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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

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.

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.

Dealmakers of the Week: Lowell Yoder and Timothy Shuman of McDermott Will & Emery

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 10, 2015

Yoder and Shuman handled the complex tax component of a megamakeup deal announced between Procter & Gamble and New York-based beauty products giant and firm client Coty Inc.

Deal Watch: Skadden Snags Big Beauty Deal as Conflict Claims Resurface Against Retired Partner

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 09, 2015

It was another big deal week for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which took the lead on a $12.5 billion buy for beauty products behemoth Coty, as an insider trading case involving a 6-year-old transaction by the firm forced a partner to take early retirement.

Akin Gump Adds High-Powered Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 08, 2015

The Beltway base of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld absorbs two veteran litigators; Hogan Lovells hires three Baker Botts litigators in Texas; McDermott and Pillsbury poach new partners; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : July 06, 2015

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

Impacts of Marriage Equality on Benefits and HR Policies

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : June 30, 2015

After the U.S. Supreme Court's 'Obergefell' decision, employers should go back and take a fresh look at how their policies treat same-sex married couples.

Survey: Pro Bono Hours Dip Slightly at Am Law 200 Firms

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

Jenner & Block takes the top spot in our annual pro bono survey; Arnold & Porter is second.

Former Law School Roommates Take Charge in Chicago

Madeline Farber : The Am Law Daily : June 29, 2015

Rebecca Eisner and Lydia Kelley used to share mac and cheese dinners and cram for exams together. Now they oversee nearly 600 lawyers as managing partners of the Chicago offices of Mayer Brown and McDermott Will & Emery, respectively.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage Wins in Historic Supreme Court Ruling

Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle : New York Law Journal : June 29, 2015

Same-sex couples have a constitutionally protected right to marry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday in a history-making victory for the gay civil rights movement.

Sidley Hires Again in LA, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 23, 2015

A month after opening a second office in Los Angeles, Sidley Austin raids Paul Hastings for a real estate pro; Proskauer Rose picks up a regional private equity head from Baker & McKenzie; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Judge Approves Cephalon's $1.2B Accord With FTC

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : June 18, 2015

A Pennsylvania federal judge who has overseen multiple cases against Cephalon regarding alleged antitrust violations for reverse-payment settlements with generic drugmakers has approved a $1.2 billion settlement between the FTC and Cephalon.

Freshfields' U.S. Hiring Spree Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 17, 2015

The Magic Circle firm snags a senior Simpson Thacher & Bartlett civil litigation partner in New York; Sheppard Mullin adds a three-lawyer IP team from Pillsbury; King & Spalding opens in Tokyo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Nonequity Departures Driving Declines in Pa. Head Count

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : June 16, 2015

Attorney head count among Pennsylvania's largest firms has fluctuated in the first six months of the year from as much as a 9.3 percent increase to an 11.2 percent decline, according to a review of statistics tracked by ALM's RivalEdge.