200+ McDermott Lawyers Recognized in “Best Lawyers in America 2021” and Inaugural “Ones to Watch” - McDermott Will & Emery

200+ McDermott Lawyers Recognized in “Best Lawyers in America 2021” and Inaugural “Ones to Watch”


International law firm McDermott Will & Emery has again excelled in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© with a total of 171 individual lawyers recognized across nearly 50 practice areas, including Healthcare, Tax and Private Client.

Nine McDermott lawyers have been named “Lawyer of the Year” for their skill, professionalism and integrity. This honor, given to a single lawyer in each practice and metropolitan area, is based on peer surveys and reflects the individual’s reputation among other leading lawyers in the same community and practice. Lawyer of the Year honorees include:


McDermott is a top-rated firm in the United States (by number of lawyers recognized) in the following practices:

  • Healthcare Law (43)
  • IT Outsourcing Law (5)

Additionally, 47 individual lawyers were recognized as “Ones to Watch,” a new listing launched by Best Lawyers in which early career partners and associates are recognized for professional excellence in private practice.

McDermott’s full results are available on our website.

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Recognition is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as an honor, conferred on a lawyer by his/her peers. For more than 30 years, the publication has earned the respect as a reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Lists are compiled by conducting peer review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for recognition that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain in each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be recognized.

About Lawyer of the Year

The “Lawyer of the Year” names a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for his/her abilities, professionalism and integrity.

About Ones to Watch

These awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. Our “Ones to Watch” recipients typically have been in practice for 5-9 years. The methodology for determining these awards remains the same as it did when Best Lawyers was founded almost 40 years ago: peer-review. An awarded lawyer can be recognized for multiple years but cannot indefinitely remain recognized in “Ones to Watch.” After a candidate has been in practice for 10+ years, they are eligible to be nominated for the traditional Best Lawyers awards, all hopeful candidates must be nominated and vetted by their peers recognized in Best Lawyers.

About McDermott

McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. Our team works seamlessly across practices, industries and more than 20 locations to deliver highly effective—and often unexpected—solutions that propel success. More than 1,200 lawyers strong, we bring our personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve.

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