McDermott Appoints Skilled Litigator in Paris


PARIS (February 18, 2016) – International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that it has welcomed Alexis Werl as a partner in its Paris office. Alexis joins the Firm’s Trial Practice Group with a focus on criminal and civil litigation.

Alexis has acted for major corporations and high net-worth and politically visible individuals. He was notably involved in high-profile litigations including the Bettencourt criminal proceedings.

He was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2002 and to the New York Bar in 2005. In 2007, he was elected a member of the Conférence du Stage, an elite group of 12 young French lawyers chosen each year for their oral advocacy skills. Prior to joining McDermott, Alexis spent four years as a partner at a boutique litigation firm and eight years in the litigation department of another leading international law firm, including one year in New York.

“Alexis is a highly accomplished advocate and we are very pleased to welcome him into our global network,” said Lazar Raynal, Firm-wide head of McDermott’s Trial Practice Group. “We are impressed with his litigation experience which includes some of the most high-profile cases in France. He has also acted in a number of private client disputes and he fits well with McDermott’s strength in this area. We believe that his arrival will further enhance the breadth and depth of our global trial capabilities.”

Jacques Buhart, partner in charge of McDermott’s Paris office added: “We are delighted to welcome Alexis on board. Due to the international nature of the French economy, we are seeing an increasing demand from cross-border clients for local litigation expertise. This appointment will not only significantly contribute to the overall growth of our Paris litigation practice, but it will also enable us to further develop our offering in response to our clients’ needs.”

McDermott’s Paris office has been experiencing a period of dynamic growth with a recent recruitment of a leading Private Equity team and local promotions which brought the total number of partners and counsel to 24.

McDermott’s Trial Practice Group delivers full litigation service from resident trial partners and associates throughout the Firm’s offices. McDermott Trial lawyers are regularly engaged in all aspects of civil, regulatory and white-collar criminal defense litigation. Combining a deep bench with broad geographic reach, Firm lawyers offer sophisticated insight stemming from firsthand experience in higher courts in the European Union, China, the United States and elsewhere. Our international arbitration and mediation lawyers bring creative capability, experience and a record of critical success to resolving commercial disputes that span the globe.

About McDermott

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.

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