Daniel E. Howell Partner

Daniel's practice consists primarily of mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactional matters.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Daniel was an associate at an Am100 law firm and a judicial law clerk for the 4th Judicial Circuit of Virginia in Norfolk.


Representation of Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D) in the $8 billion sale, including the assumption of $5.3 billion of existing indebtedness, of the majority of its gas transmission and storage segment assets – including 25% of Cove Point LNG, an LNG export, import and storage facility in Maryland – to an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A).

Representation of Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D), one of the largest energy and utility companies in the U.S., in the pending sale of Questar Pipelines to Southwest Gas Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SWX), an investor-owned utility based in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a transaction valued at $1.975 billion, including the assumption of $430 million of existing indebtedness.

Representation of Performance Food Group (NYSE: PFGC), a foodservice distribution leader, in its acquisition of Eby-Brown Company LLC, a leading U.S. distributor of pre-packaged candy, snack, specialty beverages and tobacco products.

Representation of Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D), one of the largest energy and utility companies in the U.S., in the acquisition of Southern Co.’s (NYSE: SO) 5% stake in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Representation of Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE:D) in the acquisition of Southern Co.’s (NYSE:SO) Pivotal LNG, a wholly owned subsidiary which distributes liquefied natural gas for marine and road transportation.

Representation of AvidXchange, a leading provider of accounts payable and payment automation solutions, in its acquisition of BankTEL Systems, a provider of accounting solutions to more than 20 percent of banks across the U.S.

Representation of Estes Express Lines, a full-service freight transportation provider, in its successful $15 million stalking horse bid to acquire Eastern Freight Ways, Inc. and Carrier Industries, Inc., both affiliates of New England Motor Freight, one of the largest truckload carriers in the Northeast.

Representation of Afton Chemical Corporation, a global leader in the lubricant and fuel additive market and wholly owned subsidiary of publicly traded NewMarket Corporation (NYSE:NEU) in its sale of its metalworking fluid business to Italmatch Chemicals, an Italy-based manufacturer and distributer of performance additives.

Representation of Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D), one of the largest energy and utility companies in the U.S., in its $2.2 billion acquisition of Dominion Energy Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: DM), a limited partnership formed by Dominion Energy to grow a portfolio of natural gas assets, by way of a stock-for-stock merger.

Representation of SunFunder, an innovative solar finance business, in closing a $42.5 million capital commitment for its Solar Energy Transformation Fund, which will finance high impact solar energy projects and companies in emerging markets. 

Representation of Ace Electric Company, a family-owned electrical contractor in Virginia, in its management buyout of 50% interest in the company from a retiring shareholder.

Representation of RRS Foodservice, a leading independent foodservice distributor in Virginia and division of J.L. Culpepper & Co., in its acquisition of DVF Foodservice, a food products supplier.

Representation of an owner and operator of McDonald’s restaurants in its $57 million asset acquisition of 18 McDonald’s franchises from an owner and operator of fast food restaurants.

Representation of publicly held snack foods company in $1.9 billion merger with publicly held target.

Representation of community bank in $701 million dollar merger of equals.

Representation of Canadian pharmaceutical company in $72.5 million initial public offering.

Representation of publicly held snack foods company in divestiture of division to private equity fund.

Representation of travel-tech startup in investment by international hotel chain.

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, JD, 2013
  • Vanderbilt University, BA, Political Science, 2010

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Mergers & Acquisitions, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2021, 2022

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2021, 2022

Named to "Top 40 Under 40: Virginia," The National Black Lawyers, 2021

  • Virginia
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