BALTIMORE 17 October 2004 LAWFUEL – Law, legal, attorney, law fir…

BALTIMORE 17 October 2004 LAWFUEL – Law, legal, attorney, law firm news – Ava E. Lias-Booker has joined the Baltimore office of McGuireWoods LLP as partner and head of the Baltimore office’s Commercial Litigation Department. She will focus her practice on complex and general business and financial disputes in both state and federal courts.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Lias-Booker was a partner with Saul Ewing LLP, where she was a member of the litigation department and co-chaired the firm’s Diversity Committee.

Robert L. Burrus, Jr., chairman of McGuireWoods LLP, said, “We are excited that Ava has chosen to join McGuireWoods. We also believe there will be strong synergies between Ava’s representation of financial institutions in commercial litigation and McGuireWoods’ strong position representing large financial institutions in several areas of law.”

Alan Cason, managing partner of the Baltimore office of McGuireWoods, said, “Ava’s joining McGuireWoods is part of our plan for continued growth in our Baltimore office. She has an outstanding reputation as a lawyer and as a civic leader in Baltimore.”

She was named one of Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America in the area of Business Litigation in 2003-2004 and 2001-2002 and was as one of the Baltimore Business Journal’s “Who’s Who In Maryland Law” in 1999. Additionally, Lias-Booker was named one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” by The Daily Record in 1997 and 2003.

She received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

McGuireWoods LLP is a full-service law firm with approximately 750 lawyers in 15 offices in the United States, Europe and Central Asia providing legal counsel to clients around the world. The firm’s Baltimore office is located at 7 Saint Paul Street. For more information, visit

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