Crain’s Chicago Business Names Geoffrey Cockrell, Amber Walsh to Notable Gen X Leaders List

December 15, 2022

McGuireWoods partners Geoffrey Cockrell and Amber Walsh have been named to Crain’s Chicago Business’2022 Notable Gen X Leaders in Accounting, Consulting & Law. Published on Dec. 12, 2022, the feature honors professionals serving in senior leadership roles who have effected change within their professions and communities.

Cockrell, leader of McGuireWoods’ private equity practice and a member of the board of partners, focuses on healthcare provider services transactions, helping make McGuireWoods a dominant player in middle-market deals.

“I am honored to be included among such esteemed leaders in the Chicago business community,” Cockrell said. “This recognition is a testament to the reach and impact of McGuireWoods’ private equity deal work.”

Walsh, former chair of McGuireWoods’ Healthcare Department, handles corporate healthcare transactional and regulatory matters. A leader in promoting the advancement of women in private equity, Walsh founded and leads McGuireWoods’ Women in Private Equity & Finance Initiative. She sits on the firm’s executive committee and chairs its lateral partner integration committee.

“It is rewarding to be recognized for business-focused initiatives that achieve meaningful results for our clients and our community,” Walsh said.

Cockrell and Walsh co-founded McGuireWoods’ “Across the Table” podcast, featuring discussions with professionals in the healthcare private equity and finance industry. They also are principal authors of The Healthcare Investor, a McGuireWoods blog that examines healthcare finance topics and tracks private equity healthcare deals.

McGuireWoods maintains a top-tier practice in middle-market M&A and private equity, distinguishing itself as an industry leader for its national independent sponsor program and Women in Private Equity & Finance Initiative. The firm earned a Tier 1 nationwide ranking in M&A: Middle Market in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500 United States.

McGuireWoods also ranks among the top U.S. legal providers in healthcare and has one of the largest healthcare practices in the United States. The firm received nationwide recognition in healthcare in the 2022 edition of Chambers and Partners’ “Chambers USA” guide and earned a first-tier national ranking in healthcare law in the 2023 edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers’Best Law Firms.”