CHICAGO (June 8, 2010) — McDermott Will & Emery has been named as one of the country’s leading law firms in the 2010 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, real estate and construction, and tax.
Reflecting the Firm’s continued upward momentum and strong emphasis on client service, the Firm’s total practice area and individual rankings increased over previous years. In the 2010 edition of the guide, McDermott is ranked in 25 separate practice areas. Six of the Firm’s partners were also named “Leading Lawyers” in their respective disciplines.
McDermott’s Corporate Advisory Practice Group earned praise at the national level for its work in corporate restructuring, structured finance, antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, private equity buyouts, and venture capital and emerging companies. Firm lawyers singled out for individual recognition include Timothy Alvino, Laurence Bronska, Mary-Laura Greely, Mark Harris, Raymond Jacobsen, Andrew McCune, Stefan Meisner, James Kapp, Andrea Kramer, Charles Levin, Mark Mihanovic, Geoffrey Raicht, Thomas Sauermilch, William Smith, Mark Stein, Peter Townshend, Scott Williams and Joseph Winterscheid. Interviewees described McDermott as their “go-to law firm” and as “excellent in every respect,” and reported being “treated as though we were the firm’s only client.”
The Firm’s “outstanding,” “impressive” and “phenomenal” Intellectual Property Practice Group was noted for its “top litigation skills and understanding of business.” McDermott was ranked at the national level in the areas of patent litigation—including full coverage, hi-tech electronics and IT, and International Trade Commission work—as well as in patent prosecution (utility and design) and trademark litigation. Partners mentioned include Stephen Becker, Sarah Columbia, John Dabney, Margaret Duncan, Eric Hagen, Mark Itri, Blair Jacobs, Toby Kusmer, Raphael Lupo, David Stein and Robert Walters. Robert Zelnick was ranked as a Leading Lawyer.
McDermott’s Labor & Employment Practice Group received national rankings for its ERISA litigation and immigration work. Partners Wilber Boies, Joan-Elisse Carpentier, Stephen Erf and Nancy Ross earned individual recognition. Clients described practice lawyers as “well connected” and as providing a “very high comfort level,” while the Firm was recognized for its resources and international access.
Noted for its particular experience in representing health industry and not-for-profit clients, as well as its national coverage and strong integration with the rest of the Firm’s practice areas, McDermott’s Real Estate Practice Group was ranked in the real estate section of the guide for the Central region. Partner Fred Feinstein was singled out for particular recognition.
McDermott’s Tax Practice Group was honored in the areas of domestic tax (Central and East Coast regions), employee benefits and executive compensation, financial products, international tax and tax controversy. The guide noted that the group “houses some of the firm’s most experienced attorneys,” while clients described McDermott’s partners as “best of class in a generation of lawyers” and as having “excellent technical expertise as well as terrific judgment.” Earning individual mentions were Thomas Borders, Peter Faber, Jon Finkelstein, Nancy Gerrie, Thomas Giegerich, William Goldman, Robin Greenhouse, Steven Hannes, Jared Kaplan, Jane Wells May, Philip McCarty, Gregory Palmer, William Pomierski, Martha Groves Pugh, Barry Quirke, James Riedy, David Rogers, Arthur Rosen, Blake Rubin, Susan Schaefer, Karen Simonsen, Philip Tingle and Andrea Whiteway. Thomas Jones, Andrea Kramer and Jean Pawlow were listed as Leading Lawyers.
Noted for its geographic diversity, “depth of knowledge” and for being “as good as any I have seen,” the firm’s Trial Practice Group was highlighted for excellence at the national level in the areas of energy litigation, trade secrets litigation, Supreme Court and appellate work, and white-collar criminal defense. McDermott partners Anthony de Alcuaz, Miller Baker, William Diaz, Elizabeth Herrington, Michael Kendall, Rory Little, David Rosenbloom, Jeffrey Stone and Douglas Whitney, and analyst Elizabeth Hastings, each received individual mentions, while Eric Hagen was named as a Leading Lawyer.
The Legal 500 series of guides has been produced by UK publisher Legalease since 1987, and includes The Legal 500 UK, The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. The guides and their associated website, www.Legal500.com, provide independent, unbiased commentary on the leading law firms and lawyers in the United States and around the globe, and single out those firms and individuals providing the highest levels of legal counsel and service. The 2010 edition of The Legal 500 United States incorporates the results of research and client interviews conducted between September 2009 and February 2010 and is distributed to in-house counsel and executives worldwide. Click here for a complete description of McDermott’s rankings in this year’s edition of The Legal 500 United States.
McDermott Will & Emery is a leading international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 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.