Lawyer Recruiting: Introduction

As a McGuireWoods lawyer, you’ll reap the benefits of a resource-rich, 900-attorney firm, but in the close-knit, supportive environment you’d expect from a small firm. McGuireWoods is a distinguished, yet familial place to work and grow.

The backbone of our firm consists of five core values that guide everything we do. Join us and be proud of McGuireWoods because of what it stands for, and because of what you’ll stand for as a part of our team – a Commitment to Excellence, Client Service, Integrity, Collegiality and Community.


We are committed to consistent, outstanding work of the highest quality. We produce excellent work as the expectation, not the exception. Since excellence can only be obtained with the right professional development, the firm is committed to your continuing education and training, and offers numerous opportunities for you to expand your knowledge and skills. To benefit your clients, your colleagues, and yourself, we are dedicated to your professional development and growth through programs that ensure your preparedness at every stage of your career.

Part of that training is giving you responsibility early in your career – meaningful interaction with clients in the real world. At McGuireWoods, your ideas and talents are valued and respected. New lawyers entering business practices receive calls from and give advice to clients in the early months of practice. Litigators live the challenge and excitement of court appearances from the start of their careers.

Summer associates are involved in our lawyers’ daily activities – attending depositions, corporate closings, trials and appellate arguments. In addition to preparing research memoranda, summer associates draft and review pleadings, briefs and business documents, and frequently accompany our lawyers on client meetings. Learning takes place from center stage, not from behind a stack of reference materials in the depths of a library.

Client Service

We are committed to responsiveness. Returning calls and e-mails right away, diving into projects quickly, getting work done in a timely manner, and meeting deadlines are not only what clients need, it’s what they expect and deserve.

Our commitment to learning each client’s business and industry is taken seriously. You’ll quickly learn that we are dedicated to developing innovative and problem-solving approaches to address clients’ challenges, tailored to their specific market and industry needs.

And since you’re only as efficient as the resources to which you have access – technology and people alike – McGuireWoods provides you with the latest advancements in intranets, extranets, online research, document sharing, client connectivity, records management, as well as one-on-one learning from seasoned lawyers who have been where you are and are focused on getting you to where you want to be.


We are committed to doing the right thing, and to doing things the right way. Our reputation for honesty, credibility and trustworthiness will become your reputation for integrity. Not only with external clients and contacts, we value integrity among ourselves. As each other’s internal clients, we respect each other’s opinions and suggestions, and work to create an internal atmosphere to be proud of.


We are committed to teamwork, loyalty and respect. You’ll be surprised at how naturally a commitment to supporting your colleagues, and to accepting and appreciating their support of you, will come. We seek diversity, embrace it and appreciate it – which allows everyone to thrive. Our talented lawyers and staff members have varied work experiences and backgrounds, and we use that to pull together and exchange ideas, support each other, and aim for the common goal of impeccable client service.


We are committed to the communities in which we live and work, and to leading balanced lives. We place great value on participating in activities that make a difference in the lives of others, like pro bono work for lawyers and community projects for non-lawyers.

Join Us

With experience in a multitude of areas, and with new areas constantly evolving, we are confident of the firm’s continued growth and invite you to be a part of it.

John Adams and Naho Kobayashi —
Recruiting Committee Co-chairs


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