Post-Election, Media Turn to McGuireWoods for Legal and Policy Analysis

December 5, 2016

Donald Trump’s election as president took the world’s media by surprise and had journalists scrambling to assess the changes a new Republican president and GOP-ruled Congress might pursue. Many turned to McGuireWoods lawyers and McGuireWoods Consulting policy experts for insight on how Trump’s election could affect the next four years, projected to differ significantly from the Obama White House approach to tax and trade policies, business regulations, cybersecurity and the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Here are stories published in the past few weeks in which McGuireWoods lawyers helped journalists make sense of the political upheaval in Washington.

  • Richmond partner John Adams, chair of the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation Department, was featured in a Q&A in The National Law Journal discussing how Trump may reshape the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • A story in The National Law Journal quoted Washington, D.C., partner George Terwilliger, head of the firm’s Strategic Response and Crisis Management practice group, explaining how Trump’s election could result in “reversing the trend to over-criminalize business regulation.”
  • Charlottesville partner Skip Fox, chair of the firm’s Tax and Employee Benefits Department, was quoted in a Forbes article about the prospects for repealing the estate tax in a Trump administration.
  • Fox also discusses the potential for an estate tax repeal in a Law360 story.
  • Tysons partner Ron Aucutt, co-chair of the firm’s Private Wealth Services Group, discussed whether the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed valuation discount rules would survive under Trump in a Bloomberg BNA article.
  • In a story headlined “Six Things to Watch as Congress Gears Up for Tax Overhaul,”  Bloomberg BNA included comments made by tax and employee benefits partners Russ Sullivan, Rosemary Becchi and Gerald Thomas during a Nov. 10 firm-hosted webinar. Sullivan and Becchi, who have worked on the staff of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, are senior advisors to McGuireWoods Consulting.
  • Sullivan was also quoted in a ThinkAdvisor article on Trump’s tax policy priorities. 
  • New York counsel John Pellegrini was quoted in a Sourcing Journal story on how Trump’s election might affect international trade.
  • Law360 published an article by Washington, D.C., associate Meaghan Pedati examining how Trump may manage privacy and data security issues.