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

Partner & Chairman

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


 IJInvestor Awards Americas Legal Adviser Of The Year

Legal Adviser of the Year


Recognized as Champion of LGBTQ+ Workplace Equality

 Leadershiip Council On Legal Diversity Top Performer Badgex

Recognized as a Top Performer

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

Lemea Top Tier Firms  X

Ranked Tier 1 in Germany Real Estate

Top Ranked ChambersUSA X

Band 1, Healthcare: The Elite

HRC Best Places To Work  X

Named a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality

MWE LFOTY  Landscape

Law Firm of the Year for Healthcare Law

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

Legal  US Top Tier Firm  X

Ranked Tier 1 in M&A: Middle-Market

TopRanked Chambers USA  X

Band 1, Food & Beverage

Employee Benefits ERISA Law WordPress

Law Firm of the Year for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law