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Commercial Litigation

Representation of our business clients in commercial disputes has been a cornerstone of McGuireWoods’ practice since the firm was founded. Businesses turn to McGuireWoods when it is necessary to take action to protect their interests, products and brands, or to defend against high-stakes claims. Our commercial litigators solve complex business problems for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to emerging enterprises, and operates in virtually every sector of the world economy.

Businesses that choose McGuireWoods know that many of our more than 400 commercial litigators are exceptional, first-chair trial lawyers who are ready to go to court across the United States and Europe in the most complex, “bet-the-company” commercial matters. They know that we have unraveled the most complicated financial structures, strategic transactions and business arrangements. They also know that we have the bench strength to efficiently handle large volumes of more routine claims.

Commercial Litigation Practice Overview

McGuireWoods focuses relentlessly on identifying and achieving our clients’ business objectives when litigation is necessary. We know that litigation often has a direct bottom-line impact. Thus, we have trained our team on cutting-edge principles of legal project management and planning to provide clients with early case evaluations and aggressive plans for achieving their business goals. Because of this, we have invested significant capital in the technology resources and training that are necessary to implement those plans in a data-driven business environment.

Our broad and deep experience in complex commercial litigation includes multiple areas of concentration, particularly in the areas of securities and financial services litigation.

The bottom line: innovation and intensity, seasoned by judgment and experience, drive consistent positive results for our business clients in commercial litigation matters.

 

CONTACTS

J. William Boland Partner T: +1 804 775 4374
Leonard J. Marsico Partner T: +1 412 667 7987
Bradley R. Kutrow Partner T: +1 704 343 2049
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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One of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the United States

Representation of multiple defendants including one of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the United States in a high-profile nuisance suit in federal district court in Mississippi asserting that the defendants’ air emissions are contributing to global warming.
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Media group

Representation of media group in the wind-down of its operations following the sale of the majority of its assets to various purchasers. Relationship began as emergency response to a court order freezing company assets and continued as general assistance including negotiations with trade vendors, landlords, and subtenants.
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Real estate investment, finance, management and development company

Obtained summary judgment for a real estate investment, finance, management and development company for $13.5 million on personal guaranty in a real estate transaction.
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A beverage company

Managing in-house counsel in proceedings involving weights and measures compliance issue of first impression.
Case Study

Team wins high-stakes arbitration for major transportation company

A team of McGuireWoods lawyers from Jacksonville and Atlanta secured a significant arbitration victory for a leading North American supplier of rail transportation services.

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Fortune 100 financial services company

Representation of Fortune 100 financial services company as the primary secured lender in the bankruptcy cases of two real estate holding companies of a group of companies that the bank had been litigating against in state and federal court in Virginia. Obtained the appointment of a chapter 11 trustee in 2013, and are working with him to liquidate the real estate to satisfy the bank’s claim.
Case Study

Maryland Court of Appeals reverses more than $1.5 billion in damages against firm client ExxonMobil

A team of McGuireWoods attorneys in the firm’s Baltimore office successfully represented firm client ExxonMobil in its appeals of more than $1.5 billion in verdicts rendered by juries in two cases stemming from a 2006 underground gasoline leak at a service station located in Jacksonville, Maryland. Plaintiffs’ claimed contamination of their water supply with MTBE, a gasoline additive and claimed that MTBE was a carcinogen.

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Prominent manufacturer of polyurethane foam products

Representation of a prominent manufacturer of polyurethane foam products, in litigation that consolidates numerous direct and indirect class actions and currently eleven direct "opt-out" actions, each alleging price-fixing and customer allocation by foam manufacturers in North America. McGuireWoods is performing all discovery counsel services from collecting the documents to reviewing and producing the documents in all the related litigation matters. McGuireWoods also counseled the client on document retention policy.
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Multinational industrial conglomerate

Represented a multinational industrial conglomerate in certain significant securities litigation matters. In the aftermath of negative publicity involving the alleged conduct of the company's former chief executive officer, a number of shareholders initiated actions under federal and state securities laws.
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Asbestos and silica trust

Represent post-bankruptcy trust seeking to recover in excess of $500 million in asbestos- and silica-related liabilities from its liability insurers. Have obtained favorable trial court rulings on trigger of coverage, fortuity and exhaustion. Settled prior to trial.
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Fortune 100 financial services company

Serving as National Discovery Counsel for a Fortune 100 financial institution. Counseling the client on Discovery and ESI policies and practices and serving as record Discovery Counsel in high profile matters.
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One of the largest financial services companies in the US

Represented one of the largest financial services companies in the U.S. in litigation in federal court regarding mortgage insurance coverage for loans made by the bank and arising from borrower defaults on residential loans.
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Petrochemical companies

Represent major oil company seeking to recover from its liability insurers tens of millions in defense costs and settlements related to numerous underlying MTBE-related product liability claims
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Large technology company

Representation of a large technology company in DOJ and SEC investigations. Served as discovery counsel in related multi-district litigation. Performed all discovery services including worldwide collection, review and production of millions of pages of documents. Counseled client on document retention policy.
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Multinational industrial conglomerate

