McGuireWoods’ commitment to client service, excellence, diversity, and community involvement has made us proud recipients of recognition and awards in each of these areas. The firm is honored to have received the following recent accolades.
U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms,” 2015 – McGuireWoods earned first-tier nationwide 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 complete national and metropolitan rankings can be found here.
Best Lawyers in America ®, Woodward/White Inc., 2015 – 196 lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2014. 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.
Best Lawyers in America's “Lawyers of the Year,” Woodward/White Inc., 2015 – 23 lawyers were selected by their peers as 2015 “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practice areas and designated metropolitan areas.
BTI Consulting Group “Brand Elite,” 2015
– Ranked as one of the top 26 law firms with the most elite and sought after brands. In the nationwide survey of corporate counsel, McGuireWoods was
recognized as one of the most frequently short-listed firms, meaning one of the top firms clients turn to first when a new need arises.
BTI Consulting Group “Most Recommended Law Firms,” 2015
– Ranked for the fifth consecutive year as one of the most recommended law firms serving Fortune 1000 companies. The report, which is based on unprompted responses by in-house legal decision makers, recognizes an elite group of law firms that corporate counsel are willing to recommend to their peers as superior service providers. McGuireWoods is among 25 firms that have earned this recognition five years in a row.
Chambers Global, 2015 – McGuireWoods was recognized as a global leader in international trade law in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global. Additionally, seven of the firm’s lawyers were ranked individually in the areas of Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy & Natural Resources, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and International Trade Law.
Chambers UK, 2015 – Six McGuireWoods’ London-based lawyers and the firm’s Litigation practice were recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers UK. The lawyers were ranked in a range of practice areas, including employment, financial crime, litigation, real estate and restructuring and insolvency.
Corporate Counsel Magazine’s “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies,” 2015
– McGuireWoods ranked among the top four law firms nationwide representing Fortune 500 companies in Corporate Counsel magazine’s annual survey of
"Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies,” and topped the list of firms companies turned to for torts litigation matters in the past year. The firm
ranked fifth for labor and employment litigation, seventh for both labor litigation and securities litigation, and 15th for contracts litigation. Those
rankings helped the firm surge to fourth position on the overall chart, up eight places from last year. The firm also ranked ranks second among
full-service law firms, with the top two spots held by firms that focus primarily on labor and employment work.
Chambers USA, 2014 – Recognized McGuireWoods’ lawyers 79 times and practice areas 21 times in 2014 guide, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Notably, the firm's Wealth Management team received a Band 1 Nationwide ranking for the sixth time.
BTI Consulting Group “Client Service A-Team,” 2014 – Ranked for the eighth time among BTI’s “Client Service 30” list of law firms serving Fortune 1000 companies. In the report McGuireWoods is named among “Leaders of the Best” for the firm’s breadth of services, providing value for the dollar and handling client problems.
BTI Consulting Group “Power Elite,” 2014 – Ranked No. 8 on BTI’s 2014 Power Elite list of the top 23 law firms recognized for superior client relationships. The results are based on feedback by more than 500 corporate counsel from Global 500 and Fortune 1000 companies spanning more than 15 industry sectors.
Law 360 ‘Trial Aces,” 2015 — The respected legal news service
Law360 named McGuireWoods partner Ron Franklin as one of the top 50 U.S.
litigators in its inaugural “Trial Aces” series. The series recognizes
litigators who have an average win rate exceeding 80 percent as a first-chair
attorney in high-stakes trials.
Law360, 2014 – Ranked among the top 20 law firms in Law360’s “400 Largest Firms” list based on U.S. attorney head count.
Legal 500 UK, 2014 – 13 lawyers from the firm’s London office were recommended in the 2014 listing. The Legal 500 is an independent guide, and firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit.
Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014 – 134 lawyers named “Super
Lawyers,” an honor awarded annually to select lawyers by state. 90 lawyers named
Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" for 2014, an honor awarded annually to select
lawyers who are 40 years old or younger.
Belgian Legal Awards, 2013 – Brussels office named "International Law Firm of the Year in Brussels."
