Firm Facts - McDermott Will & Emery

Firm Facts

Overview


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.

85+ years of legal & industry 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 & Competition
  • Corporate & Transactions
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment
  • Global Privacy & Cybersecurity
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Private Client & Wealth Management
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Tax
  • White-Collar

We provide multifaceted advice across global market sectors, including:

  • Energy
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Private Equity
  • Technology

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

75% of the Fortune 100

33% of the Forbes 100 Private Companies

40% of the German DAX Companies

55% of the CAC 40

Our locations:

McDermott Global Locations

Recognitions

Healthcare Law Firm of the Year”

Ranked Tier 1 in Germany Real Estate

Chambers USA 2022 Band 1, Healthcare: The Elite

Ranked Tier 1 in M&A: Middle-Market

Chambers USA 2021 Band 1, Food & Beverage

Ranked Tier 1 in Germany Real Estate

Ranked Band 1 in Germany: Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market

Named “Law Firm of the Year” for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Chambers USA 2021 Band 1, Healthcare: The Elite

Ranked Tier 1 in Germany Real Estate

Chambers USA 2020 Band 1, Food & Beverage

Chambers High Net Worth 2020 Band 1 Ranked Nationally for Private Wealth Law

Chambers USA 2020 Band 1, Healthcare

Recognized as "Top Law Firm” 2020 for Corporate Law in Germany

Human Rights Campaign Foundation "Best Places to Work for LGBT Employees"

Chambers Europe 2020 Band 1, Germany Healthcare & Life Sciences

Chambers Europe 2020 Band 1, Germany Corporate M&A: Mid–market

Named Private Client Team of the Year

Chambers High Net Worth 2019 Band 1 Ranked Nationally for Private Wealth Law

Human Rights Campaign Foundation "Best Places to Work for LGBT Employees"

Chambers Europe 2019 Band 1, Germany Corporate M&A: Mid–market

Chambers Global 2019 Band 1 Ranked for International Private Client

Chambers USA 2019 Band 1, Healthcare

Acritas 2019 Top US Law Firm Brand Index

Legal 500 US 2019 Tier 1, Tax Team

Ranked Among Top 20 Best Employers for Young Lawyers in Germany

Chambers Europe 2019 Band 1, Germany Healthcare & Life Sciences

Named “Law Firm of the Year" in Health Care

Chambers USA 2019 Band 1, Food & Beverage

Legal 500 US 2019 Ranked Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Team

Legal 500 US 2019 Ranked IP Team

Chambers Global & Legal 500 US 2019 Ranked Privacy & Cyber Security Team

BTI Client Service 30 for 2018

Chambers USA 2018 Ranked Litigation Team

Global Arbitration Review, GAR100 2018

Chambers USA 2018 Ranked Outsourcing Team

"50 Best Law Firms for Women"

Chambers Women in Law Awards USA 2017, awarded 'Pioneering Pro Bono Program of the Year'