LMG and Lake Whillans Each Honor McDermott‘s Growing Life Science Practice - McDermott Will & Emery

LMG and Lake Whillans Each Honor McDermott‘s Growing Life Science Practice


Boston (December 6, 2016) – International law firm McDermott Will & Emery has been recommended in the LMG (Legal Media Group) Life Sciences 2016 edition. The Firm also received the LMG Life Sciences 2016 Collaboration Impact Deal of the Year award for the representation of biopharmaceutical company Baxalta. The LMG (Legal Media Group) Awards recognize attorneys, firms and in-house counsel teams that have played a significant role in the life sciences industry over the past year.

McDermott was ranked for the first time in LMG’s Finance & Transactional category and is described as having a “…thriving life sciences transactional practice” and noted for the “…ability to service the needs of firms on a global scale across a broad array of technologies.” The Collaboration Impact Deal of the Year was led by Sarah Hogan, a former scientist and an expert who counsels on licensing and collaborations. The transaction involved the representation of Baxalta in a potentially US$1.6 billion collaboration with Precision BioSciences to develop CAR T cell therapies for drug-resistant cancers. The Firm also secured a prestigious ranking in Non-IP Litigation category and is “…held in particularly high esteem in the liability and investigations areas.

McDermott was recommended by LMG in the following practice areas:

  • Finance & Transactional (Recommended in US: Licensing & Collaboration category); and
  • Non-IP Litigation (Recommended in US: Product Liability and US: White-Collar/Govt. Investigations categories)

In addition, the following 12 McDermott lawyers were named “Life Sciences Stars”:

  • Jeffrey Brennan (Antitrust)
  • Paul DeStefano (Health)
  • William Gaede (Intellectual Property)
  • Sarah Hogan (Health)
  • Byron Kalogerou (Corporate)
  • Judy Mohr (Intellectual Property)
  • Vernessa Pollard (Health)
  • Michael Pope (Trial)
  • Paul Radensky (Health)
  • Peter Resnik (Trial)
  • Reed Stephens (Health)
  • Kristian Werling (Corporate)

Research for the LMG rankings was based on nearly 1,000 interviews and surveys completed by clients and leading lawyers.

McDermott’s Life Science team has also been included among the Top 10 firms in Lake Whillans inaugural Life Sciences Law Firm Index, a listing of firms awarded a maximum rating in the Thought Leadership category. Earlier this year, McDermott was named in the top 5 law firms in the inaugural survey of law firms that are most active and relevant for life science companies.

“We are proud to be recognized by LMG and Lake Whillans and by the clients that continue to entrust us with the significant and complex life science matters” added Byron Kalogerou, Chair of the Firm’s Life Science Industry Group.

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, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. Further extending our reach into Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.