The prestigious Richmond-based law firm McGuireWoods LLP recently unveiled a new portrait by Louis Briel honoring its recently retired Chairman, Robert L. Burrus, Jr.
Burrus will become Chairman Emeritus and will continue to practice law. 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 State, according to the National Law Journal.
The painting was first shown on June 2 at One James Center to an all-star gathering of McGuireWoods partners, corporate leaders and personal friends of Mr. Burrus.
In a note to the artist, Mr. Burrus wrote, "Thank you for your really fine work creating my portrait. I am very pleased with how well you captured elements of my personality. All comments to me from others, including my sons, have been quite positive."
In another unveiling ceremony McGuireWoods dedicated a portrait to honor the late Frances Hayes, who served the firm with distinction for 55 years until her retirement.
Posted by Louis Briel / Portrait Painter at 2:42 PM