CHICAGO (June 4, 2009) — McDermott Will & Emery LLP has been recognized as one of the country's leading law firms in the just-released, 2009 edition of The Legal 500 United States. McDermott was singled out in the areas of finance, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, mergers, acquisitions and buyouts, and tax.
The Firm was ranked in 20 separate practice areas, including three Tier 1 rankings for Employee Benefits, Patent Litigation (International Trade Commission) and Tax (Employee Benefits), as well as 10 Tier 2 rankings. Fifty-four of the Firm's lawyers earned individual recognition for excellence, including 8 partners who were named "Leading Lawyers" in their respective disciplines.
McDermott's Corporate Department was highlighted for its excellence in bank lending, securitization, derivatives and structured products, as well as mergers, acquisitions and buyouts (including antitrust, large deals, and venture capital and emerging companies). Firm partners singled out for individual recognition are Michael L. Boykins, Joel G. Chefitz, Michael R. Fayhee, Jeffrey A. Jung, Andrea S. Kramer, Charles E. Levin, David Marx, Jr., Thomas A. McGavin, Jr., Mark J. Mihanovic, Christopher M. Murphy, Thomas Sauermilch, Mark B. Stein and John P. Tamisiea. Clients described the practice and its lawyers as "detailed, prompt and proficient," "extraordinarily knowledgeable" and as providing "great overall service."
The Firm's "top-notch" Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department was noted for its professionalism, experience and strong record of "protecting IP in a company and knowing how to avoid litigation." McDermott was ranked in patent litigation (Hi-Tech Electronics and IT, as well as International Trade Commission), patent prosecution (Utility and Design Patents) and trademarks litigation. Partners mentioned include Raphael V. Lupo, Terrence P. McMahon, Robert J. Walters and Robert W. Zelnick. Stephen A. Becker, Joel M. Freed and Toby H. Kusmer were ranked as Leading Lawyers.
McDermott's Labor & Employment Department was ranked in employee benefits and ERISA litigation. Partners singled out for specific mentions include Wilber H. Boies, Stephen D. Erf, David E. Rogers and Nancy G. Ross. Clients described practice lawyers as "aggressive and yet practical," "tenacious when it's appropriate" and "highly attuned" to client needs; others acknowledged being "very impressed by their depth of knowledge and depth of talent."
McDermott's Tax Department was acknowledged in the areas of domestic tax (Central and East Coast regions), employee benefits, financial products, international firms and tax controversy. Clients called the Firm a "tax consulting powerhouse" and recognized its "high standards" and "culture where the team gets things done on schedule." Thomas C. Borders, Thomas W. Giegerich, William L. Goldman, Robin L. Greenhouse, Stephen Pavlick, William R. Pomierski, Martha Groves Pugh, James A. Riedy, Arthur R. Rosen, Blake D. Rubin, Joseph H. Selby and Lowell Yoder received individual mentions in these areas. Partners Andrea S. Kramer, Jane Wells May and Jean A. Pawlow were listed as Leading Lawyers.
The Trial Department was identified for excellence in the areas of trade secrets litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Eric W. Hagen was ranked as a Leading Lawyer, while partners Gordon A. Greenberg, Jeffrey E. Stone and Douglas Whitney received individual mentions. Clients noted the Firm's "first-rate client service," as well as the partners' "quickness of thought, negotiating skill, argument skills" and "talent and experience to defend and resolve complex litigation."
The Legal 500 series is the world's largest legal referral guide. It provides independent, unbiased commentary on the leading law firms and lawyers in the United States and in the rest of the world. The Legal 500 United States recognizes that law firms across the globe look to U.S. firms as role models on how best to provide quality legal services to the commercial sector. McDermott Will & Emery has been previously recognized in The Legal 500 United States. Click here for a complete description of McDermott's rankings in the 2009 edition of The Legal 500 United States, or visit the Legal 500 website at http://www.legal500.com/c/us.
McDermott Will & Emery is a leading international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,100 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Rome, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., as well as a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.