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- 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.
In the News
: Daily Business Review : March 02, 2015
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.
Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : March 02, 2015
In its boldest move yet, the verein is betting big on the Chinese economy.
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.
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.
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.
: 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.
Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 18, 2015
A trio of high-profile energy partners based in Washington, D.C., is joining Sidley Austin from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, a firm that saw partner profits decline in 2014. The three will be reunited with partner Robert Stephens, who left his post as head of Cadwalader's Houston office for Sidley Austin in January.
: The National Law Journal : February 16, 2015
Suffice it to say that the snow in Boston has lost its appeal. A three-week onslaught has hampered road and transit travel, forced court closures and tested law firms' ability to keep running. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.
Scott Graham : The Recorder : February 12, 2015
The company—which promises its foes there will be "consequences"—lost a bid for "exceptional case" fees but saw a win validated by the Federal Circuit.
Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : February 12, 2015
Suffice it to say that the snow in Boston has lost its appeal. The three-week onslaught has hampered road and transit travel, forced court closures and tested law firms' ability to keep their businesses running.
: The American Lawyer : February 09, 2015
The Am Law Daily's early coverage of 2014 financial results of The Am Law 100/200 includes an examination into what's going on behind the numbers. This list will be updated as new results become available. Final rankings and full results for The Am Law 100 will be published in The American Lawyer's May 2015 issue and The Am Law Second Hundred will be published in the June issue.
: The National Law Journal : February 09, 2015
U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer appears ready to wash her hands of fights over evidence in a wrongful-termination case pending since 2010. Plus more in this week's column.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 08, 2015
Jones Day and Polsinelli pick up a pair of Squire Patton Boggs health care practice leaders; Dickinson Wright and Jackson Lewis prepare for new offices; Paul Weiss picks up a top federal prosecutor; Willkie Farr makes another hire in Houston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 05, 2015
Cisco Systems GC Mark Chandler says more can be done to curb abusive litigation.
Michael W. Peregrine : Corporate Counsel : February 05, 2015
The recent controversy involving the governing board of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association and its outside counsel provides important lessons on board management of internal investigations.
Timothy W. Walsh, Gregory Kopacz and Darren Azman : The Bankruptcy Strategist : February 04, 2015
Legal uncertainty abounds for intellectual property licensees and licensors when their license counterparties enter the murky waters of bankruptcy.
Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : February 03, 2015
Big Law wasn't right for outgoing U.S. House Armed Services Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon. The California Republican, a sought-after expert on the defense industry, turned down an opportunity at McDermott Will & Emery last month.
Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : February 03, 2015
The easing of trade restrictions with Cuba may take some time, but trademark attorneys say brand owners should already be taking steps to protect their names and marks.
Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : February 02, 2015
McDermott Will & Emery increased its revenue for the third straight year, while shrinking its head count. Last year, it brought in $900 million, up 2.2 percent from the year before; revenue per lawyer rose 4 percent, to $900,000. Profits per partner dropped slightly by 1 percent, to $1.53 million.
Monica Bay : Law Technology News : February 02, 2015
Big Law leaders need to go to more major league baseball games.
Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : February 02, 2015
Challenges of integration and restrictive rules discourage some, but others say more global mergers may be in the cards.
Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : February 02, 2015
With future legal battles over security and privacy all but certain, lawyers say the Federal Trade Commission's new report on the "Internet of Things" provides helpful guidelines, but few hard and fast answers.
Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : February 01, 2015
The U.S. is giving up oversight of Internet domain names—but not yet.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2015
Polsinelli, one of the Am Law 100's fastest-growing firms, churns through its partnership; Alston & Bird adds eight in Dallas; Freshfields hires again in New York; a Skadden practice leader goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.
R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 30, 2015
A federal judge who said he was inclined to let whistleblower lawyers pierce a defendant company's attorney-client privilege to pursue claims that defense lawyers coached witnesses to lie has delayed a decision until March.
R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 28, 2015
A federal judge in Atlanta said that "troubling revelations" about testimony by current and former employees of a national chain of dialysis clinics being sued by whistleblowers prompted him on Tuesday to personally question the employees about whether the chain's lawyers may have prompted them to lie under oath.
Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 28, 2015
Former Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia is joining McDermott Will & Emery, according to two people familiar with the hire. Moran's announcement, likely to come in February, is another of the early movements of former members joining lobbying firms.
Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 26, 2015
It has cost more than $1.07 million so far to defend Gov. Rick Perry against his felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.
Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 26, 2015
Federal courts cannot presume from a collective bargaining agreement's silence that retiree health insurance benefits should continue for life, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.