McGuireWoods Elevates 13 Lawyers to Partnership

January 2, 2014

McGuireWoods LLP today announced the firm has promoted 13 lawyers to partnership level, effective Jan. 1, 2014. The partners, who span seven offices and 10 practice areas, include:

George J. Barry III (IP Litigation/Patents – Atlanta) represents individual and corporate clients in intellectual property and patent infringement litigation across the United States. He has also defended an array of clients in commercial litigation, including environmental contamination, defamation, telecommunications, securities, franchisor/franchisee relations, trade secrets, construction, director/officer liability and debt collection.

Bryan C. Brantley (Product and Consumer Litigation – Pittsburgh) represents clients in a wide variety of litigation, including product liability cases, commercial litigation, and toxic tort and environmental litigation. He has deep experience defending clients in manufacturing, the life sciences and pharmaceutical and transportation industries. He also advises product manufacturers on various aspects of business, including product warnings and warranties.

Jeremy S. Byrum (Government, Regulatory and Criminal Investigations – Richmond) focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations and False Claims Act litigation. He has represented clients in investigations involving allegations of export control violations, healthcare fraud, financial fraud, bribery, identity theft, immigration violations, unfair trade practices, malfeasance in office, and violations of congressional ethics rules.

Allison D. Charney (Government, Regulatory and Criminal Investigations – New York) represents financial services firms, Fortune 500 companies and accounting firms in a variety of regulatory, criminal and compliance matters and investigations conducted by the DOJ, FBI, SEC, FERC, PCAOB, New York State Attorney General and other state and local agencies. She also manages numerous internal investigations for clients.

James W. Ewing (Debt Finance – Charlotte) focuses his practice on structuring, negotiating and documenting syndicated credit facilities. He has served as counsel to financial institutions in complex syndicated credit financings, including acquisition financings and asset-based transactions, in the restaurant, healthcare, retail, defense, manufacturing, telecommunications and other industries.

Taylor W. French (Tax and Employee Benefits – Charlotte) counsels publicly-traded, private, governmental, nonprofit and tax-exempt clients on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, ranging from broad-based retirement plans, executive employment, equity and deferred compensation arrangements, to health and welfare programs. Taylor also frequently advises on and negotiates executive compensation and employee benefits issues relating to private equity, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and other corporate transactions.

Rakesh Gopalan (Securities – Charlotte) counsels clients in the area of corporate transactions, focusing on securities compliance, technology, and mergers and acquisitions. He advises clients regarding securities laws, including periodic and annual reporting requirements, proxy statements, insider trading and other corporate governance matters. In addition, he negotiates complex software and other technology procurement and licensing agreements, including large-scale outsourcing transactions.

Adam J. Greene (Debt Finance – Charlotte) represents financial institutions, mezzanine lenders, equity providers and borrowers in a variety of financing transactions, including syndicated, club and bilateral credit facilities, real estate-based construction and acquisition financing, asset-based lending and cash flow lending, energy and cleantech project financing, leveraged acquisition financing, REITs, asset-based restructure financing and derivative transactions.

Jason S. Greis (Healthcare – Chicago) structures mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, syndications, divestitures and private placements implicating various regulatory compliance issues associated with such transactions. He represents medical centers, physician group practices, dialysis and nephrology providers, post-acute care companies, ambulatory surgery centers, medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers.

Aaron G. McCollough (Restructuring and Insolvency – Chicago) represents creditors, debtors, and other parties in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation matters. He also advises clients in connection with transactions that implicate insolvency issues and regarding application of the Bankruptcy Code’s “safe harbor” provisions in structuring and unwinding energy and derivatives contracts.

Mitchell K. Morris (Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation – Richmond) has a diverse litigation practice representing clients in a wide array of matters in state and federal courts, including transportation litigation, environmental nuisance litigation, mass asbestos litigation, intentional torts, and fraud and civil RICO litigation. He also serves as punitive damages counsel to a major transportation company. In that role he has helped defend numerous high-exposure wrongful death and traumatic injury cases, with a particular focus on constitutional due process issues and corporate conduct defense at the pretrial, trial, and post-trial stages.

Michael G. Parisi (Debt Finance – Atlanta) represents lenders and borrowers in leveraged debt financings, including syndicated and non-syndicated finance transactions, debt restructurings, acquisition financings, cash-flow and asset-backed financings, asset securitizations and mezzanine and junior secured financings. He focuses on transactions involving borrowers operating in the healthcare, media, communications, retail and manufacturing industries.

Anand V. Ramana (Business and Securities Litigation – Washington, D.C.) is a first-chair trial lawyer and defends clients in an array of commercial litigation, including contract and business disputes, banking and mortgage/foreclosure disputes, property acquisition and development/construction contracts, commercial leases and other conveying instruments. He dedicates a significant portion of his practice to constitutional and civil rights litigation as well as advising government contractors.