McDermott Named “Trusts & Estates Law Firm of the Year”


CHICAGO (November 4, 2014) – McDermott Will & Emery LLP has been awarded national Tier 1 rankings across 22 practice areas in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” survey published by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Additionally, McDermott has received the prestigious recognition of “Law Firm of the Year” in the area of Trusts & Estates Law, an honor which the Firm’s Private Client Practice Group received in 2011 as well.

McDermott also remains a Tier 1 firm for Health Law in all three of the most prominent U.S. law firm directories and surveys that measure client satisfaction: U.S. News/Best Lawyers, Chambers USA and Legal 500 USA.

McDermott appears as a nationally recognized law firm in more than 40 percent of the practice areas ranked. The Firm was awarded Tier 1 rankings across a variety of practice areas including, Antitrust Law, Banking and Finance Law, Biotechnology Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Energy Law, Health Care Law, International Trade and Finance Law, Litigation (Antitrust; Environmental; ERISA; Intellectual Property; Patent; Regulatory Enforcement; Securities; and Tax), Patent Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Tax Law, Trust & Estates Law and Venture Capital Law. The Firm received a Tier 1 ranking for the first time in Banking and Finance Law and also received a new Tier 3 ranking for Litigation – First Amendment.

“We are enormously proud that McDermott has received the U.S. News/Best Lawyers ‘Law Firm of the Year’ designation in Trusts & Estates Law for the second time,” said partner Carol Harrington, head of McDermott’s Private Client Practice Group. “Our team of attorneys offers clients unparalleled legal resources for what are some of the most sensitive and complex personal, legal and tax issues that individuals and families face.”

“Again this year, McDermott is honored to receive national recognition in this important survey, as well as the distinguished title of ‘Trusts & Estates Law Firm of the Year,’ said Jeffrey E. Stone, co-chair of McDermott Will & Emery. “McDermott’s Private Client Practice Group serves many of our nation’s most affluent and sophisticated families and continues to be sought-after legal advisers to individuals, families and business concerns with complex taxation, wealth transfer and estate and business planning needs. We are proud of our Private Client attorneys – and attorneys throughout the Firm — who consistently deliver top-notch client service to our clients around the world.”

“This year’s survey results reflect the impressive quality and strength of our attorneys, as well as their outstanding commitment to clients,” said Peter J. Sacripanti, co-chair of McDermott Will & Emery. “We take great pride that our Firm has been recognized across so many important practice areas, and that once again, the quality of our work is seen as nothing short of excellent.”

McDermott’s Private Client Practice Group has been recognized in numerous other directories and publications as well. Chambers USA has ranked McDermott in the top tier in wealth management every year. Similarly, Chambers Global and Worth also recognized the Private Client Practice Group for the quality of its service and the sophistication of its counsel.

Results from the survey are based on a range of different quantitative and qualitative criteria, including feedback from major clients and leading lawyers as well as a comprehensive questionnaire. All national and regional rankings are posted online at; the national Tier 1 rankings will be featured in the first edition of the “Best Law Firms” Legal Issue and together with the Tier 1 metropolitan rankings in the “Best Law Firms” Standalone Publication.

U.S. News Media Group publishes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine and its signature franchises include its “America’s Best” series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans and more. Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. For over a quarter century, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties.

About McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,100 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, D.C. Further extending our reach into Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

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