Press Release

Best Lawyers Names 23 McGuireWoods Partners ‘Lawyers of the Year’

August 19, 2014

Twenty-three McGuireWoods LLP partners from six offices have been named 2015 “Lawyers of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America, an honor afforded to only one lawyer in each category per city.

In addition, 196 McGuireWoods lawyers, across all 18 of the firm’s U.S. offices, were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015. 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.

In Virginia, McGuireWoods had the most lawyers listed in 15 practice areas, including Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Energy Law and Healthcare Law.

Best Lawyers selects honorees based on the results of surveys in which thousands of lawyers confidentially evaluate their peers. The following McGuireWoods partners were recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective specialties:

The following McGuireWoods lawyers were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015:

ATLANTA (9) – Gordon R. Alphonso, Environmental Law and Litigation-Environmental; John C. Beane, Corporate Law; Michael Arthur Gambill Jr., Banking and Finance Law; John T. Grieb, Real Estate Law; Fred T. Isaf, Real Estate Law; Hilary P. Jordan, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law and Securitization and Structured Finance Law; William B. Marianes, Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Jonathan R. Shils, Securitization and Structured Finance Law; Thomas R. Walker, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

AUSTIN, Texas (1) – J. Mark Lawless, Insurance Law.

BALTIMORE (5) – Ilene A. Bailey, Real Estate Law; Alan C. Cason, Banking and Finance Law and Public Finance Law; Cheryl O'Donnell Guth, Non-Profit / Charities Law; Ava E. Lias-Booker, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance and Litigation-Securities; Emery B. McRill, Banking and Finance Law and Public Finance Law.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (38) – Stephen David Allred, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance; Brian D. Barger, Litigation - Labor and Employment; Kenneth D. Bell, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense-White Collar, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) and Litigation - Securities; Irving M. Brenner, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Labor and Employment; Herbert H. Browne Jr., Trusts and Estates; Jonathan Edward Buchan, Litigation - First Amendment; Boyd C. Campbell Jr., Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Jeffrey R. Capwell, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Peter J. Covington, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Antitrust, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Securities; Robert W. Cramer , Banking and Finance Law; Larry J. Dagenhart, Banking and Finance Law and Corporate Law; Douglas W. Ey Jr., Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; John C. Fennebresque, Banking and Finance Law; James Hans Guterman, Banking and Finance Law; James T. Hedrick Jr., Banking and Finance Law; Matthew John Hoefling, Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Benne C. Hutson, Environmental Law; J. Trevor Johnston, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Bradley R. Kutrow, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - First Amendment, Litigation - Securities, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; E. Lynwood Mallard, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Harrison L. Marshall Jr., Corporate Law and Venture Capital Law; John G. McDonald, Employment Law - Management; E. Graham McGoogan Jr., Tax Law and Trusts and Estates; R. Malloy McKeithen, Banking and Finance Law; Paul M. Navarro, Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment; Robert Hugh Pryor, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy; P. Christian Scheurer, Corporate Law; L.D. Simmons II, Insurance Law; Robert W. Simmons, Real Estate Law; Bruce M. Steen, Commercial Litigation, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - ERISA and Litigation - Labor and Employment; Catherine E. Thompson, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Securities; Scott P. Vaughn, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Richard W. Viola, Securities / Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation; H. Landis Wade Jr., Employment Law - Individuals, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment; W. Kent Walker Jr., Banking and Finance Law; David B. Whelpley Jr., Construction Law; J. Michael Wilson, Tax Law; Elizabeth G. Wren, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (10) – Jonathan T. Blank, Commercial Litigation; Lucius H. Bracey Jr., Trusts and Estates; Charles D. Fox IV, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Tax Law and Trusts and Estates; David Z. Izakowitz, Employment Law - Management and Immigration Law; J. Brian Jackson, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Steven J. Keeler, Venture Capital Law; Kurt J. Krueger, Corporate Law; Leigh B. Middleditch Jr., Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law and Tax Law; James F. Neal, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; R. Craig Wood, Education Law, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants.

CHICAGO (10) – Scott Becker, Health Care Law; Steve Gold, Technology Law; Reuben L. Hedlund, Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Securities; Sally Doubet King, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Richard E. Lieberman, Litigation - Labor and Employment; Arthur B. Muir, Banking and Finance Law; Philip J. Perzek, Banking and Finance Law; James B. Riley Jr., Health Care Law; Marta A. Stein, Commercial Litigation; Brian I. Swett, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (1) – James H. Hodges, Government Relations Practice.

HOUSTON (6) – Todd Brewer, Public Finance Law; Ronald G. Franklin, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs; Richard P. Keeton, Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Securities; Jacks C. Nickens, Commercial Litigation and Securities / Capital Markets Law; David L. Ronn, Corporate Law; Hoang Trong Vu, Public Finance Law.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (4) – Donald D. Anderson, Evironmental Law and Litigation - Environmental; Scott S. Cairns, Litigation - Labor and Employment; Kenneth M. Keefe Jr., Real Estate Law; Halcyon E. Skinner, Banking and Finance Law and Corporate Law.

LOS ANGELES (2) – Neil W. Rust, Banking and Finance Law; Gary D. Samson, Banking and Finance Law and Equipment Finance Law.

NEW YORK (3) – Michael J. DiMattia, Litigation - Labor and Employment; J. Kevin Dougherty, Corporate Law and Public Finance Law; Philip Goldstein, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants.

