Sylvia Macon Kastens Associate

Sylvia focuses her practice on defending clients in products liability litigation.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Sylvia served as a law clerk for the Honorable Rebecca Beach Smith, Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

During law school, Sylvia served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as Executive Editor for the University of Richmond Law Review, and was a member of the Walter Scott McNeill Law Honor Society. Upon graduation, she received the T.C. Williams Law School Scholarship Award, presented to the graduating student who made the most significant contribution to legal scholarship.

Before law school, Sylvia worked as an English teacher in France, as well as a social studies teacher in the Bronx, New York.

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • French
  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Executive Editor, University of Richmond Law, 2017
  • New York University, MA, Social Studies Education at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, 2012
  • University of Virginia, BA, Foreign Affairs with concentration in Sub-Saharan Africa, minor in French, 2010

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

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Class Action/Mass Torts, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2022

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