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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 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 30 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 30 -1 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

Battle Over .SUCKS Domain Gets Testy

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : May 14, 2015

The registry that owns the controversial domain name ".sucks" has put the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers on notice that its criticisms and actions against the company could lead to legal action.

For Many Northeast Lawyers, a Life Riding Rails

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

Lawyers rely on frequent train travel between New York and D.C.—most often the Acela express. Yet the derailment of Amtrak's Northeast regional train that killed seven people and injured hundreds of others left the Washington legal community largely unscathed.

SEC Flunks For-Profit College Execs With Loan Fraud Charges

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : May 13, 2015

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hit ITT Educational Services Inc. and two top executives with 15 fraud-related counts involving its student loan programs.

SEC Brings Fraud Case Against For-Profit College, Two Executives

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : May 12, 2015

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday brought fraud charges against for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services Inc. and its top executives, alleging they hid the "extraordinary failure" of two student-loan programs from investors.

Case to Return Fraud Money Went All the Way to U.S. Supreme Court

: Daily Business Review : May 11, 2015

Marcos Jimenez spent six years in litigation trying take back assets from the father-and-son developers Leon Cohen Levy and Mauricio Cohen Assor, who are convicted fraudsters.

Boies Schiller Partner Takes GC Job at Theranos

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 07, 2015

Heather King had helped represent the medical tech company in a patent dispute last year.

K&L Gates Absorbs Austin Shop, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 05, 2015

Despite a recent spate of departures, K&L Gates absorbed three-partner Moltz Morton & Glenn in Austin, Texas; Cozen O'Connor brings on a 10-lawyer state attorneys general group from Dickstein Shapiro; White & Case raids Clifford Chance in the Middle East; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

McKenna Defections Mount Ahead of Merger, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 02, 2015

Covington & Burling and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman pick up partners from McKenna Long & Aldridge as the latter prepares to merge with Dentons; Kirkland & Ellis and Mayer Brown make European antitrust hires; a Sidley Austin litigator flies solo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Skadden, Kirkland Advise on $4 Billion Outsourcing Company Merger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 30, 2015

A merger between a pair of international outsourcing and consulting companies tops the list of billion-dollar deals this week, with Paris-headquartered Capgemini agreeing to acquire iGate, based in Bridgewater, New Jersey, for $4 billion.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : April 27, 2015

Four firms announce new additions, while general counsel have been hired at real estate private equity and asset management firm Savanna and Turing Pharmaceuticals AG.

Full Federal Circuit to Review Ruling on Disparaging Trademarks

Scott Graham : The Recorder : April 27, 2015

The court's next decision in the case of Oregon dance band "The Slants" could impact the Washington Redskins' trademark fight.

Taking a Page From Their Lives: When Lawyers Write Fiction

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : April 27, 2015

Lawyers' hobbies are varied and lavish, from collecting art to scuba diving with sharks. Some corporate attorneys prefer to translate their flush lives into fiction.

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.