NORFOLK, Va. (6) – Richard J. Cromwell, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Douglas M. Foley, Litigation - Bankruptcy; Robert W. McFarland, Commercial Litigation; John D. Padgett, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Transportation Law; William R. Waddell, Corporate Law; Mark D. Williamson, Real Estate Law.

PITTSBURGH (5) – Mark E. Freedlander, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Alan B. Gordon, Real Estate Law; Leonard J. Marsico, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions and Litigation - Real Estate; David P. Pusateri, International Trade and Finance Law; Gordon W. Schmidt, Commercial Litigation.

RALEIGH, N.C. (4) – Mark E. Anderson, Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants; Mary Lynne Grigg, Energy Law; Justin D. Howard, Commercial Litigation; James Y. Kerr II (departed firm in 2014 for Southern Company), Energy Law.

RICHMOND, Va. (77) – Arthur E. Anderson II, Public Finance Law; Terrence M. Bagley, Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Mary Dalton Baril, Copyright Law and Gaming Law; John S. Barr, Arbitration and Mediation; Dennis I. Belcher, Litigation - Trusts and Estates and Trusts and Estates; Craig D. Bell, Litigation and Controversy - Tax; J. William Boland, Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Banking and Finance; William G. Broaddus, Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Litigation - Municipal and Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Robert L. Burrus Jr., Corporate Governance Law and Corporate Law; Stephen D. Busch, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Thomas E. Cabaniss, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Clement D. Carter, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Robert M. Cipolla, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; John V. Cogbill III, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Real Estate Law; Richard Cullen, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Clifford A. Cutchins IV, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law; W. Birch Douglass III, Tax Law and Trusts and Estates; David E. Evans, Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental and Water Law; Renee B. Fain, Public Finance Law; Howard Feller, Antitrust Law and Litigation - Antitrust; David E. Finkelson, Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Patent and Patent Law; Edward L. Flippen, Energy Law; Bonnie M. France, Public Finance Law; Gloria L. Freye, Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law; T. Craig Harmon, Real Estate Law; Jonathan P. Harmon, Employment Law - Individuals; Dion W. Hayes, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy; Patrick T. Horne, Energy Law; Joanne Katsantonis; Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Jerry W. Kilgore, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Government Relations Practice; William H. King Jr., Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Donald E. King, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Mark J. La Fratta, Energy Law and Energy Regulatory Law; John M. Lain, Water Law; Vishwa B. Link, Energy Law; Nancy R. Little, Corporate Law and Real Estate Law; Gary S. Marshall, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment; George Keith Martin, Construction Law, Municipal Law and Real Estate Law; Eugene E. Mathews III, Commercial Litigation; Aaron G. McCollough, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; James P. McElligott Jr., Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - ERISA and Litigation - Labor and Employment; Robert G. McElroy, Tax Law; Michele A. W. McKinnon, Non-Profit / Charities Law and Trusts and Estates; Charles L. Menges, Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law; Christopher R. Nolen, Government Relations Practice; John B. O'Grady, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Tax Law and Trusts and Estates; Scott C. Oostdyk, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Environmental; Rosewell Page III, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Environmental, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Janet P. Peyton, Trademark Law; Robert F. Redmond Jr., Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Joseph K. Reid III, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; David L. Richardson, Public Finance Law; Brian C. Riopelle , Litigation - Intellectual Property and Litigation - Patent; Thomas P. Rohman, Tax Law; Deborah M. Russell, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Dana Rust, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment; Rodney A. Satterwhite, Employment Law – Management Information Technology Law and Labor Law - Management; Michael J. Schewel, Corporate Law, Economic Development Law, Energy Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Gilbert E. “Bud” Schill Jr., Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Education Law and Health Care Law; Joseph S. Sheerin, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Daniel K. Slone, Environmental Law; R. Gordon Smith, Corporate Law and Health Care Law; Thomas J. Stallings, Health Care Law; William J. Strickland, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Public Finance Law and Securities / Capital Markets Law; Charles R. Swartz, Real Estate Law; Samuel L. Tarry Jr., Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; James A. Thornhill, Environmental Law; Howard C. “Toby” Vick Jr., Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar; J. Tracy Walker IV, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; James H. Walsh, Antitrust Law and Litigation - Antitrust; Stephen H. Watts II, Energy Law; Anne Marie Whittemore, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Litigation - Environmental and Litigation - Securities; Steven R. Williams, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Thomas S. Word Jr., Trusts and Estates; W. Carter Younger, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Labor Law - Union, Litigation - Intellectual Property and Litigation - Labor and Employment; Warren E. Zirkle, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Intellectual Property and Litigation - Securities.

TYSONS CORNER, Va. (10) – Ronald D. Aucutt, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law and Trusts and Estates; Thomas C. Brown Jr., Corporate Law and Health Care Law; M. Melissa Glassman, Litigation - Construction; E. Kristen Moye, Banking and Finance Law; Jonathan P. Rak, Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law; Gregory A. Riegle, Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law; Stephen W. Robinson, Employment Law – Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment; Thomas E. Spahn, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation; David I. Swan, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Gino Zaccardelli, Trusts and Estates.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (3) – Frank J. Donatelli, Government Relations Practice; Steven D. Kittrell, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Robert Plotkin, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance and Litigation - Securities.

WILMINGTON, N.C. (3) – David E. Huffine, Real Estate Law; Henry L. Kitchin Jr., Commercial Litigation; and J. Dickson McLean, Corporate Law.

Published by Woodward/White Inc., Best Lawyers is regarded as a leading referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. Lawyers are selected for inclusion through a peer-review survey. Inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 5.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers.

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