Representation of a multinational industrial conglomerate in more than 40 purported securities class actions in the aftermath of a high-level corporate scandal. The multidistrict litigation involved collection and production of more than 80 million pages of documents and 250 fact and expert depositions. Following settlement of the class actions, the firm effectively defended several consolidated opt-out cases seeking more than a billion dollars from the company. These actions were favorably settled after motion to dismiss briefing was concluded.
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World’s largest pork producer and processor

Representation of a large global food company in multiple environmental cases. McGuireWoods is performing all discovery counsel services from collecting the documents to reviewing and producing the documents in all the related litigation matters.
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World-class university academic and healthcare system in North Carolina

Counseled a world-class university academic and healthcare system in North Carolina on policies and practices related to electronically stored information and discovery and managing and negotiating discovery in a high profile matter.
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US audit, tax and advisory services firm

Represented a U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm in securities claims and a direct shareholder action brought by a bank’s shareholders against multiple defendants to recover losses in the bank’s stock in the time leading to the merger of two banking entities.
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A group of underwriters

Representation of a group of underwriters in an action pending in federal court that alleges violations by the underwriters of Sections 11 and 12 of the Securities Act of 1933 and violations by the issuer and others of both the 1933 Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
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Automobile industry supplier

Representation of an automobile industry supplier in litigation in federal court in Missouri against its liability insurers regarding payment of retrospective premiums and collateral in connection with multiple workers compensation, automobile liability and general liability insurance contracts in place over a ten-year period.
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Kenneth W Abrams Kenneth W. Abrams
Associate
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4771
F: +1 757 640 3950
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Amanda Abshire Amanda West Abshire
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2196
F: +1 704 444 8764
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John D Adams John D. Adams
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 804 775 4744
F: +1 804 698 2061
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T:+1 202 857 2927
F: +1 202 857 1737

Tammy L Adkins Tammy L. Adkins
Counsel
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 5727
F: +1 312 920 6193
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Kristina M Allen Kristina M. Allen
Associate
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 2164
F: +1 212 715 6262
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Stephen David Allred Stephen David Allred
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2214
F: +1 704 444 8702
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John Huske Anderson Jr. John Huske Anderson Jr.
Partner
300 North Third Street
Suite 320
Wilmington, NC 28401-4099

T: +1 910 254 3828
F: +1 910 254 3900
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Franklin D Annand Franklin D. Annand
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1755
F: +1 202 857 2959
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Andrew Atkins Andrew D. Atkins
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2324
F: +1 704 444 8765
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E. Osborne Ayscue Jr. E. Osborne Ayscue Jr.
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2058
F: +1 704 343 2300
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Terrence M Bagley Terrence M. Bagley
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4371
F: +1 804 698 2008
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Steven N Baker Steven N. Baker
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2262
F: +1 704 353 6172
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Sarah H Barcellona Sarah H. Barcellona
Attorney
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2036
F: +1 704 444 8830
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John S Barr John S. Barr
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4709
F: +1 804 698 2238
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George J Barry III George J. Barry III
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5734
F: +1 404 443 5753
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R. R. Locke Beatty R. Locke Beatty
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2244
F: +1 704 353 6160
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Marshall Beil Marshall Beil
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7004
F: +1 212 715 2319
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Elizabeth Laningham Bellamy Elizabeth Laningham Bellamy
Associate
JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Suite 7500
Houston, TX 77002-2906

T: +1 713 353 6694
F: +1 713 571 9652
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Maurice A Bellan Maurice A. Bellan
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

7 Saint Paul Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-1671

T: +1 202 857 2400
F: +1 202 828 2981
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T:+1 410 659 4438
F: +1 410 659 4599

Thomas M Beshere Thomas M. Beshere
Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1004
F: +1 804 698 2193
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Eric Bilik R. Eric Bilik
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 2685
F: +1 904 360 6304
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Jonathan T Blank Jonathan T. Blank
Partner
Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

T: +1 434 977 2509
F: +1 434 980 2258
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Daniel F Blanks Daniel F. Blanks
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 3235
F: +1 904 360 6309
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William J Boddy William J. Boddy
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1625
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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J. William Boland J. William Boland
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4374
F: +1 804 698 2015
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Speaking Engagement

Toxic Tort Issues Related to Spray Polyurethane

November 26, 2013
International Association of Defense Counsel Webinar
Event

U.S. Supreme Court Review and Preview

September 5, 2013
Live and simulcast as webinar
Speaking Engagement

90 Days before Trial: Preparation Skills

May 30, 2013
Speaking Engagement

Fifth Annual Litigation Funding Conference

Maximising Opportunities in Litigation Funding

May 23, 2013
London
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Article

The Impact of the May 2013 Montana “Blueprint” on the Sexual Harassment-Related Obligations of Colleges and Universities

NACUANOTES Vol. 11, No. 12
June 14, 2013
Josh D. Whitlock, Meredith E. Green, Amanda West Abshire, published by the National Association of College and University Attorneys
Article

Predictive Coding

Silver Bullet or Pandora's Box?

The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation
February 6, 2013
Publication

Expert Discovery Issues in State and Federal Court

Where’s the Ballpark and What are the Ground Rules?

Antitrust & Complex Business Dispute News, Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association
January 2013
Article

Protecting Your Most Valuable Assets

Industrial Distribution
March 2007
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