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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 2012 Global 100 survey, McDermott Will & Emeryranked as the 36th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, FL, IL, London, MA, NY, Paris 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

Seeking Clarity at the Crossroads of Legal and Compliance

Michael W. Peregrine : Corporate Counsel : September 18, 2014

It is the governing board's obligation to assure that clarity and effectiveness are brought to the general counsel/compliance officer roles and relationship.

Effie D. Silva: McDermott Will & Emery

: Daily Business Review : September 17, 2014

Holder Touts Bigger Payouts For Wall Street Whistleblowers

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : September 17, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called on the government to increase rewards for those who blow the whistle on financial crimes, arguing that greater incentives are needed to induce people to come forward with insider information.

Holder Touts Bigger Payouts For Whistleblowers

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : September 17, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called on the government to increase rewards for those who blow the whistle on financial crimes, arguing that greater incentives are needed to induce people to come forward with insider information.

'Transformational' Change to Patent System, 3 Years In

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : September 16, 2014

When the America Invents Act was enacted three years ago, no one knew just how significant it actually would turn out to be.

Locke Lord Signs Letter of Intent With Edwards Wildman Palmer

Brian Baxter, The Am Law Daily and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys, Texas Lawyer : Texas Lawyer : September 15, 2014

Dallas-based Locke Lord announces a letter of intent to combine with Edwards Wildman Palmer, creating Locke Lord Edwards.

Sidley Snags Cam Kerry, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 13, 2014

Sidley Austin has hired Cameron Kerry, a former general counsel and acting secretary at the U.S. Commerce Department and younger brother of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as senior counsel in Boston and Washington, D.C. The Am Law Daily looks at Kerry's hire and more in our latest roundup of lateral moves throughout The Am Law 200.

Eyes on Lee as White House Nears PTO Pick

Scott Graham : The Recorder : September 12, 2014

Appointing acting director Michelle Lee as the agency's permanent chief would give the agency more clout in the debate over patent reform, lawyers said.

Ex-Miami Attorney Gets 13 Months for Skipping Tax Return Filing

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : September 11, 2014

A former McDermott Will & Emery partner gets 13 months in prison for failing to file an income tax return.

Locke Lord, Edwards Wildman Sign Letter of Intent to Merge

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 10, 2014

The two Am Law 100 firms, both of which are no stranger to combinations, have tentatively agreed to push forward with a potential merger that would create Locke Lord Edwards, a 1,076-lawyer firm with offices in 23 cities.

Locke Lord Signs Letter of Intent With Edwards Wildman Palmer

Brian Baxter, The Am Law Daily and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys, Texas Lawyer : Texas Lawyer : September 10, 2014

Dallas-based Locke Lord announces a letter of intent to combine with Edwards Wildman Palmer, creating Locke Lord Edwards.

Jones Day Adds Two More Kirkland IP Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 09, 2014

The IP litigation exodus from Kirkland & Ellis continued this week as partners William Devitt and Matthew Hertko decamped for Jones Day in Chicago. The Am Law Daily has a look at those moves and more in our latest roundup of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

King Center, MLK Estate Fight

Greg Land : Daily Report : September 08, 2014

Licensing agreement, bookstore revenue at heart of latest MLK kin legal action

On the Move

: The Recorder : September 08, 2014

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

Newegg Wields New Case Law in Old Fight Against Acacia

Scott Graham : The Recorder : September 05, 2014

Attorney Yar Chaikovsky has framed the case as a referendum on troll tactics.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : September 02, 2014

McDermott Will & Emery has added Alysse McLoughlin as a partner, rejoining the firm from Barclays; P.J. Forcino has joined Meyer Suozzi as executive director; and Wilson Sonsini has added Benjamin Hoch; among other moves.

The Supreme Court 'What-If' Game

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : September 01, 2014

In an era of extreme partisanship, could President Barack Obama get any Supreme Court appointments confirmed?

Aggie Alliance: Gov. Perry Looks to a Friend to Orchestrate his Defense

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : September 01, 2014

"I was his debate coach in the last campaign. He's somebody that I admire and respect, and for something like this, I would hope one of the reasons he chose me is that he trusts me," Buzbee said.

Federal Circuit Judges Put Spin on Patent Fee-Shifting

Scott Graham : The Recorder : August 26, 2014

Sitting as a trial judge recently, Timothy Dyk of the Federal Circuit denied an attorney fee request, writing "every case will have a loser."

Circuit Judges Put Spin on Patent Fee Shifting

Scott Graham : The Recorder : August 26, 2014

Sitting as a trial judge recently, Timothy Dyk of the Federal Circuit denied an attorney fee request, writing "every case will have a loser."

Melissa Nott Davis, 39

: The National Law Journal : August 25, 2014

Movers

: The National Law Journal : August 25, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Steady Work in Chicago — At Least for the Lawyers

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : August 25, 2014

Rick Perry Assembles High-Profile Legal Team

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : August 25, 2014

"Gov. Perry will fight this indictment 100 percent, and at the end of the day, he will prevail, because he's on the side of the rule of law. The governor acted lawfully and properly exercised his power under the law," said Tony Buzbee, of the Buzbee Law Firm in Houston.

Aggie Connection, Friendship May Explain Perry's Reliance on Buzbee

Brenda Sapino Jefreys : Texas Lawyer : August 22, 2014

"I was his debate coach in the last campaign. He's somebody that I admire and respect, and for something like this, I would hope one of the reasons he chose me is that he trusts me," Buzbee said.

African Diaspora Maritime, America's Cup Trustee Settle

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : August 21, 2014

After three years of legal wrangling, a sailing group in North Carolina and the bearer of the prestigious America's Cup trophy reached a settlement late last month following court-ordered mediation in New York's Commercial Division.

Executive Retirement Plan Governed by Sponsoring Company

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : August 21, 2014

An executive-level supplemental retirement benefits package—called a "top hat" plan—is to be administered according to the interpretation of the company that sponsors it, the Third Circuit has ruled, reversing a district court decision.

Covenant-Lite Loans: Borrowers Are Running the Show

Stephanie S. McCann and George M. Houhanisin : Corporate Counsel : August 21, 2014

Favorable lending terms have now become ubiquitous in the leveraged loan market, with the trend trickling down from the bulge bracket to the middle market.

The Morning Wrap

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : August 20, 2014

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: Rick Perry's legal team; Eric Holder promises robust action in Ferguson; Squire Patton Boggs loses Middle East group.

Judge Sanctions Dialysis Clinic Firm for Spoiling Discovery

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : August 20, 2014

'Unacceptable' is how judge describes conduct of defendants in discovery