McDermott Will & Emery LLP at a Glance


  • “Early responsibility”
  • “Top support staff”
  • “Positive work environment”


  • “No 401(k) match”
  • “Lack of transparency”
  • “Unpredictable hours”

The Buzz

  • “Top in tax”
  • “Great people”
  • “Unimpressed”
  • “Sweatshop”

About McDermott Will & Emery LLP

A Chicago institution since the 1930s, McDermott Will & Emery has, in recent decades, broadened its gaze from the Windy City to new markets in the United States and abroad. The strategy has paid off in spades, with McDermott firmly ensconced among the world's largest and most elite law firms.

A Little Tax Goes a Long Way

Emerging from the ashes of the Great Depression with Roosevelt's New Deal, McDermott opened for business in 1934 as a tax firm run by Edward H. McDermott and William M. Emery. A mere seven years later, the third and final name partner was added in corporate specialist Howard A. Will. The firm's name has remained the same ever since, a remarkable feat of continuity in the modern atmosphere of shortened firm names, legal mergers and buyouts. McDermott added an estate planning division in 1941, and by 1944 the firm had burgeoned to 16 lawyers.

Over the course of the following four decades, McDermott grew consistently but quickly, reaching 100 attorneys in 1974, 150 in 1984, 500 in 1990, and 1000 in time for its 70th anniversary in 2004. The firm's geographic expansion followed a similar trajectory-in 1977, the firm ventured beyond the familiar confines of Chicago by planting a flag in Miami.  Additional offices soon blossomed in the Northeast and California, and by the close of the millennium, McDermott had reached London. The 21st century has brought continued growth, with McDermott setting up offices in Düsseldorf, Munich, Rome, Brussels, Frankfurt, Houston and Paris and establishing a strategic alliance in China.

Something Old, Something New

The firm has moved far beyond its tax and estate planning beginnings, growing its practice offerings to include emerging legal issues and services specific to particular geographic markets. For example, the firm counsels its clients on newer areas such as life sciences, renewable energy, and privacy law, which complement its more traditional practices like M&A, antitrust, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and insurance. In addition, making clear that its practice is in fact international in scope, the firm offers numerous practices tailored to each foreign jurisdiction in which it practices, including five subspecialties in its Brussels office, eleven in London, twelve in Rome, and fifteen in Germany.

Social Media Savvy

McDermott's history may span over 70 years, but the firm has embraced the new wave of communication. With five blogs on its website-an Employee Benefits Blog, Energy & Commodities Law Blog, Health Care Law Reform Blog, ITC 337 update, and a Legal Crisis Strategies Blog-McDermott shares the latest on a variety of legal topics with the blawgosphere. Looking for a quick update? The firm will get it to you in 140 characters or less on Twitter (@McDermottLaw)-it has over 3,000 followers on the social media site.


April 2014

Pro Bono Pros
McDermott Will & Emery announced the release of its 2013 Social Responsibility Report, which summarized the many ways in which the firm used its talent and experience to give back throughout the past year. To cite just a few statistics:
• In 2013, 87 percent or 956 of McDermott lawyers dedicated time to pro bono and volunteer service.
• In 2013, McDermott committed 85,000 hours to pro bono and volunteer service.
• In 2013, McDermott dedicated $45 million worth of time to pro bono and volunteer service.

Healthcare Trendsetters
With the health industry facing mounting regulatory and fiscal challenges brought about by the Affordable Care Act and other legislation, McDermott Will & Emery launched McDermott+Consulting (McDermottPlus), a separate and distinct, wholly-owned subsidiary to provide consulting services to the many diverse participants in the healthcare industry. McDermottPlus offers lobbying services, data analytics and modeling and policy advice under one roof.

March 2014
An Expert Witness
Stephen P. Kranz, a partner in McDermott Will & Emery's State and Local Tax Practice Group, appeared before the House Judiciary Committee as an expert witness on alternative approaches to the Internet Sales Tax issue. Specifically, Mr. Kranz shared his views on ways Congress can best address the problems of collecting sales tax on remote sales. As part of this, he testified in support of principles issued by Chairman Goodlatte that provide guidance related to the imposition of tax on remote sales.

