Press Release

Best Lawyers Names 27 McGuireWoods Partners ‘Lawyers of the Year’

August 17, 2015

Twenty-seven McGuireWoods partners from eight offices have been named 2016 “Lawyers of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America, an honor afforded to only one lawyer in each practice area per city.

In addition, 193 McGuireWoods lawyers from the firm’s U.S. offices were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2016. Notably, 18 of the firm’s lawyers are listed in the practice area of Banking and Finance Law, the most of any firm in the nation.

McGuireWoods also has the most listed lawyers in Virginia with 93. In addition, the firm has the most Virginia lawyers listed in 15 practice areas, including Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Energy 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 2016:

ATLANTA (10)John C. Beane, Corporate Law; Art Gambill, Banking and Finance Law; John T. Grieb, Real Estate Law; Fred T. Isaf, Real Estate Law; Richard Hankins, Litigation – Labor and Employment; Hilary P. Jordan, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law; William B. Marianes, Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Jonathan R. Shils, Securitization and Structured Finance Law; Gerald Thomas, Tax 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, Public Finance Law; Cheryl O'Donnell Guth, Non-Profit / Charities Law; Ava E. Lias-Booker, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation-Securities; Emery B. McRill, Banking and Finance Law, Public Finance Law.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (39) 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), Litigation - Securities; Irving M. Brenner, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Labor and Employment; 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; Andrea C. Chomakos, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates; 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, Corporate Law; Susan Pyle Dion, Employment Law – Management; Kathleen Dooley, Commercial Litigation; 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; 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, Venture Capital Law; John G. McDonald, Employment Law - Management; E. Graham McGoogan Jr., Tax Law, 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, Litigation - Bankruptcy; P. Christian Scheurer, Corporate Law; L.D. Simmons II, Insurance Law; Bruce M. Steen, Commercial Litigation, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation – ERISA, Litigation - Labor and Employment; Catherine E. Thompson, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Securities; Scott P. Vaughn, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Richard W. Viola, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation; H. Landis Wade Jr., Employment Law - Individuals, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law – Management, 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, 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, Trusts and Estates; David Z. Izakowitz, Employment Law – Management, Immigration Law; J. Brian Jackson, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Steven J. Keeler, Venture Capital Law; Kurt J. Krueger, Corporate Law; Leigh B. Middleditch Jr., Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, Tax Law; James F. Neale, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; R. Craig Wood, Education Law, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law – Management, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants.

CHICAGO (11) Scott Becker, Health Care Law; Steve Gold, Technology Law; Reuben L. Hedlund (retired), Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Securities; Sally Doubet King, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Aaron G. McCollough, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Robert G. McElroy, Tax Law; Arthur B. Muir (retired), 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.

DALLAS (2) Jason W. Cook, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent; Mark A. Platt, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

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

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

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

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

NORFOLK, Va. (5) 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, Transportation Law; Mark D. Williamson, Real Estate Law.

PITTSBURGH (6) Hannah T. Frank, Mergers and Acquisitions Law; 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, Litigation - Real Estate; David P. Pusateri, International Trade and Finance Law; Gordon W. Schmidt, Commercial Litigation.

RALEIGH, N.C. (3) Mark E. Anderson, Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants; Mary Lynne Grigg, Energy Law; Justin D. Howard, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.

RICHMOND, Va. (68) Arthur E. Anderson II, Public Finance Law; Terrence M. Bagley, Commercial Litigation, 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, Trusts and Estates; Craig D. Bell, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law; J. William Boland, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance; Robert L. Burrus Jr., Corporate Governance Law, 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, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Robert M. Cipolla, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Richard Cullen, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Clifford A. Cutchins IV,, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law; W. Birch Douglass III, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates; David E. Evans, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, Water Law; Howard Feller, Antitrust Law, Litigation - Antitrust; David E. Finkelson, Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law; Edward L. Flippen, Energy Law; Bonnie M. France, Public Finance Law; Gloria L. Freye, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law; Jonathan P. Harmon, Employment Law - Individuals; T. Craig Harmon, Real Estate Law; Dion W. Hayes, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy; Patrick T. Horne, Energy Law; Joanne Katsantonis, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Jerry W. Kilgore, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Government Relations Practice; Donald E. King, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Mark J. La Fratta, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law; John M. Lain, Water Law; Vishwa B. Link, Energy Law; Nancy R. Little, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law; Gary S. Marshall, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment; George Keith Martin, Construction Law, Municipal Law and Real Estate Law; Eugene E. Mathews III, Commercial Litigation; James P. McElligott Jr., Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - ERISA and Litigation - Labor and Employment; Michele A. W. McKinnon, Non-Profit / Charities Law and Trusts and Estates; Charles L. Menges, Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law; Christopher R. Nolen, Government Relations Practice; John B. O'Grady, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates; Scott Oostdyk, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Environmental; Rosewell Page III, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Environmental, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Janet P. Peyton, Trademark Law; Robert F. Redmond Jr., Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Joseph K. Reid III, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; David L. Richardson, Public Finance Law; Brian C. Riopelle , Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Patent; Thomas P. Rohman, Tax Law; Dana Rust, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law – Management, 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, Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Gilbert E. “Bud” Schill Jr., Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Education Law, Health Care Law; Joseph S. Sheerin, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Daniel K. Slone, Environmental Law; Thomas J. Stallings, Health Care Law; William J. Strickland, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Public Finance Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law; Samuel L. Tarry Jr., Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; James A. Thornhill, Environmental Law; Howard C. Vick, Jr., Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar; J. Tracy Walker IV, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; James H. Walsh, Antitrust Law, Litigation - Antitrust; Stephen H. Watts II, Energy Law; Jill Misage Webb, Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Anne Marie Whittemore, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation - Securities; Steven R. Williams, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 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, Litigation - Labor and Employment; Warren E. Zirkle, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Securities.

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (4) Frank J. Donatelli, Government Relations Practice; Steven D. Kittrell, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Robert Plotkin, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking, Finance and Litigation – Securities; George J. Terwilliger III, Criminal Defense: White Collar.

WILMINGTON, N.C. (3) David E. Huffine, Real Estate Law; Henry L. Kitchin Jr., Commercial Litigation; 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 6.7 million detailed evaluations of lawyers.

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