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RICHMOND, Va. – LAWFUEL – Legal News, Legal Jobs Network – McGuireWoods LLP’s Board of Partners has elected Richard Cullen to succeed Robert L. Burrus, Jr., as chairman. Burrus will become chairman emeritus and will continue to practice law.

“I am confident in Richard’s significant leadership skills and his vision to lead McGuireWoods to the next level of the firm’s continued growth. He embodies the firm’s long tradition of providing exceptional client focus, and has a national reputation for his legal abilities,” said Burrus.

Cullen regularly represents corporations in complex civil commercial litigation and advises corporations and key executives facing investigation by prosecutors or other governmental investigative agencies. Cullen heads McGuireWoods’ White Collar and Government Investigations Team and has been a member of the firm’s Executive Committee since the beginning of 2006.

Cullen joined McGuireWoods in 1977 as an associate after graduating from the University of Richmond’s School of Law. He has remained at McGuireWoods, with the exception of two tours of public duty. In 1991, he was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia by President George H.W. Bush, a position he held until April 1993. In 1997, Governor George Allen appointed Cullen Attorney General of Virginia, where he served from June 12, 1997, until January 15, 1998.

“Under Bob Burrus’ leadership, McGuireWoods grew from being a preeminent Virginia law firm to becoming a national law firm. I am honored the firm selected me to follow in his footsteps,” Cullen said. “I am excited about the opportunities to continue to serve our clients well in the coming decades and the opportunities for continued growth.”

Burrus was elected chairman of McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe in 1990. The law firm changed its name to McGuireWoods LLP in 2000. Under Burrus’ leadership, the firm grew from 313 lawyers in five offices in Virginia and one in Washington, DC to 750 lawyers in 13 offices in cities across the United States, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and two offices overseas. It now is ranked the 45th largest law firm in the United States, according to the National Law Journal.

In his practice, Burrus is primarily engaged in corporate and fiduciary counseling, mergers and acquisitions, and shareholder disputes. He currently serves on four corporate boards of directors, including Smithfield Foods and Amvest, and previously served on the board of CSX Corporation.

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. For more information, visit

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