Larissa LPC Sneathern Partner

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Larissa is a go-to, problem-solving lawyer practicing within the firm’s Business and Securities Litigation Department. She is a member of the firm’s Energy Litigation Group, and has prior experience with healthcare compliance law. Her current practice focuses on high-stakes commercial litigation, complex contractual disputes and business torts, in which she manages large multi-firm teams to successful outcomes for her clients.

Larissa has also defended against class action suits, and regulatory investigations, and provided advice to clients on risk mitigation and compliance with state and federal law.  Larissa has experience in trial and appellate litigation at both the state and federal levels.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Larissa practiced law at the Washington, D.C., office of an international firm, where she successfully represented corporate clients in arbitration and in federal courts in a variety of areas, ranging from trademark infringement, to complex contract disputes, to the defense of antitrust issues.

Most recently, Larissa served as General Counsel and Compliance Officer for a medical billing company, where she oversaw and monitored corporate and client adherence to federal and state statutes and regulations, in addition to contractual obligations and internal policies and procedures of third party payers. Among other things, she advised and trained staff and clients on all relevant healthcare compliance matters; drafted and negotiated contracts; attended to all corporate employment law matters; ensured compliance with all fair debt collection legislation; periodically audited compliance risk areas; and interfaced with and managed outside trial counsel.

While pursuing her law degree at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Larissa was honored with the distinction of Order of the Coif. Additionally, Larissa served as the Symposia Editor of the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law Review and as a Representative and Treasurer of the Student Bar Association.


  • Won summary judgment for a national energy company in a case (i) alleging trespass, trespass by assumpsit, negligence, nuisance and related torts, based on disposal of wastewater from an underground mine, and (ii) seeking the protection of CERCLA’s discovery rule to avoid violation of statutes of limitation.  This win, which nullified hundreds of other unfiled claims, was upheld on appeal to the Fourth Circuit.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 energy company in the successful resolution of a high-stakes, complex contract dispute involving 35 opposing parties.
  • Successfully represented an alternative energy company in the resolution of a contract dispute.
  • Successfully represented a national energy company in the resolution of a contract dispute related to shut-in fees.
  • Successfully represented national energy company in the seemingly impossible reinstatement of a lapsed lease.
  • Successfully represented national energy company in the resolution of an offensive breach of contract claim.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a Fortune 500 financial institution related to complaints of gender bias.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a Fortune 500 financial institution related to the activities of certain financial advisors.
  • Obtained judgment on behalf of a financial institution against a borrower who had defaulted on loans.
  • Represented Fortune 500 financial institution in the resolution of TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) claim.
  • Successfully represent client in the mediation of a tort claim alleging assault.
  • Successfully represent client in the expungement of criminal record.
  • Successfully represented client in the resolution of a complex, multi—party will contest.
  • Successfully represented a government contractor in the mediation of a contract dispute regarding defective products.
  • Successfully represented pro bono client in the resolution of a 1983 action, which resulted in statewide change in Department of Correction policies and procedures.
  • Successfully mediated 89% of all cases that have engaged in mediation.