Firm Facts - McDermott Will & Emery

Firm Facts


We are proud to propel the success of the world’s most respected, dynamic and important organizations. Together, we fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets.

Pride and determination abound at McDermott because every member of our team is respected, supported and inspired to exceed.

90 years of firm & legal experience

20+ locations in 7 countries

1,400+ lawyers

Firm Leadership


Ira Coleman is the chairman of McDermott Will & Emery. Since Ira took on this role in 2017, the Firm has embraced a new strategic direction focused on being indispensable to clients, enhancing performance and nurturing a happy, fun culture.

Under his leadership, McDermott has also adopted the unofficial mantra of #AlwaysBetter, representing the Firm’s commitment for constant improvement with the goal of delivering ever-greater value for our clients, people and communities. With this as a foundation, the Firm has experienced strong growth—outperforming the industry average across all key metrics—expanding across practices and geographies, and recruiting top talent.

Executive Committee

Consistent with McDermott’s strategy, the Firm’s executive committee continues to make significant investments in our client relationships, talent, infrastructure and services to better respond to our clients’ needs during a time of fundamental change in the legal industry.

At a Glance

Our award-winning practices include:

  • Antitrust
  • Business Restructuring
  • Corporate & Transactional
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Employment
  • ESG, Impact & Sustainability
  • Global Privacy & Cybersecurity
  • Government & Lobbying Strategies
  • Government Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investigations & White-Collar Defense
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Private Client & Wealth Management
  • Real Estate
  • Tax

We provide multifaceted advice across global market sectors, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Energy & Project Finance
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Media, Entertainment & Sports
  • Private Equity
  • Technology

We counsel clients in more than 100 countries across 6 continents:

73% of the Fortune 100

32% of the Forbes 100 Private Companies

53% of the German DAX Companies

55% of the CAC 40

Our locations:

McDermott Global Locations


2024 Chambers Europe - Ranked In

Ranked Band 2 in Tax

2024 Chambers Europe - Ranked In

Ranked Band 2 in Germany: Real Estate

The Legal EMEA Top Tier Png

Ranked Tier 1 in France Healthcare and Life Sciences

JD Supra Readers Choice Top Firm X

Named the Top Firm for Healthcare Thought Leadership

2024 M&A Advisor Turnaround Award Winner

Received Three Turnaround Awards

IJInvestor Awards Americas Legal Adviser Of The Year

Legal Adviser of the Year


Recognized as Champion of LGBTQ+ Workplace Equality

Law Practice Group Of The Year Healthcare X

Practice Group of the Year for Health Care

Leadershiip Council On Legal Diversity Top Performer Badge X

Recognized as a Top Performer

Eprivateclient Top Law Firm Color X

Ranked a Top Law Firm

LSSO Firm Of The Year_ X

Firm of the Year

Legal US Top Tier_V

Ranked Tier 1 in Tax

LFOTY Litigation Tax_ X

Law Firm of the Year for Litigation - Tax

DSN GCR Marketing Materials Rosette V

Ranked in Top 20 Global Elite GCR 100 2023

_STAR Diversity Award_Target_Final _ X Landscape

STAR Champion Firm

Chambers_USA_Awards_ _Badge_Winner_ X

Healthcare Law Firm of the Year

American Lawyer Industry Awards_ _ X

Law Firm Corporate Practice of the Year: Mid/Small-Cap

The Deal Annual Awards_ _ X

Law Firm of the Year Healthcare Services

HRC Best Places To Work _ X

Named a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality

Mansfield Certification Badge Plus

Achieved Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certification Plus


Top 15 Most Innovative Law Firm

Environmental Finance IMPACT Awards _ X

Law Firm of the Year

Tolley_Taxation_ _Intl_Firm_ X

Best International Tax Team


Recognized Among the Top 100 Leading Firms in GRR 100 2022