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McGuireWoods’ commitment to client service, excellence, diversity, and community involvement has made us proud recipients of recognition and awards in each of these areas. The firm is honored to have received the following recent accolades.

Firm Recognition

Best Lawyers in America ®, Woodward/White Inc., 2015 – 196 lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2014. Notably, 18 of the firm’s lawyers were listed in the practice area of Banking and Finance Law, the most of any firm in the nation.

Best Lawyers in America's “Lawyers of the Year,” Woodward/White Inc., 2015 – 23 lawyers were selected by their peers as 2015 “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practice areas and designated metropolitan areas.

Chambers Global, 2015 – McGuireWoods was recognized as a global leader in international trade law in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global. Additionally, seven of the firm’s lawyers were ranked individually in the areas of Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy & Natural Resources, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and International Trade Law.

Chambers UK, 2015 – Six McGuireWoods’ London-based lawyers and the firm’s Litigation practice were recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers UK. The lawyers were ranked in a range of practice areas, including employment, financial crime, litigation, real estate and restructuring and insolvency.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms,” 2015 – McGuireWoods earned first-tier nationwide rankings in 21 practice areas —including “Law Firm of the Year” in Banking and Finance Law — in the 2015 edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms,” placing it among the 20 U.S. firms with the most top-tier rankings. The firm’s complete national and metropolitan rankings can be found here.

BTI Consulting Group “Brand Elite 18,” 2014 – Ranked as one of the top law firms in the country in a nationwide survey of corporate counsel that examined legal innovation, value of service and overall strength of legal brand. In the report, McGuireWoods was recognized as one of the top four firms to “use technology more effectively or in new ways to add value."

BTI Consulting Group “Client Service A-Team,” 2014 – Ranked for the eighth time among BTI’s “Client Service 30” list of law firms serving Fortune 1000 companies. In the report McGuireWoods is named among “Leaders of the Best” for the firm’s breadth of services, providing value for the dollar and handling client problems.

BTI Consulting Group “Power Elite,” 2014 – Ranked No. 8 on BTI’s 2014 Power Elite list of the top 23 law firms recognized for superior client relationships. The results are based on feedback by more than 500 corporate counsel from Global 500 and Fortune 1000 companies spanning more than 15 industry sectors.

Chambers USA, 2014 – Recognized McGuireWoods’ lawyers 79 times and practice areas 21 times in 2014 guide, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Notably, the firm's Wealth Management team received a Band 1 Nationwide ranking for the sixth time.

Corporate Counsel Magazine’s “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies,” 2014 – McGuireWoods ranked among the top 12 law firms nationwide representing Fortune 500 companies in Corporate Counsel magazine’s annual survey of "Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies." The firm ranked seventh overall in labor and employment and in the Top 20 in Securities, Torts and Labor Litigation. The firm was also recognized in the Contracts category.

Law360, 2014 – Ranked among the top 20 law firms in Law360’s “400 Largest Firms” list based on U.S. attorney head count.

Legal 500 UK, 2014 – 13 lawyers from the firm’s London office were recommended in the 2014 listing. The Legal 500 is an independent guide, and firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit.

BTI Consulting Group “Benchmarking Corporate Counsel Management Strategies,” 2013 – Ranked among the 22 top law firms praised by corporate counsel as being the best at handling eDiscovery.

BTI Consulting Group “Client Service All-Star Report,” 2013 – Seven lawyers were named in the report, which is based on feedback by corporate counsel who identified lawyers, unprompted and by name, as the “absolute best at delivering client service.”

Vault Law 100, 2013 – Ranked one of the “most prestigious” firms in the world by the Vault guide to the top 100 law firms.

Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012 – 157 lawyers named “Super Lawyers,” an honor awarded annually to select lawyers by state. 62 lawyers named Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" for 2012, an honor awarded annually to select lawyers who are 40 years old or younger.

Belgian Legal Awards Group, 2010 – Brussels office named "The Best United States Law Firm in Brussels."

Practice Recognition

American Lawyer Media’s “Global Legal Award,” 2014 –The American Lawyer’s 2014 Global Legal Awards recognized the purchase of Smithfield Foods by Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. – the largest ever purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm – among the most distinguished cross-border transactions of 2013. McGuireWoods was recognized as playing a pivotal role in helping to complete the transaction.

American Health Lawyers Association, 2014 – Ranked No. 8 on the American Health Lawyers Association’s annual “Top Ten” list – published in the June 2014 issue of Modern Healthcare – recognizing law firms, organizations, government agencies, health plans and consulting firms that encourage and sustain member participation in AHLA. McGuireWoods made the honor roll for membership in North Carolina, Illinois and Virginia for having 120 members enrolled in 11 of the association’s practice groups. The firm also was ranked No. 10 on Modern Healthcare’s Largest Healthcare Law Firms list published in the June 2014 issue, based on a blended score of healthcare lawyers employed in 2013 and AHLA membership.

Bloomberg Global Legal Adviser League Tables, 2014 – Ranked No. 7 in volume ($23.9 billion) for U.S. Investment Grade Issuer Advisers, up seven places from 2013, and ranked seventh in deal (65) count in the same category. The firm ranked No. 9 in both volume ($29.9 billion) and deal count (69) for U.S. Corporates Issuer Advisers, No. 11 in volume for U.S. Equity Linked Issuer Advisers ($1 billion), and 14th in volume ($6 billion) for U.S. High Yield Issuer Advisers.

