McGuireWoods Earns High Marks in Chambers USA Survey: Firm’s Practices Ranked 27 Times and Lawyers 89 Times by Leading Guide

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 13:01

Chambers and Partners has recognized McGuireWoods lawyers 89 times and firm practice areas 27 times in its 2016 guide, “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,” the widely read and respected guide to leading law firms.

Twelve McGuireWoods practices attained Band 1 rankings, the highest that Chambers awards. The firm earned a nationwide Band 1 ranking for Wealth Management for the eighth time, underscoring the longstanding reputation of its nationally recognized Private Wealth Services group. McGuireWoods also received nationwide practice rankings for Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation); Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation; and Products Liability & Mass Torts.

McGuireWoods lawyers earned 32 Band 1, “Star Individual,” “Eminent Practitioner” or “Senior Statesman” rankings, reflecting market-leading reputations in their fields. Eight of the firm’s lawyers moved up in the rankings since 2015, including two who moved into the Band 1 category: Richard Cullen (Litigation: General Commercial) and Gary S. Marshall (Labor and Employment).

The firm’s prominence in the Chambers USA guide follows its recent high rankings for international trade law in Chambers and Partners’ 2016 Global Guide. McGuireWoods was ranked among the international trade elite for its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy practice and its experience in customs law and sanctions.

Chambers USA and its sister publications are published by Chambers & Partners, which ranks top lawyers and practices in 185 countries based on in-depth interviews with clients and lawyers and independent research.

Practice Rankings 

In addition to the nationwide rankings, McGuireWoods earned state rankings in the following practices:

Antitrust (Illinois, Band 3)
Banking & Finance (North Carolina, Band 1; Georgia, Band 3; California, Band 4; Illinois, Band 4)
Bankruptcy/Restructuring (North Carolina, Band 1; Virginia, Band 1, Pennsylvania, Band 5) 

Corporate M&A (Southern Virginia, Band 1; North Carolina, Band 3; Maryland, Band 4) 

Environment (Virginia, Band 1; North Carolina, Band 3)

Healthcare (Illinois, Band 2)

Intellectual Property (Southern Virginia, Band 1)

Labor & Employment (Virginia, Band 1)

Litigation: General Commercial (North Carolina, Band 1; Virginia, Band 1; Illinois, Band 4)

Litigation: Products Liability (Virginia, Band 1)

Real Estate (Southern Virginia, Band 1; Northern Virginia, Band 2)

Technology & Outsourcing (Illinois, Band 4)

McGuireWoods was also recognized as a “noted firm” in the following practice areas:

Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Illinois)
Corporate/M&A (Texas)
Healthcare (Nationwide)
Real Estate (North Carolina)
Transportation: Aviation (Nationwide)
Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial) (Nationwide)

Individual Rankings

McGuireWoods’ lawyers received individual recognition in Chambers USA in the following categories:


Illinois – Amy Manning of Chicago

Banking and Finance
California – Neil W. Rust and Gary D. Samson of Los Angeles-Century City; Hamid Namazie and Mark Spitzer of Los Angeles-Downtown

Georgia – Art Gambill and Hilary P. Jordan of Atlanta

Illinois – Philip J. Perzek and Donald A. Ensing (Up and Coming) of Chicago

North Carolina – Eric L. Burk and Rebecca Chaffin of Charlotte


Illinois – Brian Swett of Chicago 

Maryland – James Van Horn of Baltimore

North Carolina – J. Trevor Johnston, Robert H. Pryor and Scott P. Vaughn of Charlotte

Pennsylvania – Mark Freedlander of Pittsburgh

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


Maryland – Cecil Martin III of Baltimore

North Carolina – Boyd C. Campbell Jr. (Senior Statesman), Larry J. Dagenhart (Senior Statesman), E. Lynwood Mallard and David B. Whelpley Jr., of Charlotte

Southern Virginia – Robert L. Burrus Jr. (Senior Statesman), Clifford A. Cutchins IV and David N. Oakey of Richmond


Energy & Natural Resources: Regulatory
Illinois – Mark R. Johnson of Chicago

Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)
Nationwide – Todd Mullins and Noel Symons of Washington, D.C.

North Carolina – Benne C. Hutson of Charlotte; Charles D. Case (Star Individual) of Raleigh
Virginia – David E. Evans (Senior Statesman), John M. Lain, Daniel K. Slone and James A. Thornhill of Richmond


Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Nationwide – George J. Terwilliger III of Washington

Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation 

Nationwide – James Neale of Charlottesville

Illinois – Scott Becker and James B. Riley Jr. of Chicago


Healthcare: Regulatory & Litigation
Nationwide – Scott Becker of Chicago

Healthcare: Transactional
Nationwide – Scott Becker of Chicago

Texas – J. Mark Lawless of Austin

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

Labor and Employment
Georgia – Richard B. Hankins of Atlanta

Illinois – Joel H. Spitz of Chicago

North Carolina – Bruce M. Steen of Charlotte

Virginia – Gary S. Marshall and W. Carter Younger of Richmond; Stephen W. Robinson of Tysons

Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation

Virginia – James P. McElligott Jr. of Richmond

Litigation: General Commercial
Illinois – David L. Hartsell and Marta A. Stein of Chicago

North Carolina – Douglas W. Ey Jr. (Eminent Practitioner) and Bradley R. Kutrow  of Charlotte
Virginia – J. William Boland,  Richard Cullen and Rosewell Page III (Senior Statesman) of Richmond

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
North Carolina – Kenneth D. Bell of Charlotte

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

Product Liability & Mass Torts 

Nationwide – Samuel L. Tarry Jr. of Richmond

Real Estate
Georgia – John Grieb of Atlanta

Virginia – Dorothea W. Dickerman of Tysons and Nancy R. Little of Richmond

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
Northern Virginia – Jonathan Rak, Gregory A. Riegle and Kenneth Wire of Tysons

Georgia – Gerald Thomas of Atlanta 

Technology & Outsourcing
Illinois – Steve Gold of Chicago

Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial)
Nationwide – J. Brian Jackson of Charlottesville, Virginia


Wealth Management: Eastern Region
Nationwide  – Ronald D. Aucutt, Dennis I. Belcher, Michele McKinnon and John O’Grady of Richmond; Charles D. Fox IV of Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville associate Ashley Winsky was named an “Associate to Watch” in Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial) (Nationwide); and Chicago associate Stephanie Lynn Strelau was named an “Associate to Watch” in Technology & Outsourcing (Illinois).

In addition, the following McGuireWoods lawyers were named “Recognized Practitioners”:


District of Columbia – Douglas Foley of Washington

Georgia – Thomas Walker of Atlanta

Illinois – Aaron McCollough of Chicago

New York - Jeffrey L. Rothschild of New York

Labor & Employment

Virginia – Rodney Satterwhite of Richmond

Litigation: General Commercial

District of Columbia – Amy Miller of Washington

Technology & Outsourcing

Illinois – Derek Roach of Chicago

Transportation: Aviation: Finance

Nationwide –Patricia Hosmer of Charlotte

Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory

Nationwide – John D. Padgett of Norfolk


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