NEW YORK (June 12, 2012) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery once again was ranked among the world’s leading law firms in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA. As a whole, McDermott significantly improved on its year-over-year rankings as the Firm continued to expand into new markets and solidify its market leadership across multiple practice areas.
For the third consecutive year, McDermott’s Health Industry Advisory practice achieved a standalone, Tier 1 national ranking in the healthcare category. Similarly, McDermott’s Private Client capabilities were honored for the second consecutive year with a standalone, national Tier 1 ranking in the Wealth Management category (having consistently appeared in the Tier 1 Category, for six years in a row). Additionally, the Firm’s Food & Beverages (Alcohol) practice continues to be ranked Tier 1 nationally.
Of particular note, Chambers recognized McDermott as a leading firm in 66 areas – up from 51 areas last year. This included 17 national categories and 49 state categories (vs. 33 categories in 2011). Of those, the Firm received four national Tier 1 practice rankings and nine Tier 1 state practice rankings. The Firm also received five national Tier 2 practice rankings and six state Tier 2 practice rankings. Chambers awarded McDermott 137 lawyer rankings across multiple practice areas.
Chambers also named 24 McDermott partners as Tier 1 Leading Individuals in their respective practice areas: Stephen Bernstein, Bernadette Broccolo, Ira Coleman, Joel Chefitz, Henry Christensen, Gary Scott Davis, Joel Freed, Eric Gordon, Carol Harrington, Christopher Jedrey, Cym Lowell, Andrew Liazos, Jonathan Lurie, David Marx, Joel Michaels, Mark Pearlstein, Michael Peregrine, David Rosenbloom, Allan Van Fleet, Margaret (Peg) Warner and Lowell Yoder.
Moreover, three McDermott partners earned the prestigious designation “Star” by Chambers USA for 2012: Private Client partner Carlyn S. McCaffrey, who has earned this distinction every year since its inception, Regulatory partner Marc E. Sorini, who was named a “Star” for the third year in a row, and White-Collar & Securities Defense partner Gordon A. Greenberg who was named as a “Star” for the very first time.
Other nationally ranked practice areas included: Antitrust, Corporate/M&A, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, ERISA Litigation, Government (Political Law), Intellectual Property, International Trade, Life Sciences, Privacy & Data Security, Privacy & Data Security (Healthcare), Projects (Power), Projects (Renewables & Alternative Energy), Tax (Controversy) and Tax (Corporate & Finance).
At the regional level, McDermott was ranked Tier 1 for Healthcare in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.; for Antitrust in Illinois; for Tax in Illinois; for Litigation in Illinois; and for Labor & Employment (Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation) in Illinois.
“This firm has attorneys skilled across the full gamut of transactional, regulatory and litigation work, making it an undisputed leader in the nationwide healthcare arena,” Chambers wrote in assessing McDermott’s unique, cross-disciplinary healthcare capabilities. “McDermott is in a class by itself,” the editors wrote in assessing the Firm’s healthcare practice in Illinois. “It has the widest, deepest bench and many, many terrific lawyers.”
In the area of Wealth Management, Chambers noted that McDermott’s Tier 1 Private Client practice, “continues to grow, having seen notable expansions of its teams in New York, California and also Illinois. It represents families and individuals, family offices, closely held businesses, foundations, estates, trusts and special purpose investment management entities in the USA and throughout the world, covering the full gamut of estate, succession, gift transfer and wealth planning services.”
Referring to McDermott’s capabilities in the Food & Beverages (Alcohol) category, the editors cited client feedback that called the Firm, "By far the best alcohol group in DC, and one of the very best alcohol groups full stop."
Chambers USA's rankings and editorial commentary are based on independent research, and interviews with clients and other purchasers of legal services. Chambers & Partners is one of the premier directories for legal services and in a recent survey of 20,000 in-house counsel over half reported that their directory of choice when reviewing law firms and individual lawyers is Chambers & Partners.
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, Frankfurt, 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.