After more than nine years as the firm’s deputy managing partner for
litigation, Terry Bagley is stepping aside this fall and handing the reins to
another nationally accomplished litigator, Tracy Walker.
Managing Partner Tom Cabaniss announced on Tuesday that the change takes effect
at the end of the partner admissions process in mid-November. Bagley has been
deputy managing partner since 2006.
“Terry has done an outstanding job leading our litigation practice – one of the
nation's very best. There is, however, a silver lining as he again devotes his
time and his considerable trial talents to assisting clients on a full-time
basis,” Cabaniss said. “This firm is also blessed to have another superb lawyer
and proven leader in Tracy ready to take charge.”
“We are grateful for the leadership Terry has provided our litigation group at a
time of enormous growth for McGuireWoods,” added Chairman Richard Cullen. “We're
confident Tracy will pick up where Terry leaves off and continue developing our
world-class Litigation Department and delivering superior results for our
Under Bagley’s watch, the litigation group has grown from about 350 lawyers to
more than 500 today and has earned widespread recognition. The widely read news
service of the legal industry, Law360, ranked McGuireWoods’ Government
Investigations and White Collar Litigation practice a 2014 “Practice Group of
the Year” for white-collar criminal defense, a recognition made to only five
firms nationally. And 42 McGuireWoods litigators were ranked in 2015 by Chambers
USA, 16 of them in the elite Band 1.
“It’s hard to imagine a better or more fulfilling job than being head of
litigation at McGuireWoods,” Bagley said. “I want to thank Richard and Tom for
the faith and trust they put in me when we started this journey together nearly
a decade ago. I also want to thank the department chairs, past and present, and
all our incredibly talented and dedicated lawyers who have made my job easy and
this department second to none. From where I sit, it will only get better from
Bagley is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s degree from
Virginia Commonwealth University in 1977. He earned his law degree in 1982 from
Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law and is chairman of its
Board of Visitors.
He has been at McGuireWoods since 1984. His nationally noted practice is focused
on commercial, toxic tort and product liability litigation. He has defended
clients in state and federal courts across the country facing automotive,
asbestos, power products and PCB lawsuits. He has argued appeals for clients on
the state and federal level and has served as national and regional counsel in
mass tort claims.
Walker is co-chair of the firm’s appeals and issues practice team and a member
of the Board of Partners. He is a prior chair of the firm’s Product and Consumer
Litigation Department. His practice focuses on appeals, commercial and consumer
class-action litigation and product liability litigation. He handles trials and
appeals in jurisdictions nationwide.
He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 1990 graduate of
Harvard Law School.