If you are seeking a large firm—we’re talking more than 1,000 lawyers across 21 offices—that boasts a welcoming, respectful atmosphere, McGuireWoods may be the place for you. Teamwork is key at this full-service firm, which also highly values pro bono work. McGuireWoods regularly serves clients in the automotive, banking and financial services, chemical, energy resources, food processing, general manufacturing, government, health care, insurance, real estate, technology and telecom, and transportation indu...

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

1K - 1.5K


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

43 total (36 2Ls; 7 1Ls)


Base Salary

All Offices:

Vault Verdict

When it comes to landing a spot at McGuireWoods, leave your ego at the door. The firm seeks personable team players who are polished enough to be client-ready from the start. The firm is a welcoming place, and there is a sense that people care about each other and their lives outside of work. Partners are respectful of associates and are generous in providing feedback. Associates agree that the firm’s billable-hours requirement is reasonable, but associates have different experiences in terms of workload. Some associates don’t feel work is evenly distributed, while others believe their groups allocate hours appropriately. Further, some associates note they are inundated with work, while others wish they had more hours. Workload aside, associates rave about the responsibilities the...

About the Firm


McGuireWoods’ roots reach back to 1834 in Charlottesville, Virginia, when Egbert R. Watson began his law practice. The firm now boasts 21 offices and more than 1,100 attorneys worldwide.

McGuireWoods’ Mergers

Thirty-six years after Watson launched his firm, he formed a partnership with George Perkins. It was the firm’s first merger, but not its last. The firm continued to grow, strategically expanding as far south as Florida and Texas, west to Chicago and California, north as far as Pennsylvania and New York, and overseas to London and Shanghai—much of this growth via merger. Among the firms McGuireWoods has joined with in the past decade are North Carolina firm Helms Mullins & Wicker, U.K. firm Grundberg Mocatta Rakison, Texas-based Nickens Keeton Lawl...

Associate Reviews

  • “Everyone is professional and respectful towards each other. Due to the COVID pandemic, it is hard to socialize in person, but I've stayed connected relatively well to my colleagues through electronic means.”
  • “I love the people I work with! Everyone is warm and cares about my career and life as a whole, rather than just my work product—partners and firm management included. It's a very rare culture in a big firm.”
  • “Very friendly and collaborative environment. Partners legitimately care about your growth and your work-life balance and will step in to assist you when you feel overwhelmed. Lot of social events are planned throughout the year formally, as well as very frequent informal social events. I consider a lot of the people I work with friends.”
  • “My experience has been wonderful. Everyone was very welcoming. My group specifically is very supportive, and the attorneys socialize at firm-sponsored events and outside of work.”

Why Work Here

At McGuireWoods, our attorneys and staff can expect to be part of a diverse culture built on respect, unwavering client service and a collective desire for professional excellence. With an exciting work environment that features new and innovative technologies, career advancement training, top-of-the-line benefits options, and the opportunity to engage with our many communities across the U.S. and overseas, our employees gain the experience they need to excel as part of one of the world’s most sought-after law firms. 

An evolving career is a strong career, and we encourage our employees to take advantage of the professional development services offered to them, including training and advancement opportunities designed to encourage leadership, promote collaboration and teach better use of technology. McGuireWoods employees benefit from on-the-job training, in-house seminars, courses in continuing legal education and an array of career development programs through Practising Law Institute. 

Diversity at McGuireWoods

"McGuireWoods has a history of hiring, developing, promoting and retaining lawyers of color, women and LGBTQ lawyers, and veterans. Diversity & Inclusion is a core value of our firm and a cornerstone of our strategic plan. As we continually establish new initiatives and enhance existing efforts, we focus on meaningful support for our diverse lawyers in their careers. Through our diverse lawyer networks, we assist our attorneys in building positive, close-knit communities within the firm that empower, support and encourage all of..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “Most important metric from my experience is whether we would feel comfortable putting you in front of a client day one. We often give young associates the opportunity to speak on client calls, so it helps to have a polished demeanor and professionalism about you.”
  • “The biggest factor in our hiring is personality. We love team players and hard workers. We do not like gunners or overly competitive people. We also like people who enjoy work and life. The whole person matters in hiring for us. We love people who are passionate about work as an attorney and equally passionate about their other interests.”
  • “Smart, former clerk, without a big ego who is personable and a team player.  …”
  • “You could be top of your class from a T14 with a journal and a clerkship, but if you don't have the right personality you will not get an offer. This firm prides itself on its people.”

Perks & Benefits