BTI Consulting Group, “BTI Litigation Outlook,” 2014 – Listed on the honor roll for product liability litigation, complex employment litigation and routine commercial litigation in the 2014 edition of BTI Litigation Outlook: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms, based on feedback from corporate counsel. Also cited on the honor roll of firms that respondents said they would “… really rather not see as lead opposing counsel in a litigation case.”

Law360, 2014 – McGuireWoods’ Government, Regulatory and Criminal Investigations practice was named a white collar “Practice Group of the Year,” for 2014. The practice was profiled in a feature article published by Law360 on Feb. 9, 2015.

Legal 500 Europe, 2014 – The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2014 recognized seven of McGuireWoods’ Brussels-based lawyers and recommended four of the firm’s practices in the areas of real estate (Tier 2); customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping (Tier 3); information technology (Tier 3); and corporate and mergers and acquisitions (Tier 5).

Legal Elite, 2014 – Thirty-six McGuireWoods lawyers from five offices were selected by their professional peers to be included in Virginia Business magazine’s 2014 Legal Elite. McGuireWoods lawyers were represented in 14 categories, including Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights for which the firm had more lawyers listed than any other firm in the state.

The Bond Buyer, 2014 – Ranked the No. 1 bond counsel firm in Virginia and No. 3 in Maryland for 2014, according to The Bond Buyer. The firm was also ranked No. 7 in the Southeast.

Thomson Reuters Loan Pricing Corporation, 2014 – Consistently ranked in the top 10 firms in the U.S. in syndicated loans by volume of credit exposure and number of deals by Loan Pricing Corporation’s Law Firm League Table. McGuireWoods ranked fifth in number of deals and fifth in overall dollar volume for its representation of lead arrangers and bookrunners in syndicated debt financings in 2014. McGuireWoods closed 128 syndicated financings with combined commitments of over $91.6 billion in 2014.

Wealth Management: U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms,” 2014 – McGuireWoods was named “Law Firm of the Year” in the category of Trusts & Estates Law, a distinction only one law firm receives per practice area. The national first-tier rankings were published in the first edition of the “Best Law Firms” Legal Issue. All rankings may be found at bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

Wealth Management: Chambers USA, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006 – One of few firms in the United States to have its wealth management practice receive the highest possible ranking – Band 1 for Wealth Management: Nationwide.

BTI Consulting Group, “BTI Litigation Outlook,” 2013 – Recognized as one of only three “Litigation Powerhouse: Class Action and Tort,” firms in the 2013 edition of BTI Litigation Outlook: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms, based on feedback from corporate counsel. Also cited as a “standout” for product liability litigation, routine employment litigation, complex commercial litigation and complex employment litigation, and listed on the honor roll for routine commercial litigation and “Most Feared Litigation Firms.”

Law360, 2012 – Ranked on Law360's 2012 Largest Law Firms list. The firm was also named to Law360's 2012 lists of the largest law practice groups in the areas of bankruptcy, competition, employment, energy, environmental, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, media and entertainment, mergers and acquisitions, privacy, product liability, real estate, securities, and white collar.

Legal 500 UK, 2012 – McGuireWoods London was recommended by the guide in six practices areas: Corporate and commercial—Flotations: small and mid-cap; Finance—Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans; Corporate and commercial—M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m; Dispute resolution—Commercial litigation; Private client– Personal tax, trusts and probate; and Real estate– Commercial property. The Legal 500 is an independent guide, and firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit.

Finance Monthly, 2011 – Named the “2011 Insurance and Reinsurance Firm of the Year, USA.”

The Legal 500 Directory, 2010 – Wrote that our London-based labor and employment team’s “knowledge and work ethic is outstanding.”

Thomson Reuters Capital Markets Review of Legal Advisors, 2010 – Ranked third by monetary value in the United States among top law firms for serving as issuer’s counsel for global equity issuances on behalf of issuers in 2009. We represented issuers in connection with global equity offerings representing more than $19 billion in proceeds; and ranked in the top five for U.S. common stock offerings on behalf of issuers and U.S. equity and equity-related issuances.

Employment Law360 Litigation Almanac, 2009 – Ranked as having one of the "Top 10 Busiest Employment, Civil Rights and ADA Practices" in the United States.

Diversity Recognition

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2014 – McGuireWoods received the 2014 NAPABA President’s Award in recognition of the firm’s support for NAPABA and the NAPABA Law Foundation and its internship program.

Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009 and 2007 – One of only 50 law firms in the United States named by Working Mother magazine as a “Best Law Firm for Women.” Co-sponsored by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers, the award honors law firms for demonstrated commitment to the retention and advancement of female talent.

Equality Illinois Recognition, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 – Selected by Equality Illinois for the fourth year as one of the top Illinois law firms with a growing commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusiveness in the workplace.

Multicultural Law Magazine, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 Named a Top 100 Law Firm for Diversity (2009-2012), a Top 100 Law Firm for Women Lawyers (2009–2012). Also named a Top 25 Law Firm for African-American Lawyers in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Minority Corporate Counsel Association 2011 Innovator Award – One of five recipients of the award, which is bestowed upon U.S. in-house legal departments, law firms, bar associations or legal organizations in recognition of their recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2011 – Received the Firm Appreciation Award in recognition of the firm’s support for NAPABA.

University of Maryland Black Law Student Association, 2011 – Received the 2011 Firm Diversity Award.

North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, 2010 — Honored with the 2010 Balance Life Work Place Award in the “large firm” category. The award recognizes McGuireWoods for policies that “promote opportunities for attorneys to balance their careers with family, community and other aspects of their lives.”