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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 2014 Global 100 survey, McDermott Will & Emeryranked as the 38th 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

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

: The Am Law Daily : February 05, 2016

Ahead of The American Lawyer's final Am Law 100 and 200 rankings, see the latest early reports on 2015 financial results from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: McDermott Sees Modest Revenue Decline

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2016

After four years of rising revenue, McDermott Will & Emery saw its gross revenue slip in 2015, while profits rose 3.3 percent for the firm's somewhat diminished equity partnership.

Three Practice Leaders Leave DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 03, 2016

DLA Piper loses three practice leaders but merges in Europe; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; Jones Day opens in Brisbane; Orrick unveils its Houston hires; Quinn Emanuel adds an Israel expert; and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

King & Spalding Breaks $1B in Revenue in 2015

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : February 03, 2016

King & Spalding broke the billon-dollar mark in revenue last year—the first Atlanta-based firm to do so—reporting revenue of $1.02 billion, a 9 percent increase over 2014.

Houston A La Carte: Behind Orrick's Texas Expansion

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

Orrick chose a logistically complex mix-and-match approach to populate its new Texas outpost.

White House Eyes Koh for Seat on Ninth Circuit

Ross Todd : The Recorder : February 02, 2016

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh is expected to be nominated later this month, according to individuals familiar with the administration's vetting process.

15 Lawyers So Far Working at Orrick's New Houston Office

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : February 02, 2016

A total of 15 Houston lawyers from six firms have started working at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's new Houston office over the last two weeks.

Texas Appleseed Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Founded in 1996, Texas Appleseed works to find justice and solutions to social and economic problems for underrepresented Texans, such as children, disabled people and low-income families.

Holland & Knight Hires in Connecticut, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2016

The latest Dickstein Shapiro defectors are hired by Holland & Knight; Jones Day adds an IP trio; Kirkland & Ellis recruits a senior SEC official; Latham & Watkins lands a high-profile lateral in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2016

Five firms announce promotions, and six firms have added new partners.

Perkins Coie Names Rick Howell New Firm CIO

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : January 25, 2016

Howell said that the current CIO needs to be 'much, much more' than the technology experts of the past.

While Blizzard Bears Down on Washington, Lawyers Forge On

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 22, 2016

Several large Washington law offices closed early Friday, around noon or 1 p.m., and encouraged staff members to stay off the roads in anticipation of a city-crippling blizzard. But many lawyers had different plans in mind. A true "snow day" may be out of the question when you've got hours to bill. "There's a lot going on. It doesn't stop because of the snow," Steptoe & Johnson LLP chairman Phil West said.

Morning Wrap: Beth Wilkinson's Future Firm and Ted Cruz's Past Practice

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 21, 2016

Ted Cruz's clerkship at the Supreme Court and the launch of a new trial boutique: This is a round-up of news from ALM and other outlets.

No More Anonymity for Cash Buyers of Luxury Miami-Dade Homes

Carla Vianna and Celia Ampel : Daily Business Review : January 15, 2016

The U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network is requiring title insurance companies to disclose the names of cash buyers behind luxury residential deals in Miami-Dade County.

A Dentons Lawyer Gets Religion, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Dentons keeps expanding, but one lawyer in Chicago seeks a higher power; Clark Hill merges in the Windy City; Wilson Elser expands in two states; Orrick makes a handful of key hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Will This Case End East Texas' Reign as the Patent Litigation Capital?

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : January 13, 2016

The United States has 94 federal judicial districts, but in 2015, almost half of all new patent cases were filed in just one—the Eastern District of Texas.

Winston & Strawn, Paul Hastings Make Key New York Hires

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

The two Am Law 100 firms, whose headquarters are outside New York, made moves Monday to bolster their corporate and finance practices in the Big Apple by raiding McDermott Will & Emery and Proskauer Rose.

McDermott Will & Emery Hires China Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 05, 2016

Former longtime Baker & McKenzie partner Michelle Gon joins and resides at the firm's alliance firm MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

Arms Race: Law Firms and the Litigation Funding Boom

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : December 30, 2015

Deep-pocketed litigation funders are throwing investor dollars into lawsuits, raising questions about ethics and the specter of regulation.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : December 29, 2015

Greenberg Traurig and Reed Smith have added new partners, while Shearman & Sterling, Wilson Sonsini, Dechert and White & Case announce promotions.

The Yates Memo: It Could Get Personal

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : December 28, 2015

One event that had a large impact on corporations last year—and will likely have a larger one in the future—was a speech by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in September.

K&L Gates Adds Two Before Year's End, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 28, 2015

More partner movement at K&L Gates before year's end; DLA Piper closes its Tampa office; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton brings back a former partner from IMG College; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Law Firms Adopt Sustainability to Stay Sustainable

Richard J. Sobelsohn : New York Law Journal : December 28, 2015

Richard J. Sobelsohn writes: It was not long ago that when law firms moved to new digs, they had them designed with the old-school method. Wood paneling on the walls, window-less interior offices for junior associates, and the coveted oversized corner offices for senior partners and rainmakers. During the past few years however, law firms have started going green, and the traditional law office floor plans have morphed.

Lobbying, Litigators and Laterals: The Year in Legal Business

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 26, 2015

With sustained and modest fiscal stability across the legal industry last year, 2015 created a clean palette for many of D.C.'s largest law firms. Some redesigned their Washington-focused practices like lobbying and white-collar law, many added or lost groups of lawyers, and a few considered or closed on mergers. We look at the 10 top trends and business decisions that created buzz in Washington Big Law this year, from Dentons to Dennis Hastert.

Star Clients, Bold Headlines: Litigators' Intriguing Cases

Am Law Daily Staff : The American Lawyer : December 21, 2015

Celebrity clients and high-profile cases come with the territory when you're one of the nation's top litigation teams. Here are headline-grabbing suits from among 108 contest submissions for our Litigation Department of the Year awards.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : December 21, 2015

Davis Polk & Wardwell has promoted five attorneys to counsel in its corporate department and two in its litigation department.

Orrick and Kirkland Make Weil Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 16, 2015

Several Am Law 100 firms welcome new recruits from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Debevoise hires from Sullivan & Cromwell on Hong Kong; Fox Rothschild expands in Minneapolis; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : December 14, 2015

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

How Long Will Chinese Law Remain Out of Reach for Global Firms?

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : December 14, 2015

Commercial, cultural and political concerns continue to bar foreign law firms from practicing Chinese law for the foreseeable future. But Shanghai's Free Trade Zone joint venture program and other forms of alliances may show the way towards a gradual opening up of the market.

McDermott Helps Sikh Army Captain Keep the Faith

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : December 14, 2015

On Monday, U.S. Army Captain Simratpal Singh reported for duty after being granted an accommodation that allows him to wear his beard and turban while serving his country.