McGuireWoods Achieves Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2021 Leading Lawyers Guide

Firm Earns Nationwide Honors in 11 Corporate and Litigation Practices

May 21, 2021

Chambers and Partners recognized McGuireWoods lawyers 93 times and firm practice areas 47 times in the 2021 edition of its “Chambers USA” guide.

Eleven practice areas received nationwide recognition: Banking & Finance; Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Climate Change; Corporate Crime & Investigations; Corporate/M&A; Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation); Energy: Electricity (Transactional); Food & Beverages: Regulatory and Litigation; Healthcare; Labor & Employment; Product Liability: Automobile.

McGuireWoods earned Band 1 regional practice rankings in Banking & Finance; Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Corporate M&A; Environment; Intellectual Property; Labor & Employment; Litigation: General Commercial; Litigation: Products Liability; and Real Estate.

Individually, 25 lawyers earned Band 1, “Star Individual” or “Eminent Practitioner” rankings in the prestigious guide, highlighting their stature as leaders in their respective practices and industry areas.

Clients lauded McGuireWoods for its litigation and transactional prowess and its industry-focused approach to client service, particularly in sectors such as banking, energy, healthcare, and food and beverage.

“McGuireWoods is a great, diverse firm,” one client said in describing the firm’s energy industry capabilities. “They cover a myriad of topics and are ready and willing to find attorneys with the appropriate expertise for any unique situation.”

The firm’s banking and finance lawyers provide “good advice and insights on the market,” said one client, while another praised McGuireWoods’ “strong and well-rounded” healthcare practice with lawyers who “know the business well so they are not just legal advisers.”

The firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers are “well respected by the courts and judges, and solution-oriented,” a client said. Another commended McGuireWoods’ corporate investigations firepower, saying the firm “brought clear, creative thinking to our problems and enabled us to resolve issues as they arose with minimal damage to the company’s finances and zero damage to its reputation.”

The Chambers USA honors follow McGuireWoods’ recent nationwide rankings in Chambers’ annual Fintech and High Net Worth guides.

Practice Rankings
McGuireWoods earned state recognition in the following practices:

  • Antitrust (Illinois)
  • Banking & Finance (North Carolina, Pittsburgh & Surrounds, California, Georgia, Illinois)
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (North Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia)
  • Corporate/M&A (Southern Virginia, Charlotte & Surrounds, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Texas)
  • Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (Pittsburgh & Surrounds)
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (North Carolina)
  • Energy & Natural Resources (North Carolina, Pennsylvania)
  • Environment (Virginia, North Carolina)
  • Healthcare (Illinois, North Carolina)
  • Intellectual Property (Southern Virginia, Texas)
  • Labor & Employment (Virginia, North Carolina, California, Illinois)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (North Carolina, Virginia, Pittsburgh & Surrounds)
  • Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Virginia)
  • Product Liability & Toxic Torts (Virginia)
  • Real Estate (Northern Virginia, Southern Virginia)

Individual Rankings
McGuireWoods lawyers were recognized in the following categories:

Illinois – Amy Manning, Angelo Russo and Sarah Zielinski of Chicago

Banking & Finance
California – Hamid Namazie and Mark Spitzer of Los Angeles; Peter Szurley of San Francisco
Georgia – Laura Bentley (associate to watch), Art Gambill, Christopher Greene and Chris Molen of Atlanta
Illinois – Yuan-Ying Hsu and Philip Perzek of Chicago
North Carolina – Christian Brose; Eric Burk, Rebecca Chaffin, Raj Natarajan and W. Kent Walker of Charlotte
Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh & Surrounds – Peter Butcher and Penny Zacharias of Pittsburgh

District of Columbia – Douglas Foley of Washington and Richmond and John Thompson of Washington
North Carolina – Scott Vaughn of Charlotte
Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh & Surrounds – Mark Freedlander of Pittsburgh
Virginia – Sarah Boehm, Dion Hayes and John Maddock of Richmond

Climate Change
Nationwide – Allison Wood of Washington

Maryland – Heather Welch Arbogast of Baltimore
New York – Jeffrey L. Rothschild of New York
North Carolina: Charlotte & Surrounds – Chris Scheurer and David B. Whelpley Jr. of Charlotte
Southern Virginia – Joanne Katsantonis of Richmond

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh & Surrounds – David Hornyak of Pittsburgh

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
North Carolina – Taylor French and Allison Tanner of Charlotte
Virginia – Robert Cipolla of Richmond

Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)
Nationwide – Todd Mullins and Noel Symons of Washington

Energy: Electricity (Transactional)
Nationwide – Brian Kelly of Baltimore and Joanne Katsantonis of Richmond

Energy & Natural Resources
North Carolina – James Jeffries of Charlotte; Brett Breitschwerdt and Mary Lynne Grigg of Raleigh
Pennsylvania – Anthony Carna of Pittsburgh

District of Columbia – Makram Jaber of Washington
North Carolina – David Franchina of Charlotte; Charles D. Case of Raleigh
Virginia – John Lain of Richmond

Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation
Nationwide – James Neale of Charlottesville

Illinois – Scott Becker, Holly Buckley and Amber McGraw Walsh of Chicago
North Carolina – Bart Walker of Charlotte

Georgia – Anthony Tatum of Atlanta

Intellectual Property
Northern Virginia – Brad Newberg of Tysons
Southern Virginia – David E. Finkelson, Janet P. Peyton, Brian C. Riopelle and Robin Cooke Vance of Richmond
Texas – Darren Collins of Dallas and Eric Schlichter of Houston

Intellectual Property: Patent
New York – Benjamin C. Hsing of New York

Labor & Employment
California – Matthew Kane of Century City
Illinois – Michael Phillips and Joel Spitz of Chicago
North Carolina – Brian Barger and Bruce Steen of Charlotte
Virginia – Dana Rust of Richmond

Litigation: General Commercial

Maryland – Ava Lias-Booker of Baltimore
North Carolina – Douglas W. Ey Jr. and Bradley R. Kutrow of Charlotte
Virginia – Jonathan Blank of Charlottesville
Texas – Ronald Franklin of Houston

Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense
North Carolina – Mark Anderson of Raleigh

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Illinois – Christina Egan of Chicago
Virginia – John Adams and Richard Cullen of Richmond

Product Liability & Toxic Torts
Virginia – Terrence Bagley, Stephen Busch, Diane Flannery, Samuel L. Tarry Jr. and J. Tracy Walker IV of Richmond

Nationwide – Timothy P. Callahan of Chicago

Projects: Power & Renewables: Transactional
Nationwide – Michael Woodard of Richmond

Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy
Nationwide – Timothy P. Callahan of Chicago

Public Finance
North Carolina – Mary Nash K. Rusher of Raleigh

Real Estate
Georgia – John Grieb of Atlanta
Northern Virginia – E. Kristen Moye of Tysons
Southern Virginia – Nancy Little of Richmond

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
Northern Virginia – Gregory Riegle of Tysons
Southern Virginia – D. Brennen Keene of Richmond

Georgia – Gerald Thomas of Atlanta

Transportation: Aviation Finance
Nationwide – Deepak Reddy of New York