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McGuireWoods Earns 21 First-Tier National Rankings in 2015 U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Firm Takes Top Honors in Banking and Finance Law

November 3, 2014

McGuireWoods earned first-tier national 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 top national ranking in Banking and Finance Law illustrates its consistent and growing strength in the area. McGuireWoods regularly ranks among the top 10 firms in syndicated loans by Thomson Reuters Loan Pricing Corporation’s Law Firm League Table. Through the first half of 2014, the firm’s debt finance practice ranked fifth in number of deals and fifth in overall dollar volume for its representation of lead arrangers and bookrunners in syndicated debt financings.

The top practice rankings came weeks after 18 McGuireWoods lawyers were listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the area of Banking and Finance Law, the most of any firm in the nation.

“We are very proud of the team we have built at this firm in the past several years and we continue to grow, attracting and retaining excellent lawyers,” said Robert W. Cramer, a partner in the firm’s Charlotte, North Carolina, office and chairman of its Debt Finance practice. “The breadth of our transactional experience and the depth of our bench provides an extensive and nationally recognized advantage for our clients.”

McGuireWoods received national Tier 1 rankings from “Best Law Firms” in the following practice areas:

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Health Care Law
  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Banking & Finance
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Tax
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers report is based on client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from attorneys in their field, and a review of information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Clients were asked to provide feedback on firm practice groups, addressing expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm.

With the most recent results, McGuireWoods holds the most tier-one practice group and lawyer rankings of any law firm in Virginia. The firm’s complete national and metropolitan rankings can be found here.

McGuireWoods earned metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in the following cities:

Atlanta: Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Gaming Law; Real Estate Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Baltimore: Banking and Finance Law; Public Finance Law; Real Estate Law

Charlotte: Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Law; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Management; Insurance Law; Labor Law – Management; Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation - First Amendment; Litigation - Labor & Employment; Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation – Securities; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; Real Estate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation; Tax Law; Trusts & Estates Law; Venture Capital Law

Charlottesville: Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law; Education Law; Employment Law – Management; Health Care Law; Labor Law – Management; Litigation - Trusts & Estates; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; Tax Law; Trusts & Estates Law.

Chicago: Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation: Health Care Law

Columbia, South Carolina: Government Relations Practice

Houston: Commercial Litigation; Public Finance Law

Jacksonville: Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental; Real Estate Law

Los Angeles: Banking and Finance Law

New York City: Public Finance Law

Norfolk: Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Pittsburgh: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; International Trade and Finance Law; Litigation – Banking & Finance; Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions; Litigation - Real Estate

Raleigh: Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Richmond: Antitrust Law; Appellate Practice; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Copyright Law; Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Education Law; Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Individuals; Employment Law – Management; Energy Law; Environmental Law; Gaming Law; Government Relations Practice; Health Care Law; Labor Law – Management; Land Use & Zoning Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Environmental; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Labor & Employment; Litigation - Land Use & Zoning; Litigation – Municipal; Litigation – Patent; Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation – Securities; Litigation – Tax; Litigation - Trusts & Estates; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Patent Law; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; Public Finance Law; Real Estate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Tax Law; Trademark Law; Trusts & Estates Law; Water Law

Washington, D.C. (metro area, including Tysons Corner): Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Management; Health Care Law; Land Use & Zoning Law; Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation – Construction; Litigation - Labor & Employment; Litigation – Tax; Real Estate Law; Tax Law; Trusts & Estates Law

Wilmington, North Carolina: Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law; Real Estate Law

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