Virginia Business Magazine Ranks 41 McGuireWoods Lawyers Among State’s ‘Legal Elite’ for 2015

December 1, 2015

Forty-one McGuireWoods lawyers from five offices were selected by their professional peers to be included in Virginia Business magazine’s 2015 Legal Elite, which was published in the December issue. Richmond Office Managing Partner George K. Martin is featured as a top lawyer in the Construction Law category, one of just 18 lawyers so recognized.

Notably, McGuireWoods has the most lawyers listed in the Legal Elite categories of Criminal Law and Environmental Law of any firm in the state, with four in each category. In addition, the firm has six lawyers ranked in Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law and four lawyers listed in Civil Litigation. Overall, McGuireWoods lawyers are represented in 15 Legal Elite categories. The total number of McGuireWoods lawyers named to this year’s Legal Elite is four more than the firm placed on last year’s list.

Virginia Business publishes the Legal Elite list annually in collaboration with the Virginia Bar Association. More than 1,200 lawyers participated in this year’s balloting, submitting more than 3,800 nominations in various categories. The magazine selected 992 lawyers for inclusion on the 2015 Legal Elite list.

The following McGuireWoods lawyers were recognized among Virginia’s Legal Elite in their respective categories:


  • R. Craig Wood, Civil Litigation


  • Robert W. McFarland, Civil Litigation


  • John D. Adams, Criminal law
  • Frank B. Atkinson, Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative
  • Dennis I. Belcher, Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law
  • Craig D. Bell, Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law
  • Candace Blydenburgh, Environmental Law
  • S. Virginia Bondurant, Young Lawyer (Under 40)
  • Alex J. Brackett, Criminal Law
  • Stephen D. Busch, Civil Litigation
  • M. Ann Neil Cosby, Environmental Law
  • Richard Cullen, Criminal Law
  • E. Duncan Getchell, Appellate Law
  • Dion W. Hayes, Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights
  • Matthew A. Kapinos, Young Lawyer (Under 40)
  • D. Brennen Keene, Real Estate/Land Use
  • Nathan A. Kottkamp, Health Law
  • John M. Lain, Environmental Law
  • John H. Maddock III, Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights
  • George Keith Martin, Construction
  • Dale G. Mullen, Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative
  • John M. Oakey Jr., Legal Services/Pro Bono
  • John B. O’Grady, Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law
  • Scott C. Oostdyk, Civil Litigation
  • Janet P. Peyton, Intellectual Property
  • Steven G. Popps, Business Law
  • Brian C. Riopelle, Intellectual Property
  • Thomas P. Rohman, Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law
  • Rodney A. Satterwhite, Labor/Employment
  • Jane Whitt Sellers, Business Law
  • Thomas J. Stallings, Health Law
  • James A. Thornhill, Environmental law
  • Howard C. “Toby” Vick, Criminal Law
  • J. Tracy Walker IV, Appellate Law

Tysons Corner

  • Ronald D. Aucutt, Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law
  • Sarah A. Belger, Labor/Employment
  • Thomas C. Brown Jr., Health Law
  • Dorothea W. Dickerman, Real Estate/Land Use
  • Emily M. Gerritz, Young Lawyer (under 40)
  • Michael W. Graff Jr., Legal Services/Pro Bono

Washington, D.C.

  • Anand V. Ramana, Civil Litigation