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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 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 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

New Partners: J+O Firm

: Daily Business Review : March 02, 2015

The Uphill Fight to Force a Cabinet Member to Testify

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : March 02, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice is fighting to keep Interior Secretary Sally Jewell from having to answer questions about the government's alleged mismanagement of Native American assets since the early 20th century.

The Inside Story of Dentons' Combination with Dacheng

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : March 02, 2015

In its boldest move yet, the verein is betting big on the Chinese economy.

Surge in Sports Megadeals a Boon to Proskauer, Others

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Sports law may be a niche, but with today's deals worth billions of dollars, it's March Madness out there.

The Post-Congress Job Hunt

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : February 23, 2015

A month and a half after Congress set free almost 50 former House members and a dozen former Senators, the courtship is hot.

Greenberg Traurig Grows in Chicago, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 22, 2015

A Chicago boutique is absorbed by Greenberg Traurig; a Gibson Dunn practice leader heads out on his own; Sidley Austin and Steptoe & Johnson each add a trio; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Is It Trademark Bullying or Savvy Brand Protection?

: Corporate Counsel : February 20, 2015

In some instances companies have to get aggressive to protect their brands, even if such moves prove unpopular. The resulting fallout is just a cost of doing business.

Three Energy Partners Depart Cadwalader for Sidley Austin

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 18, 2015

A trio of high-profile energy partners based in Washington, D.C., is joining Sidley Austin from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, a firm that saw partner profits decline in 2014. The three will be reunited with partner Robert Stephens, who left his post as head of Cadwalader's Houston office for Sidley Austin in January.

IN BRIEF: Snowbound in Boston

: The National Law Journal : February 16, 2015

Suffice it to say that the snow in Boston has lost its appeal. A three-week onslaught has hampered road and transit travel, forced court closures and tested law firms' ability to keep running. Plus more from and other ALM publications.

Newegg Inflicts Some Damage, Takes a Hit in NPE Fights

Scott Graham : The Recorder : February 12, 2015

The company—which promises its foes there will be "consequences"—lost a bid for "exceptional case" fees but saw a win validated by the Federal Circuit.

Shovels, Not Gavels, in Snowy Boston

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : February 12, 2015

Suffice it to say that the snow in Boston has lost its appeal. The three-week onslaught has hampered road and transit travel, forced court closures and tested law firms' ability to keep their businesses running.

An Early Look at The 2015 Am Law 100

: The American Lawyer : February 09, 2015

The Am Law Daily's early coverage of 2014 financial results of The Am Law 100/200 includes an examination into what's going on behind the numbers. This list will be updated as new results become available. Final rankings and full results for The Am Law 100 will be published in The American Lawyer's May 2015 issue and The Am Law Second Hundred will be published in the June issue.

INADMISSIBLE: 'One Millionth Discovery Dispute' Resolved

: The National Law Journal : February 09, 2015

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer appears ready to wash her hands of fights over evidence in a wrongful-­termination case pending since 2010. Plus more in this week's column.

Squire Patton Boggs Health Care Leaders Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Jones Day and Polsinelli pick up a pair of Squire Patton Boggs health care practice leaders; Dickinson Wright and Jackson Lewis prepare for new offices; Paul Weiss picks up a top federal prosecutor; Willkie Farr makes another hire in Houston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Tech Companies Still Eager for Patent Reform

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 05, 2015

Cisco Systems GC Mark Chandler says more can be done to curb abusive litigation.

Internal Investigations, Good Governance and Soccer

Michael W. Peregrine : Corporate Counsel : February 05, 2015

The recent controversy involving the governing board of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association and its outside counsel provides important lessons on board management of internal investigations.

Navigating the Maze of IP Licenses in Bankruptcy

Timothy W. Walsh, Gregory Kopacz and Darren Azman : The Bankruptcy Strategist : February 04, 2015

Legal uncertainty abounds for intellectual property licensees and licensors when their license counterparties enter the murky waters of bankruptcy.

Why Rep. Buck McKeon Didn't Jump from Congress to a Law Firm

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : February 03, 2015

Big Law wasn't right for outgoing U.S. House Armed Services Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon. The California Republican, a sought-after expert on the defense industry, turned down an opportunity at McDermott Will & Emery last month.

Opening Up IP in Cuba: Get Your Trademarks in Line

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : February 03, 2015

The easing of trade restrictions with Cuba may take some time, but trademark attorneys say brand owners should already be taking steps to protect their names and marks.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: McDermott's Revenue Spikes While Head Count Drops

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : February 02, 2015

McDermott Will & Emery increased its revenue for the third straight year, while shrinking its head count. Last year, it brought in $900 million, up 2.2 percent from the year before; revenue per lawyer rose 4 percent, to $900,000. Profits per partner dropped slightly by 1 percent, to $1.53 million.

Trust Darwin: How Tech Will Disrupt, Save the Legal Profession

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : February 02, 2015

Big Law leaders need to go to more major league baseball games.

Chinese Law Firms Aim to Follow Dentons-Dacheng

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : February 02, 2015

Challenges of integration and restrictive rules discourage some, but others say more global mergers may be in the cards.

FTC Report On Privacy Scrutinized

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : February 02, 2015

With future legal battles over security and privacy all but certain, lawyers say the Federal Trade Commission's new report on the "Internet of Things" provides helpful guidelines, but few hard and fast answers.

To Hand Off or Not To Hand Off

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : February 01, 2015

The U.S. is giving up oversight of Internet domain names—but not yet.

Polsinelli's Super Bowl Shuffle, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2015

Polsinelli, one of the Am Law 100's fastest-growing firms, churns through its partnership; Alston & Bird adds eight in Dallas; Freshfields hires again in New York; a Skadden practice leader goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Skeptical Judge Gives Lawyers More Time to Keep Client Conversations Under Wraps

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 30, 2015

A federal judge who said he was inclined to let whistleblower lawyers pierce a defendant company's attorney-client privilege to pursue claims that defense lawyers coached witnesses to lie has delayed a decision until March.

Citing Evidence of Lying, Judge Says Attorney-Client Privilege May Be Pierced in Health Fraud Case

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 28, 2015

A federal judge in Atlanta said that "troubling revelations" about testimony by current and former employees of a national chain of dialysis clinics being sued by whistleblowers prompted him on Tuesday to personally question the employees about whether the chain's lawyers may have prompted them to lie under oath.

Former Rep. Jim Moran Plans to Bring Appropriations Lobbying to McDermott

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 28, 2015

Former Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia is joining McDermott Will & Emery, according to two people familiar with the hire. Moran's announcement, likely to come in February, is another of the early movements of former members joining lobbying firms.

Gov. Perry's Legal Defense Costs Breach $1 Million

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 26, 2015

It has cost more than $1.07 million so far to defend Gov. Rick Perry against his felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.

Justices Rebuke Sixth Circuit on Retiree Health Benefits

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : January 26, 2015

Federal courts cannot presume from a collective bargaining agreement's silence that retiree health insurance benefits should continue for life, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.