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McDermott Will & Emery

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 1,021
  • Gross Revenues: $881,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $865,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,545,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

McDermott Will & Emery is a Chicago-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, McDermott Will & Emery has 1021 attorneys and is the 21st largest firm in the United States.  With $881,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 29th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, McDermott Will & Emeryranked as the 37th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, FL, GA, IL, MA, NY and TX.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 29 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 29 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 21 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 29 4 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 24 13 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 55 9 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 86 14 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 62 -4 Summer programs

In the News

McDermott Defeats Trade Secret Claims Over Memory Technology

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 26, 2015

With the threat of an injunction hanging over the trial, lawyers for Diablo Technologies persuaded a jury that its product didn't incorporate stolen trade secrets.

Georgia-Pacific, Int'l Paper Can't Crush Box-Buyers' Class Action

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 26, 2015

Five years into litigation over an alleged price-fixing scheme by the biggest players in the paper and packaging industry, plaintiffs lawyers gained ground on Thursday when a Chicago federal judge allowed the case to move forward as a class action.

Amicus Brief Reveals History of Government Anti-Gay Bias

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : March 24, 2015

As a young clerk in the U.S. Bureau of Standards in 1971, Charles Baker received a letter from the Civil Service Commission accusing him of "immoral, infamous, scandalous and notoriously disgraceful conduct," namely homosexual acts. Five months later he was fired.

Am Law 100 Pair Keep Poaching, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 24, 2015

King & Spalding and Winston & Strawn continue their recent hiring sprees; Latham & Watkins lands one partner and lose two others; a longtime Reed Smith partner departs; Stroock snags a Goldman Sachs alum from Kirkland & Ellis; Wilmer brings back another former federal regulator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : March 23, 2015

Lateral moves at D.C. firms.

Morning Wrap: Who Should Argue Same-Sex Marriage Cases in SCOTUS?

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : March 23, 2015

Lawyers challenging same-sex marriage bans can't agree on who will make the case in the high court. President Obama speaks out on Loretta Lynch. Charges are expected soon against Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey. King & Spalding snags McDermott's litigation chief. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

In-House Counsel Profile: Vector Group Ltd.'s Marc Bell

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : March 23, 2015

General counsel Marc Bell oversees corporate affairs and risk management at the holding-company level, and manages litigation for each of Vector's subsidiaries.

The Benefits of Increased Board/GC Interaction

Michael W. Peregrine : Corporate Counsel : March 20, 2015

Governance effectiveness at any company will benefit from the board of directors' expanded interaction with the general counsel.

Lewis Brisbois Lands in Wichita, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 20, 2015

Kutak Rock loses eight of its nine lawyers in Wichita to growing Am Law 200 firm Lewis Brisbois; Cahill makes a rare partner hire; Kasowitz and Polsinelli partners take entrepreneurial turns; musical chairs at McDermott; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

King & Spalding Snags Pair of McDermott Litigators

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 20, 2015

Bobby Burchfield, a management committee member and head of the complex litigation group at McDermott Will & Emery, has left the firm with partner Matthew Leland for King & Spalding. Burchfield joins the firm nearly four years after the departure of former top litigator Paul Clement. His departure from McDermott comes on the heels of a pair of IP partners defecting for Paul Hastings and as McDermott seeks to ramp up its private client practice.

McDermott Loses Patent Litigators to Paul Hastings

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : March 19, 2015

Silicon Valley partner Yar Chaikovsky, who represents Twitter, eBay and Rovi, has resigned from McDermott, according to individuals familiar with the move.

Amid Defections, McDermott Adds Practice Head, Eyeing Future Growth

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

Nearly four years to the day after McDermott Will & Emery took on the entire private client practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, the former has hired Holland & Knight's international private client practice leader Leigh-Alexandra Basha in Washington, D.C. The move comes as many Am Law 200 firms have reevaluated their private client and trusts and estates practices, and as McDermott braces for some other partner departures.

