What began as two small law firms in Virginia in the 1800s has blossomed into what we now know as McGuireWoods. A series of mergers and takeovers in the latter portion of the 20th century and into the 21st century have led to 21 global offices and more than 1,000 attorneys. The firm has won awards recently in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance law, general litigation, and client services.
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With its deep roots in the southeastern part of the United States, McGuireWoods is BigLaw with a small-firm, hospitable feel. In hiring, the firm looks for attorneys with strong academic records, journal membership, work or clerkship experience, and ties to relevant geographic markets. Associates’ personalities matter, too, in that they need to blend well with the family-like atmosphere. While after-hours socializing may be limited, respect for work-life balance is evident. Partners treat associates as valued members of the team and take active roles in younger attorneys’ development. Lateral hires appreciate the support they receive as they transition into the firm. On-the-job training and guidance from more senior attorneys take the place of unimpressive formal training as assoc...
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.
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 Lawless Farrell & Fla...
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.