American Lawyer Media’s Corporate Counsel magazine has selected
Joanne Katsantonis and
Amber McGraw Walsh for its
2021 Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards recognizing accomplished women attorneys at law firms and in-house legal
departments across the country.
Katsantonis, the firm’s deputy managing partner for development, is
recognized in the managing partner of the year category. Walsh, former
chair of the firm’s healthcare practice, is honored in the thought
Katsantonis is an integral part of McGuireWoods’ senior management. She is
responsible for numerous business development and relationship-building
activities, in addition to overseeing the firm’s cross-practice industry
teams and assisting with implementation of the firm’s strategic plan. A
former leader of McGuireWoods’ nationally recognized
energy industry team, Katsantonis is a strategic adviser to energy companies, from public
utilities and independent power producers to financial investors. She acts
as general corporate adviser to energy companies on mergers and
acquisitions, corporate structuring, partnership and joint venture issues,
governance issues, and compliance and risk management.
Katsantonis advises on some of the industry’s largest deals, including
leading a McGuireWoods team representing longtime client
Dominion Energy in its
sale of natural gas transmission and storage business to an affiliate of
Berkshire Hathaway – the largest purchase of U.S. energy assets announced
“I am honored to be included with accomplished women lawyers and law firm
leaders who were selected for these awards,” Katsantonis said. “I am
grateful to my McGuireWoods colleagues and for the firm’s steadfast
commitment to diversity and inclusion in our profession.”
Walsh is a nationally recognized thought leader in healthcare, M&A and
private equity. She helped establish the firm’s
award-winning Women in Private Equity & Finance initiative to promote the advancement
of women in those industries. The initiative includes the “Deal Us In” podcast series, which features conversations with women leaders and
rising stars in private equity and finance.
Walsh co-founded and co-chairs the firm’s annual
Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, one of the largest private equity events in the U.S. healthcare market.
She co-writes McGuireWoods’ The Healthcare Investor
blog covering issues and trends affecting investments in healthcare and
life sciences. She also hosts the firm’s “Healthcare Headlines” video series, which provides insight on business, litigation and
regulatory developments affecting healthcare providers and investors.
“I am proud of the initiatives we have launched to elevate the firm’s
leadership in healthcare, private equity and finance and promote the
advancement of women in these fields,” Walsh said. “It is gratifying to be
recognized for these efforts by a respected publication like Corporate Counsel.”
will honor the award winners Oct. 7 at an event in Washington, D.C.
“Joanne and Amber are outstanding lawyers, leaders and role models who have
made immeasurable contributions to McGuireWoods’ success,” said
J. Tracy Walker IV, the firm’s managing partner. “We congratulate them for this well-deserved