September 15, 2020
Christina Egan, managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Chicago office and a member of the firm’s board of partners, has been honored by Crain’s Chicago Business in the publication’s 2020 Notable Women in Law report.
The annual feature recognizes leading female lawyers “who have a track record of setting legal precedents, winning big cases for their clients and mentoring the next wave of women in law — all while finding ways to give back to their communities.”
Egan is an accomplished trial lawyer who represents companies and individuals in matters involving criminal and civil investigations by the government, as well as federal and state regulators. She became managing partner of the Chicago office in 2016 and has served on the firm’s board of partners since 2019.
“I am honored to be included in this class of women leaders who are making important contributions to the legal profession and communities in our region,” Egan said.
Before joining McGuireWoods in 2012, Egan served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois for 10 years, the last four as deputy chief. Her contributions to the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department helped McGuireWoods earn recognition from Law360 as White Collar Practice Group of the Year in 2019.
Egan played an integral role for McGuireWoods in one of the cases Law360 spotlighted — the firm’s defense of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois in a highly publicized case focused on Schock’s alleged misuse of campaign and government funds. The case dated to 2016, when a government investigation into Schock’s spending led to a 24-count indictment against the former congressman. Authorities dropped the charges in 2019 under a deferred prosecution agreement in which Schock reimbursed his campaign fund and paid federal back taxes.
Egan’s dedication to serving her clients is matched by her passion for mentoring young lawyers and serving the legal and civic communities through various leadership roles. She is a sought-after speaker on government investigations, business compliance and women’s leadership.
Egan teaches RICO law and previously taught trial advocacy to Northwestern Pritzker School of Law students. She also serves on the Seventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Committee. Egan previously lectured at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Undercover School and the National Advocacy Center for the Department of Justice and served on the board and executive committee for the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago.