How to Make Partner at McGuireWoods


Robbie Li
May 15, 2020
Legal Career

Matthew is a partner at McGuireWoods with over a decade of experience in litigation. Matt is a trial lawyer and commercial litigator who represents clients in commercial, environmental, and insurance coverage matters. He regularly appears in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Prior to making partner, Matt was consistently named to "Virginia Rising Stars" in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers. Matt is also known for his dedication to pro bono practice that includes representing indigent clients in landlord tenant matters as well as constitutional and civil liberties litigation.

Matthew talks about the importance for associates to take on pro-bono work, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it accelerates their legal careers.

Listen to the episode to learn:

  • How Matt’s prior experience as a Microsoft consultant shaped and advanced his legal career
  • Why Matt devotes a lot of time and energy to pro-bono work and why he believes it can help young associates accelerate their careers
  • How to cultivate personal relationships with your firm’s existing clients, especially if you are a young associate in a large firm
  • Why associates should volunteer writing marketing pitches and researching on prospective clients
  • Why Matt has made it a personal goal this year to be more involved with litigation funding 

More tips from top litigators on how they made partner can be found on Legalist's Rainmaker podcast, now available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.