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Former NY Appellate Division Justice James McGuire Joins Holwell Shuster & Goldberg


NEW YORK—Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP is pleased to announce that James M. McGuire, a respected litigator who has served the state of New York as an appellate judge, trial court judge, and as chief counsel to former Gov. George Pataki, has joined the firm as a partner.

“Jim served the public with great distinction both as a judge and as an advisor to Governor Pataki before and after 9/11,” said Judge Richard Holwell, the HSG co-founder who himself previously served as a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. “We are eager for him to bring his wisdom and litigation talents to our clients.”

Jim joins HSG from the New York office of Dechert LLP, where he represented clients in securities litigation as well as other complex commercial, white collar, and regulatory matters. While there, he represented creditors in the cross-border restructuring of $1.6 billion in debt held by Mexico’s largest glass manufacturer, in a case that set new precedent for Chapter 15 bankruptcies involving global companies.

“I am excited to join a thriving litigation firm that has so quickly become known for excellence in New York and beyond,” Jim said. In the New York courts, he served as an associate justice in the First Judicial Department of the Appellate Division and, before that, as a justice in the 11th Judicial District for the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

“Jim’s extensive experience with securities litigation, appeals, investigations, and white-collar matters complements our work ideally,” firm co-founder Mike Shuster said. “And as we know from Judge Holwell, his judicial background will be an invaluable asset to our clients.”

Before becoming chief counsel to then-Gov. Pataki, Jim served as First Assistant Counsel to the Governor, as Deputy Chief Counsel of the Appeals Bureau of the New York County District Attorney’s Office, and as Senior Investigative Counsel in the Rackets Bureau. Jim is the fourth addition to HSG’s partnership in 2016. Earlier this year, the firm named Brendon DeMay, Vincent Levy, and Demian Ordway partners of the firm.


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