Cabaniss, a partner in the firm’s Charlotte office and the first managing partner from outside Richmond, succeeds William J. Strickland, who held the post for 11 years. Strickland will return to full-time practice in the firm’s capital markets department.
Cabaniss joined the firm’s Norfolk office from Kaufman & Canoles in 1985, moved to the Tysons Corner office in 1992 and helped establish the Charlotte office in 1998. He was on the executive committee from 1992 to 1998 and chaired the finance committee from 1996 until his election as managing partner.
He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and commercial lending, banking and creditors’ rights.
A native of Farmville, Strickland graduated from North Carolina State University in 1972 and from the University of Virginia law school three years later.
“Tom’s in-depth understanding of the firm, his passion for excellence and his devotion to client service will serve us well as we take McGuireWoods to the next level,” said Richard Cullen, the firm’s chairman. It has about 750 lawyers in 15 offices in this country, Europe and Central Asia.