McGuireWoods Elects 17 Lawyers for Partnership

November 15, 2018

McGuireWoods elected 17 new partners effective Jan. 1, 2019. The new class spans eight of the firm’s offices and a dozen litigation and corporate practice areas.

“We are proud to welcome these talented and accomplished lawyers into the partnership,” said J. Tracy Walker IV, McGuireWoods’ managing partner. “They have impressed us with their abilities and commitment to exceptional client service and they will make important contributions to our success in the years ahead.”

The lawyers selected for partnership are:

Kenneth W. Abrams (Products, Environmental & Mass Torts Litigation, Richmond) defends clients in product liability, consumer class action, environmental and commercial litigation involving product labeling, design and manufacture and in environmental issues affecting classes of property owners and residents.

Heather Welch Arbogast (M&A and Corporate Transactions, Baltimore) focuses on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and energy transactions. She advises clients on corporate governance issues, including commercial contracts and energy, regulatory and compliance matters.

Locke Beatty (Business & Securities Litigation, Charlotte) advises financial institutions on mortgage-related class action and other litigation and defends claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Truth in Lending Act, and other consumer protection statutes.

Samuel C. Bernstein (Healthcare, Chicago) represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies regarding FDA approval pathways, fraud and abuse issues, off-label promotion, adverse event reporting, developing and implementing compliance programs, and other regulatory and compliance matters. 

Andriana Shultz Daly (IP Litigation/Patents, Richmond) focuses on patent, trademark and copyright matters. She advises clients across industries, including telecommunications providers, medical device manufacturers and distributors, transportation companies, and colleges and universities.

Aaron F. Jaroff (Financial Services Litigation, New York) advises commercial and investment banks, corporations and individuals in commercial and securities matters. He represents financial sector clients in individual and class actions in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts, in arbitrations, and in connection with regulatory and internal investigations.

Karla L. Johnson (Financial Services Litigation, Pittsburgh) represents major financial institutions in class actions and other litigation involving mortgage lending and servicing, discriminatory lending allegations, exposure to Ponzi scheme operations, auto lending issues, and securities lending programs and investment losses.

Kristen M. Kirby (Public Finance, Raleigh) is an experienced bond, underwriter’s, bank and borrower’s counsel in tax-exempt transactions, including bonds for multifamily housing revenue; colleges, universities, schools and other nonprofits; private activity; and industrial development.

Justin R. Lowery (IP Litigation/Patents, Richmond) represents clients in high-tech areas such as wireless technology, biomedical devices and semiconductor design. His patent litigation experience includes taking multiple cases through trial in district courts and at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Casey Erin Lucier (Antitrust, Trade & Commercial Litigation, Richmond) represents companies and individuals in antitrust litigation and investigations, government and internal investigations, and commercial litigation. She counsels clients on the risks of criminal prosecution and regulatory enforcement actions. 

Melissa O. Martinez (Business & Securities Litigation, Baltimore) focuses on intellectual property, commercial and financial services litigation; business torts; and contractual disputes. She handles patent litigation involving consumer electronics, computer systems, GPS and wireless technology.

Stephen W. Murphy (Tax & Employee Benefits, Charlottesville) advises individuals on estate plans and the transfer and management of real estate and closely held businesses. He also represents individual fiduciaries, banks and trust companies on the administration of trusts and estates.

Matthew E. Orso (Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation, Charlotte) represents corporate and individual clients across industries in internal investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice, federal banking regulators and other government agencies.

Meredith A. Pinson (Labor & Employment, Charlotte) represents major employers in the banking and finance, automotive, retail and healthcare industries in employment-related litigation involving discrimination, ERISA and noncompetition allegations, as well as advises clients on employment issues.

Brian D. Schmalzbach (Business & Securities Litigation, Richmond) concentrates on appellate litigation, patent litigation, class certification disputes, high-stakes dispositive motions in trial courts and strategic analysis for clients.

Mirlande Telfort (Debt Finance, New York) represents banks, private equity funds and other investors in debt financing transactions. She counsels clients who lend to, or invest in, companies in a range of industries, with a focus on healthcare, manufacturing, technology and retail.

Anna M. Timmerman (Healthcare, Chicago) handles healthcare transactional and regulatory matters for healthcare providers, including hospitals and ambulatory surgery and dialysis centers. She advises clients on the Stark Law, federal fraud and abuse laws, the corporate practice of medicine and payor agreements.