CHICAGO (November 1, 2013) – McDermott Will & Emery LLP has been awarded national Tier 1 rankings across 22 practice areas in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” survey published by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Additionally, the Firm was named “Law Firm of the Year” in the area of Tax Controversy as it received the most Tier 1 rankings of all firms considered in this category.
McDermott appears as a nationally recognized law firm in 40 percent of the practice areas ranked, up from 38 percent last year. The Firm was awarded Tier 1 rankings across a variety of practice areas including, Antitrust Law, Biotechnology Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Employee Benefits, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Health Care Law, International Trade and Finance Law, Litigation (Antitrust; Environmental; ERISA; Intellectual Property; Patent; Regulatory Enforcement; Securities; and Tax), Patent Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Tax Law, Trust & Estates Law and Venture Capital Law.
Significantly, McDermott also remains 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.
The Firm continues to shine with 96 metropolitan rankings; 63 of those rankings in Tier 1 again this year. McDermott achieved 13 new metropolitan city rankings this year and of these, five were Tier 1 entries: Boston: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Chicago: Litigation – Trusts & Estates; Houston: Energy Law; Los Angeles: Banking & Finance Law and Miami: Commercial Litigation. In addition, the Firm moved up to Tier 1 in five metropolitan city rankings: Boston: Litigation – Patent; Chicago: Criminal Defense - White-Collar; Houston: Antitrust Law and Project Finance Law, and Miami: Biotechnology Law, which is notably a standalone Tier 1 ranking.
“We are honored to once again earn such broad recognition in this important survey, and the notable title of Tax Litigation Firm of the Year,” said Jeffrey E. Stone, co-chair of McDermott Will & Emery. “McDermott began some 80 years ago as a tax practice in Chicago and so the Firm brings a unique wealth of history and experience to the tax arena. We are proud to recognize our tax litigators and all the attorneys who enable McDermott to offer the most practical and strategic tax advice available anywhere.”
“Our impressive rankings in this year’s survey are a testament to the quality and strength of our lawyers,” said Peter J. Sacripanti, Co-Chair of McDermott Will & Emery, based in New York. “We take pride in the fact that scope and quality of our work is seen as nothing short of excellent. It is gratifying to be recognized across so many important practice areas.”
"This is the third year in a row that our tax practice has received U.S. News/Best Lawyers 'firm of the year' top honors," observes Jean Pawlow, partner and head of McDermott’s Tax Controversy practice. "I am proud of the efforts of our entire team in winning the Tax Litigation award. It is a pleasure working with such terrific clients and colleagues."
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. All national and regional rankings are posted online at bestlawfirms.usnews.com; the national Tier 1 rankings will be featured in the first edition of the “Best Law Firms” Legal Issue and together with the Tier 1 metropolitan rankings in the “Best Law Firms” Standalone Publication.
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, 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.