Commercial Litigation

When company resources and reputations are at stake, clients count on McGuireWoods for help unraveling even the most complex financial structures, strategic transactions and business relationships. At 250 lawyers strong – many of them first-chair trial attorneys – our commercial litigation team has the bench strength to litigate and defend our clients’ interests in domestic and cross-border commercial matters in courtrooms and tribunals around the world. We bring innovation and a relentlessly business-minded focus in providing cost-effective, efficient solutions that further our clients’ business goals.

We represent the full range of business clients − from emerging companies to multinational Fortune 100 corporations − operating in virtually every sector of the global economy. We provide counsel on all types of business disputes, and have developed particular strengths in handling complex commercial litigation, financial services litigation, insurance coverage litigation, and securities litigation.

Even in a corporate environment where the pool for outside counsel work is shrinking and fewer firms are trusted to handle bet-the-company litigation, McGuireWoods’ prominence continues to grow. Our commercial litigators garner respect from high-level legal decision-makers at some of the most-respected companies, winning numerous commendations. Prestigious independent ratings publications such as Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Legal 500 US and U.S. News-Best Lawyers recognize our practice and individual lawyers among the best for business matters.

The bottom line for us, however, is individualized client service – advocating our clients’ interests aggressively yet flexibly, pursuing the strategy that best aligns with their business priorities. Our litigation management approach is based on a simple principle: We help clients achieve their business goals − through counseling, alternative dispute resolution and negotiated settlements, or fully dedicated trial teams to provide aggressive, creative representation before judges, juries and administrative panels. To address complex, sector-specific issues, we quickly assemble and deploy multidisciplinary teams from appropriate firm practice and industry groups.

Litigation is a data-driven and resource-intense effort. We use business best practices such as process reengineering to constantly improve our services while minimizing costs and turnaround time. To effectively handle high-volume, multijurisdictional litigation, we have implemented an array of litigation support technologies such as secured extranets, document-management databases, national document discovery management expertise, and advanced deposition and trial support software.

Effective litigation strategies can help improve a company’s bottom line, but we recognize that resources allocated to dispute resolution are finite. Drawing on our long history of developing and managing litigation budgets, we work cooperatively with in-house counsel and senior executives to ensure that litigation planning and projected expenses are closely aligned with our clients’ objectives and internal structures. Regular reporting and open lines of communication ensure that our clients have a clear view of the status and critical developments in their disputes at every step. We also work to identify and forecast trends so that we can work with clients to avoid risk and potential litigation.

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CONTACTS

Cheryl L. Haas Partner T: +1 404 443 5726
Jonathan P. Harmon Partner T: +1 804 775 4712
Bradley R. Kutrow Partner T: +1 704 343 2049
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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One of the world’s leading, international commodities trading and logistics companies

Defense of one of the world’s leading, international commodities trading and logistics companies in a suit which claimed our client breached a partnership agreement pertaining to supplying petroleum products. We moved to dismiss the action and it was granted by the court based on the ground of improper venue. This matter is currently on appeal.
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Secured Fourth Circuit win for one of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the U.S.

Virginia Elec. & Power Co. v. Bransen Energy, Inc., 850 F.3d 645 (4th Cir. 2017). The Fourth Circuit granted McGuireWoods a complete appellate victory—affirming a combined judgment amount of approximately $23 million—in a contract dispute that involved a complex set of interrelated coal supply and services agreements related Dominion's order of 600,000 tons of a specific coal product, which the seller fulfilled with different products that were unusable for Dominion's intended purpose.
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Secured favorable ruling for client in public bond matter in the Supreme Court of Virginia

Cygnus Newport-Phase IB, LLC v. City of Portsmouth, 292 Va. 573, 790 S.E.2d 623 (2016).
The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled in favor of our client, affirming the validity of a special assessment lien against a challenge by property owners that would have had significant consequences for outstanding public bonds that special assessments were pledged to repay.
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One of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the United States

Representation of multiple defendants including one of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the United States in a high-profile nuisance suit in federal district court in Mississippi asserting that the defendants’ air emissions are contributing to global warming.
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Our client sued for monies owed on diesel fuel deliveries

