Alumni | McDermott Will & Emery


Our people, coupled with our ongoing commitment to being #AlwaysBetter for our clients, are at the core of our Firm’s achievements. Whether you spend a few months or your entire career with us, we value your contribution to building our legacy.


The McDermott alumni program offers an array of lifelong benefits to accelerate your career, connecting you to a vast community that includes some of the best legal minds in the industry. Through our exclusive virtual gathering place, McDermott Alumni Connect, current professionals and alumni have access to our expansive global network directory, robust job board, unparalleled career services and special events. There are endless opportunities to build relationships and propel your future success.


To learn more, contact Adrienne Kelly, Global Director of Alumni Relations, at


Access our global network directory, robust job board, exclusive benefits and more!

Meet our alumni

With more than 11,000 professionals, including 4,600 lawyers, our McDermott alumni form a powerful network. Learn more about the incredible career paths these featured alumni have taken since their tenure at the Firm.

Mary Gardner Burrelle

Chief of Staff and Head of Legal Operations | McDonald's

Hear how Mary’s experience throughout her seven-year tenure as both a lawyer and staff professional at the Firm allows her to thrive in her role at the world’s largest fast food chain.

John Hankins

Owner | PitchCom

After his retirement from McDermott, John Hankins heard about the Astros sign stealing scandal in baseball and had a revelation. By combining varied career experiences, he created PitchCom.

Read John's Story

Sam Davis

General Counsel | Scipher Medicine

Before moving his career in-house to EQRx and then taking the role of general counsel for Scipher Medicine, Sam Davis pitched and created the McDermott Rise program.

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Including lawyers and business professionals

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To learn more, contact Adrienne Kelly, Global Director of Alumni Relations, at