Steven G. Popps Partner

Steven advises and represents businesses and key executives in complex, high-stakes disputes. He is an experienced litigator in federal and state courts, and has represented clients at the trial and appellate level.

Steven is experienced in all phases of complex litigation, including depositions, briefing and arguing motions, preparing witnesses for trial, negotiating settlements, and trials. He also advises clients in government investigations and fiduciary litigation. Steven also represents clients in receivership actions and negotiations, particularly in the commercial real estate context. In addition, Steven counsels clients on political law issues, including the Federal Election Campaign Act and the Lobbying Disclosure Act. Steven has been recognized by various 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.


Representation of a large financial institution in various litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country.

Representation of a court-appointed special receiver overseeing a high-profile residential property in the City of Richmond.

Counseling and advice to chief executive officer of startup business venture.

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

Represented a utility company 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 an 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.

Represented a multinational bank in state court regarding garnishment matters.

Represented a credit card corporation in connection with consumer litigation.

Representation of a special servicer in connection with a receivership petition concerning commercial real estate.

  • 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 Finance Committee, 2020-present; previously served on Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2018-2020

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

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Woodward/White, Inc., 2021, 2022

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2019, 2020

Named to "Legal Elite," Business Law, Virginia Business, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Appointed in 2019 to Merit Selection Panel by the judges of the Eastern District of Virginia to identify and recommend candidates for vacant federal magistrate judge position

Appointed to the William & Mary Law School Alumni Association Board and serves on the Nominating Committee, 2020-present

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