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McGuireWoods LLP
HeadquartersRichmond, Virginia
No. of offices21[1]
No. of attorneys1000+
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Date founded1834; 186 years ago (1834)
FounderEgbert R. Watson
Company typeLimited liability partnership

McGuireWoods LLP is a U.S. law firm with 1,100 lawyers in 21 offices worldwide. The firm's largest offices are in Richmond, VA, Charlotte, NC, and Chicago, IL.



McGuireWoods traces its origins to two lawyers, Egbert R. Watson[2] and Murray Mason McGuire.[3] In 1834, Watson opened a law office in Charlottesville, VA.[2][3] In 1870, he formed a partnership with his son-in-law, George Perkins[2] in what would become Perkins, Battle & Minor.

In 1897, McGuire started practicing law in Richmond, VA.[3] He was joined by John Stewart Bryan in 1898 and the two formed McGuire & Bryan.[3] In the 1960s, the firm became McGuire, Woods, King, Davis & Patterson.[3]


In 1966, Charlottesville’s Battle, Neal, Harris, Minor & Williams merged with Richmond’s McGuire, Woods, King, Davis & Patterson to create McGuire, Woods & Battle.[3][2] In 1987, the firm merged with Boothe, Prichard & Dudley to create McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe.[2]

In 1991, McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe took over Cable, McDaniel, Bowie & Bond, a Baltimore law firm.[4] After additional mergers, the firm changed its name to McGuireWoods in 2000.[2][5]

In 1998, the firm established its affiliate McGuireWoods Consulting to provide consulting services in government and public relations.[3][2]


In 2003, McGuireWoods merged with Chicago firm Ross and Hardies.[6] In 2006, McGuireWoods merged with Chicago-based Gordon & Glickson.[7]

In 2008, the firm merged with Helms Mulliss & Wicker in North Carolina.[8] In 2009, McGuireWoods opened a London office after a merger.[9]

In 2014, McGuireWoods opened its Dallas office.[10] In 2015, the firm entered into an alliance with FuJae Partners, a Shanghai-based law firm[11] and opened a second office in Los Angeles.[12] In 2016, the firm opened an office in San Francisco.[3] As of 2019, the firm has 21 offices worldwide.[1]

In December 2017, Richard Cullen stepped down as chairman of McGuireWoods and partner Jonathan Harmon became the firm’s new chairman.[13] In 2019, Richard Davis was hired as the new chief operating officer.[14]

Notable Cases, Investigations and Transactions

  • In 2015, FIFA president Sepp Blatter hired McGuireWoods’ attorney Richard Cullen. At the time, several FIFA members had been indicted on corruption charges.[15]
  • In May 2018, Elizabeth Hutson led the McGuireWoods team that represented human trafficking survivor Kendra Ross. Ross was awarded an almost $8 million judgment, the largest civil single-plaintiff human trafficking award in U.S. history, in the suit she brought against the nationwide regimented cult The Value Creators Inc. (formerly known as The United Nation of Islam).[16]
  • McGuireWoods LLP was paid $479,680 in 2019 for legal services to Vice President Mike Pence during the Mueller investigation.[17]

McGuireWoods Alums

Current McGuireWoods Lawyers and/or Consultants with McGuireWoods Consulting (MWC)

See also


  1. ^ a b "McGuireWoods law firm hires new chief operating officer". Richmond Times Dispatch. 2019-10-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "McGuireWoods (1834)". The Daily Progress. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "McGuireWoods". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  4. ^ "Major Va. law firm coming to Baltimore McGuire, Woods to merge with Cable, McDaniel as of Nov. 1". Baltimore Sun. October 3, 1991.
  5. ^ "Former U.S. Ambassador to Australia William C. Battle dies". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  6. ^ "McGuireWoods merger part of 'ongoing strategy'". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  7. ^ "Gordon & Glickson Merges With McGuireWoods". 2006-01-19. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  8. ^ "McGuireWoods LLP Gains Dominant Position in N.C. Market As Merger With Helms Mulliss & Wicker Is Completed". 2008-04-01. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
  9. ^ "McGuireWoods to Wed London-Based Law Firm With 36 Attorneys". ABA Journal. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  10. ^ "Why National Law Firms Are Flocking to Texas". D Magazine. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  11. ^ "Seeking China Beachhead, McGuireWoods Inks Shanghai Deal". Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  12. ^ "McGuireWoods expands in LA with Integer Law deal". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  13. ^ "Jon Harmon to lead troops as chairman at McGuireWoods as Cullen steps down from role". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  14. ^ "McGuireWoods names new COO". Virginia Business. 2019-10-01. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  15. ^ "FIFA president Sepp Blatter lawyers up, hires high-powered attorney Richard Cullen". Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  16. ^ "The cult next door: Debunking five misconceptions about human trafficking". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  17. ^ Lee, Michelle Ye Hee (June 30, 2020). "A dozen donors paid nearly $480,000 in legal fees for Pence in Mueller inquiry, new filing shows". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on July 2, 2020. The MRP Legal Expense Trust Fund paid $479,680 in 2019 to McGuireWoods LLP for legal services, according to a financial disclosure released Tuesday. Pence had retained a top lawyer at the firm, Richard Cullen, as outside counsel in the Russia probe.
  18. ^ "Lawyer Who Made Case for Clinton Indictment Confirmed as Judge". Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  19. ^ "Carlos Muniz Confirmed as Education Department General Counsel". Executive Gov. 2018-04-19. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  20. ^ "New leadership coming to McGuireWoods Consulting". TheHill. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  21. ^ "Former U.S. Ambassador to Australia William C. Battle dies". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  22. ^ "Richard Cullen to step down as McGuireWoods chairman but continue law practice". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  23. ^ "John Adams, the political opposite of Attorney General Mark Herring, wants his job". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  24. ^ "WV gov. hires former US acting AG for residency lawsuit". Charleston Gazette. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  25. ^ Russell-Kraft, Stephanie. "McGuireWoods Nabs White Collar Litigator From Perkins Coie". Bloomberg Law. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  26. ^ "The 50 Most Influential People In Columbia". Columbia Business Monthly. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  27. ^ "Handshake's latest update lets James Madison University students search for jobs and internships".
  28. ^ "McGuireWoods".
  29. ^ "VAS Selects McGuire Woods Consulting for Lobbying Representation". VAS. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  30. ^ "Former House speaker joins McGuireWoods Consulting". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2020-06-16.

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