CHICAGO (November 1, 2012) — McDermott Will & Emery LLP has been named "Law Firm of the Year" in Tax Law in the 2013 ”Best Law Firms” rankings published by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Additionally, some 20 lawyers from McDermott’s U.S. & International Tax Practice Group and three lawyers in the Firm’s State & Local Tax Practice Group were named as leaders in the category.
The U.S. & International Tax partners who were ranked as leaders are Thomas C. Borders (Chicago), Kevin J. Feeley (Chicago), Thomas W. Giegerich (New York), Robin L. Greenhouse (Washington, D.C.), Steven P. Hannes (Washington, D.C.), Thomas M. Jones (Chicago), Gary C. Karch (Chicago), Andrea S. Kramer (Chicago), Phillip J. Levine (Washington, D.C.), Cym H. Lowell (Houston), John T. Lutz (New York), Mark R. Martin (Houston), Jean A. Pawlow (Washington, D.C.), James A. Riedy (Washington, D.C.), Blake D. Rubin (Washington, D.C.), Stephen E. Wells (Washington, D.C.), Andrea Macintosh Whiteway (Washington, D.C.), Practice Group Leader Lowell D. Yoder (Chicago) and Daniel N. Zucker (Chicago).
In addition, McDermott State & Local Tax partners Peter L. Faber (New York) and Arthur R. Rosen (New York) as well as counsel Roy E. Crawford (Silicon Valley) were named leaders in their field.
“We are honored to have been selected as Law Firm of the Year in the area of tax law – a distinction unmatched by any other firm,” said Lowell D. Yoder, partner and leader of McDermott’s U.S. & International Tax Practice Group. “While McDermott has long been recognized for its preeminent tax services, this ranking reflects our commitment to providing clients with value-added counsel and service that is second to none.”
“We’d like to congratulate all the lawyers in our tax practices who are so deserving of this outstanding recognition,” said Jane Wells May, partner and leader of McDermott’s State & Local Tax Practice Group, ”Unlike many firms, McDermott is able to offer clients top-ranked tax lawyers at the local, state, national and international levels. With this depth of knowledge and experience, we are able to serve the diverse and sophisticated tax needs of all our clients wherever they reside.”
McDermott was also recently named “Tax Advisory Firm of the Year” and “highly commended” as an "Onshore Law Firm of the Year" by London-based Captive Review, a leading source of news and analysis for the risk management and captive insurance communities.
Representing more than half of the Fortune 100 companies in tax matters on a regular basis, McDermott has one of the largest and most comprehensive full-service tax practices of any major firm in the U.S. The Firm has some 120 lawyers who regularly speak to and write for leading tax organizations around the world. Mr. Yoder writes a regular column for Forbes.com and is editor of International Tax Journal. McDermott holds semi-annual international tax roundtables with law firms from 30 countries.
In 2012, the Firm expanded its prominent tax team with 11 new hires, including the arrival of prominent Washington tax controversy attorney Dwight Mersereau who previously served inside the Internal Revenue Service, and international tax partners Cym H. Lowell and Mark R. Martin, who joined our Houston office as part of a seven-member, full-service tax controversy team. In addition, two of the country's most highly regarded tax litigation lawyers, Roger Jones and Andrew Roberson joined McDermott’s Chicago office.
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 20, 2012; 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 60,000 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 1,100 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Further extending our reach to Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.