Steven G. Popps Associate

Steven is a business and securities litigator with a primary focus on representing large financial institutions and corporations. He litigates cases in federal and state courts, and has represented clients at the trial and appellate level.

Steven’s litigation experience includes trials, depositions, briefing and arguing motions, preparing witnesses for trial, negotiating settlements, and other aspects of litigation. He also represents clients in government investigations and fiduciary litigation. In addition, Steven advises clients on political law issues, including the Federal Election Campaign Act, the Lobbying Disclosure Act, and other corporate political activities. Steven has been recognized by statewide publications, having been named to “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business and a “Virginia Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Steven served as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry E. Hudson, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. In law school, Steven was a member of the William and Mary Law Review, where he was selected to serve as a Lead Articles Editor. Prior to attending law school, Steven served on the staff of former U.S. Senator John W. Warner, who was then serving as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.


Represents one of the largest financial institutions in the world in various litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country.

Counseling and advice to multiple corporate clients regarding political law compliance.

Represented a major utility in bench trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, arising out of coal supply and services dispute regarding six interrelated contracts.

Represented major insurance company in securities fraud class action brought in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Representation of a Fortune 500 financial institution in a three-year grand jury investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia and SIGTARP alleging misadministration of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), which resulted in a non-criminal resolution via a first-of-its-kind restitution and remediation agreement valued at up to $320 million.

Represented a trustee in a lawsuit alleging breach of fiduciary duty.

Tried a civil rights case to a jury in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Counseled former chief executive of a corporation regarding business disputes.

Represented a university as plaintiff in the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond in civil litigation alleging violations of Virginia’s Fraud Against Taxpayers Act and other violations of Virginia law.

Represents local public housing authority in both a counseling and litigation capacities concerning landlord-tenant and regulatory matters..

Represented a multinational bank in state court regarding garnishment matters.

Represented a credit card corporation in connection with consumer litigation.

  • William & Mary Law School, JD, Lead Articles Editor, William and Mary Law Review, 2010
  • The College of William & Mary, BBA, Finance, 2006

Bar Association of the City of Richmond – Selected to serve on the Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2018-present

Federal Bar Association, Richmond Chapter

Virginia State Bar

Virginia Bar Association

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2019

Named to "Legal Elite," Business Law, Virginia Business, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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