M. Melissa Glassman Partner

Melissa is a former deputy managing partner for industry teams. Prior to this role, she was a member of the firm's eight-person Executive Committee, the firm's board of partners and chairman of McGuireWoods' complex commercial litigation department.

She was the first woman to serve as an office managing partner and founded the McGuireWoods’ Women’s Business Development Committee, now known as McGuireWoods' Women's Leadership Forum, and served as its first chair. She has served as chair of the Nominating Committee for McGuireWoods’ Board of Partners and served on the firm’s Associate Committee.

Melissa focuses her practice on litigating complex commercial cases including shareholder matters, lender/borrower relationships, energy, construction, commercial leasing, real estate, land use, zoning and all manner of business disputes. She has also litigated eminent domain cases in Virginia and Maryland on behalf of water, sewer, natural gas and electrical utility companies. Over the past 29 years, she has litigated in state and federal courts throughout the United States. She also has extensive experience in handling the arbitration of all types of commercial disputes. In addition to litigation, she drafts and negotiates contracts related to commercial development, design and construction, including architectural, project management and general contractor agreements.

  • George Mason University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Notes Editor, George Mason University Law Review, 1987
  • The University of Texas at Austin, BS, summa cum laude, 1976

Campaign Chair, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Committee Member, Virginia Vine – benefitting the V Foundation for Cancer Research

Member; Board of Governors, 2012-2015; Past Chair, Construction and Public Contracts Section; Past Board Member, Commercial Litigation Section; Virginia Bar Association

Past Member, Fairfax County Superintendent of School Business and Industry Advisory Council

Past Board Member, Fairfax Bar Foundation

Member, Board of Directors, Women's Advisory Board, Girl Scouts of the National Capital Area

Advisory Board, National Association of Law Placement (NALP)

  • Speaker, "Virtual Mediations: Considerations for Successfully Settling Your Cases From a Distance," American Law Institute (ALI) CLE, January 26, 2021
  • Speaker, Remote Mediations: Settling Commercial Disputes in the Age of Social Distancing, May 12, 2020
  • Co-Speaker, "Valuing Natural Gas Pipelines," CLE International’s 13th Annual Eminent Domain Conference: Compensability, Constitutionality & Creative Solutions, May 2019
  • Presenter, "Federal Condemnation Process," 2018 Appalachian Land Institute, October 2018
  • Speaker, "Federal Condemnation Procedure," Eminent Domain Law in Virginia: The Must-Know Basics, April 2018
  • Facilitator, "Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute," 24th Annual Law Firm Marketing Partner Forum: New Techniques in the Art of Cross-Selling, January 2017
  • Speaker, Cross-Border Food Safety: What's on the Menu?, McGuireWoods Complimentary Seminar with Red24, October 2013
  • Presenter, "Acquisition of Land Rights Through Negotiation or Condemnation," Legal Roundtable at the Southern Gas Association Operating Conference, July 2012
  • District of Columbia
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Selected for The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Construction, 2013-2023

Named to "Pro Bono Service Honor Roll," Virginia Access to Justice Commission, 2022

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Real Estate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2021

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 2016 Spring "Women in the Law" Business Edition

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Named to "Washington DC's Leader in the Law," The Washington Post, 2012

Named to "Legal Elite," Virginia Business, 2007-2009, 2011

Named to "Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers," Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Real Estate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2017

Named to "Leader in the Law," Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2010

Named "Top Washington Real Estate Litigation Lawyer," Washington Business Journal, 2008

Finalist, "Top Washington Lawyers," Washington Business Journal, 2007

Appointed faculty member for Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, 2008

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