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Charles J. “Chuck” McGuire

Founding Shareholder - In Memoriam

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As cofounder of McGuire, Craddock & Strother, Chuck McGuire set out to build a law firm with the very best qualities of large, traditional firms with the responsiveness, client-focus, and efficiencies of midsize firms. Chuck provided sophisticated and high-quality counsel to finance clients spanning industries. His work with lenders, borrowers, and corporate trust departments was instrumental in countless major finance deals across the United States, including airport facilities, stadiums, college facilities, toll roads, transmission pipelines, marine terminals, industrial sites, hospitals, multi-family and single-family residences, retirement facilities, charter schools, and public improvement districts.

In a range of complex finance matters, Chuck represented domestic and international banks, corporate federal credit unions, and other lending organizations in legal matters including corporate trust transactions, workouts, purchase and assumption transactions, operational problems, and regulatory issues. A key member of the firm’s Construction group, Chuck represented surety companies that issue both surety bonds and financial institution coverage.

Chuck will be missed, but his legacy lives on throughout the firm.

Chuck’s past engagements included representation of clients in:

  • Corporate trust departments of regional and large U. S. banks serving as Trustee for bond, debenture, and note issuances on taxable and tax-exempt transactions for oil and gas acquisitions and exploration, construction projects of various types including airport facilities, stadiums, college facilities, tollroads, transmission pipelines, marine terminals, plant facilities, hospitals, multi-family and single-family residences, retirement facilities, charter schools, and public improvement districts
  • Corporate trust departments of large U. S. banks serving as collateral agents for multiple bank syndicates
  • Bond redemptions and refinancings
  • Restructuring a college’s finances to collateralize and accommodate existing and future lenders
  • Privatization of a public tollroad
  • Purchase and assumption transaction of a federal corporate credit union out of conservatorship
  • Litigation on behalf of creditors arising out of WaMu’s failure
  • Forged check cases and various other frauds against banks
  • Complex escrow arrangements and intercreditor agreements
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1967
    • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Air Law & Commerce
    • Member, Barristers
  • B.B.A., Finance, Texas A&M School of Business, 1964
    • Graduated first in the School of Business
  • State Bar of Texas, 1967-2019
  • Dallas Bar Association, 1967-2019
  • Texas Association of Bank Counsel
  • American Bar Association, 1967-2019
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Finance Law, 2018 – 2019
  • Legal Leaders/Top Rated Lawyers, ALM and Martindale-Hubbell, recognized 2013 – 2016
  • AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2000 – 2020
  • Speaker, Dealing with Banking Regulators for Small Firm Practitioners (Lubbock, El Paso and Brownsville), sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, 1990
  • Speaker, Fighting the Regulators – Myth and Reality (“I’m from the Government, And I’m here to help you.”), Annual Federal Bar Association Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1986
  • Speaker, Fighting the FDIC: Special Defenses, Myth and Realty, Eighth Annual Banking Law Institute, 1985