This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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McDermott Will & Emery has firmly established itself as a market leader – with over 1,100 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide, the firm boasts a global reach and international recognition. Originally a tax practice, the firm’s expertise has grown in scope over the past 75 years and it now provides a full range of cross-border commercial law services to numerous corporate clients. This year the firm achieves 37 listings across 16 practice areas.
|MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 37|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Arbitration||1||Labour & Employment||1|
|Banking||1||M & A||1|
|Business Crime Defence||4||Oil & Gas||1|
|Competition||8||Product Liability Defence||1|
|Corporate Tax||6||Project Finance||3|
|Insurance & Reinsurance||1||Trade & Customs||3|
One of the firm’s key attributes is its thriving competition practice. With eight attorneys across six international offices highlighted as exceptional, McDermott Will & Emery is a market leader in this field. In Washington, DC, Joseph Winterscheid heads the global antitrust and competition practice group and is “renowned” for his expertise in the competition aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures involving multinational corporations. He has represented leading airlines, financial services companies and technology providers including AOL in its acquisition of Netscape. Raymond Jacobsen specialises in complex antitrust litigation and clients praise his “focused and knowledgeable approach” when dealing with matters from the energy, health care, consumer and defence industries. Houston partners Allan Van Fleet and Alison Smith are highly nominated in our research; the latter is recommended as a “formidable practitioner” who “really knows her stuff”. Smith carries out a full range of competition services, including counselling on merger clearance and litigating antitrust claims. The firm also maintains a considerable presence outside of the US. Brussels-based Martina Maier is held in universally high regard, with clients saying “there is simply no-one better”. She is particularly skilled in state aid matters, having represented Ford Motor Company numerous times. Veronica Pinotti leads the EU competition and regulatory practice in Italy and provides “absolutely superb” advice on a full range of competition law.
Trade and customs is also a successful practice area for the firm. In Brussels, Philip Bentley QC and Clive Stanbrook QC contribute to the “sterling” European trade group. The latter leads the firm’s EU regulatory practice and is “highly respected” in multiple jurisdictions. David Levine brings his experience working as an international analyst with the US department of commerce to counsel and represent clients on the legal aspects of trade and exports.
McDermott Will & Emery fields a very strong finance team, with inclusions in our banking, corporate tax and project finance chapters. Corporate tax expert Andrea Kramer is lauded for her “multidisciplinary” approach. Having built up a superb finance practice, she is able to provide advice across several different areas and is regarded as a “trusted attorney” by clients including financial services firms, multinational corporations, hedge funds and insurance companies. Alongside her in Chicago is Lowell D Yoder, head of the US and international tax practice group. He has extensive experience in international and cross border tax planning and is considered an “all-round super lawyer”. Robert McMenamin, featured in our banking chapter, is noted for his “excellent ability to see the big picture”. Blake Winburne excels in project finance, focusing on energy projects in his capacity as global head of the energy advisory practice group.
Business crime defence is a hallmark of McDermott Will & Emery’s practice and four of its US attorneys are highlighted as outstanding in our research. With over 30 years’ experience, “doyen” Gordon Greenberg is praised as a “strategic thinker”. He has handled a huge range of white-collar crime trials. “Talented litigator” David Rosenbloom focuses his practice on defending complex claims in the healthcare sector, acting for manufacturers and providers. Boston-based Mark Pearlstein, former head of the Boston trial department, is “a strong and reassuring presence” for various business clients. Marcos Jiménez joined the firm in 2012 and continues his “fantastic” work for organisations including universities, financial services organisations and the leisure industry.
The firm also fields an excellent dispute resolution team. Peers and clients “would not hesitate to recommend” Michael Pope for his commercial litigation expertise while international arbitration expert Sabine Konrad is “one of the best” in the field.
Further prominent listings in chapters including patents, M&A and environment demonstrate the impressive breadth of McDermott Will & Emery’s expertise.
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