WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2008) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that Washington, D.C. partner Charles Work has been named among the Legal Times' 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers in the Last 30 Years. Mr. Work was listed among the top 30 visionaries, or lawyers whose foresight and hard work changed the business law in Washington, D.C. Nominees demonstrated exceptional service during the last 30 years the Legal Times has published.
"I am very honored to be recognized by the Legal Times as one of Washington's 30 visionaries," commented Mr. Work.
"We are proud of Chuck for all of his contributions to the legal community during his career. He has been committed to significantly contributing to the growth of McDermott and to delivering the highest quality legal services to his clients," commented Bobby Burchfield, co-head of the Washington, D.C. office.
The Legal Times notes that Mr. Work was one of the earliest firm leaders to embrace the concept of growth via lateral hiring. During his 14 years as partner-in-charge of the Washington, D.C. office, the office grew from 12 lawyers to 170, primarily through recruiting from other firms or government agencies. Mr. Work is the former head of the Firm's Litigation Department and the former head of the Firm's Regulation and Government Affairs Department.
Mr. Work is a former president of the D.C. Bar, a former deputy administrator of the Law Enforcement Assistant Administration (nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate) and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia. In the U.S. Attorney's office, where he served for seven years, he concluded his career as chief of the Superior Court Division, the division responsible for prosecuting all local crime in the District of Columbia. In 1978, he received the Rockefeller Public Service Award for Administering Justice and Reducing Crime. Mr. Work served as the president's appointee to the D.C. Commission on Judicial Tenure and Disabilities, the body that reappoints and disciplines the judges of the District of Columbia from 1985 to 1999.