Our Firm

Awards

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.

Firm Recognition

BTI Consulting Group “Brand Elite,” 2016 – Ranked among the “best of the best” law firms in three key client service categories, placing McGuireWoods among the most elite law firm brands in the nation. McGuireWoods was included among eight “Best of the Best” recommended law firms that clients would recommend to peers without prompting. The firm also was listed among the top 12 firms that clients would turn to first when a new need arises, and among the top nine firms for delivering more value than clients expect.

BTI Consulting Group “Client Service A-Team,” 2016 – Ranked for the 10th time among BTI’s “Client Service 30” list of law firms serving Fortune 1000 companies. In the report, McGuireWoods jumped to No. 6 on the list and is recognized among the "Leaders of the Best" in all four areas that general counsel have singled out as most important when it comes to differentiating a firm from its competitors: “Commitment to Help,” “Client Focus,” “Understands the Client's Business” and “Provides Value for the Dollar.”

BTI Consulting Group “State of Alternative Fee Arrangements,” 2016 – Ranked among an elite group of law firms that are “absolutely best” at developing and implementing alternative fee arrangements (AFAs) for their corporate clients. In the report, only 22 of 650 law firms serving Fortune 1000 and large clients were identified as the “best at making AFAs the successful cost control tool they were intended to be — bringing improved client focus, predictability in budgets, a more streamlined approach to the work, and double-digit savings.”

Chambers Global, 2016 – McGuireWoods was recognized as a global leader in international trade law in Chambers and Partners’ 2016 Global Guide. In its summary of the firm’s overall international trade work, Chambers editors cited McGuireWoods’ “highly skilled anti-dumping and anti-subsidy practice” and praised its experience in customs law and sanctions. They took particular note of lawyers’ experience in advising clients across Asia.

Chambers USA, 2016 – Recognized McGuireWoods’ lawyers 89 times and practice areas 27 times in its 2016 guide, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm’s Wealth Management group received a Band 1 nationwide ranking for the eighth time, and the firm received nationwide practice rankings for Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation); Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation; and Products Liability & Mass Torts.

Financial Times 2016 European Innovative Lawyer Awards – The Financial Times honored the firm in its European Innovative Lawyer Awards for its major role in establishing Green Lane, a first-of-its-kind one-stop shop for trade law services. Brussels partners Yves Melin and Vassilis Akritidis led McGuireWoods in creating the network of law firms that helps clients navigate the EU’s complex web of customs and trade laws. McGuireWoods is recognized in the “Innovation in New Models” category.

Legal 500 Europe, 2016 – In the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016 guide, McGuireWoods earned Tier 1 rankings for its work in the manufacturing and retail sectors. The firm was also ranked among the top law firms in the information technology and telecommunications sector (Tier 3) and in three practice areas: real estate and construction (Tier 3); customs, trade, WTO and anti-dumping law (Tier 3); and commercial, corporate, and mergers and acquisitions law (Tier 5). Seven McGuireWoods’ Brussels-based lawyers were singled out for their work in these areas.

The Legal 500 United States 2016 – This prestigious guide to the United States’ elite legal market affirmed McGuireWoods’ strengths as a national leader in 14 key practices and industry sectors in addition to honoring 30 of the firm’s lawyers. McGuireWoods was recognized in areas including energy; mergers and acquisitions; banking and finance; product liability; class actions and mass torts; healthcare; technology; white-collar criminal litigation; and commercial disputes.

North Carolina Bar Association, 2016 – Received the 2016 Large Law Firm Pro Bono Award in recognition of McGuireWoods’ pro bono efforts throughout North Carolina in the areas of child advocacy, domestic violence protection, consumer relief, veterans’ affairs, tax relief and estate planning.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms,” 2016 – McGuireWoods earned first-tier national rankings in 21 practice areas —including “Law Firm of the Year” in Litigation - Banking and Finance — in the 2016 edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.” The firm also placed among the top 20 U.S. firms with the most first-tier metropolitan rankings. The firm’s complete national and metropolitan rankings, based on client feedback, 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 “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 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 second among full-service law firms, with the top two spots held by firms that focus primarily on labor and employment work.

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.

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.

Practice Recognition

Acquisition International, Best Private M&A Law Firm in Belgium, 2016 — McGuireWoods’ Brussels office was named Best Private M&A Law Firm in Belgium by UK-based Acquisition International magazine in its fifth annual assessment of M&A industry leaders worldwide. The merit-based awards are given to those “most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors.”

GIR 100, 2016 — McGuireWoods was selected for the second consecutive year to the GIR 100 list, Global Investigations Review’s annual guide to the world’s top cross-border investigations practices. GIR 100 firms are recognized for their ability to carry out sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations.

The American Lawyer’s “Global Legal Awards,” 2016 — The American Lawyer recognized McGuireWoods in its 2016 Global Legal Awards for advising Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in the financing of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV’s acquisition of SABMiller Plc. The AB InBev/SAB financing — the largest commercial loan on record — won “Global Finance Deal of the Year: Acquisition Finance.”

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.

M&A Advisor, “Telecom Deal of the Year,” 2016 — M&A Advisor named the retail partnership between Sprint and RadioShack as the “Telecom Deal of the Year” in the annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards, which recognize top distressed investment and restructuring deals and the firms involved in closing the transactions. McGuireWoods advised its longtime client Sprint in completing the deal, which more than doubled Sprint’s company-owned retail footprint and expanded its ability to reach customers from coast to coast.

The Bond Buyer, 2016 – Ranked the No. 6 bond counsel firm in the Southeast ($2.5 billion total sales volume) and No. 1 in Virginia ($2.4 billion total sales volume) according to The Bond Buyer.

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.

Bloomberg Global Legal Adviser League Tables, 2015 – Ranked among the top law firms in multiple categories. No. 16 in volume ($22.7 billion) and 16th in deal count (31) in U.S. Corporate Issuer/Borrower Advisers; 17th in volume ($19.7 billion) and 14th in deal count (28) in U.S. Investment Grade Issuer Advisers; 17th in volume ($3.1 billion) for U.S. High Yield Issuer Advisers; 19th in volume ($9.9 billion) for Global Manager Advisers.

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.

Law360, 2015 – McGuireWoods was recognized as a “Sports Group of the Year” for 2015. The firm was profiled in a feature article published by Law360 on January 21, 2016. 

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.

Thomson Reuters Loan Pricing Corporation, 2015 – Topping Thomson Reuters’ rankings for syndicated debt financings, McGuireWoods placed No. 1 in deal count and ranked sixth in dollar volume in Thomson Reuters Loan Pricing Corp.’s year-end 2015 U.S. Lender Law Firm League Table for the firm’s representation of lead arrangers and bookrunners in syndicated debt financings. The firm recorded 161 deals valued at $112.8 billion for the year. This marks the fifth consecutive year that McGuireWoods has ranked among the top 10 U.S. law firms in the league tables.

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.

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.

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.

Diversity Recognition

Equality Illinois Recognition, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 – Selected by Equality Illinois for the sixth year as one of the top Illinois law firms with a growing commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusiveness in the workplace.

Metropolitan Business League, 2016 – Received the Vision of Excellence Award in recognition of the firm’s support for small, women- and minority-owned businesses in Virginia.

Working Mother Magazine/Flex-Time Lawyers “Best Law Firm for Women” 2016 – For the seventh time in the survey’s nine years, McGuireWoods was honored for its ongoing commitment to creating a superior workplace for women. McGuireWoods gained special recognition for its leadership development program and for services such as backup care, eldercare planning and family leave liaisons, all of which help its lawyers succeed at the firm.

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.

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.”