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McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery logo.svg
HeadquartersRiver Point
Chicago, Illinois
No. of offices20
No. of attorneys1,013
No. of employees2,300+
Major practice areas
  • Antitrust & competition
  • Corporate
  • Employee benefits
  • Energy advisory
  • Finance & banking
  • Government strategies
  • Health care
  • Intellectual property
  • Labor & employment
  • Litigation & dispute resolution
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Private client
  • Regulatory
  • Tax
  • White collar & securities defense
Revenue$1.05 billion USD (2018) [1]
Date foundedFebruary 2, 1934
  • Edward H. McDermott
  • William M. Emery
Company typemultiple legal entities, primarily limited liability partnerships, coordinated through service agreements[2]

McDermott Will & Emery is an international law firm with a diversified business practice. The firm is one of the largest grossing law firms in the US and globally,[3] and its lawyers represent a wide range of commercial, industrial and financial enterprises, both publicly and privately held.

The firm consists of multiple legal entities that are coordinated through service agreements:[2] McDermott Will & Emery LLP (based in Illinois with offices throughout the US and a foreign office in South Korea), McDermott Will & Emery AARPI[a] (France), McDermott Will & Emery Belgium LLP, McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP (both based in Delaware with offices in Belgium or, respectively, Germany), McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato[b] (Italy) and McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP.


McDermott has more than 1,100 lawyers across 20 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.


Chicago lawyers Edward H. McDermott and William M. Emery founded the firm in 1934. Initially focused as a tax law firm, a corporate department was established when Howard A. Will joined the firm in 1941. As the century progressed, the firm added capabilities across the legal spectrum, eventually opening eight more offices on both coasts. By 1984, the firm numbered 150 lawyers; over the ensuing 20 years, however, the firm underwent a significant growth spurt—by the firm's 70th anniversary in 2004, McDermott numbered over 1,000 lawyers.[6][non-primary source needed]


McDermott has 20 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia/Pacific. It has a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices[7] in Shanghai China.

Recognition and rankings[edit]

  • Named as one of the top 15 defense litigation law firms in the United States by The National Law Journal on its annual Defense Hot List.[8]
  • Ranked among the top 10 law firms singled out by corporate counsel as driving innovative changes in the legal services marketplace.[9]
  • Recognized as one of the top 10 law firms representing the growing health care industry in the United States.[10]
  • Recognized by The Chambers Global Guide for excellence in numerous practice areas, and several McDermott lawyers were ranked as leaders in their field.[11]
  • The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) named McDermott Will & Emery as one of the record number of U.S. companies earning the top rating of 100 percent in its annual Corporate Equality Index.[12]
  • For the third quarter of 2008, McDermott's mergermarket rankings included top 20 for number of U.S. buyouts, top 10 for number of U.S.-Midwest region deals and top 10 by value of deals in Swedish M&A. According to Mergerstat, McDermott ranked in the top 20 for U.S. announced deals, as well as ranked among the top for U.S. middle market advisors and U.S. private equity advisors based on both value and number of deals.[13][14]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ In France, an AARPI or Association d'Avocats à Responsabilité Professionnelle Individuelle (Association of Lawyers with Individual Professional Responsibility) is a form of limited liability partnership established by a 1954 government decree rescinding the prohibition on joint exercise structures in the legal profession.[4]
  2. ^ In Italy, a Studio Legale Associato (Associated Legal Practice) is similar in structure to a limited liability partnership. They were first established in 1997 when a law was passed rescinding a previous prohibition on libero professionisti (lawyers, accountants, doctors, chartered surveyors, etc.) forming such partnerships.[5]


  1. ^ "McDermott Will & Emery".
  2. ^ a b "McDermott Will & Emery - Disclaimer". Archived from the original on 2015-06-07.
  3. ^ AmLaw 100, The American Lawyer, 2020
  4. ^ Barreau de Paris (28 March 2017). "L'Association d'Avocats à Responsabilité Professionnelle Individuelle". Retrieved 10 January 2019 (in French).
  5. ^ Cassano, Giuseppe (2012). La responsabilità civile. p. 80. Giuffrè Editore. ISBN 8814164843 (in Italian)
  6. ^ "McDermott Will & Emery - Firm History". Archived from the original on 2015-02-23.
  7. ^ "MWE China Law Offices Opens in Shanghai". Archived from the original on 2007-06-23.
  8. ^ Defense Hot List, The National Law Journal. 2006.
  9. ^ BTI Market Movers: Law Firms Shaping the Legal Market BTI Consulting Group. 2006.
  10. ^ Analysis of lawsuits brought by or against the 250 largest publicly traded health care companies in 2005. Health Law360.
  11. ^ "The Chambers Global Guide 2010".
  12. ^ "HRC 2009 Corporate Equality Index" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-26.
  13. ^ "Mergermarket league tables & profiles". Mergermarket.
  14. ^ "FactSet Mergerstat LLC, Home Page". Archived from the original on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2009-04-09.

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