McDermott Partners Named “BTI Client Service All-Stars” For 2016


CHICAGO (February 8, 2016) – Two McDermott Will & Emery partners have been named “Client Service All-Stars” in the 2016 edition of BTI Consulting Group’s (BTI) annual report surveying the nation’s top lawyers in the area of client service.

This is the third time Chicago-based corporate responsibility and governance partner, Michael Peregrine, has been named a BTI All-Star, and it is the first time Chicago real estate partner, Ankur Gupta, received the recognition.

“We congratulate each and every BTI Client Service All-Star on their ability to stand above all others in the court of client service,” BTI Consulting Group said in a statement. This year, BTI conducted over 300 in-depth, independent individual interviews with corporate counsel at the world’s leading organizations to probe legal decision-makers on every aspect of law firm relationships, needs and priorities.

“We congratulate Michael and Ankur on being recognized for exceeding client expectations with superior legal service,” said McDermott co-chairs Jeffrey E. Stone and Peter J. Sacripanti. “Excellence in client service has always been a hallmark of the Firm. Clients demand the very best, and our lawyers dedicate themselves to delivering on McDermott’s promise to provide first-in-class legal service. We are very proud that our attorneys are consistently recognized by BTI, a reflection of the dedication they have to nurturing strong client relationships.”

Mr. Peregrine, a partner in the Firm’s Health Industry Advisory Practice Group, represents corporations (and their officers and directors) in connection with governance, corporate structure, fiduciary duties, officer-director liability issues, charitable trust law and on corporate alliances. He is recognized as one of the leading national practitioners in corporate governance law, serving as outside governance counsel to many prominent corporations, including hospitals and health systems, voluntary health organizations, social service agencies, colleges and universities and health insurance companies. Clients seek Mr. Peregrine’s counsel on matters relating to board conduct, structure, effectiveness, composition and controversy – as well as on internal and external/regulatory challenges to governance. In the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Michael is characterized by clients as being « a thought leader.” He is also recognized as a “nationally prominent healthcare attorney, noted for his transactional capabilities and advice concerning governance issues.” He attracts significant praise for his client service, including his responsiveness, and his excellent work product.

A partner in McDermott’s Corporate and Real Estate practices, Mr. Gupta focuses on acquisitions, dispositions, financings, restructuring, development and leasing of, and strategic investment in, commercial real estate, including healthcare-related real estate transactions. He represents privately and publicly held businesses, healthcare institutions, financial institutions, private equity firms, investment banks and high net worth individuals. Mr. Gupta has structured and handled a broad range of highly-sophisticated real estate transactions as lead counsel; drafted and negotiated complex real estate purchase and sale agreements, lease documents, construction and development agreements, financing documents, joint venture agreements, investment agreements, association documents and conveyance documents; drafted and negotiated the real estate components of stock purchase, asset purchase, merger agreements and credit agreements in connection with numerous $100+ million corporate mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and financings.

The BTI Consulting Group (BTI) is the leading provider of strategic market research to law firms and professional services firms. The BTI Client Service All-Stars is unique among attorney-review publications in that individual nominations are obtained through unprompted feedback gathered during direct interviews with more than 300 corporate counsel at the world’s largest companies. Interviewees are asked about a broad range of issues, including questions relating to their outside counsel’s client focus, understanding of their business and delivery of efficient, value-added service and results. For more information, visit

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