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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 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, McDermott Will & Emery has 981 attorneys and is the 24th largest firm in the United States.  With $891,500,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 33rd on The American Lawyer's 2016 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2015 Global 100 survey, McDermott Will & Emeryranked as the 41st 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 24 -3 Lawyer head count
The A-List 46 -16 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 27 -3 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 79 2 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 86 14 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 62 -4 Summer programs

In the News

Two Partners Join Jones Day, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Jones Day recruits two new partners on opposite coasts after a top restructuring duo departs; Milbank makes a rare lateral hire; Paul Hastings makes some high-profile additions; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Continuing Hiring Spree, Paul Hastings Adds Two New IP Partners

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : July 07, 2016

Ropes & Gray patent litigation partners Hiroyuki Hagiwara and Hassen Sayeed have joined Paul Hastings in Tokyo and New York, respectively.

NYLJ Announces Its Lawyers Who Lead by Example

: New York Law Journal : July 07, 2016

The New York Law Journal announces the 2016 honorees for Lawyers Who Lead by Example in three categories: Lifetime Achievement, Public Service and Pro Bono. The attorneys will be featured in a special section and honored at a dinner on Sept. 20.

Litigation Slump, Leadership Shifts Take Toll at Cadwalader

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : July 05, 2016

Could a merger be next for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft?

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Focus Europe : July 01, 2016

The law firms with roles in the largest recent M&A deals across Europe.

In China, Pro Bono is a Real Challenge

Anna Zhang : The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016

That's because foreign lawyers are barred from practicing Chinese law.

Reed Smith Rebuilds Partner Ranks, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Several new recruits join Reed Smith; Latham & Watkins welcomes a former Sullivan & Cromwell partner in New York; Gibson Dunn grabs one and loses another; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Exclusive: Best Firms for Pro Bono

Nell Gluckman : The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016

Hughes Hubbard is tops for U.S. pro bono; Dechert leads the international scene.

Florida Firms Aren't Jumping to Match Cravath Pay Scale

Jennifer Henderson : Daily Business Review : June 24, 2016

When it comes to matching Cravath, Swaine & Moore's base salary bump for associates — which will see first-years earn $180,000 and eighth-years rake in $315,000 — firms with big Florida bases are a mixed bag, with the definition of "top of market" becoming increasingly nuanced.

In Fisher, Affirmative Action Advocates See Means to Preserve Campus Diversity

John Council : Texas Lawyer : June 22, 2016

Affirmative action advocates applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. University of Texas — a decision they believe that will go a long way in preserving racially diverse student bodies on college campuses across the United States.

Six Takeaways From the Supreme Court's Big PTAB Decision

Scott Graham : Corporate Counsel : June 20, 2016

Experienced patent litigators share their takes on , including advice for patent prosecutors and a silver lining for patent holders.

Forget Briefs, How DC Firms Are Wooing Summer Associates

Suzanne Monyak : The National Law Journal : June 20, 2016

From white-water rafting trips to casino nights and parties, Washington's law firms are hosting a slew of social events for this year's summer associates in an effort to prepare them and court them to rejoin the firm as first-year associates after graduation.

Insurer Expands Coverage for Breakthrough Hepatitis Med

Celia Ampel : Daily Business Review : June 17, 2016

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc. agreed to expand coverage of a breakthrough cure for Hepatitis C to about 2,000 policyholders as part of a settlement negotiated by Miami lawyers.

Who Will Take the Reins At McDermott?

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : June 16, 2016

The co-chairs of McDermott, Will & Emery surprised their partnership when they announced Monday that they'll step down at the end of this year. Insiders pointed to several potential candidates to replace them.

Cooley Hires Back Ex-Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Former eBay general counsel Michael Jacobson returns to Cooley in Silicon Valley; a Kirkland & Ellis seeks a shave; Greenberg Traurig grows in Israel; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Texas, Delaware and Other States Want Their MoneyGram Battle Settled By High Court

MIRIAM ROZEN : Texas Lawyer : June 09, 2016

Such original lawsuits rank as a rare breed at SCOTUS.

Mintz Levin's Weld Joins the Presidential Election Circus

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : June 03, 2016

Not feeling Clinton or Trump? Big Law voters may want to consider former governor Bill Weld. Now at Mintz Levin's ML Strategies, the Harvard Law School graduate recently got the call to become a vice presidential nominee on the Libertarian Party ticket.

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere: Big Law Brew Pros Form Guild

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 03, 2016

With Anheuser-Busch/InBev and SABMiller poised to create a beer industry giant, lawyers from several Am Law 200 firms have become founding members of a new nonprofit trade group for the craft beer industry.

The Lawyers Behind the 0.1 Percent

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : May 31, 2016

Inside the clubby world of the trusts and estates bar, which is making a resurgence at some firms.

Morrison Cohen

Roy Strom : The National Law Journal : May 23, 2016

The firm's litigation practice last year won a notable series of court victories that will allow client EPR Properties to build a casino development in upstate New York.


: The National Law Journal : May 23, 2016

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

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : May 23, 2016

Practice Leaders Pick Up Stakes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 18, 2016

A half-dozen big firms shuffled practice leaders within the past week; Skadden snags a high-profile arbitration expert in Hong Kong; the founding partner of Weil's Rhode Island office departs; and other notable laterals from throughout The Am Law 200.

Should Startups Proceed with Caution Under the New Federal Crowdfunding Program?

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : May 17, 2016

Before moving forward, startups should ask themselves whether they have the resources to adequately prepare their documents.

INADMISSIBLE: Yates Rips Critics of White-Collar Policy

: The National Law Journal : May 16, 2016

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates last week defended the changes the U.S. Department of Justice made to white-collar investigations last year in a speech that attempts to call the bluff of corporate law practitioners. Plus more in this week's column.

Deal Watch: Mylan Taps Cravath Again for Dermatology Deal

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 15, 2016

Three months after Mylan NV once again turned to Cravath, Swaine & Moore to handle another multibillion-dollar deal, the firm is at it again for the acquisitive generic drug giant.

Xerox GC Discusses Merits of Diversity in Rainmaking

Meredith Hobbs and Kristen Rasmussen : Daily Report : May 13, 2016

When it comes to rainmaking, diversity can be an effective tool for getting a foot in the door, said Xerox's general counsel, Don Liu, at a panel sponsored by the Georgia Asian Pacific Bar Association before its annual gala Thursday.

In North Carolina Bathroom Debate, What Should a GC Do?

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : May 12, 2016

The federal government seeks an injunction against the state; the state asks for a declaratory judgment against DOJ. So what should a general counsel in North Carolina do, listen to the state or the feds?

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : May 09, 2016

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