McGuireWoods has expanded its financial services litigation practice with new
lateral partners in two cities, including a new office in San Francisco with
David C. Powell joining as its first managing partner. Mary J. Hackett, who has
represented some of the world’s largest banks and is a former chief litigation
officer at PNC Financial Services Group, joins the Pittsburgh office.
The San Francisco office is the firm’s 22nd worldwide and its third in
California, joining offices in downtown Los Angeles and in Century City.
McGuireWoods Chairman Richard Cullen said the moves add an office in a
strategically important market, along with two litigators who bring leadership,
experience and depth to serve the firm’s financial services clients.
“We’re delighted to welcome these fine lawyers to the firm and to add an
office in the dynamic San Francisco market,” Cullen said. “These moves align
perfectly with our strategy of building on our strengths in areas such as
financial services litigation and class action defense.”
Hackett has handled a wide range of complex litigation matters, including
managing the defense of more than 100 class actions for financial services
institutions nationally. She has represented major U.S. banks in litigation
involving affiliated investment products and headed Reed Smith’s financial
services litigation group. She is a 1984 Mount Holyoke College graduate who
earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987.
“McGuireWoods’ litigation team is second to none when it comes to meeting the
needs of its financial services clients nationwide,” Hackett said. “This is a
perfect fit for my practice and I’m excited to be part of this team.”
Powell also led his prior firm’s financial services litigation group. His
practice focuses on commercial and financial services litigation as well as
unfair competition and class action litigation.
“McGuireWoods has one of the nation’s most respected litigation practices, with
the breadth and depth that financial services clients need,” Powell said. “We
look forward to contributing to the firm’s continuing success and its West Coast
Powell is former chair of Buchalter Nemer’s San Francisco litigation
department. He graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1984 and
earned his law degree from UC’s Hastings College of the Law in 1987.
McGuireWoods Managing Partner Tom Cabaniss said the firm’s recent West Coast
expansion will pay dividends for its clients.
“It’s well-known that California in general, and the 9th Circuit in
particular, are class action litigation hotbeds,” he said. “These additions
leverage our strengths in areas such as financial services, securities, and food
and beverage litigation to the benefit of our clients.”