McGuireWoods ranks among the world’s leading investigations firms in the 2019 edition of the GIR 100, a guide to top cross-border investigations practices based on independent research by Global Investigations Review.
GIR editors selected the 100 firms for their ability to carry out sophisticated, cross-border government-led and internal investigations. McGuireWoods has been recognized in the GIR 100 guide each year since its 2015 inception, a testament to the reputation of the firm’s government investigations and white-collar litigation practice, which GIR described as a “heavyweight.”
High-profile matters cited by GIR include the firm’s representation of Vice President Mike Pence in relation to the special counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Partner Richard Cullen, McGuireWoods’ former chairman, was the lead attorney in the matter.
GIR highlighted the firm’s role securing dismissal of all criminal charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois in a long-running federal case that focused on Schock’s alleged misuse of campaign and government funds. Partner George J. Terwilliger III led the McGuireWoods team defending Schock.
The guide also noted the firm’s deep bench of lawyers with government experience in the United States and United Kingdom. Three former federal prosecutors have joined the firm this year alone — Andrew McBride in Washington, D.C., Rodger Heaton in Chicago and Kevin Lally in Los Angeles. Michael Herring, the former Commonwealth’s Attorney in Richmond, Virginia, also moved to McGuireWoods in 2019.
“We are proud that GIR consistently recognizes McGuireWoods for the depth of our practice, our experience and our lawyers’ ability to guide clients through complicated, high-stakes matters,” said Todd Steggerda, chair of McGuireWoods’ Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department.
McGuireWoods holds a nationwide ranking for corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense in The Legal 500 United States.