This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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As of 1 January 2014, McDermott Will & Emery elected 23 lawyers to its partnership, 12 of whom were women: an impressive milestone in the firm’s ongoing commitment to diversity. The lawyers represent 10 different practice groups in eight cities in the world and are selected for their excellence with respect to substantive, management and leadership competencies aimed at ensuring superior client service.
|MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY|
|Business Crime Defence||4||M&A||1|
|Corporate Tax||5||Product Liability Defence||1|
|Environment||2||Trade & Customs||2|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||1|
The success of the firm’s strategy can be seen in its impressive roster of clients including 76 per cent of the Fortune 100 and 31 per cent of the FTSE 100.
|Total Listings in WWL||43||Established||1934|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||1,100|
|Number of partners||595||Number of offices||18 + 1 alliance|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
The competition practice comprises more than 65 lawyers and covers US antitrust law, EC competition law and the competition laws of other countries around the world. Head of the firm’s global antitrust and competition law practice group Joseph Winterscheid is “internationally renowned” for his expertise in merger control. Based in DC, he also counsels clients on pricing and distribution, intellectual property licensing arrangement and e-commerce initiatives. In Brussels, Martina Maier heads the European antitrust and competition practice group with a focus on German and European competition law. She has significant experience representing clients before the European commission, national competition authorities and European courts. Philipp Werner, a German-qualified lawyer in Brussels, specialises in merger control and state aid. Houston-based Allan Van Fleet advises on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution and other transactions, as well as representing clients before federal, state and international enforcement agencies. Raymond Jacobsen Jr in Washington, DC focuses on mergers, acquisitions and complex antitrust litigation and is “very astute”. Jacques Buhart in Paris is a “leader” in the field of competition and has represented companies in Europe, Japan and the US.
McDermott Will & Emery began as a corporate tax boutique and the area remains one of the firm’s strongest suits. The practice is one of the firm’s largest and is home to more than 250 lawyers. Standout individuals include Lowell Yoder, head of the US and international tax practice group, and Dirk Pohl, head of the German tax practice. Yoder is based in the firm’s Chicago office and concentrates on international tax planning for multinational companies. He is praised for his “excellent attention to detail” and “friendly manner”. Pohl is highly regarded for his tax litigation experience and has represents multinational and other tax payers before the European Court of Justice, the German Constitutional Court and the German Supreme Tax Court. Peter Faber in New York is also highly recommended for his tax planning and controversy work.
The firm’s dispute resolution practice offers a wide range of services and is home to some of the world’s leading litigators and arbitrators. Los Angeles-based Gordon Greenberg is recommended for his experience in business crime defence. He represents clients in civil and criminal investigations, trials and congressional hearings. Michael Pope heads the firm’s international product liability practice group and excels in the field. He has particular experience representing clients in the life sciences industry and also represents clients in consumer fraud matters and complex business litigation. Chicago-based Jeffrey Stone is co-chair of the firm and chair of the firm’s management committee. He is a “formidable trial lawyer” and is noted for his work in the areas of white-collar crime defence, commercial litigation, internal investigations and RICO. Sabine Konrad is noted for her arbitration practice; she represents clients in investment treaty and commercial matters. She also acts as arbitrator and has considerable experience in the energy and infrastructure industries.
The private client practice represents high net worth individuals, families and closely held companies and consists of nearly 70 lawyers and 30 non-lawyer professionals. Henry Christensen III in New York is lauded for his experience in private client and estate planning work. He is also active in litigation representing trustees, trust donors and beneficiaries. London-based Martyn Gowar advises on estate planning, planning for inter-generational business transfers, negotiation of family difficulties and disputes, and taxation issues across borders.
The pro bono programme assists individuals in the areas of family law, housing, benefits, special education, school discipline, adoption and guardianship, elder abuse, and asylum and immigration. In addition the firm provides legal assistance to non-profits and small businesses who focus on developing low-income communities and to environmental organisations. The firm’s lawyers and staff devoted more than 80,000 hours to pro bono and community service in 2012, worth more than $36 million.
The firm’s diversity statistics are a testament to the firm’s commitment to creating a culture that prides excellence and nurtures diversity: 13 per cent are minorities and 33 per cent are women. Some of the areas in which the firm focuses are supporting inclusion and equality at all management levels, communicating that compensation is non-discriminatory, and implementing reduced time and flexible schedules to ensure professional development and long-term careers for lawyers.
McDermott Will & Emery has undergone significant expansion since its inception in terms of its breadth of practice and global footprint. Most recently, the firm opened offices in Paris, Frankfurt and Seoul to better serve its clients.
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