Virginia Appellate Practice

McGuireWoods’ Virginia appellate practice is unparalleled in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Clients recognize the team’s deep experience with the procedures unique to Virginia trial and appellate courts, and they trust the firm’s lawyers to develop appellate strategies to overcome losses and defend multimillion-dollar wins.

Familiar with the changes to the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals of Virginia enacted by the General Assembly in 2021, McGuireWoods’ Virginia appellate team understands the intricacies of practicing in the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Our Team

Among its 1,100 lawyers, approximately 270 of whom are based in Virginia, McGuireWoods’ Virginia appellate team of four attorneys combines clerkship experience, knowledge of the courts and rules, exceptional brief writing, oral advocacy skills and the wisdom of extensive experience.

Our Focus

The power of an appeal relies on cogent and persuasive briefing, and on strong oral argument skills. By knowing the nuances of Virginia’s sometimes draconian rules and laws, as well as the ins and outs of the Virginia appellate courts, McGuireWoods’ Virginia appellate team offers clients a strong advantage. Team lawyers pride themselves on the clarity and simplicity of their legal writing. Translating voluminous records or complex administrative matters into briefs that can persuade judges and justices is a key driver of their practice.

The team’s goal is to explain not only why our clients are correct as a matter of law, but also why they should win. Our Virginia appellate lawyers often work with trial teams to advance clients’ positions long before the appeal begins, by helping draft and argue major motions and attending trial as appellate counsel.