Chambers and Partners has once again lauded McGuireWoods as one of the
country’s top private wealth services firms in its prestigious High Net
Worth Guide. The firm earned a nationwide ranking — as it has each year
since the guide’s 2016 launch — and rankings for the District of Columbia,
Virginia and North Carolina.
Chambers also singled out nine McGuireWoods lawyers for individual honors.
Charles D. “Skip” Fox IV and
John B. O’Grady were ranked as notable practitioners in the Eastern United States and in
Jean Gordon Carter,
Andrea C. Chomakos,
E. Graham McGoogan Jr,
William Sanderson and
Gino Zaccardelli earned state rankings in the guide.
Fox and Carter received Band 1 state rankings, the highest Chambers awards,
and the firm earned Band 1 state rankings for Virginia and North Carolina.
“We are proud that respected, independent authorities such as Chambers
consistently recognize McGuireWoods for having one of the nation’s
strongest private wealth services groups,” said
J. Tracy Walker IV, the firm’s managing partner. “Our lawyers are respected nationally for
their leadership and insight and our clients value their guidance.”
“These rankings show the team’s depth and experience and the strong
relationships we continue to cultivate with our clients,” added Carter, who
co-leads the practice.
McGuireWoods’ private wealth lawyers advise high-net-worth clients,
nonprofits, fiduciaries and businesses in all aspects of tax and wealth
planning and are influential voices in shaping U.S. tax policy.
“Our clients have complex financial and personal interests that require
experienced and trusted advisers, and our private wealth team excels at
serving their unique needs,” said
Gerald V. Thomas II, chair of the firm’s Tax & Employee Benefits Department.
Clients and peers praised the firm’s comprehensive capabilities in
interviews with Chambers researchers.
“They’re really great at helping clients find creative solutions to tax
issues and questions, and family succession issues,” one client said.
Fox was described as “very well known” and “highly skilled” in advising
clients on estate planning and trust administration. He served as the
2018-2019 president of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel,
the nation’s premier association of trust and estate lawyers.
O’Grady advises clients on succession planning, corporate and estate
planning, tax and charitable matters and fiduciary litigation. He was
praised in the guide for being “very knowledgeable” and “super
Candland was described as “a great lawyer” for his work advising
individuals, institutions and corporate trustees on estate planning and
Carter was hailed as “absolutely the number one lawyer for high net worth
clients in North Carolina” and “an exceptional lawyer, a compassionate
lawyer and motivated by her clients’ best interests.”
Chomakos co-chairs the firm’s fiduciary litigation group. “Her knowledge of
current tax codes as well as her in-depth knowledge of trust and estates is
truly top-shelf,” an industry professional told Chambers.
McGoogan advises businesses and high-net-worth individuals. Another
industry professional interviewed by Chambers said McGoogan excels because
he “brings tax codes and local tax issues to life.”
McKinnon, leader of the firm’s nonprofit and tax exempt organizations team,
advises charities, colleges, large private foundations and charitable
trusts on federal tax and governance matters. “Her charitable planning
expertise is amazing — she is the best in the country,” a client said.
Sanderson co-leads the private wealth services group and advises
individuals and families on estate and business planning matters. A fellow
attorney called Sanderson “a very thoughtful, calm and highly
intelligent lawyer who really cares about his clients and grasps not only
the legal but also the personal dimension of the matter. He is responsive
and extremely knowledgeable.”
Zaccardelli concentrates on planning for gift taxes, estate taxes and
generation-skipping transfer taxes. “He's very knowledgeable, competent,
steady, patient, and focused on the most important matters,” a client told