David Dargatis Brings Broad Transactional Practice to McGuireWoods’ Deal Team in Tysons Corner

January 8, 2016

David G. Dargatis, an accomplished corporate lawyer who has handled complex transactions for clients in a wide range of industries, has joined McGuireWoods’ corporate practice as senior counsel in the firm’s Tysons Corner, Virginia office.

Dargatis represents clients in numerous industries and sectors, including government contracting, national defense and intelligence, cybersecurity, health and life sciences, and financial services. His broad transactional and counseling practice includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, and complex structuring and restructuring transactions.

“David has an impressive range of experience handling domestic and international transactions for clients in dynamic, highly competitive industries,” said David Whelpley, chair of McGuireWoods’ Specialty Corporate Practices Department, which handles transactions in areas such as private equity, energy, technology and outsourcing, data privacy, financial services and government contracting. “He is an important addition for us, and we’re proud to have him on board.”

Dargatis comes to McGuireWoods from the Washington, D.C. office of Arnold & Porter. His recent experience includes advising a leading government contractor in a strategically important acquisition which enabled it to expand into classified military and intelligence community markets. Dargatis also advises a Fortune 1000 company in connection with classified special programs, cybersecurity matters, legal and business policy development and risk management.

“David’s vast experience representing clients in a variety of industries, including government contracting, defense and intelligence, and related corporate and classified matters, will benefit our clients immensely,” said Gregory Riegle, managing partner of the firm’s Tysons Corner office.

Dargatis joins a McGuireWoods practice that has been cited by respected, independent authorities for excellence in meeting the needs of its corporate clients. McGuireWoods is ranked among the top six law firms serving Fortune 1000 companies in the 2016 Client Service A-Team rankings published by Boston-based BTI Consulting Group. In addition, nine of the firm’s lawyers are recognized in the Corporate/M&A category by Chambers USA in its 2015 guide.

Dargatis’ arrival also adds to the capabilities of McGuireWoods’ expanding defense and government contracting industry team, said partner Todd Steggerda, who chairs the team.

“David’s corporate deal work in the government contracts space, and especially the classified sector, deepens our offerings to our defense and national security industry clients and will be a tremendous addition to our practice,” Steggerda said.

Dargatis law practice is complemented by extensive prior business, accounting and finance experience. Before practicing law, he was a senior accounting analyst for IBM Corporation at the company’s corporate headquarters in Westchester County, New York. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University and his master of business administration in finance from Fordham University. Dargatis earned his law degree from the University of Iowa.

“McGuireWoods has an elite corporate practice and a very well-deserved reputation for excellence and client service,” Dargatis said. “I’m excited to be joining McGuireWoods and look forward to helping grow the firm’s corporate practice alongside a group of incredibly talented new colleagues.”

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