CHICAGO (June 1, 2009) — McDermott Will & Emery LLP is pleased to announce that Lazar Raynal will serve as the head of the Firm's Trial Department, effective immediately. Raynal, whose litigation skills have received national accolades in American Lawyer, is currently a member of the Trial Department based in the Chicago office and co-chair of the Firm's Trust & Estate Controversy practice. The Management Committee approved Raynal's appointment on May 27, 2009. Raynal replaces Jeffrey Stone who will become co-chairman of the Firm on January 1, 2010.
"I would like to extend my congratulations to Lazar in his appointment to lead the Firm's Trial Department," said Stone, the outgoing head of McDermott's Trial Department. "I've had the pleasure of working closely with him for nearly two decades, and I believe his litigation and leadership skills are unmatched: he is an outstanding lawyer with exemplary trial skills and a keen talent for client development. McDermott's trial team is among the most elite group in the world, and I have every confidence that its prominence will climb even higher under Lazar's leadership," he added.
Named to American Lawyer's 2007 "Fab Fifty Young Litigators" list as a result of his successes in significant commercial lawsuits, Raynal has represented clients in numerous state and federal trial and appellate courts and before dozens of arbitration panels throughout the U.S. His practice includes fiduciary litigation work, complex commercial lawsuits, internal investigations for large companies, criminal defense and insurance litigation. Raynal's cases have commanded national media attention.
McDermott Will & Emery is a leading international law firm with a diversified business practice. The Firm's Trial Department regularly engages in all aspects of civil, regulatory and white-collar criminal defense litigation in U.S. and international forums. Our trial attorneys have handled thousands of mediations, arbitrations, trials and appeals. We provide clients with trial skills and experience which can be effectively used in many areas of law and business where disputes arise.