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200 McGuireWoods Attorneys Recognized In 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Firm Earns 20 Lawyer of the Year Honors; Continues Dominance in Banking and Finance Law With Top Performance in Nation

August 17, 2018

Two hundred attorneys from McGuireWoods’ U.S. offices were selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 20 of whom were named Lawyers of the Year, an honor given to only one lawyer in each practice area per city.

Among the 200 honored, 25 are listed in the area of Banking and Finance Law, the most of any firm in the nation. McGuireWoods has earned this distinction for six consecutive years, underscoring the depth and experience of the firm’s corporate finance practices. In addition, the firm has 32 lawyers listed in Commercial Litigation and 25 in Real Estate 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” for 2019:

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

ATLANTA – Art Gambill, Banking and Finance Law; Christopher K. Greene, Banking and Finance Law; John T. Grieb, Real Estate Law; Richard Hankins, Litigation - Labor and Employment; Fred T. Isaf, Real Estate Law; Gerald V. Thomas II, Tax Law; Thomas R. Walker, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

AUSTIN J. Mark Lawless, Insurance Law

BALTIMORE – 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; Cecil E. Martin III, Corporate Law, Emery B. McRill, Banking and Finance Law, Public Finance Law; Patrick M. Shelley, Real Estate Law; James E. Van Horn, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

CENTURY CITY, Calif. Thomas L. Becket, Real Estate Law

CHARLOTTE – Stephen David Allred, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance; Brian D. Barger, Employment Law - Management, 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; Eric L. Burk, Banking and Finance Law; Rebecca S. Chaffin; Banking and Finance 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; Douglas W. Ey Jr., Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Taylor Wedge French, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; William N. Harris, Real Estate Law;  James T. Hedrick Jr., Banking and Finance Law; James H. Jeffries IV, Communications Law, Energy 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, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Venture Capital Law; John G. McDonald, Employment Law - Management; E. Graham McGoogan Jr., Tax Law, Trusts and Estates; Loy McKeithen, Banking and Finance Law; Raj Natarajan, Banking and Finance Law; Paul M. Navarro, Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment; Christopher S. Nesbit, Corporate Law; Robert Hugh Pryor, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy; Marvin L. Rogers, Banking and Finance Law; Staci E. Rosche, Banking and Finance Law; Chris Scheurer, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions 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; Litigation - Bankruptcy;  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; Bart Walker, Health Care Law; W. Kent Walker Jr., Banking and Finance Law; Mayleng S. Watson, Real Estate Law; David B. Whelpley Jr., Construction Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law; J. Michael Wilson, Tax Law; Elizabeth G. Wren, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. 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, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Venture Capital Law; Kurt J. Krueger, Corporate Law; Leigh B. Middleditch Jr., Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, Tax Law; James F. Neale, Litigation - Insurance; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; R. Craig Wood, Education Law, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants  

CHICAGO Scott Becker, Health Care Law; Timothy P. Callahan, Construction Law; Scott L. Glickson, Technology Law; Steve Gold, Technology Law; Richard Mason, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law;  Aaron G. McCollough, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Robert G. McElroy, Tax Law; Kay McNab, Banking and Finance Law; Philip J. Perzek, Banking and Finance Law; James B. Riley Jr., Health Care Law; Brian I. Swett, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

COLUMBIA, S.C. James H. Hodges, Government Relations Practice  

DALLAS – Jason W. Cook, Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Patent

HOUSTON Richard D. Deutsch, Arbitration; International Arbitration -Commercial;  Ronald G. Franklin, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs; Richard P. Keeton, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Securities

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Thomas R. Brice, Employment Law - Management; Scott S. Cairns, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Railroad Law; Kenneth M. Keefe Jr., Real Estate Law; Christopher J. Thanner, Real Estate Law

LOS ANGELES Mark A. Spitzer, Banking and Finance Law

NEW YORK Michael J. DiMattia, Litigation - Labor and Employment; J. Kevin Dougherty, Corporate Law, Public Finance Law; William E. Goydan, Commercial Litigation; T. Craig Harmon, Real Estate Law; Kenneth E. Noble, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

NORFOLK, Va. Richard J. Cromwell, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Robert W. McFarland, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation; John D. Padgett, Admiralty and Maritime Law; Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Transportation Law; Mark D. Williamson, Real Estate Law

PITTSBURGH Robert E. Bittner, Real Estate Law; Hannah Thompson Frank, Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Mark E. Freedlander, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy; 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; Scott E. Westwood, Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Penny E. Zacharias; Banking and Finance Law   

RALEIGH, N.C.Mark E. Anderson, Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants; Jean Gordon Carter, Trusts and Estates; Charles D. Case, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental; Anthony C. Cianciotti, Banking and Finance Law; Mary Lynne Grigg, Energy Law; Justin D. Howard, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Mary Nash K. Rusher, Banking and Finance Law, Public Finance Law

RICHMOND, Va. Arthur E. Anderson II, Banking and Finance Law, Public Finance Law; Terrence M. Bagley, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Mary Dalton Baril, Copyright Law, Gaming Law; John S. Barr, Arbitration, Mediation; Craig D. Bell, Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Tax Law; Sarah B. Boehm, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy; J. William Boland, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance; Robert L. Burrus Jr., Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law; Stephen D. Busch, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Thomas E. Cabaniss, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Real Estate Law; Robert M. Cipolla, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; M. Ann Neil Cosby, Real Estate Law; Richard Cullen, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar; W. Birch Douglass III, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates; Howard Feller, Antitrust Law, Litigation - Antitrust; David E. Finkelson, Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Patent, Patent Law; Bryan A. Fratkin, Litigation - Banking and Finance; J. William Gray Jr., Non-Profit/Charities Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates; Kristen Hager, Trusts and Estates; Jonathan P. Harmon, Employment Law - Individuals; 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; D. Brennen Keene, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law; 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, Energy Regulatory Law; Nancy R. Little, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law; John H. Maddock III, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy; Gary S. Marshall, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment; George Keith Martin, Construction Law, Municipal Law, 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, Litigation - Labor and Employment; Michele A. W. McKinnon, Non-Profit / Charities Law, 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; Janet P. Peyton, Trademark Law; Edmund S. Pittman, Real Estate Law; Matthew P. Rash, Real Estate Law; Robert F. Redmond Jr., Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Joseph K. Reid III, Energy Regulatory Law, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; David L. Richardson, Banking and Finance Law, Public Finance Law; Bradley A. Ridlehoover, Litigation and Controversy - Tax; 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, Labor Law - Management; 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, Litigation - Bankruptcy; K. Elizabeth Sieg, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy; Thomas J. Stallings, Health Care 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; Stephen H. Watts II, Energy Law; Jill Misage Webb, Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Scott L. Weber, Real Estate 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; Warren E. Zirkle, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Securities

SAN FRANCISCOPeter Szurley, Securitization and Structured Finance

TYSONS, Va. Ronald D. Aucutt, Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates; M. Melissa Glassman, Litigation - Construction; Michael W. Graff, Banking and Finance Law; Richard D. Holzheimer Jr., Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Real Estate; 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; John D. Wilburn, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; Litigation - Real Estate; Gino Zaccardelli, Trusts and Estates

WASHINGTON, D.C. Frank J. Donatelli, Government Relations Practice; Douglas M. Foley, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy; George J. Terwilliger III, Criminal Defense: White Collar; John H. Thompson, Litigation - Bankruptcy; G. William Tysse, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

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

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