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McDermott Will & Emery

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 981
  • Gross Revenues: $891,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $910,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,580,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -3

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 2014 Global 100 survey, McDermott Will & Emeryranked as the 38th 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 33 -3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 33 -3 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

Fox Rothschild Bets on Big Wealth, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 27, 2016

The Philadelphia-based firm bolts on smaller wealth management shops in California and Florida; Jenner & Block rebuilds its government contracts group; Sidley Austin hires MoFo's ERISA head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Am Law 100 Firms Pull Back in Chicago

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Even of the city's most prominent native firms are reducing their lawyer numbers there.

Germany's Nuclear Meltdown

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

The country's decision to phase out nuclear power has triggered a chain reaction of litigation and arbitration. What will be the fallout for cross-border dispute resolution in Europe?

Garland, Mum on Nomination, Urges Lawyers to Close Justice Gap

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : April 21, 2016

In a rare public speech since his nomination to the U.S. Supreme was announced, Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit delivered remarks at the court's annual pro bono recognition breakfast. He urged lawyers to do more to close the access-to-justice gap.

The Door Spins at Jenner & Block, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

A shift change at Jenner & Block; Duane Morris takes on 13 lawyers from two firms; DLA Piper partners form their own boutique; a Proskauer Rose litigator becomes CEO of a litigation financier; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

: The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

In-House Impact Winners: Matthew Gosling and Amar Murugan, Depomed

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : April 15, 2016

Depomed's GC and deputy GC led a high stakes battle last year for control of the company.

Big Firm Vets Start New Careers, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 13, 2016

Two longtime Am Law 100 partners start post-legal careers; Kirkland & Ellis hires in Germany; Orrick grows in Europe; Reed Smith makes moves amid merger talks; White & Case goes to Boston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

White & Case Snags McDermott Partners to Open Boston Office

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 11, 2016

Four McDermott Will & Emery partners are leaving for White & Case, including the leader of McDermott's white-collar practice.

Holland & Knight Adds Partner Quartet, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 11, 2016

Holland & Knight keeps hiring; Kirkland picks up one from Paul Weiss; Proskauer Rose reels in some heavy-hitters; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Law Firms, Law Schools Focusing on New Data Analysis Tools

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : April 08, 2016

Stanford Law School and Sullivan & Cromwell team up for FCPA clearinghouse, while McDermott Will & Emery offers corporate services

McDermott Will & Emery Boosts FDA Practice

C. Ryan Barber : The National Law Journal : April 06, 2016

As law firms grapple with fast-moving change in the life sciences industry, McDermott Will & Emery is beefing up its U.S. Food and Drug Administration practice. McDermott has named partners Vernessa Pollard and Veleka Peeples-Dyer as co-leaders of the practice, which is based in the firm's Washington office. The duo will work together to expand the firm's services for medical-device, pharmaceutical and technology companies looking for guidance in dealing with the FDA, the firm said Wednesday.

Doggedly Colorblind: Ed Blum Returns Again and Again to SCOTUS

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : April 04, 2016

Ed Blum has kept race as his focus as the director the Project on Fair Representation, an Austin-based nonprofit, which has sponsored plaintiffs suing Texas officials based on allegations of their discriminatory use of race. Blum wants to make the government and other institutions colorblind—race neutral; he has sponsored litigation for the past 20 years to make that happen.

Deal Watch: Hogan Lovells Lands Roles in Dell, Therapy Co. Sales

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 31, 2016

The firm advised on two deals announced this week worth a combined $5 billion.

Former DLA Piper Partner Alleges Firm's Counsel Maligned Him

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : March 29, 2016

A former DLA Piper partner is suing the firm's outside counsel for legal malpractice, claiming he was made into a scapegoat after the "churn that bill, baby!" email scandal.

Feds Charge Harvard Law Grad With $95 Million Scheme

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 28, 2016

Andrew Caspersen, a Harvard Law School graduate turned private equity executive, was charged by the SEC and federal prosecutors with securities and wire fraud. Caspersen is related to several notable Big Law and Ivy League alums.

The Am Law 100: Winston & Strawn Grows Profits, Revenue

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : March 21, 2016

Revenue per lawyer at the Chicago-based firm topped $1 million for the first time in 2015, and profits per partner were up 7.1 percent from the previous year.

INADMISSIBLE: American University Names New Law Dean

: The National Law Journal : March 21, 2016

Former Suffolk University Law School Dean Camille Nelson will be the next dean of the American University Washington College of Law, university leaders announced last week. Plus more in this week's column.

Katten Litigation Co-Leader Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Commerce adds a high-profile partner from Katten Muchin Rosenman; Greenberg Traurig and Holland & Knight trade hires; Winston & Strawn's arbitration co-chair departs; and other notable additions from around The Am Law 200.

San Jose Jury Sides with Radware in Patent Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : March 17, 2016

A McDermott team led by Fabio Marino won a $6.4 million infringement verdict that could set the stage for a treble damages award.

INADMISSIBLE: Scholars Urge Senate Action on SCOTUS

: The National Law Journal : March 14, 2016

More than 350 legal scholars last week called on the Senate to fulfill its constitutional obligation to consider President Barack Obama's upcoming U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Plus more in this week's column.

With Law in Flux, PTO Suspends All Rulings on 'Disparaging' Trademarks

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : March 14, 2016

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has suspended all rulings on trademark applications that could be subject to refusal under the legal provision banning registration of marks bearing “scandalous or disparaging” subject matter.

A Dealmaker's View on Health Care Consolidation

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 14, 2016

McDermott Will's James Owens says strategic partnerships are taking off among hospitals, health plans and large medical groups.

Letters Urge Prompt Review on Any Obama Nomination

Karen Sloan and Zoe Tillman : New York Law Journal : March 11, 2016

Congressional leaders are being bombarded with pleas to consider expeditiously any nominations President Obama makes to the U.S. Supreme Court.

New Partners Yearbook 2016

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 11, 2016

The Law Journal's annual yearbook on new partners, including lateral hires, in New Jersey.

The Am Law 100: Seyfarth Passes $1 Million Mark in Profits Per Partner

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : March 10, 2016

The firm's PPP reached $1.02 million last year for the first time. Revenue and lawyer head count also increased.

Top U.S. Firms in London Match U.K. Peers in Revenues, Profits

Charlotte Edmond : Legal Week : March 09, 2016

Increasingly, the London offices of U.S. law firms are catching up to native U.K. firms in size and financial results, a Legal Week study of LLP filings finds.

Big Law Partners, General Counsel Urge Senate Action on SCOTUS Pick

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : March 09, 2016

Nearly 250 law firm partners and corporate general counsel signed a letter Wednesday to the White House and Senate leadership urging action on the president's nominee to U.S. Supreme Court.

Vinson & Elkins' Washington Office Gets New Managing Partner

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 07, 2016

Vinson & Elkins partner Michael Charness has stepped down as managing partner of the Washington office, and antitrust partner Craig Seebald will take on the job, the firm said this month.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : March 07, 2016

Nixon Peabody, Foley & Lardner and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe have announced new partners, while four other firms have added attorneys.