NORFOLK, Va. – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – John D. Padgett, managin…

NORFOLK, Va. – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – John D. Padgett, managing partner of the Norfolk office of McGuireWoods LLP, received the Julian F. Hirst award from Lead Hampton Roads, an organization affiliated with the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce to develop local leaders, in recognition for Padgett’s community service.

Padgett, who graduated from the Lead Hampton Roads program in 1990, then known as Leadership Hampton Roads, has been very active in developing a regional agenda for Hampton Roads. Padgett has held several leadership positions in the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, including serving as its chair in 2003.

“John has emerged as a very active, influential leader for important issues in Hampton Roads, which the Julian F. Hirst award recognizes,” said Jack Hornbeck, president of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. “He has developed a reputation for being a go-to guy when something important needs to be done.”

Padgett has been served in many leadership roles in the Hampton Roads community, including serving on the executive committee and board for the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, as an officer and director of the Hampton Roads YMCA, as a board member of the Norfolk Rotary Club, as former chair of the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, and as general counsel for the Republican Party of Virginia.

In his legal practice, Padgett has extensive experience in providing a wide range of services to corporate clients. He also advises corporations in the nuances of international trade and U.S. customs’ compliance issues. He has also been very active in the port community working closely with the Virginia Port Authority, shipyards and private terminals. Padgett has been recognized in the magazine Virginia Business’ Legal Elite list as one of the best corporate and transportation attorneys in Virginia.

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 Norfolk office is located at 101 West Main Street. For more information, visit

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