Ira Coleman is the chairman of McDermott Will & Emery. Since Ira took on this role in 2017, the Firm has embraced a new strategic direction focused on being indispensable to clients, enhancing performance and nurturing a happy, fun culture.

Under his leadership, McDermott has 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 outperformed the industry average–with consistent double-digit growth across all key metrics–expanded across practices and geographies, and recruited top talent.

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  • Financial Times, Most Innovative Law Firm Leader, 2021
  • Daily Business Review, Distinguished Leaders, 2021
  • Chambers USA, Florida: Healthcare, 2007 to 2021
  • 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