CHICAGO (November 1, 2011) — McDermott Will & Emery LLP has been awarded national Tier 1 recognition across 31 of its practice areas in the second edition of the 2011 Best Law Firm rankings published by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. According to the new survey, released today, McDermott now holds national Tier 1 status in 41 percent of the survey’s national rankings, more than doubling its performance in 2010, when it held 18 percent of the national rankings. With these results, McDermott is also among the top 20 law firms in terms of its total number of Tier 1 national rankings.
Specifically, McDermott was awarded Tier 1 rankings across a wide variety of practice areas, including Antitrust Law, Biotechnology Law, Commercial Litigation, Copyright Law, Corporate Law, Criminal Defense, Derivatives and Futures Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Health Care law, International Trade and Finance Law, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Patent Law, Project Finance Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Tax Law, Trademark Law and Trust & Estates Law.
Additionally, the Firm was named "Law Firm of the Year" in Employee Benefits (ERISA) and Trust & Estates Law. This is the first year that U.S. News/Best Lawyers has included Health Care Law and McDermott received a national Tier 1 ranking in this category. With this achievement, McDermott becomes a Tier 1 firm for Health Law in all three of the most prominent U.S. law firm directories and surveys that measure client satisfaction: U.S. News/Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, and Legal 500 USA.
McDermott received the most Tier 1 rankings in “Litigation – Tax in the United States,” and was recognized in this area both nationally, as well as in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. McDermott also nearly doubled the number of Tier 1 rankings it received in metropolitan areas -- from 33 in 2010 to 62 in 2011 -- demonstrating the Firm’s strong commitment to providing clients with local access to its international platform of attorneys across multiple practice areas.
“I would like to congratulate all of our attorneys and staff for their hard work and dedication, and their role in enabling McDermott to rank so highly in this year’s survey,” said Jeffrey E. Stone, McDermott Co-Chair, based in Chicago. “Our Firm is built on the strength of our attorneys and the innovation and passion they bring to their professions everyday. I am proud of the role they have played in growing our firm, and look forward to working alongside them to further improve our results in 2012.”
“2011 has been an extremely successful year for McDermott and we are honored to be recognized across so many of our practice groups and geographies,” said Peter J. Sacripanti, Co-Chair of McDermott Will & Emery, based in New York. “It is rewarding to see such a significant uptick in national Tier 1 recognition over last year’s U.S. News and Best Lawyers rankings. This confirms for us what we have known for some time: that McDermott is one of the top law firms in the country based on the strength of our attorneys and our ability to offer top-notch legal services across so many diversified practice areas.”
Results from the survey are based on a range of different quantitative and qualitative criteria, including feedback from major clients and leading lawyers as well as a comprehensive questionnaire. The national first-tier rankings will be featured in U.S. News & World Report’s Money issue, on newsstands November 15, 2011; the national and metropolitan first-tier rankings are featured in the “Best Law Firms” standalone publication, which is being distributed to 30,000 general counsel and in digital format to 58,000 private practice lawyers worldwide The rankings in their entirety are posted online at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com.
U.S. News Media Group publishes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine and its signature franchises include its “America’s Best” series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans and more. Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. For over a quarter century, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties.
About McDermott Will & Emery
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.