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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

Market for Patent Litigators Remains Strong Despite Troll Thrashing

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : January 23, 2015

Patent filings dropped after Supreme Court rulings, but firms still see high demand for a long-hot practice.

MLK Estate Drops Suit Against King Center

Greg Land : Daily Report : January 22, 2015

The Martin Luther King Jr. corporate estate has dropped its lawsuit against the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, citing what estate CEO Dexter King said was a "change of heart" by his brother, Martin Luther King III.

MLK Family Alliances Shift Over Settlement Discussions

Greg Land : Daily Report : January 21, 2015

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Todd Markle on Tuesday dissolved a temporary restraining order he issued earlier this month barring the board of directors of the corporate estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—comprising King's three surviving children—from discussing a settlement of parallel lawsuits regarding the control and disposition of the civil rights leader's property.

A Partner for Second Time, Lawyer Reflects on Diversity

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 21, 2015

Sally Rosenberg said she's always believed that if you want something in your career, you should ask for it. Last year, she asked McDermott leaders if they could consider her for the partnership a second time.

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

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2015

So far, Gov. Rick Perry has paid more than $1.07 million to defend his felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Which Texas law firms got the most?

General-Service Firms Going Headhunting for IP Specialists

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2015

General-service firms sharpened the competition in intellectual property law throughout 2014, hiring lawyers away from smaller firms and staking claims to an emerging practice area inside the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Edwards Wildman, MoFo Hires Spur Cooley's Launch in London

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2015

Cooley announced Monday that the firm would open an office in London with 55 lawyers—20 of them partners—from Edwards Wildman Palmer and Morrison & Foerster. The move marks Cooley's second international office opening.


: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2015

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

Big Firms Hire in Bulk, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2015

Davis Wright Tremaine and Dentons absorb two small shops; Cadwalader adds a seven-strong team from Latham & Watkins; a former senator signs on at DLA Piper; McDermott's European antitrust head goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Mintz Levin Adds More From Edwards Wildman, Bingham McCutchen

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

Mark Robinson, the former cochair of Bingham McCutchen's white-collar investigations and enforcement group, is headed to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo along with 18 lawyers from Edwards Wildman Palmer, including the latter's former IP practice leaders David Conlin and Peter Corless.

DLA Piper Promotes Joshua Kaye to Miami Managing Partner

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 07, 2015

DLA Piper has named a new managing partner in Miami, health care sector specialist Joshua Kaye, as part of a national reshuffling throughout the global law firm.

D.C. Calendar

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2015

Local bar association events in the Washington area.

Netflix Scolded for Premature Motion in Patent Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : December 24, 2014

A federal judge chided Netflix and its lawyers at Keker & Van Nest for not clearing an early summary-judgment motion with the court.

MWE China Launches First E-Discovery Center

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : December 24, 2014

Chicago's McDermott Will & Emery extends its Chinese alliance into discovery and data analysis as demand for investigations and compliance work grows.

Court's Admonition Sets Off Side Squabble in Netflix-Rovi Patent Spat

Scott Graham : The Recorder : December 22, 2014

McDermott Will's Yar Chaikovsky, who represents Rovi, says Netflix and its lawyers at Keker & Van Nest have violated court rules.

McDermott Opens Shanghai Data Center

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : December 17, 2014

The new center provides legal and technical discovery services in China.

No Cuban Embargo? No Problem

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : December 17, 2014

With an overnight thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, legal experts were cautious Wednesday about visions of U.S. companies doing business in Cuba.

More Myriad Gene Patents Bite the Dust

Scott Graham : The Recorder : December 17, 2014

Applying recent Supreme Court rulings, the Federal Circuit struck down patents on synthetic genes engineered to be identical to human DNA.

Likely Delay for US Handover of ICANN Web Domain Oversight

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : December 16, 2014

The United States is supposed to give up its oversight of the Internet's domain name system next year. But the planned move has made brand owners and members of Congress apprehensive.

Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Trade Blows; Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 14, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a senior debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis in London, as the latter snatches Winston & Strawn's litigation chair in Chicago; Jones Day beefs up in Miami; Sidley Austin snags six from Loeb & Loeb; a half-dozen lawyers leave firms for in-house jobs and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Affirmative Use of Corporate Representative Testimony

Jennifer L. Filippazzo and Hannah Banks : Corporate Counsel : December 12, 2014

The corporate representative deposition is one of the first opportunities to affirmatively develop the record and articulate the company's position. Such an opportunity should not be wasted.

Big Law Still Makes Too Few Women Partners

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : December 10, 2014

Fewer than a third of new partners at Am Law 200 firms are women. It's time for fresh approaches.

In-House Counsel Profile: The Beer Institute's Mary Jane Saunders

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : December 08, 2014

Three Kirkland Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 05, 2014

A trio of partners from Kirkland & Ellis and Edwards Wildman Palmer sets up shop in new locales; three more firms hire Bingham McCutchen refugees; Chadbourne & Parke adds a former U.S. ambassador; Skadden brings back a top federal regulator; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Real Estate Exec Buys Mansion of Imprisoned Developer for $4M

Eleazar David Melendez : Daily Business Review : December 03, 2014

A South Florida real estate executive has scooped up a Bal Harbour home that used to belong to a real estate figure who's now behind bars.

How To Prepare for Cyberinsurance

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Law Technology News : December 02, 2014

Before applying for cyberinsurance, engage in some due diligence and the results will pay.

High Court's First Gay-Issues Ruling

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

With same-sex marriage litigation pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, lawyers and scholars are focusing intense interest on a long-forgotten, one-line ruling by the court in 1958 — the first decision the justices ever made regarding issues that directly impact gay rights.

Judge Nixes $105M Award, Citing New IP Case Law

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : December 01, 2014

A California federal judge has set aside a $105 million award to electronics component maker Power Integrations Inc. based on a recent appellate court ruling on royalty damages.

U.S. Firms in London: Who's Leading, Who's Lagging?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

Am Law 100 firms employ some 6,000 lawyers in London, including some of the hottest lateral hires in years. A look at their track record reveals some surprises.

DLA Piper Nabs Ex-FDIC Chair, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 30, 2014

The world's second-largest firm by attorney head count adds two more former federal regulators to its ranks; American Apparel hires a Loeb & Loeb partner; Greenberg Traurig bags Edwards Wildman Palmer's Los Angeles partner-in-charge; Steptoe & Johnson snags an IP trio and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.