McGuireWoods’ Board of Partners has elected Jonathan P. Harmon to succeed Richard Cullen as McGuireWoods’ Chairman. “This is the right time for a new generation of leaders,” Cullen said. “Jon is a popular choice to take over. He is well respected by our partners and clients. I am excited for him and know that the firm is in very capable hands.”
A nationally respected litigator, Harmon said he will continue the firm’s focus on empowering clients to meet their strategic business goals, fostering collaborative innovations that shape the firm’s future, and building upon its dedication to diversity, pro bono and community service.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as chairman and uphold the standard of excellence set by Richard Cullen and his predecessors,” said Harmon, who joined McGuireWoods in 1995. “We have built a strong international law and public affairs platform under Richard’s leadership and will continue his unwavering commitment to delivering the highest level of service to our clients.”
Harmon led McGuireWoods’ Business & Securities Litigation Department since 2015. He is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who represents Fortune 500 companies in complex, high-exposure litigation and has won verdicts in some of the most difficult venues in the country. Harmon has twice been named to BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service All-Stars list, an elite group of lawyers singled out by corporate counsel for client service excellence. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Before earning his J.D. at the University of Texas School of Law, Harmon served in Operation Desert Storm as a first lieutenant in the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division.
“Jon has proved himself to be exceptional leader who exhibit our core values in everything they do,” said Thomas Cabaniss, former Managing Partner. “His devotion to the firm, our clients and our communities will inspire us to do all we can to help shape McGuireWoods’ future.”
McGuireWoods has earned coveted honors for client service and innovation and its corporate and litigation practices consistently rank among the industry’s elite. BTI has named McGuire- Woods to its Most Recommended Law Firms list for more than 15 consecutive years based on unprompted feedback from corporate counsel. The firm ranks among the top 10 in Financial Times’ prestigious North America Innovative Lawyers report, winning honors for social responsibility; changing and influencing regulation; data, analytics and intelligence; and integrated solutions. In addition, the firm’s M&A, capital markets and debt finance practices earned top 10 rankings for deal work in 2016 in authoritative, year-end league tables compiled by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters.