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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

Half-Dozen K&L Gates Partners Decamp, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 21, 2015

K&L Gates sees six partners leave for four firms; some of Fried Frank's Asia lawyers find new homes; Jackson Lewis opens two new offices; Mayer Brown adds a practice leader; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Windy City's Top Litigation Teams

: The National Law Journal : April 20, 2015

In this issue, The National Law Journal highlights litigation departments at law firms in Chicago. We asked top litigation practices to tell us about their operations — biggest wins, head counts, toughest opponents and even their losses.

McDermott Loses International Arbitration Head to Mayer Brown

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2015

B. Ted Howes is the latest addition to Mayer Brown's international arbitration group, the firm announced Monday. Howes joins the firm in New York from McDermott Will & Emery, where he worked for nearly two decades.

Wine Lovers Relocate, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Duane Morris and McKool Smith saw a pair of oenophiles pull up stakes for new endeavors; Kirkland & Ellis adds one litigator and loses two more; Paul Hastings bolsters its banking group in London; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.


: The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Wilson Sonsini Partner Sets Sail for New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 11, 2015

J. Christopher Groobey spent 25 years in Big Law before heading for the high seas; Fried Frank makes more litigation hires; Latham & Watkins lures three from Sidley Austin; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Tax Group Joins McDermott's Dallas Office

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : April 06, 2015

Todd Welty and two partners move to McDermott Will & Emery from Dentons.

Oil Refiners' Lobby Taps Crowell & Moring, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Crowell & Moring's environmental and natural resources chair decamps for a key client; Fried Frank hires a new litigation chief; McGuireWoods adds a former top Milbank litigator in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Morning Wrap: Menendez Fights Indictment With $1.2 Million Legal Defense

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 02, 2015

Sen. Bob Menendez now faces federal criminal charges because of his involvement with a political donor, an eye doctor from Florida: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

No Fooling: Companies Fret Over New .Sucks Domain

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : April 01, 2015

The domain is a potential nightmare, with disgruntled customers wanting in to high URL prices for companies who try to thwart them.

No Cigar Yet, but Take Your Mark

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : April 01, 2015

Normal relations with Cuba will take time, but brand owners can act now.

Sheppard Mullin Snags Babs' Second Cousin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 31, 2015

Adam Streisand, head of Loeb & Loeb's trusts and estates litigation group, is headed to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Hogan Lovells heads to Australia and hires a DLA Piper practice leader; Baker Botts bulks up in the Middle East; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

AmLaw 100 Emoji Edition: D.C. Firms' Results, Part 2

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 31, 2015

Back by popular demand, we bestow money-judging emoji unto another group of D.C.'s largest law firms. The group below includes firms that are among the largest 25 in the metro area and claim a founding city outside of Washington.

'Compliance 1.0' Ain't Dead Yet

Michael W. Peregrine : Corporate Counsel : March 31, 2015

We need to recognize that corporations have, by law, the freedom to make a decision on compliance and legal functions that they in good faith determine to be best suited for their particular circumstances.

Withers Grows in Asian Divorce Capital Hong Kong

: The Asian Lawyer : March 30, 2015

The U.K. private client boutique has made an unrivaled push into the region to capitalize on a fast-growing population of high-net-worth individuals in China, Singapore and other top jurisdictions.

Sutherland's Revenue, Profit Dip After Big Case Winds Up

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : March 30, 2015

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan's revenue and profit dipped in 2014 because some major litigation wound up—most notably for longtime client Transocean over liability in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill—despite a busy year for the tax, insurance, energy, corporate, real estate and intellectual property practices, said its managing partner, Mark Wasserman.

Kirkland Taps New Tax Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 29, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis loses two and hires one from Skadden; Wilmer expands in Denver; Winston & Strawn hires two more from Pillsbury and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

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.