CHICAGO (September 15, 2016) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP announced today that Ira J. Coleman has been elected Chairman of the firm, effective January 1, 2017. Mr. Coleman will chair the firm’s 21-member Management Committee. He will succeed Jeffrey E. Stone and Peter J. Sacripanti, who will step down after eight years of dedicated service as Co-Chairmen.
Mr. Coleman, 53, has been with McDermott for 24 years and serves as the global head of the firm’s Corporate & Transactional Practice and as the partner-in-charge of the Miami office. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Coleman has taken on numerous leadership roles, including being a longstanding member of the firm’s Management and Executive Committees and Chair of the firm's highly regarded Healthcare Services Private Equity Symposium and Healthcare Services Private Equity Leadership Forum.
Mr. Coleman advises clients on matters related to health care mergers and acquisitions, health care private equity and health system representation. He has authored numerous articles, frequently presents at industry conferences, and is widely quoted in the media on private equity and health law topics. He has also earned numerous recognitions over the years, including most recently, Chambers USA (2007-2016), The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2016), and Super Lawyers (2006-2016).
“I am deeply honored for the opportunity to lead McDermott at this exciting time,” said Mr. Coleman. “With thanks to the outstanding efforts of Jeff and Peter and our entire leadership team, McDermott is in a great position for accelerated growth and success. This is an extraordinary firm—from the excellence we deliver to our clients to the pride we have for our culture—and I have no doubt that our best days are still ahead.”
Current co-chair, Peter Sacripanti, commented, “Ira is an exceptional leader, and I am fully confident in his ability to take the reins and lead our firm into the future.”
“I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Ira over many years, and have seen first-hand the commitment and passion he brings every day to our clients and our people.” added co-chair, Jeffrey Stone. “Peter and I stand ready to provide him with our full support and help ensure a smooth transition.” Both Mr. Sacripanti and Mr. Stone will remain on the firm’s Management Committee and will return to practicing law full time.
Mr. Coleman earned a BA from the State University of New York - Albany, a JD from Nova Southeastern University, and an LLM in Taxation from the University of Miami School of Law.
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, Dallas, 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 into Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.