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McGuireWoods LLP
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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
Websitewww.mcguirewoods.com

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.

History

1800s-1960s

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]

1966-2000

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]

2000-Present

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

References

  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". Law.com. 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". nydailynews.com. 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". news.bloomberglaw.com. 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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