Our client sued for monies owed on diesel fuel deliveries in the Southern District of New York (White Plains). After extensive briefing and discovery, our client was awarded the full amount of its claim, and defendant’s counterclaims were dismissed without prejudice.
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Executive confidence on the line in securities fraud case for insurance client

Representation of a financial institution in a securities fraud case in which the plaintiffs allege that the company, and specifically its CEO and CFO, made fraudulent statements about the adequacy of certain reserves. This suit attacks the viability of the business as well as the competence of executive management.
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Fortune 200 bank

Representation of a Fortune 200 bank in connection with investigations by the United States Department of Justice and Comptroller of the Currency related to alleged violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.  Negotiated Consent Orders with both agencies and continue to assist the bank in fulfilling the associated remediation requirements under the Consent Orders.
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Secured precedent setting class certification opinion in 4th Circuit

Representation of a gas company and two co-defendants in the vacating certification of five classes related to coalbed methane (CBM) gas royalty litigation. In its precedent-setting opinion, the court analyzed Rule 23 requirements and definitively placed the burden first on plaintiffs to meet those requirements and then on the district court to analyze them robustly.
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Developer, owner of clean energy projects

Represented a developer/owner of two landfill gas fired projects in Rhode Island and California.
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Mortgage Loss Mitigation Practices

Defense of a major depository institution against attorney general enforcement actions regarding mortgage loss mitigation practices.
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Virginia city

McGuireWoods represented a Virginia city against Monell claims of unconstitutional policies, practices and procedures, and inadequate training and supervision, which allegedly led to a man’s wrongful conviction for murder and 22 years of incarceration before the conviction was vacated in a Federal habeas proceeding.
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Regional agricultural supply cooperative

Successfully represented a regional agricultural supply cooperative in the defense of allegations that its directors committed ultra vires and oppressive acts against the plaintiff.
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Multinational elevator maintenance company

Representation of a multinational elevator maintenance company against a former, long-term employee—an elevator maintenance and repairman—who alleged that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law by terminating his employment. The plaintiff further alleged that his supervisor affirmatively engaged in and assisted the discrimination and was therefore liable as an aider and abettor. The Court granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment and dismissed the case.
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Fortune 500 gas and electric utility subsidiary

Representation of a Fortune 500 gas and electric utility subsidiary in negotiations with the EEOC concerning allegations that the company insisted that certain employees sign general release agreements that contained provisions that allegedly violated Title VII.
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Regional medical center

Representation of a regional medical center in obtaining a complete dismissal, with prejudice, of wrongful death and medical malpractice claims against the client and a number of its doctors.
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The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of a mobile marketing company

Serving as counsel to the UCC for six bankruptcy cases pending in Delaware.
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Fortune 500 gas and electric utility

Representation of a Fortune 500 gas and electric utility in a condemnation matter in which client sought order confirming right to exercise eminent domain authority and preliminary injunctive relief for immediate possession of easements necessary for construction of natural gas pipeline pursuant to authority under the Natural Gas Act. This was a case of first impression in Maryland.
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Methadone clinic

After a six-day bench trial, we persuaded the federal court that an ordinance restricting where medical clinics like our client could locate was unconstitutional. After the 3rd Circuit affirmed in a 25-page opinion, the district court awarded McGuireWoods its attorneys’ fees, which McGuireWoods donated to the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.
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Natural gas and oil company

Representation of a natural gas and oil company in a breach of contract and promissory estoppel case. Plaintiff alleged that client offered to enter into an oil and gas lease with plaintiff, plaintiff accepted the offer, and client later refused to enter into the lease. The alleged lease bonus payment was well above the going rate for bonuses. McGuireWoods' attorneys deposed former plaintiffs’ counsel, plaintiff, and a third-party. After uncovering detrimental facts to plaintiff’s case in these depositions, plaintiff agreed to immediately discontinue the lawsuit.
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Terminal operator

