Chicago - McDermott Will & Emery



Opened in 1934 as the Firm’s first office, our Chicago location continues to serve as a flagship for many of the Firm’s national and international practices. Like the city — which has made impressive strides from its industrial roots to its current status as a center for technological and commercial innovation — our Chicago office has evolved from its original focus on tax law. Today, our Chicago office includes legal teams focused on antitrust, banking and finance, corporate and securities, health, intellectual property, labor, employment and employee benefits, litigation, real estate, tax, white-collar defense and other areas of law.

We advise regional, US and international clients, including small, medium and large-cap privately held and publicly traded companies, as well as their owners, officers and directors in a wide range of industries from traditional manufacturing, food and agriculture, to the constantly evolving technology, financial services and health care sectors. We also counsel numerous non-profit and tax-exempt organizations, educational and research institutions, trade associations and charities.

Our practices and individual lawyers are regularly singled out by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, U.S. News-Best Lawyers, and other publications and organizations as top global providers of legal services. As part of a global, full-service law firm, the lawyers of our Chicago office are prepared to help clients wherever their business interests take them.

Michael L. Boykins is the managing partner of the Firm’s Chicago office.


We combine personal passions with industry and legal prowess to deliver for our clients every day.


Chicago Office Security Procedures

Visitors must present a valid photo ID to building security on the plaza level. After checking in with security, please proceed to the 40th floor, the Firm’s main lobby.

From O’Hare Airport

  • Exit airport on I-190 EAST toward Chicago Loop
  • I-190 EAST becomes Kennedy Expy/I-90 EAST
  • Take exit #51C toward East Washington Blvd
  • Turn left onto West Washington Blvd
  • Turn left onto North Canal Street
  • Turn right onto Lake Street to 444 West Lake (River Point building will be on the left)

From Midway Airport

  • Exit airport and turn right on Cicero Ave
  • Turn right onto I-55 NORTH
  • Take exit #292A onto I-90 WEST toward Wisconsin
  • Take exit #51A for Lake Street
  • Turn right onto Lake Street to 444 West Lake (River Point building will be on the left)