BTI Consulting Group “Benchmarking Corporate Counsel Management Strategies,” 2013 – Ranked among the 22 top law firms praised by corporate counsel as being the best at handling eDiscovery.
BTI Consulting Group “Client Service All-Star Report,” 2013 – Seven lawyers were named in the report, which is based on feedback by corporate counsel who identified lawyers, unprompted and by name, as the “absolute best at delivering client service.”
Vault Law 100, 2013 – Ranked one of the “most prestigious” firms in the world by the Vault guide to the top 100 law firms.
BTI Consulting Group, “BTI Litigation Outlook,” 2016 — One of only
two firms recognized in all eight practice categories in the 2016 edition of
“BTI Litigation Outlook: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms,” based
on feedback from corporate counsel. McGuireWoods earned the elite “Powerhouse”
ranking for product liability litigation and complex commercial litigation. The
firm also was recognized as a “Standout” for class action and torts, routine
commercial litigation, complex employment litigation, and routine employment
litigation, and made BTI’s “Honor Roll” for securities and finance litigation
and intellectual property litigation.
American Health Lawyers Association, 2015 – Ranked No. 8 on the American Health Lawyers Association’s annual “Top Ten” list – published in the June 2015 issue of Modern Healthcare – recognizing law firms, organizations, government agencies, health plans and consulting firms that encourage and sustain member participation in AHLA. McGuireWoods also made the honor roll enrolling the most members in North Carolina and Virginia. Additionally, Modern Healthcare ranked McGuireWoods among the top 25 largest healthcare law firms based on a blended score of the number of healthcare lawyers employed in 2014 and AHLA membership.
American Lawyer Media’s “Global Legal Award,” 2015 –The American Lawyer’s 2015
Global Legal Awards recognized the favorable settlement in Brian Riopelle’s
multi-year trade secrets case for DuPont over Kolon Industries for stealing
manufacturing secrets to Kevlar.
GIR 100, 2015 — Ranked among the world’s top 40 investigations
firms in the first edition of the GIR 100, a guide to leading cross-border
investigations practices based on independent research by Global Investigations
Review. The GIR 100 firms were selected for their ability to carry out
sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations.
LMA Your Honor Awards, 2015
– McGuireWoods received the first place “Marketing on a Shoestring” Legal Marketing Association award in recognition of our private equity team’s
associate-led “Deal Buzz – Engaging young Private Equity Professionals” program to connect clients and establish a network of industry relationships.
Bloomberg Global Legal Adviser League Tables, 2014 – Ranked No. 7 in volume ($23.9 billion) for U.S. Investment Grade Issuer Advisers, up seven places from 2013, and ranked seventh in deal (65) count in the same category. The firm ranked No. 9 in both volume ($29.9 billion) and deal count (69) for U.S. Corporates Issuer Advisers, No. 11 in volume for U.S. Equity Linked Issuer Advisers ($1 billion), and 14th in volume ($6 billion) for U.S. High Yield Issuer Advisers.
Law360, 2014 – McGuireWoods’ Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation practice was named a white collar “Practice Group of the
Year,” for 2014. The practice was profiled in a feature article published by
Law360 on Feb. 9, 2015.
Legal 500 Europe, 2014 – The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2014 recognized seven of McGuireWoods’ Brussels-based lawyers and recommended four of the firm’s practices in the areas of real estate (Tier 2); customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping (Tier 3); information technology (Tier 3); and corporate and mergers and acquisitions (Tier 5).
Legal Elite, 2014 – Thirty-six McGuireWoods lawyers from five
offices were selected by their professional peers to be included in Virginia
Business magazine’s 2014 Legal Elite. McGuireWoods lawyers were represented in
14 categories, including Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights for which the firm had
more lawyers listed than any other firm in the state.
The Bond Buyer, 2014 – Ranked the No. 1 bond counsel firm in Virginia and No. 3 in Maryland for 2013, according to The Bond Buyer. The firm was also ranked No. 7 in the Southeast.
