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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, GA, 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 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

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.

Acrimony Develops Over $380M In Unspent Settlement Funds

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : June 15, 2015

In 2010, the U.S. government agreed to pay $680 million to settle claims that Native American farmers and ranchers were victims of discrimination in federal loan programs. Two years later, it was clear the lawyers' estimates of how many claimants would apply for a share of that money were off. Way off.

McKenna Long Departures Mount, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Ahead of its proposed combination with Dentons, more partners have left McKenna Long & Aldridge, even as the latter makes a hire of its own; Latham & Watkins lands another O'Melveny & Myers rainmaker; Nelson Mullins and Barnes & Thornburg open new offices; Delta Air Lines taps Dorsey & Whitney for a new legal chief; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

INADMISSIBLE: Warren, White Trade Barbs Over the SEC

: The National Law Journal : June 08, 2015

In a harshly worded 13-page letter, Sen. Elizabeth Warren last week told U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White that she found her leadership "extremely disappointing." Plus more in this week's column.

A Bevy of New Hires at McDermott, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 03, 2015

McDermott Will & Emery adds 17 lawyers from K&L Gates and a Chicago-based IP boutique; three firms make additions through mergers; more McKenna Long & Aldridge partners peel away ahead of the latter's deal with Dentons; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

First Female Leader Takes Over as McDermott's D.C. Partner-in-Charge

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : June 03, 2015

McDermott Will & Emery will have a new partner in charge of the Washington office, the first female lawyer to hold the position at the firm. Carolyn Gleason, an international trade lawyer, takes over July 1 for Paul Thompson, who will return to his white-collar practice full time.

McDermott Hires Six Laterals in Dallas

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : June 02, 2015

McDermott, Will & Emery expanded its Dallas office on June 1 by hiring six partners, with as many as nine associates expected to join them.

7 Best Practices for Preserving In-House Counsel Privilege

Andrew B. Kratenstein and Audrey Lu : Corporate Counsel : June 02, 2015

The dual role of trusted legal advisor and trusted business advisor has created potential privilege pitfalls for in-house counsel and company employees.

Justices Expand Protections for Religion in Hiring

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : June 01, 2015

Employers violate the nation's major job-bias law if the need for a religious accommodation was a motivating factor in their refusal to hire someone, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

Bummer in the Summer

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : June 01, 2015

Firms decide whether to pay for the privilege of insulting themselves.

$1.2 Billion Settlement in FTC's Suit Against Cephalon

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : May 29, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission's biggest settlement to date—$1.2 billion in a pay-for-delay case—came out of federal court in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Reed Smith Adds Seven as Sports Pro Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 24, 2015

A seven-partner team will open a new Frankfurt office for Reed Smith, which saw a top sports lawyer head for greener fields; Foley Hoag brings on Massachusetts' former attorney general; Cravath hires from Crowell & Moring; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Greenberg Traurig Grabs Cadwalader Energy Leader

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 18, 2015

Gregory Lawrence, the former co-head of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft's renewables practice and head of its energy regulatory group, has joined Greenberg Traurig as a partner in Boston and Washington, D.C. Lawrence came to Cadwalader more than four years ago when the firm announced plans for a Houston office.

Battle Over .SUCKS Domain Gets Testy

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : May 14, 2015

The registry that owns the controversial domain name ".sucks" has put the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers on notice that its criticisms and actions against the company could lead to legal action.

For Many Northeast Lawyers, a Life Riding Rails

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : May 13, 2015

Lawyers rely on frequent train travel between New York and D.C.—most often the Acela express. Yet the derailment of Amtrak's Northeast regional train that killed seven people and injured hundreds of others left the Washington legal community largely unscathed.

SEC Flunks For-Profit College Execs With Loan Fraud Charges

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : May 13, 2015

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hit ITT Educational Services Inc. and two top executives with 15 fraud-related counts involving its student loan programs.

SEC Brings Fraud Case Against For-Profit College, Two Executives

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : May 12, 2015

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday brought fraud charges against for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services Inc. and its top executives, alleging they hid the "extraordinary failure" of two student-loan programs from investors.

Case to Return Fraud Money Went All the Way to U.S. Supreme Court

: Daily Business Review : May 11, 2015

Marcos Jimenez spent six years in litigation trying take back assets from the father-and-son developers Leon Cohen Levy and Mauricio Cohen Assor, who are convicted fraudsters.

Boies Schiller Partner Takes GC Job at Theranos

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 07, 2015

Heather King had helped represent the medical tech company in a patent dispute last year.

K&L Gates Absorbs Austin Shop, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 05, 2015

Despite a recent spate of departures, K&L Gates absorbed three-partner Moltz Morton & Glenn in Austin, Texas; Cozen O'Connor brings on a 10-lawyer state attorneys general group from Dickstein Shapiro; White & Case raids Clifford Chance in the Middle East; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

McKenna Defections Mount Ahead of Merger, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 02, 2015

Covington & Burling and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman pick up partners from McKenna Long & Aldridge as the latter prepares to merge with Dentons; Kirkland & Ellis and Mayer Brown make European antitrust hires; a Sidley Austin litigator flies solo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.