McDermott Will & Emery's West Coast Practice debuted at 37 in The Big 50: California's largest law firms, published in the California Lawyer, January 2002. McDermott Will & Emery was showcased at the introduction of the Big 50 list with Fay Morisseau quoted extensively. Mr. Morisseau, the only attorney quoted in the article, commented on the growth of the Firm's California offices, "I think quality breeds success." Mr. Morisseau also said, "What's important is that you deliver the best-quality service to your clients. And if you're doing that, you're going to grow." The Firm's West Coast practice, which attracted more than 35 laterals in 2001, numbered 131 lawyers at the time of publication.