Medical Malpractice

North Carolina – Mark Anderson of Raleigh

Litigation: Products Liability

Virginia – Terrence Bagley, Stephen Busch, Samuel L. Tarry Jr., J. Tracy Walker IV and Steven R. Williams of Richmond

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Illinois – Christina Egan of Chicago

North Carolina – Ken Bell of Charlotte

Virginia – John Adams, Richard Cullen and Howard C. “Toby” Vick Jr. of Richmond


Nationwide – Timothy P. Callahan of Chicago

Projects: Renewable & Alternative Energy

Nationwide – Timothy P. Callahan of Chicago

Real Estate

Georgia – John Grieb of Atlanta

Southern Virginia – Nancy Little of Richmond

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Northern Virginia – Gregory Riegle of Tysons

Southern Virginia – D. Brennen Keene of Richmond


Georgia – Gerald Thomas of Atlanta

Technology & Outsourcing

Illinois – Steve Gold of Chicago

Transportation: Aviation: Finance

Nationwide – Patricia F. Hosmer of Charlotte

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