Polsinelli Sets Up Shop in Raleigh, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 17, 2015

After raiding Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough for five health care partners, fast-growing Polinselli will open an office in Raleigh; Gibson Dunn and Winston & Strawn add new practice leaders; the NSA's top lawyer returns to Mayer Brown; three former federal prosecutors flock to Robins Kaplan and Wilmer; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

And the Finalists for our Annual Top Dealmakers are...

Review staff : Daily Business Review : March 17, 2015

The Daily Business Review announced the finalists for its annual Top Dealmakers awards. Winners will be announced at a May 8 luncheon.


: The National Law Journal : March 16, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Patent Panel Hits One Major Hitch

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : March 16, 2015

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board is supposed to be a new, efficient alternative that streamlines patent disputes — and it can be. But that depends on district court judges' willingness to place parallel litigation on hold while the board ­determines whether the patents at issue are valid.

$700M CorePharma Purchase Completed

Jennifer Genova (compiled from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources) : New Jersey Law Journal : March 12, 2015

CorePharma in Middlesex, N.J., along with other pharmaceutical companies Amedra Pharmaceuticals LLC and Lineage Therapeutics Inc., both of Horsham, Pa., have been sold in a deal worth $700 million, completed on Mar. 10.

Two Texas Partners Leave Vinson, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 10, 2015

Sidley Austin and Katten Muchin Rosenman snag Vinson & Elkins partners in Houston; Honigman adds a former U.S. senator; K&L Gates bags eight lawyers in two cities; Mayer Brown and Chadbourne & Parke make additions in Mexico City; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Entertainment Industry Licenses and Bankruptcy

Timothy W. Walsh, Gregory Kopacz and Darren Azman : Entertainment Law & Finance : March 10, 2015

Legal uncertainty abounds for entertainment industry licensees and licensors when their license counterparties enter the murky waters of bankruptcy.

Will the FTC View Privacy as an Antitrust Deal Breaker?

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : March 05, 2015

Privacy concerns are on the table when the Federal Trade Commission analyzes a merger for competition issues.

When Are Execs on the Hook for Environmental Disasters?

: Corporate Counsel : March 05, 2015

When compliance mistakes turn into full-fledged heavy industry or mining disasters, criminal liability for executives is a very real possibility.

Fried Frank and Paul Hastings Poach IP Heads, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 03, 2015

Patterson Belknap and Shearman & Sterling lose a pair of IP practice leaders; Cadwalader rebuilds in Houston; more Bingham McCutchen refugees find new homes; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cadwalader Revives Houston Office With Addition of Energy Partner

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 03, 2015

After a dip in profits in 2014 and an emptying of the firm's Houston office, Cadwalader is looking to regain ground with three big lateral hires, including Chad Mills, a former transactional energy partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.

New Partners: J+O Firm

: Daily Business Review : March 02, 2015

The Uphill Fight to Force a Cabinet Member to Testify

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : March 02, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice is fighting to keep Interior Secretary Sally Jewell from having to answer questions about the government's alleged mismanagement of Native American assets since the early 20th century.

The Inside Story of Dentons' Combination with Dacheng

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : March 02, 2015

In its boldest move yet, the verein is betting big on the Chinese economy.

Surge in Sports Megadeals a Boon to Proskauer, Others

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Sports law may be a niche, but with today's deals worth billions of dollars, it's March Madness out there.

The Post-Congress Job Hunt

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : February 23, 2015

A month and a half after Congress set free almost 50 former House members and a dozen former Senators, the courtship is hot.

Greenberg Traurig Grows in Chicago, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 22, 2015

A Chicago boutique is absorbed by Greenberg Traurig; a Gibson Dunn practice leader heads out on his own; Sidley Austin and Steptoe & Johnson each add a trio; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Is It Trademark Bullying or Savvy Brand Protection?

: Corporate Counsel : February 20, 2015

In some instances companies have to get aggressive to protect their brands, even if such moves prove unpopular. The resulting fallout is just a cost of doing business.