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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. 

McGuireWoods dedicates substantial resources to supporting new lawyers and integrating lateral attorneys and their clients into the firm. For students, our summer programs offer individual training and experience working directly with our lawyers, while on-campus interviews connect recruiters with potential employees. For new associates and staff, a McGuireWoods career offers a healthy work/life balance, competitive salaries and full benefits, and a rich culture built on our deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

Our departments, industry groups, client teams, offices and committees provide many opportunities for lawyers to help drive the firm’s success and shape its future. Our attorneys benefit from cutting-edge technology support, marketing and business development, professional development and knowledge management. We also enrich our local communities through volunteerism, fundraising, scholarships, sponsorships and a thriving pro bono program. 

Our lawyers are McGuireWoods’ most valuable resource, and incorporating lateral associates and partners only strengthens our legal teams. In recent years, the firm has welcomed into its ranks leading international lawyers and recent corporate counsel, former state and U.S. prosecutors and agency officials, and former U.S. Supreme Court clerks. 


A thriving, full-service firm, McGuireWoods has 1,100 lawyers in 22 offices worldwide. Over our 185-year history, we have earned our clients’ loyalty with deep and broad legal expertise, a passion for understanding their businesses and markets, innovative delivery of business-minded solutions, and award-winning client service. 

Many of the firm’s practices enjoy nationwide recognition and consistently are ranked among the industry elite by Thomson Reuters, Chambers and Partners, and BTI Consulting Group, among others. Our worldwide presence has grown with the addition of offices in London, Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Francisco. In 2015, we formed a strategic alliance with Shanghai firm FuJae Partners. And we can augment our legal services with public affairs expertise through our affiliate, McGuireWoods Consulting


Pro Bono and Community Service

The firm regularly donates to more than 300 nonprofit organizations throughout the world, and our lawyers give thousands of pro bono hours on an annual basis to assist the underprivileged on death penalty cases, child support enforcement prosecutions, housing law cases, battered spouse representations, wills and powers of attorney, court-appointed criminal defense, and general counseling for nonprofit groups.

Legal Project Management

To support better collaboration and communication with clients, and afford greater transparency, McGuireWoods developed and implemented a proprietary legal project management program called ClientSync. This system plans and tracks budgets, appropriately delegates tasks, manages client communications and derives feedback from clients.

Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs)

McGuireWoods is a pioneer in the creative use of alternatives to the billable hour, offering much-needed certainty to our clients’ spending on outside counsel. BTI Consulting Group has recognized us among an elite group of law firms that are absolutely the best at “making alternative fee arrangements the successful cost control tool they were intended to be.”

Diversity & Inclusion

McGuireWoods offers opportunities to minority law students, like its Diversity Scholarship Program and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program. The firm also participates in the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program and sponsors an internship program in partnership with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. McGuireWoods is consistently recognized for its diversity initiatives: 

  • MetLife Diversity & Inclusion Award, 2017 McGuireWoods was one of only three law firms honored for diversity and inclusion efforts by MetLifes Legal Affairs Diversity Committee at its General Counsel Roundtable, held March 1, 2017.
  • Equality Virginia – Equality Virginia has recognized McGuireWoods as a leading business for outstanding achievements promoting diversity and inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the workplace. 2016 marked the first time the organization honored law firms with the Virginia Fairness Accreditation.
    • Equality Illinois – Equality Illinois has repeatedly selected McGuireWoods as one of the top Illinois law firms with a growing commitment to LGBT inclusiveness in the workplace.
    • Working Mother – McGuireWoods has been recognized repeatedly as a “Best Law Firm for Women” for our demonstrated commitment to the retention and advancement of female talent.
    • Metropolitan Business League – In 2016, McGuireWoods received the Vision of Excellence Award in recognition of the firm’s support for small, women- and minority-owned businesses in Virginia.
    • Law360 – McGuireWoods ranked fifth on Law360’s 2015 list of “The 25 Best Law Firms for Black Attorneys,” recognizing firms that have a significantly higher ratio of African-American lawyers than the industry average, particularly at the partner level.
    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association – McGuireWoods received the 2014 NAPABA President’s Award in recognition of the firm’s support for NAPABA, the NAPABA Law Foundation and its internship program.

For more information, read our Diversity & Inclusion brochure.