Thomson Reuters Loan Pricing Corporation, 2014 –
Consistently ranked in the top 10 firms in the U.S. in syndicated loans by
volume of credit exposure and number of deals by Loan Pricing Corporation’s Law
Firm League Table. McGuireWoods ranked fifth in number of deals and fifth in
overall dollar volume for its representation of lead arrangers and bookrunners
in syndicated debt financings in 2014. McGuireWoods closed 128 syndicated
financings with combined commitments of over $91.6 billion in 2014.
Wealth Management: U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms,” 2014 – McGuireWoods was named “Law Firm of the Year” in the category of Trusts & Estates Law, a distinction only one law firm receives per practice area. The national first-tier rankings were published in the first edition of the “Best Law Firms” Legal Issue. All rankings may be found at bestlawfirms.usnews.com.
Wealth Management: Chambers USA, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006 – One of few firms in the United States to have its wealth management practice receive the highest possible ranking – Band 1 for Wealth Management: Nationwide.
BTI Consulting Group, “BTI Litigation Outlook,” 2013 – Recognized as one of only three “Litigation Powerhouse: Class Action and Tort,” firms in the 2013 edition of BTI Litigation Outlook: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms, based on feedback from corporate counsel. Also cited as a “standout” for product liability litigation, routine employment litigation, complex commercial litigation and complex employment litigation, and listed on the honor roll for routine commercial litigation and “Most Feared Litigation Firms.”
Law360, 2012 – Ranked on Law360's 2012 Largest Law Firms list. The firm was also named to Law360's 2012 lists of the largest law practice groups in the areas of bankruptcy, competition, employment, energy, environmental, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, media and entertainment, mergers and acquisitions, privacy, product liability, real estate, securities, and white collar.
Finance Monthly, 2011 – Named the “2011 Insurance and Reinsurance Firm of the Year, USA.”
Thomson Reuters Capital Markets Review of Legal Advisors, 2010 – Ranked third by monetary value in the United States among top law firms for serving as issuer’s counsel for global equity issuances on behalf of issuers in 2009. We represented issuers in connection with global equity offerings representing more than $19 billion in proceeds; and ranked in the top five for U.S. common stock offerings on behalf of issuers and U.S. equity and equity-related issuances.
Employment Law360 Litigation Almanac, 2009 – Ranked as having one of the "Top 10 Busiest Employment, Civil Rights and ADA Practices" in the United States.
Law360, 2015 – McGuireWoods ranked fifth on Law360’s list of “The 25 Best Law Firms for Black Attorneys,” recognizing firms that have a significantly higher ratio of African American lawyers than the industry average, particularly at the partner level. It
was part of the inaugural “Law360 Minority Report” survey of diversity among big U.S. law firms.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2014 – McGuireWoods received the 2014 NAPABA President’s Award in recognition of the firm’s support for NAPABA and the NAPABA Law Foundation and its internship program.
Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009 and 2007 – One of only 50 law firms in the United States named by Working Mother magazine as a “Best Law Firm for Women.” Co-sponsored by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers, the award honors law firms for demonstrated commitment to the retention and advancement of female talent.
Equality Illinois Recognition, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 – Selected by Equality Illinois for the fifth year as one of the top Illinois law firms with a growing commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusiveness in the workplace.
Minority Corporate Counsel Association 2011 Innovator Award – One of five recipients of the award, which is bestowed upon U.S. in-house legal departments, law firms, bar associations or legal organizations in recognition of their recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers.
Multicultural Law Magazine, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 – Named a Top 100 Law Firm for Diversity (2009-2012), a Top 100 Law Firm for Women Lawyers (2009–2012). Also named a Top 25 Law Firm for African-American Lawyers in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2011 – Received the Firm Appreciation Award in recognition of the firm’s support for NAPABA.
University of Maryland Black Law Student Association, 2011 – Received the 2011 Firm Diversity Award.
North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, 2010 — Honored with the 2010 Balance Life Work Place Award in the “large firm” category. The award recognizes McGuireWoods for policies that “promote opportunities for attorneys to balance their careers with family, community and other aspects of their lives.”