McGuireWoods Elevates 13 Attorneys to Partnership

January 2, 2013

McGuireWoods LLP announced today it has promoted 13 attorneys to partnership level, effective Jan. 1, 2013. The partners, who span six offices and 11 practice areas, include:

Sarah Belger (Labor and Employment – Tysons Corner, Va.) represents management in all aspects of employment law, including cases involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, USERRA and other discrimination statutes. She also litigates cases involving covenants not to compete and business torts.

Alex Brackett (Government, Regulatory and Criminal Investigations – Richmond) represents individuals and corporations in the areas of white collar criminal defense and internal investigations. He maintains a particular focus on export control laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in addition to general white collar defense and corporate compliance matters.

Brad Funari (Commercial Litigation – Pittsburgh) focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, energy litigation and employment litigation. His commercial and business litigation experience includes the representation of public and private corporations, railroads, institutions of higher education and private clients in a variety of matters, including contract disputes, business torts, real estate disputes and employment matters. His energy litigation practice focuses on natural gas litigation, including shale, coalbed methane and leasing disputes. He has litigated mineral rights, royalty, fraud and other complex litigation in this arena. 

Kristen Hager (Tax and Employee Benefits – Richmond) represents high-net worth individuals and family businesses in complicated estate and business planning matters, and also advises fiduciaries regarding the administration of complex estates and trusts.

Jay Hughes (Corporate – Richmond) focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.  He represents energy, manufacturing and private equity clients in the structuring, financing, negotiation and consummation of business acquisitions, distressed asset acquisitions, divestitures and mergers.

Christina Jones (Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation – Richmond) represents companies nationally in high-stakes product liability and commercial litigation matters.  She devotes a significant portion of her practice to advising clients in risk management and representing them in regulatory actions, product recalls and responding to government investigations.

Mark Kinghorn (Business and Securities Litigation – Charlotte, N.C.) represents clients in commercial litigation and arbitration involving federal and state securities claims, banking and lending disputes, insurance coverage disputes, business torts, general commercial contract cases, and real estate disputes. He also represents financial institutions in large-scale securities suits and class actions.

Mark Maier (Corporate – Tysons Corner) uses his background as an electrical engineer, business executive and U.S. Army officer to obtain and grow government contracts, license FCC telecommunication frequencies, ensure for proper data security and efficiently close corporate transactions.  He co-founded the firm’s data privacy group and is leading the firm’s government contracts initiative.  Mark is also a U.S. Army Reserves Lieutenant Colonel, the Commander of the 392nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion and was the J6 (aka, the CIO) for his joint special operations task force in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Seth Schaeffer (Antitrust and Trade Regulation – Richmond) advises clients on antitrust compliance matters and litigates antitrust and general business disputes.  He also represents large financial institutions in litigation brought under state and federal laws, including the Truth in Lending Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Gretchen Townshend (Healthcare – Chicago) focuses on healthcare transactional and corporate work and regulatory compliance matters. She represents a variety of health care providers, concentrating primarily on hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgery centers and dialysis facilities.

Bart Walker (Healthcare – Charlotte) concentrates on mergers, acquisitions, and healthcare regulatory compliance. He advises healthcare providers as well as equity sponsors and lenders to the healthcare industry.

Thomas Walker (Restructuring and Insolvency – Atlanta) represents creditor and debtor clients in bankruptcy and pre-bankruptcy workout matters. His practice also includes representing clients in general commercial litigation matters, as well as representing lending institutions in loan workouts.

Scott Weber (Real Estate and Land Use – Richmond) represents sellers, buyers, developers and lenders in the sale, acquisition, development, financing and refinancing of commercial property. He also devotes a significant portion of his practice to the representation of landlords and tenants in commercial office, retail and industrial leasing transactions, and regularly assists his colleagues on the real estate aspects of mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance matters.