Jacquelyn E. Stone Partner

Jackie has decades of experience advising clients on government relations, regulatory and immigration matters. She first worked at McGuireWoods as a summer associate in 1984 and joined the firm as an associate in 1985 after graduating from Harvard Law School. Jackie is former chair of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a former member of the firm’s Board of Partners. She also served as the firmwide hiring partner for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise include legislative issues before the Virginia General Assembly, regulatory matters before the Virginia State Corporation Commission, and business immigration and worksite enforcement as a member of the firm’s corporate securities department.

She has represented clients on legislative and regulatory issues relating to insurance, retirement, telecommunications, education, economic development, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and more. She has more than 34 years of experience in all aspects of immigration and nationality matters. She concentrates on employment-based visas for employees of multinational companies, engineers, physicians, lawyers, architects, teachers, professors and research scientists. She works closely with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, the Department of Labor, and officials of U.S. Embassies and Consulates. She assists foreign companies and organizations with establishing U.S. operations and coordinating the transfer of key executives. She assists in formulating strategies for short-term and long-term employment of foreign nationals, export control analysis, and provides guidance concerning I-9 programs (including audits) and the complex laws and regulations relating to employer sanctions.

Jackie worked as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives after obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. Jackie has been recognized as a Virginia "Super Lawyer" and as one of Virginia's "Legal Elite" in government relations and immigration law by Virginia Business magazine. In 2018, Jackie was honored with the prestigious National Women in Law Award for Lifetime Achievement by Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel, leading ALM publications. She is one of only six women to receive this award from ALM, which also publishes The American Lawyer and The National Law Journal. She was selected as one of Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Influential Women of Law in 2020. In 2021, Jackie won the award for Best Mentor: Law Firm in The American Lawyer Industry Awards. She is the recipient of the McGuireWoods Diversity and Inclusion Award and the Virginia FREE inaugural Advocacy Award Best Advocate Award, both of which have been named in her honor.

McGuireWoods Consulting

McGuireWoods Consulting LLC ("MWC") is a wholly owned subsidiary of the McGuireWoods LLP law firm. From time to time, various McGuireWoods lawyers provide non-legal services to MWC clients, but MWC cannot provide legal services or advice. Therefore, any work MWC performs for a client does not give rise to an attorney-client relationship or privilege. Should you require legal services from McGuireWoods, as well as consulting services from MWC, you must engage the law firm separately.

  • Harvard Law School, JD, 1985
  • University of Virginia, BA, 1980

Board Member, Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization

Board Member, Venture Richmond

Chair, Advisory Board, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership

Member, Advisory Council, Virginia Poverty Law Center

Member, Advisory Board, Wason Center for Public Policy

Founding Member, Partnership for the Future

Member, American Revolution 250 Commission

Member, One Virginia 2021 Citizens Constitutional Amendment Drafting Committee

Member, Steering Committee, 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution

Member, National Bar Leadership Conference Team, 1991-1992; Chairman, Richmond AOP Host Committee, 1991, American Bar Association

Member; Millennium Diversity Initiative, 2001; Faculty, Mandatory Course on Professionalism, 1995-1998; Member, Committee on Professionalism, 1989-1990; Chairman, Community Law Week Committee, 1987-1989, Virginia State Bar

Member; Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Section, 1988-1990; Chairman, Membership Committee, 1988-1990, Virginia Bar Association

Member; Executive Committee, 1990-1992, Old Dominion Bar Association

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1989-present

Former Board Member and Past President, Arts Council of Richmond

Former Executive Committee Member and Secretary, CenterStage Foundation

Former Chair, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Former Board Member, Junior Achievement of Central Richmond

Former Board Member, Leadership Metro Richmond

Former Board Member, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Former Member, Local Advisory Committee, Local Initiatives Support Campaign

Former Board Member, Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital

Former Board Member, Richmond Retirement System

Former Trustee, Science Museum of Virginia

Former Council Member, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Former Member, State Commission on Population Growth and Development

Former Council Member, State Council on Local Debt

Former Executive Committee Member, The Richmond Forum

Former Member, Virginia Commission on Competitive & Equitable Tax Policy

Former Board Member, United Way of Central Virginia

Former Vice-Rector, Board of Visitors, Virginia Commonwealth University

Former Board Member, VCU Health System

Former Director, Virginia Commission for the Arts

  • Virginia

Named to "Women Who Drive Richmond," Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2023

Named to "500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers,” Lawdragon, 2021, 2022

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

Recipient, "Advocacy Award," Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education (FREE), 2021

Recipient, Phoebe P. Hall Mentorship Award, Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA), 2021

Recipient, Best Mentor: Law Firm Category, The American Lawyer Industry Awards, 2021

Named to "Virginia Legal Elite," Immigration Law, Virginia Business Magazine, 2010, 2019-2021

Recipient, Richmond Humanitarian Award, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, 2020

Named to "Influential Women of Law", Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2020

Recipient, McGuireWoods Diversity and Inclusion Award, 2019

Recipient, Urban Financial Services Coalition Live2Lead Leadership Award, 2019

Honoree, "Person of the Year," Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2019

Named an "Immigration Trailblazer," National Law Journal, 2019

Recipient, National Women in Law Award for Lifetime Achievement, Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel, 2018

Recipient, DuPont J. Michael Brown Award, 2013 

Recipient, Walter Ridley Trailblazer Award, 2012

Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation, 2010

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Immigration, Government Relations, Business/Corporate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2009

Recipient, Women of Achievement Award, Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, 2005

Recipient, Themis Award, DuPont Women's Lawyer Network, 2005

Recipient, Outstanding Women Awards, YWCA, 2000

Selected for inclusion in "The Region's 100 Power Players," Richmond Magazine, 2006

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