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McDermott Will & Emery

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 997
  • Gross Revenues: $900,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $900,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,530,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

McDermott Will & Emery is a Chicago-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, McDermott Will & Emery has 997 attorneys and is the 24th largest firm in the United States.  With $900,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 30th on The American Lawyer's 2015 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, IL, MA, NY and TX.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 30 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 30 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 21 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 30 3 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

The Global Lawyer: The Slave Next Door

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

A dozen law firms team up to stop human trafficking, and send Congress a signal.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : August 24, 2015

Lateral moves, new arrivals and distinctions in this week's column.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Chicago Law Firms Catch Ride on Deal Surge

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : August 24, 2015

The legal market in The Second City is in solid shape, due in large part to deal making and transactional work for the area's deep bench of top public companies and some newer players.

Litigator of the Week: Todd Harrison of McDermott Will & Emery

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : August 20, 2015

Despite the shifting landscape in insider trading law, it's still rare these days for a jury to clear an accused inside trader. But that's what happened this week, when Todd Harrison of McDermott Will & Emery won an acquittal for a retired hedge fund manager.

Ropes Reels in Cybersecurity Pros, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 19, 2015

Two top data privacy and security partners leave McDermott Will & Emery for Ropes & Gray; Latham & Watkins hires again from Clifford Chance in Germany; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Chinese GC Ordered to US for Deposition in Patent Case

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : August 17, 2015

A federal judge has ordered the general counsel of a Chinese corporation to come to the United States for a deposition in a patent case, despite the attorney's fear of a possible arrest upon entry by U.S. authorities in a criminal investigation into a violation of the embargo against the Iranian regime.

Governance Implications of DOJ's New Compliance Focus

Michael W. Peregrine : Corporate Counsel : August 13, 2015

The board of directors' audit committee agenda just got quite a bit busier, thanks to a new U.S. Department of Justice staffing decision.

King & Spalding Is California Bound, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 09, 2015

Eight lawyers are leaving DLA Piper's outpost in Sacramento for King & Spalding; Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses two structured finance partners; more partnership changes at K&L Gates; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Where Have All the K&L Gates Partners Gone?

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : August 05, 2015

Large law firms have been quietly trimming partners, and many of those attorneys are not able to find new or similar positions given the premium placed on books of business, consultants have repeatedly said in recent months.

Kirkland Makes Two Big Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Kirkland & Ellis makes a pair of key additions in New York and London from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Lewis Brisbois expands again; one partner joins his fourth firm within a year; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Suits Seek to Stop Release of Anti-Abortion Videos

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : July 31, 2015

Hidden-camera videos were the result of fraud, trespass and other illegal acts, according to a suit filed Friday by Morrison & Foerster.

Baker Bags Two Amid Belfast Opening, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 27, 2015

Baker & McKenzie opens a back-office outpost in Northern Ireland while making a high-profile addition in London; a bevy of moves at Buchanan Ingersoll; Stroock raids Squire Patton Boggs; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Deals

Jasmine Grays : New York Law Journal : July 23, 2015

Coty is buying 43 beauty brands from Procter & Gamble Co., including Miss Clairol, Covergirl and Max Factor. P&G puts the deal's value at about $15 billion. That amount includes stock valued at about $13.1 billion and $1.9 billion in debt, but the debt could range from $1.9 billion to $3.9 billion.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Circle Pair of $48 Billion Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 23, 2015

Anthem's $48 billion takeover bid for Cigna and AT&T's successful $48 billion acquisition of DirecTV provided work for dozens of lawyers at Am Law 100 firms.

The American Lawyer Names 2015 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : July 23, 2015

The contest attracted 225 strong entries across 30 categories, and honors firms and legal departments involved in the globe's most distinguished deals, disputes and social initiatives.

Orbitz Shareholder Can't Prove Demand Futility in Travelport Suit

Amaris Elliott-Engel : Delaware Business Court Insider : July 22, 2015

Board directors for travel company Orbitz did not breach their fiduciary duties when they approved a services agreement in which the corporation promised to pay a shortfall to entities affiliated with its controlling shareholder if it does not process a guaranteed minimum of air, car and hotel reservations through the controlling shareholder, Delaware Court of Chancery Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard has ruled.

McDermott Partners With Spanish Firm for Foray Into Cuba

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : July 22, 2015

McDermott Will & Emery has become the latest Am Law 100 firm to target opportunities stemming from the renewal of U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba, forging an alliance with Spanish firm Olleros Abogados to advise clients on Cuba-related matters from Madrid.

On the Move

: The Recorder : July 20, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : July 20, 2015

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Fourth Circuit Rejects 'Advice of Counsel' Defense

Michael W. Peregrine and T. Reed Stephens : Corporate Counsel : July 20, 2015

A major decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has important implications for the availability of the "reliance of counsel" defense, particularly in situations involving the application of complex statutes and regulations.

IN BRIEF: Uber Subsidiary Fined $7.3M

: The National Law Journal : July 20, 2015

A state regulatory judge on July 15 hit Uber Technologies Inc. subsidiary Rasier-CA LLC with a $7.3 million fine for failing to report information, including safety-related incidents, as required under its permit. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Menendez Bolsters Defense Team in Corruption Case

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : July 17, 2015

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez has bolstered the team defending him against corruption charges with the addition of Stephen Ryan, former general counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.

Perry Pays Criminal Defense Lawyers Another $1.02 Million

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : July 16, 2015

Four attorneys who are representing former Gov. Rick Perry in his criminal case have continued to make it rain for their firms: This year alone, Perry has paid them $1.02 million, which brings his total legal spending to $2.09 million.

McDermott White-Collar Ace Wins Pro Bono Victory in 1982 Murder Case

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 15, 2015

McDermott Will & Emery partner Michael Kendall led the effort to overturn Raymond Tempest's conviction in the grisly 1982 murder of Doreen Picard.

Hausfeld Rides Big Fees Into New York, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 14, 2015

High-powered plaintiffs shop Hausfeld hires two antitrust litigators from Greenberg Traurig to open in the Big Apple; Greenberg Traurig opens its first office in Germany; Pillsbury picks up two; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Signal Bankruptcy Plan Reserves $20M for Guest Workers

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : July 14, 2015

The plan would set aside money for more than 200 Indian workers who claimed that Signal deceived and mistreated them when they were lured to this country to help in post-Katrina cleanup efforts.

D.C. Moves: Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : July 13, 2015

A roundup of Washington, D.C. lateral moves and promotions.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : July 13, 2015

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Kirkland Pro Joins Sports Analytics Shop, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 12, 2015

A Kirkland & Ellis corporate partner heads to a Silicon Valley sports analytics startup; Epstein Becker & Green snags some epic eyebrows; Morgan Lewis lands a structured transactions trio in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.