Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods / McLean
Tom Spahn has practiced as a commercial litigator with McGuireWoods since graduating magna cum laude from Yale University and receiving his J.D. from Yale Law School. Among other things, he has tried cases involving James Madison’s birthplace and America’s most popular walking path. He has argued on behalf of a Central Asian republic in a New Delhi, India, Court, and taken depositions in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In March 2009, he was invited to Reykjavik, Iceland, to discuss an ethics issue on Iceland's leading news and interview show. Mr. Spahn regularly advises a number of Fortune 500 companies on issues involving ethics, conflicts of interest, the attorney-client privilege, and corporate investigations. He has written several editions of a book on the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine. The latest version is 750 pages long, and is accompanied by a 31,500-page compilation of approximately 18,900 case summaries (all of which he prepared). He also has written a book on Virginia defamation law; a book on ethics issues facing Virginia in-house lawyers; two other book chapters, and over 60 articles in Virginia and national publications. The ABA’s General Practice Section honored his article on “Litigation Ethics in the Modern Age” as one of the “Best Articles Published by the ABA” in 2004.