Ira J. Coleman - McDermott Will & Emery


Ira Coleman is the chairman of McDermott Will & Emery. When Ira took on this role in 2017, the Firm embraced a new strategic direction focused on being indispensable to clients, enhancing performance and nurturing a happy, fun culture. In line with this, McDermott also adopted the unofficial mantra of #AlwaysBetter, representing the Firm’s commitment for constant improvement with the goal of delivering ever-greater value for our clients, people and communities.

With this as a foundation, the Firm has achieved the strongest upward trajectory among big law firms, with consistent double-digit growth across all key metrics. McDermott has also expanded across practices and geographies, and has become a Firm of choice for top talent—supported by the Firm’s commitment to be the leading career accelerant in the profession. McDermott has also soared to the top of various industry rankings, including “Best Firms to Work For” by both The American Lawyer and The Vault.

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  • Financial Times, Most Innovative Law Firm Leader, 2021
  • Daily Business Review, Distinguished Leaders, 2021
  • Chambers USA, Florida: Healthcare, 2007 to 2022
  • The Legal 500 US, 2016

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  • Healthcare Private Equity Association (HCPEA), general counsel
  • American Bar Association


University of Miami School of Law, LLM, 1987
Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, JD, 1986
State University of New York – Albany, BA, 1983

District of Columbia