The August arrival of Washington, D.C., partner
Michael Francisco received national media coverage.
Francisco, an accomplished litigator and recent law clerk for U.S. Supreme
Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, joined McGuireWoods’
Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department on Aug. 17, 2020. In an Aug. 18
Reuters story, Francisco explained that it was McGuireWoods' national reputation
that drew him to the firm, adding that he is eager to build on that
reputation "by bringing in new strategic litigation that presses back on
government overreach in regulating businesses."
The National Law Journal reported on Francisco’s return to private practice amidst court changes
brought upon by the pandemic. Francisco, formerly a private
practitioner and assistant Colorado solicitor general, believes he is the
first U.S. Supreme Court clerk from the last term to start a new law firm
Francisco told the NLJ that McGuireWoods has “a good mix
of former clerks, former prosecutors, governmental attorneys and a really
strong team, as well as a good-sized Supreme Court and appellate group,”
and that the new opportunity matched his desire to continue to do appellate
work while focusing on litigation driven by being in D.C.
Bloomberg Law quoted Francisco in a Sept. 11 story on how COVID-19 affected law clerks at
the Supreme Court and other federal courts. After the pandemic hit, he
said, “the interaction with clerks in other chambers changed quite a bit.”