Represented APM Terminals North America, Inc. in the negotiation and litigation arising from the dissolution of the Versiant Corporation contract with APM Terminals North America, Inc.
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Kenneth W Abrams Kenneth W. Abrams
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4771
F: +1 757 640 3950
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Amanda Abshire Amanda West Abshire
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2196
F: +1 704 444 8764
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Emily Adams Emily M. Adams
Associate
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5552
F: +1 404 443 5752
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John D Adams John D. Adams
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 804 775 4744
F: +1 804 698 2061
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T:+1 202 857 2927
F: +1 202 857 1737

David Addison David D. Addison Jr.
Attorney
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1971
F: +1 804 775 1061
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Tammy L Adkins Tammy L. Adkins
Counsel
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 5727
F: +1 312 920 6193
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Stephen David Allred Stephen David Allred
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2214
F: +1 704 444 8702
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Drew Amoroso Drew Amoroso
Counsel
Two Embarcadero Center
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111-3821

T: +1 415 490 0876
F: +1 415 844 1937
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John Huske Anderson Jr. John Huske Anderson Jr.
Partner
300 North Third Street
Suite 320
Wilmington, NC 28401-4099

T: +1 910 254 3828
F: +1 910 254 3900
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William Anderson William L. Anderson
Attorney
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 3465
F: +1 904 798 3265
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Franklin D Annand Franklin D. Annand
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1755
F: +1 202 857 2959
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Helen Arnold Helen D. Arnold
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8286
F: +1 312 698 4595
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Andrew Atkins Andrew D. Atkins
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2324
F: +1 704 444 8765
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Terrence M Bagley Terrence M. Bagley
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4371
F: +1 804 698 2008
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Ali Baiardo Alicia A. Baiardo
Partner
Two Embarcadero Center
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111-3821

T: +1 415 844 1973
F: +1 415 844 1916
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Sarah H Barcellona Sarah H. Barcellona
Attorney
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2036
F: +1 704 444 8830
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Brett Barnett Brett W. Barnett
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8123
F: +1 312 698 4589
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John S Barr John S. Barr
Senior Deputy General Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4709
F: +1 804 698 2238
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George J Barry III George J. Barry III
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5734
F: +1 404 443 5753
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R. R. Locke Beatty Locke Beatty
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2244
F: +1 704 353 6160
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Marshall Beil Marshall Beil
Counsel
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7004
F: +1 212 715 2319
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Brittney Bell Brittney L. Bell
Attorney
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 3463
F: +1 904 360 6336
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Thomas M Beshere Thomas M. Beshere
Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1004
F: +1 804 698 2193
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Amy Beverlin Amy E. Beverlin
Associate
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8225
F: +1 310 956 3125
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Eric Bilik R. Eric Bilik
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 2685
F: +1 904 360 6304
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9th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Chicago, IL
Speaking Engagement

Transportation Megaconference XIII: Trucking and Motor Carrier Litigation

March 8-10, 2017
New Orleans, LA
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8th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference

November 10, 2016
Chicago, IL
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Food Safety Challenges in an Era of Change

September 21, 2016
New York, NY
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43rd Advanced Business Law Conference

April 22, 2016
VA
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FDLI Enforcement, Litigation, and Compliance

December 9-10, 2015
Washington, DC
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7th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference

November 19, 2015
Chicago, IL
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The Evolution of eDiscovery and Upcoming Changes to the Federal Rules

October 22, 2015
Complimentary Webinar
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Privilege and Work Product Protection: Educating Management and Employees

July 22, 2015
Complimentary Webinar
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TCPA Impacts the Healthcare Industry

July 21, 2015
Complimentary Webinar
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Applying the Plausibility Pleading Standard

April 1, 2015
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6th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference

November 18, 2014
Chicago, IL
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10 Key Concepts and Recent Developments in False Claims Litigation

October 1, 2014
Complimentary Webinar
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Healthcare Litigation Conference

May 29, 2014
Richmond, VA
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Toxic Tort Issues Related to Spray Polyurethane

November 26, 2013
International Association of Defense Counsel Webinar
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E-Discovery Update

Seriously Folks, the Federal Rules Have Changed

April 17, 2017
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What Should Companies Do Now to Prepare?

March 29, 2017
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February 6, 2017
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To TAR or Not to TAR, That Is the Question

January 4, 2017
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August 25, 2016
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But What are the Consequences?

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