McGuireWoods Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2023 Leading Lawyers Guide

June 2, 2023

Chambers and Partners recognized McGuireWoods lawyers 118 times and firm practice areas 58 times in the 2023 edition of the “Chambers USA” guide.

Seventeen practice areas received nationwide recognition: Banking & Finance; Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Climate Change; Corporate Crime & Investigations; Corporate/M&A; Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation); Energy: Electricity (Transactional); Environment; Financial Services Litigation: Broker Dealer (Compliance & Enforcement); Food & Beverages: Regulatory and Litigation; Healthcare; Labor & Employment; Occupational Safety & Health; Product Liability & Mass Torts; Product Liability: Automobile; Projects: Power & Renewables (Transactional); and Public Finance.

McGuireWoods earned Band 1 regional practice rankings in Banking & Finance; Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Corporate/M&A; Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation; Energy & Natural Resources; Intellectual Property; Labor & Employment; Litigation: General Commercial; Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations; Product Liability & Toxic Torts; Public Finance; and Real Estate.

Individually, 23 lawyers earned Band 1, “Star” or “Eminent Practitioner” rankings, underscoring their stature as leaders in their respective practices and industry areas.

In interviews with Chambers researchers, clients lauded McGuireWoods for its litigation and transactional capabilities, industry knowledge and attention to client service.

“McGuireWoods understands its client’s business and the personalities of deal teams, so can offer pragmatic, solution-oriented advice on key issues that arise during transactions,” a client said of the firm’s corporate and M&A work.

On banking and finance matters, “McGuireWoods is one of the strongest firms in terms of their ability to think creatively and manage complex situations,” another client added.

Clients also praised McGuireWoods for having “some of the best white-collar lawyers in the country” and “the depth to handle the most sophisticated and complex matters.” The firm’s product liability and mass torts litigation lawyers “have the skills and breadth of a national firm,” another client added. The firm’s restructuring and insolvency team was praised for its “strong and deep group of professionals that have extensive experience in complex and sophisticated matters.”

The Chambers USA honors follow McGuireWoods’ 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 (Virginia, North Carolina, Pittsburgh & Surrounds, Illinois)
  • Corporate/M&A (Charlotte & Surrounds, Southern Virginia, Maryland, Texas, New York)
  • Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (Pittsburgh & Surrounds, Illinois)
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (North Carolina)
  • Energy & Natural Resources (North Carolina, Pennsylvania)
  • Environment (North Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia)
  • Healthcare (Illinois, North Carolina)
  • Insurance (Georgia)
  • 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)
  • Public Finance (North Carolina)
  • Real Estate (Southern Virginia, Northern Virginia)
  • Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Northern Virginia)

Individual Rankings
McGuireWoods lawyers were recognized in the following categories.

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

Banking & Finance
California – Mark Spitzer of Los Angeles; Peter Szurley of San Francisco
Georgia – Art Gambill, Christopher Greene and Gerum Yilma of Atlanta
Illinois – Donald Ensing, Yuan-Ying Hsu and Philip Perzek of Chicago
North Carolina – Christian Brose, Eric Burk, Rebecca Chaffin, Raj Natarajan and W. Kent Walker of Charlotte; Anne Croteau of Raleigh
Pennsylvania – Peter Butcher and Penny Zacharias of Pittsburgh

Illinois – Aaron McCollough of Chicago
North Carolina – Trey Rayburn of Charlotte
Pennsylvania – Mark Freedlander of Pittsburgh
Texas – Demetra Liggins of Houston
Virginia – Sarah Boehm, Douglas Foley, Dion Hayes and John Maddock of Richmond

Climate Change
Nationwide – Allison Wood of Washington

Virginia – Michael Dingman of Tysons

Maryland – Heather Welch Arbogast, Brian Kelly and Cecil E. Martin III 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 – Brian Hager, Joanne Katsantonis and Michael Woodard of Richmond

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
Pennsylvania – David Hornyak and Benjamin Hantz 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 – Julia English, 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; Kristin Athens (associate to watch), Brett Breitschwerdt, Mary Lynne Grigg and Andrea Kells of Raleigh
Pennsylvania – Anthony Carna and Gregory Krock of Pittsburgh

District of Columbia – Aaron Flynn, Makram Jaber and Allison Wood of Washington
Georgia – Adam Sowatzka of Atlanta
North Carolina – David Franchina of Charlotte; W. Dixon Snukals (associate to watch) of Raleigh

Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance)
Nationwide – John Ayanian of Washington

Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Enforcement)
Nationwide – Cheryl Haas of Atlanta; Emily Gordy and Elizabeth Hogan of Washington

Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation
Nationwide – James Neale of Charlottesville and Trent Taylor of Richmond

Georgia – Kristen McDermott Woodrum of Atlanta
Illinois – Scott Becker, Holly Buckley and Amber McGraw Walsh of Chicago
North Carolina – Bart Walker of Charlotte

Georgia – Joseph Englert, Shelby Guilbert and Anthony Tatum of Atlanta

Intellectual Property
Southern Virginia – David E. Finkelson, Janet P. Peyton, Brian C. Riopelle and Robin Cooke Vance of Richmond
Texas – Darren Collins and Jason Cook of Dallas

Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets
Texas – Yasser Madriz of Houston

Labor & Employment
Illinois – Michael Phillips and Joel Spitz of Chicago
Maryland – Elena Marcuss of Baltimore
North Carolina – Brian Barger, Paul Navarro and Meredith Pinson of  Charlotte
Texas – Meghaan Madriz of Houston
Virginia – Dana Rust of Richmond and David Greenspan of Tysons

Litigation: General Commercial
Maryland – Ava Lias-Booker of Baltimore
North Carolina – Bradley R. Kutrow of Charlotte
Virginia – Jonathan Blank of Charlottesville
Texas – Thomas Farrell of Houston

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

Litigation: Securities
Georgia – Cheryl Haas of Atlanta

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Illinois – Christina Egan of Chicago
Virginia – Benjamin Hatch of Norfolk; John Adams and Laura Colombell Marshall of Richmond

Product Liability & Toxic Torts
Virginia – Terrence Bagley, Stephen Busch, Diane Flannery, Samuel L. Tarry Jr., J. Tracy Walker IV and Andrew Gann (associate to watch) of Richmond

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

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

Public Finance
North Carolina – Lisa Williams of Charlotte and Mary Nash K. Rusher of Raleigh

Real Estate
Florida: North & Central – Christopher Thanner of Jacksonville
Georgia – John Grieb of Atlanta
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