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McGuireWoods LLP
Headquarters Richmond, Virginia
No. of offices 21
No. of attorneys 1000+
Major practice areas General practice
Date founded 1834
Founder Egbert R. Watson
Company type Limited liability partnership

McGuireWoods LLP is a leading U.S. law firm with more than 1,000 attorneys in 21 offices across the United States and Europe. The firm's largest offices are in Richmond, VA, Charlotte, NC, and Chicago, IL. McGuireWoods has recently experienced a period of rapid growth, opening international offices in London (2009), Texas offices in Houston and Austin (2011), and its newest office in Dallas (2014). The firm has also expanded its office space in Washington, D.C., London, Charlotte and Brussels, and has increased its client representation capabilities by adding former Indiana Governor and Senator Evan Bayh as a partner. McGuireWoods has also built a nationally recognized debt finance team in Atlanta, as well as a new political law group in the firm's Washington D.C. office.


In 1834, Egbert R. Watson began his law practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. He later formed a partnership in 1870 with George Perkins, and in 1936 the firm became Perkins, Battle & Minor. The firm expanded in the following decades and, following the 1966 merger of Battle, Neal, Harris, Minor & Williams with McGuire, Woods, King, Davis & Patterson, became known as McGuire, Woods and Battle.[1] In 1987, McGuire, Woods and Battle merged with Boothe, Prichard & Dudley to become McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe. In 2000, the firm changed its name to McGuireWoods LLP.

The firm’s consulting subsidiary, McGuireWoods Consulting, opened in 1998, followed by the merger and acquisition advisory group in 2001.

Today, McGuireWoods LLP has more than 1,000 attorneys in 20 offices worldwide. U.S. offices include Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Charlotte, North Carolina; Charlottesville, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; Houston, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; Los Angeles, California; New York, New York; Norfolk, Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Tysons Corner, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, North Carolina. The firm has international offices in London, England and Brussels, Belgium.

Notable people[edit]

  • George Allen — U.S. Senator (2001–2007); Governor, Virginia (1994–1998); Member, U.S. House of Representatives (1991–1993); McGuireWoods (1998–2000)
  • John S. Battle — Governor, Virginia (1950–1954); McGuire Woods & Battle (1966–1972)
  • William C. Battle — United States Ambassador to Australia (1962–1964); CEO, Fieldcrest Mills 1971–1988; Democratic candidate for Governor 1969; McGuire, Woods & Battle (1966–1971, 1988–2000)
  • Evan Bayh — U.S. Senator, Indiana (1999–2011); Governor, Indiana (1989–1997); Indiana Secretary of State (1986–1989); McGuireWoods (2011-present)
  • William BroaddusAttorney General of Virginia (1985–1986); McGuireWoods (1958–present)
  • Robert Burrus — Former Chairman, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; McGuireWoods (1986–present)
  • James B. Comey, Jr. — Deputy Attorney General of the United States (2003–2005); United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (2002–2003); Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (1987–93); McGuireWoods (1993–1996)
  • Richard Cullen — Attorney General of Virginia (1997–1998); U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia (1991–1993); McGuireWoods (1977-present)
  • John N. Dalton — Governor, Virginia (1978–1982); Lieutenant Governor, Virginia (1974–1978); McGuire Woods Battle & Boothe (1982–1986)
  • Frank Donatelli — Former Deputy Chairman of the Republican National Committee; Chairman of GOPAC 2009–present; McGuireWoods Consulting (2001–present)
  • Timothy Flanigan — Deputy Counsel to the President of the United States (2001–2002); McGuireWoods (2008-2013)
  • John L. Fugh — Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army (1991–1993); McGuire, Woods, Battle and Boothe (1994–1995)
  • E. Duncan Getchell, Jr. — Solicitor General, Virginia (2009–2013); McGuire Woods (1977–2009, 2014–present)
  • Thomas C. Gordon, Jr. — Supreme Court of Virginia (1965–1972); McGuire, Woods, Battle and Boothe (1972–2003)
  • Tim Heaphy— U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia (2009–present); McGuireWoods (2006–2009)
  • Jim Hodges— Governor, South Carolina (1999–2003); McGuireWoods (2009-present)
  • James G. Martin— Governor, North Carolina (1985–1993); McGuireWoods (2008-2011)
  • Richard L. Williams — Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (1980 – 1992), senior status (1992–2011); McGuireWoods (1966–1972, 1976–1980)
  • Chris Peace — Member of the Virginia House of Delegates, McGuireWoods (2003–2006)
  • Russ Sullivan— Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee (2004-2013); McGuireWoods (2013-present)
  • John Fennebresque— Chairman, University of North Carolina Board of Governors (2014 to present); McGuireWoods (1993-present)
  • L.F. Payne Jr.— Member, U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 5th District (1998-present); McGuireWoods (1998-present)
  • Jerry W. Kilgore— Attorney General, Virginia (2002-2005); Secretary of Public Safety, Virginia (1994-1998); McGuireWoods (2010-present)
  • Frank B. Atkinson— Policy director and legal counsel, Gov. George F. Allen (1994-1998); Co-founder, McGuireWodos Consulting; McGuireWoods (1984-present)
  • Howard Feller— Antitrust Law Chairman, American Bar Association (2014-present); McGuireWoods (1978-present)
  • George J. Terwilliger— Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice (1992-1993); McGuireWoods (1993-2000; 2015-present)


As of March 2014, McGuireWoods LLP has 21 offices in the United States and Europe.

United States Offices[edit]

Europe offices[edit]

Service Areas[edit]

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Appeals and Issues
  • Banking and Finance
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate
  • Data Privacy and Security
  • Employee Benefits
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Government Contracts
  • Government, Regulatory and Criminal Investigations
  • Healthcare Law
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
  • Private Wealth Services
  • Product Liability and Mass Torts
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Tax
  • Technology and Outsourcing
  • Trials

  • Accountants Defense
  • Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers
  • Construction
  • Defense and Aerospace
  • Education
  • Energy
  • FDA Regulatory
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage
  • Franchise and Distribution
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality, Hotel and Leisure
  • Life Sciences
  • Mining
  • Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Political Law
  • Private Equity
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources

  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Canada
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • China and Hong Kong
  • France
  • Indian Sub-Continent
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Nordic and Baltic
  • Russia and the CIS
  • Southeast Asia
  • Sub-Saharan, Southern and East Africa
  • Western and Southern Europe


  1. ^ "History:Milestones". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 

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