WASHINGTON (July 14, 2011) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery today announced that it has named Paul M. Thompson as co-partner-in-charge of its Washington, D.C. office, effective immediately.
Thompson will work closely with co-partner-in-charge Bobby R. Burchfield to oversee and implement the Firm's strategic plan while ensuring that the Washington office continues to serve the increasingly sophisticated needs of McDermott's international client base. Together, Thompson and Burchfield will focus on growing the Firm’s robust local service offerings in one of the Nation’s most dynamic markets for legal and government services.
“Paul is widely recognized by his colleagues, professional staff and clients as a top performer and natural leader,” said Peter J. Sacripanti, co-chair of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. “As a White Collar partner, he has worked on and litigated some of the Firm’s highest profile civil and congressional matters, and we have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead this office in the right direction at this critical time in our Nation’s Capital. McDermott is committed to giving the next generation of leaders, like Paul, the opportunity to have a significant voice in the direction of this Firm.”
Thompson was recently recognized by the National Law Journal in its Appellate Hot List and named as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation in 2010. Prior to joining McDermott, he served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where he worked on the Senate confirmation hearings for Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act, and other top issues. From 2002-2005, Thompson served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Appellate Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh. He is a graduate of from Harvard College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Harvard Law School magna cum laude.
"Paul and I have worked together for many years and I am delighted he has accepted this new role to help the Firm continue and enhance its leading role in Washington," said Bobby R. Burchfield, co-partner-in-charge of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office. "Paul's broad experience as a federal prosecutor, on Capitol Hill, and in private practice, coupled with his energy and engaging manner, makes him uniquely qualified for his new role as co-head of McDermott's office in this exciting city."
As part of this new appointment, partner David E. Rogers will step-down as co-partner-in-charge for the Washington, DC office. He will continue to maintain, and focus, on his role as head of the Firm’s Employee Benefits, Compensation, Labor & Employment Practice Group.
“Today, as we celebrate Paul’s appointment and welcome him to the leadership team, we also pay tribute to David Rogers, who has co-led the Washington office since 2007,” said Jeffrey E. Stone, co-chair of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. “David has skillfully shown us all how one can juggle three demanding roles simultaneously: busy practitioner, co-office head, and practice group leader for the Employee Benefits, Compensation, Labor & Employment practice. We thank David for the leadership and guidance he has provided to the DC office.”
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McDermott Will & Emery is a premier 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, Paris, Rome, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Extending our reach to Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.