CHICAGO (January 29, 2010) — McDermott Will & Emery LLP is pleased to announce that The BTI Consulting Group has named White-Collar & Securities Defense Practice Group Leader Michael Kendall an “All-Star MVP” in the 2010 edition of its annual report, The BTI Client Service All-Stars. Also named an All-Star in this year’s report is health care partner Ira J. Rappeport. Both lawyers were nominated to the list by health care clients in recognition of their legal acumen and results-oriented service.
In addition to earning the rank of All-Star, Mr. Kendall received the coveted MVP designation as a result of being nominated to the All-Star list for the second year running. He joins a select group of only 22 lawyers nationwide in this year’s report who have been listed for two or more years in a row. In praising Mr. Kendall, BTI and the nominating clients note his “’wonderful results’ with high value for the dollar.” In particular, one general counsel said of Mr. Kendall, “Dependability and no unexpected changes make his service so valuable to our company.”
Further attesting to the Firm’s focus on client service, McDermott is one of only 36 law firms (out of 112 included in the 2010 report) with more than one nominee. Mr. Kendall and Mr. Rappeport also join a select group of McDermott attorneys who have been named All-Stars in recent years, including Robert E. Bouma, Michael R. Fayhee, Brooks B. Gruemmer, Michael W. Peregrine, Michael A. Pope, David E. Rogers and David R. Ryder.
"McDermott continues to emphasize excellence in pursuit of client objectives," commented both Peter John Sacripanti and Jeffrey E. Stone, McDermott Co-Chairs. "We congratulate Mike and Ira on their nominations to The BTI Client Service All-Stars and take this most recent honor as inspiration to further strengthen our client relationships Firm wide."
Mr. Kendall represents clients in criminal and civil regulatory matters and business litigation. A significant part of his practice involves the representation of health care companies and businesses involved in cross-border disputes. He has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels, and has handled a number of appeals. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Kendall served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Massachusetts. In 1992, he served as the Deputy Associate Attorney General and Counselor in the United States Department of Justice. Before he began practicing law, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Mr. Rappeport concentrates his practice on mergers, acquisitions, affiliations, joint ventures and divestitures, including issues related to new corporate structures, organization and operation of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, partnerships and LLCs. His more than 30 years of experience includes representation of both for-profit and nonprofit clients. In particular, Mr. Rappeport has developed a deep well of experience representing health systems in the acquisition and divestiture of businesses and business lines. He is also a faculty member of the Governance Institute, an organization serving not-for-profit hospital and health system leadership by providing healthcare governance information and education.
The BTI Consulting Group (BTI) is the leading provider of strategic market research to law firms and professional services firms. The BTI Client Service All-Stars is unique among attorney-review publications in that individual nominations are obtained through unprompted feedback gathered during direct interviews with more than 240 corporate counsel at the world’s largest companies, including one-third of the Fortune 100. Interviewees are asked about a broad range of issues, including questions relating to their outside counsel’s client focus, understanding of their business and delivery of efficient, value-added service and results. For more information, visit www.bticonsulting.com.