McDermott Continues to Receive Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2017


CHICAGO, IL (May 31, 2017) – International law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP has been recognized as a leading firm in 47 areas in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA. The Firm continues to maintain Band 1 rankings in national practice categories for Healthcare and Food & Beverage (Alcohol). In addition, the Firm was ranked in 13 national and 34 state categories.

McDermott’s Health practice group was named “Healthcare Team of the Year” for the third time, making it the only Firm to be honored with this distinction three separate times. This also marks the eighth consecutive year that McDermott received the nation’s sole Band 1 ranking in the Healthcare category. Additionally, McDermott’s Health practice received 30 individual lawyer rankings, 9 of whom were ranked in both the state and national categories. Chambers recognized McDermott’s Health practice as a “Standout healthcare powerhouse leading the way in complex, multijurisdictional transactions for high-profile clients. Large and impressively versatile team offers well-honed expertise in all areas of healthcare law, including data privacy matters, government investigations and a wide range of issues affecting health insurers. Sources think ‘they’re the best.’”

McDermott’s Food & Beverage (Alcohol) practice also secured a Band 1 national ranking, a recognition the practice has received since the category’s inception eleven years ago. The Firm continues to remain one of only two top-ranked firms nationally. McDermott’s Food & Beverage (Alcohol) practice is described by Chambers as a “Talented team with prowess in an array of sophisticated alcohol law matters at both federal and state level” Clients say: “McDermott Will & Emery’s alcoholic beverage team is the best in the business. They care deeply about providing good client service and value for money. We can rely on them to provide good, solid legal advice and counseling.”

In addition to the Band 1 national rankings, McDermott also received a variety of notable recognitions on the state level, including eight Band 1 state practice area rankings in 2017. McDermott’s Technology: Outsourcing practice continues to be the sole practice ranked in Band 1 of its category in the state of Texas. In addition, McDermott’s Labor & Employment practice remains the only practice ranked Band 1 in its category in Illinois.

As for individual rankings, McDermott had 123 lawyer recommendations across various practice areas in 2017. These include 28 Band 1 rankings and 26 Band 2 rankings. The Firm also had 17 newly recognized lawyers and 11 lawyers receive improved rankings.

“We are so proud to be recognized as an industry leader in so many different practice areas because it is a direct reflection that we are the first call our clients make when facing their most challenging issues,” said Ira J. Coleman, chairman of McDermott Will & Emery. “Being that trusted partner—that indispensable advisor—is what we strive for every day. It’s energizing, it’s fun, and it leads to great results for our clients, our people, and the communities we serve.”

Highlights of McDermott’s practice achievements include:

Top Rankings Band 1 & Band 2:

  • National: Food & Beverages: Alcohol – Band 1
  • National: Healthcare – Band 1
  • National: Tax Controversy – Band 2
  • National: Outsourcing – Band 2
  • California: Healthcare – Band 1
  • DC: Healthcare – Band 1
  • DC: Insurance (Insurer Firms) – Band 2
  • DC: Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets – Band 2
  • DC: Tax – Band 2
  • Florida: Healthcare – Band 1
  • Florida: Corporate/M&A & Private Equity – Band 2
  • Illinois: Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation – Band 1
  • Illinois: Healthcare – Band 1
  • Illinois: Tax – Band 1
  • Illinois: Antitrust – Band 2
  • Illinois: Intellectual Property – Band 2
  • Illinois: Litigation: General Commercial & White Collar Crime – Band 2
  • Massachusetts: Healthcare – Band 1
  • Texas: Technology: Outsourcing – Band 1

For the full details about the Firm’s rankings and editorial commentary please click here.

About Chambers USA
Chambers USA rankings and editorial commentary are based on independent research, and interviews with clients and other purchasers of legal services. Chambers & Partners is one of the premier directories for legal services and in a recent survey of 20,000 in-house counsel over half reported that their directory of choice when reviewing law firms and individual lawyers is Chambers & Partners.

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, Dallas, 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.

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