McGuireWoods Ranked Among World’s Top Investigations Firms in GIR 100 Guide

October 29, 2018

McGuireWoods ranks among the world’s premier investigations firms in the 2018 edition of the GIR 100, a guide to leading cross-border investigations practices based on independent research by Global Investigations Review.

McGuireWoods has been recognized on the GIR 100 each year since its inception in 2015, reflecting the formidable capabilities of the firm’s government investigations and white-collar litigation practice. GIR editors select the 100 firms for their ability to carry out sophisticated, cross-border government-led and internal investigations.

“McGuireWoods has built a heavyweight team of white-collar investigators that bring decades of high-stakes work experience with them,” GIR noted.

GIR cited the firm’s representation of Vice President Mike Pence in relation to congressional committee inquiries and the special counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and its representation of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter in connection with U.S. and Swiss investigations of soccer’s worldwide governing body. Partner Richard Cullen, former McGuireWoods chairman, is the lead attorney for both clients.

In addition, McGuireWoods represents the parents of Otto Warmbier in their lawsuit against North Korea alleging the country’s regime tortured and killed their son, who died days after being released from a North Korean prison in 2017. The firm’s significant white-collar litigation matters also include defending former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois against federal charges related to his political and office spending. Partner George J. Terwilliger III, former deputy U.S. attorney general, leads the McGuireWoods team representing Schock.

“We are proud that GIR recognizes our reputation as a powerhouse practice with the depth and experience to resolve high-stakes matters successfully for clients around the globe,” said Todd Steggerda, chair of McGuireWoods’ Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department.

Respected, independent authorities have repeatedly recognized McGuireWoods for its white-collar litigation prowess. The firm holds a nationwide ranking for corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense in The Legal 500 United States. The National Law Journal has honored three of the firm’s government investigations and white-collar lawyers as litigation “Trailblazers.”