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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

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : November 23, 2015

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

K&L Gates Expands Abroad and Shutters in Spokane, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

New partners join K&L Gates in Sydney and Warsaw as the firm closes a U.S. office; Norton Rose Fulbright loses two practice leaders; Sutherland snags a Kaye Scholer project finance head; and other notable address changes from throughout The Am Law 200.

Mednax Directs Outside Attorneys in Acquisition

: Daily Business Review : November 17, 2015

Mednax finalized its $500 million purchase of Virtual Radiologic with the help of five attorneys from McDermott Will & Emery.

The Go-To Headhunter for Asian American Lawyers

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : November 16, 2015

An influential Asian American lawyer group honors—gasp—a recruiter!

Pillsbury Lawyer Heads West, Plus More Lateral Moves

Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 15, 2015

An environmental law expert heads to Oregon; Greenberg Traurig grabs two from McDermott in New York; Hogan Lovells hires a Latham & Watkins trio in Dubai; Ice Miller brings back a mayor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dickinson Wright Debuts Health Care Venture, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2015

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright launches a health care affiliate; Duane Morris hires a diversity leader; Quinn Emanuel starts a class action practice in Australia; Sidley expands in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : November 09, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Seyfarth Shaw Taps nQueue to Strengthen Efficiency and Reduce Paper

Mike Susong : Legaltech News : November 03, 2015

Automated scanning and routing software a perfect fit for Seyfarth culture and processes.

The Guantánamo Roster

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

Firms involved in detainee representation.

On the Move

: The Recorder : November 02, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms and in government and academia.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

Cloud Taxes: Are States Heading in Right Direction?

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : November 02, 2015

Taxes on cloud services can be a complex and controversial area with different states weighing in.

Meet the Big Law Refugees Challenging Gilead's $1K Hepatitis Pill

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : November 01, 2015

Sovaldi, the hepatitis C wonder drug, costs $1,000 a pill. Law-savvy advocates are fighting back.

Sanctuary for Families Awards

: New York Law Journal : October 29, 2015

Sanctuary for Families presented a leadership award to Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, New York City's senior advisor on gender equity, at its 13th annual Above & Beyond Pro Bono Awards. The organization also recognized firms for providing pro bono staffing to New York City's Human Trafficking Intervention Courts.

Heman Sweatt's Relatives Return to SCOTUS for UT

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : October 28, 2015

"The Sweatt family felt it was important to keep Heman Sweatt's story and the lessons of his landmark case before the court in this second round, because this time the court will have to determine whether there is any longer a place for race-conscious diversity in higher education," Allan Van Fleet, a partner in the Houston office of McDermott Will & Emery, who represents the Sweatt relatives, wrote in an email.

EPA to Try New Ways to Analzye Data and Devise Rules

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : October 27, 2015

The agency adopts new technologies for the "next generation" of environmental rules.

'Lawyers Without Borders' Partners With Big Law in New D.C. Operation

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 27, 2015

Lawyers Without Borders Inc., the U.S.-based rule-of-law advocacy group, has opened a bureau in Washington, where it can base some operations and develop relationships with underwriters, with its subcontractors and with partners in the legal community. "In the rule of law sector, having a presence in Washington has really improved our relationships," Christina Storm, the group's executive director and founder, said.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Emerging Markets Awards 2015

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : October 21, 2015

We've broadened the scope for our second annual awards recognizing the top matters and lawyers in Southeast Asia and India, bringing the total number of categories to 25 from 17.

How King & Spalding Built Its D.C. Office From One AG to a Team of 200

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 21, 2015

Long considered one of the elite Atlanta-based firms, King & Spalding's D.C. reputation has been understated because of its fewer number of lawyers and smaller congressional lobbying totals, especially compared to Washington-founded firms. But the firm has remained a major player in D.C.-focused areas.

Panel Urges Going Back to Frye Standard for Expert Testimony

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : October 20, 2015

A major battle is brewing between supporters and opponents of a stricter standard for expert testimony in Florida state courts.

The Influence 50: NLJ's Annual Lobbying Ranking

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : October 19, 2015

The NLJ's annual Influence 50 ranking attempts to capture the third dimension of lobbying: the part of the practice that's never publicly reported. Four law firms said they took in $100 million or more for public-policy work—Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; K&L Gates; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr; and Atlanta-based firm King & Spalding, which reported the most public-policy business in 2014.

Crowell Nabs a DJ but Loses a Lindh, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : October 18, 2015

Crowell & Moring picks up a former disc jockey to head its London corporate group, while another controversial partner departs; Cahill Gordon & Reindel hires from Credit Suisse; Orrick adds in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

New Associates List

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 16, 2015

San Jose Opens Doors to New PTO Branch

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 15, 2015

Rep. Anna Eshoo says the new permanent office will bring patent review process closer to the inventors.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : October 13, 2015

Nine firms announce new additions, including Morvillo Abramowitz, Willkie Farr, and WilmerHale.

Super Spin: Lanny Davis, Bo Dietl and the Court of Public Opinion

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : October 11, 2015

There are some lawyers who, when asked to comment on litigation, reply with a slight sneer, “We don't intend to try our case in the media.” And there are others who seem to like nothing more—because sometimes, the court of public opinion is exactly the right forum for a dispute. Case in point: a press conference on Friday by Lanny Davis and his client, former New York City police detective Richard “Bo” Dietl.

IP Boutiques Adjust to Client Use of Patent Office Reviews

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : October 05, 2015

The trend of resolving patent disputes in the government's patent office, which costs a fraction of the price of litigation, has had an uneven effect on intellectual property practices across the country.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Tasha Norman : The National Law Journal : October 05, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Outsourcing Information Services: A Future-Proof Strategy for Law Firms

Donna Terjesen : Legaltech News : October 01, 2015

Law firms are no longer able to rely upon traditional business models to continue growth.

Big Deals

Patience Haggin, Jennifer Henderson and David Ruiz : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

Google Reorganization; Berkshire Hathaway / Precision Castparts Fidelity National / SunGard General Electric Asset Sale Symantec Asset Sale Sumitomo Life / Symetra Financial Terex / Konecranes CF Industries / OCI NV Nokia Asset Sale Allergan Asset Sale Solvay / Cytec Industries Honeywell /Melrose Industries/ Elster Group Industrial Income Trust Asset Sale Anthem / Cigna Nikkei / FT Group Sikorsky Aircraft Asset Sale Pinnacle Entertainment Asset Sale Blackstone / Corsair / First Eagle St. Jude Medical / Thoratec