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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

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

Newsmakers: Week of September 28

: Texas Lawyer : September 25, 2015

Jeff M. Petersonhas joined McGuire Woods as a partner in Dallas. In his practice, Peterson represents hospitals and health care systems in a wide range of transactions.

Global Legal Awards: 2015 Global Citizenship Awards

: The American Lawyer : September 25, 2015

The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Awards honor global matters dedicated to the spirit of pro bono and social responsibility.

The National Law Journal, Connecticut Law Tribune Announce Boston Rising Stars

: The National Law Journal : September 23, 2015

Earlier this summer, the National Law Journal, collaborating with the Connecticut Law Tribune, solicited nominations for our Boston Rising Stars supplement, which features exemplary young lawyers in the Boston area.

Global Legal Awards: 2015 Global Finance Deals of the Year

: The American Lawyer : September 22, 2015

The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards in finance recognize the 10 deals that best exemplify the challenges of transnational finance practice, from capital markets offerings to capital restructurings to infrastructure projects.

DC Lobbying Partner Starts Own Shop After Probe, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 13, 2015

More than a year after Mark Hayes' name arose in an insider trading investigation, the Greenberg Traurig partner has started his own practice; Greenspoon Marder merges into Miami; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Newsmakers: Week of September 14

: Texas Lawyer : September 11, 2015

Brent Alan Helms has joined Jones Walker as special counsel in the Houston office. He is in the firm's business and commerce transactions practice group.

How New DOJ Corporate Policy Would Finger Execs

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : September 10, 2015

Corporate executives and their general counsel: Beware. The rules have just changed significantly on how federal prosecutors are going to handle corporate misconduct, and you could be a target.

Deal Watch: Emera, Looking South, Subs Skadden With Davis Polk

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : September 10, 2015

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom advised Canadian utility Emera on its acquisition of New England power assets two years ago, but this week the firm took the lead for Tampa-based Teco Energy on the Florida power generator's $10.4 billion sale to Emera.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : September 10, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

K&L Gates Grabs Paul Hastings IP Co-Chair; Plus More Lateral Moves

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

As more partners head for the door, K&L Gates adds a Paul Hastings practice leader; Duane Morris absorbs eight lawyers from two boutiques; Kirkland & Ellis expands in Hong Kong; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Latham Tweaks Intellectual Ventures With U-Turn Ruling

Scott Graham : The Recorder : September 03, 2015

After a special master sided with IV, Latham's Matthew Moore turned things around for Capital One, persuading a federal judge to squash two patents under the Supreme Court's 'Alice' test.

Marketplace: Akelius RE Acquires Six Brooklyn Buildings for $125.5M

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : September 02, 2015

Brooklyn has been bustling with a number of notable real estate deals, including several transactions involving Akelius Real Estate Management LLC and Madison Realty Capital.

Clinton Emails Reveal the Persuasive Nature of Lanny Davis

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : September 01, 2015

Onetime White House special counsel and former McDermott Will & Emery; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; and Patton Boggs partner Lanny Davis was profiled by The American Lawyer in 2010. A recent email dump by the U.S. Department of State reveals how he sought to have Hillary Clinton speak with us for that piece.

Firms Scramble to Find Corporate, Real Estate Associates

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : August 31, 2015

Joe Sirven of Holland & Knight said a "perfect storm" has led to a shortage of midlevel associates for corporate and real estate groups.

The Global Lawyer: The Slave Next Door

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

A dozen law firms team up to stop human trafficking, and send Congress a signal.


: The National Law Journal : August 24, 2015

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

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Chicago Law Firms Catch Ride on Deal Surge

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : August 24, 2015

The legal market in The Second City is in solid shape, due in large part to deal making and transactional work for the area's deep bench of top public companies and some newer players.

Litigator of the Week: Todd Harrison of McDermott Will & Emery

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : August 20, 2015

Despite the shifting landscape in insider trading law, it's still rare these days for a jury to clear an accused inside trader. But that's what happened this week, when Todd Harrison of McDermott Will & Emery won an acquittal for a retired hedge fund manager.

Ropes Reels in Cybersecurity Pros, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 19, 2015

Two top data privacy and security partners leave McDermott Will & Emery for Ropes & Gray; Latham & Watkins hires again from Clifford Chance in Germany; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Chinese GC Ordered to US for Deposition in Patent Case

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : August 17, 2015

A federal judge has ordered the general counsel of a Chinese corporation to come to the United States for a deposition in a patent case, despite the attorney's fear of a possible arrest upon entry by U.S. authorities in a criminal investigation into a violation of the embargo against the Iranian regime.

Governance Implications of DOJ's New Compliance Focus

Michael W. Peregrine : Corporate Counsel : August 13, 2015

The board of directors' audit committee agenda just got quite a bit busier, thanks to a new U.S. Department of Justice staffing decision.

King & Spalding Is California Bound, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Eight lawyers are leaving DLA Piper's outpost in Sacramento for King & Spalding; Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses two structured finance partners; more partnership changes at K&L Gates; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Where Have All the K&L Gates Partners Gone?

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : August 05, 2015

Large law firms have been quietly trimming partners, and many of those attorneys are not able to find new or similar positions given the premium placed on books of business, consultants have repeatedly said in recent months.

Kirkland Makes Two Big Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Kirkland & Ellis makes a pair of key additions in New York and London from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Lewis Brisbois expands again; one partner joins his fourth firm within a year; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Suits Seek to Stop Release of Anti-Abortion Videos

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : July 31, 2015

Hidden-camera videos were the result of fraud, trespass and other illegal acts, according to a suit filed Friday by Morrison & Foerster.