February 2014

The Client Knows Best
Two McDermott Will & Emery partners were named "Client Service All-Stars" in the 2014 edition of BTI Consulting Group's (BTI) annual report surveying the nation's top lawyers in the area of client service. Specifically, Washington, DC-based Trial partner Bobby Burchfield and, for the second consecutive year, David Marx, head of the firm's Chicago Antitrust and Competition Practice Group, were cited as "BTI Client Service All-Stars" in the latest edition of the report. This year, BTI conducted over 300 individual interviews with corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 companies and large organizations to probe clients on every aspect of law firm relationships, needs and priorities.

New IP Partners
Three leading Intellectual Property partners joined the firm's Chicago office. The group is led by Michael Chu, who will be joined by David Bluestone and Justin Rand. This new team of partners will add depth to the firm's worldwide IP practice while particularly strengthening the firm's expanding IP practice in Asia.

Strengthening Financing Capabilities
McDermott Will & Emery LLP continuined the expansion of its international financing practice with the addition of two distinguished finance partners. Stephanie McCann, who will be based in Chicago, and Leonard Klingbaum, who will be based in New York, joined the firm, both previously were partners at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

January 2014

A Tweet-worthy Deal
McDermott Will & Emery LLP represented real estate private equity firm Savanna in a deal that will lease 140,928-square-feet to social media powerhouse Twitter in the recently renovated technology corridor located in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. Savanna purchased the buildings at 245 and 249 West 17th St. in 2012 and immediately renovated them to serve the growing needs of New York's technology industry. The two separate buildings, which are more than 110 years old, retain their loft design but now offer a brand new lobby and upgraded, modern amenities.

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

227 W. Monroe Street Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-5096
Phone: (312) 372-2000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Co-Chairs: Peter John Sacripanti and Jeffrey E. Stone
  • Hiring Partner: Linda M. Doyle, Chair Associate Recruiting Committee
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 1,040

  • Employment Contact
    Ingrid Kocjan
    Legal Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (312) 984-3688
    Email: Brussels
    Carine Servais
    Office Administrator
    Email: Chicago
    Michael Brossman
    Legal Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (312) 984-2019
    Email: Düsseldorf
    Doris Binek
    Office Administrator
    Rechtsanwälte LLP
    Email: Frankfurt
    Doris Binek
    Email: Houston
    Amy Johnson
    Legal Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone:(312) 984-7725
    Email: ac London
    Katharine Greenfield
    Human Resources Manager
    Email: Los Angeles
    Samantha Matthews
    West Coast Legal Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (949) 757-7133
    Email: Miami
    Marilyn Collazo
    Office Administrator
    Phone: (305) 347-6521
    Email: Munich
    Doris Binek
    Office Administrator
    Rechtsanwälte LLP
    Email: New York
    Danielle D. Peck
    Senior Manager of Legal Recruiting
    Phone: (212) 547-5385
    Email: Orange County
    Samantha Matthews
    West Coast Legal Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (949) 757-7133
    Email: Silicon Valley
    Samantha Matthews
    West Coast Legal Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (949) 757-7133
    Email: Washington, DC
    Erika Gardiner
    Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (202) 756-8282

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000*
    Summer associate: $3,076/week

    *The firm says: In January, 2010, the firm moved to a three-tiered, merit-based compensation system. The bonuses are based on performance and hours. In March 2011, March 2012 and March 2013, the firm paid bonuses which resulted in more than half of our associates receiving total compensation that exceeded total compensation at our peer firms. Over the past three years, the firm paid the majority of the remaining bonus-eligible associates bonuses that resulted in total compensation that at least equaled total compensation paid at peer firms.

  • Summer Associate Offers
    24 out of 27 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    •    Trial
    •    Intellectual Property Litigation
    •    IP Prosecution, Transactions & Strategy
    •    White Collar & Securities Defense
    •    Discovery & Dispute Services Center
    Regulatory & Governmental Affairs
    •    Antitrust / Competition
    •    Government Strategies
    •    Regulatory
    •    Employee Benefits, Compensation, Labor & Employment
    •    Private Client
    •    State & Local Tax
    •    U.S. & International Tax
    •    Corporate Advisory
    •    Energy Advisory
    •    Financial Institutions Advisory
    •    Health Industry Advisory

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA • Chicago, IL • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • Miami, FL • New York, NY • Orange County (Irvine), CA • Silicon Valley (Menlo Park), CA • Washington, DC • Brussels • Düsseldorf • Frankfurt • London • Milan • Munich • Paris • Rome • Seoul • Shanghai (strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices)

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