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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

34 National Rankings & 89 Metro Rankings | Website

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP is nationally ranked in 34 practice areas and regionally ranked in 89 practice areas. The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.
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"Law Firm of the Year" awards:
Law Firm of the Year Badge Health Care Law
Law Firm of the Year Badge Trusts & Estates Law
National rankings:
Gold Badges Tier 1 in Antitrust Law
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Selected Client Comments

Administrative / Regulatory Law

McDermott Will & Emery attonreys are great people; professional but approachable. They know their stuff and have an awesome work ethic but with great humility as well.

Sam Calagione Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Inc.

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Health Care Law

My experience with McDermott Will & Emery has been consistently outstanding every year for the last 15 years in every category listed. The team is professional, informed, articulate, responsive, and fun to work with. They are trusted advisers that I turn to whenever I have important business or strategy development needs and am looking for sound guidance.

Elizabeth Liebow Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

The ERISA team at McDermott Will & Emery has been partner to Acushnet Company for nearly 10 years. The team offers prompt, professional service on any and all benefit and wellness matters. If we need information related to non-ERISA topics (compensation, tax regulations, etc.), the ERISA team also helps us navigate these matters by partnering with another of their internal topic specialists. I have spoken with Partners, Associates, and Professional Advisers, and all deliver the highest quality of service. For me, this means topic matter experts (each question is researched and answered thoroughly) who are interested in understanding the culture and concerns of the company, and who are willing to help us find the right sized legal solution that best meets our needs. That isn't always the first answer...but we always get where we need to be through partnering. I feel comfortable, and protected, when I act upon the advice provided by the MWE team.

Dorothy Bouley Acushnet

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Corporate Law

The primary two partners I have worked with at McDermott Will & Emery are simply outstanding in terms of knowledge, advice, responsiveness, and the customer experience

Alan Edrick OSI Systems, Inc.

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Commercial Litigation

I go to the team at McDermott Will & Emery for "bet the company" and significant reputation stakes matters. They are zealous advocates for our cause.

Timothy Phillips American Cancer Society Inc.

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Health Care Law

McDermott Will & Emery is a top-notch international law firm with great expertise across the very complex healthcare ecosystem. The firm is particularly strong in the digital health space and providing counsel and expertise regarding the various emergent issues raised by artificial intelligence, telemedicine, interoperability, privacy, and a myriad of other digital health-related technologies and solutions.

Rene Quashie VP, Consumer Technology Association

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Trusts & Estates Law

McDermott Will & Emery is the best law firm on the planet for Trusts and Estates, period. Special shout out to the Boston office for their expertise in the complex of world of irrevocable life insurance trusts!

Jack Gallagher Globe Corporation

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Health Care Law

We have relied heavily on Eric Gordon and Gary Gertler in McDermott's Health Law Practice. I have worked with Eric for over a decade and he is, without question, the best attorney I have ever consulted on health care compliance and reimbursement matters. Gary earns similar marks on the transactional front. Both Eric and Gary are extremely knowledgeable regarding the law and dynamics in the health care industry, exceedingly responsive to clients, and very clear and practical in their guidance. They can effectively and efficiently tackle any matter, no matter how legally complex or politically charged. I cannot recommend either highly enough.

Max Reynolds John Muir Health

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Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery is my go-to firm for all tax questions. They understand the rules, the market and the clients. They are efficient, practical and very smart.

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Litigation - Labor & Employment

The McDermott Will & Emery team has handled some of our most significant litigation, including wage and hour litigation. They provide great strategy and legal advice.

Dorothy Capers National Express LLC

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

We have used five of McDermott Will & Emery's attorneys over the past year for different employee law issues. Without exception, they were all very responsive and very well prepared. We received excellent legal counsel, and all matters were handled in an efficient matter. The five McDermott Will & Emery attorneys we worked with were Diane Morganthaler, Jacob Mattinson, Rachel Cowen, Joe Mulherin, and Kevin Connelly.

Tim Gasparich Triangle Package Machinery Company

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

McDermott Will & Emery is my go-to firm for a number of deeply technical subject areas, including executive compensation, not-for-profit, and perquisites. Also my first stop for training new matters and issue spotting.

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Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery are very knowledgeable. Thorough understanding of the issues and transactions, including the underlying economics and business concerns.

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Trusts & Estates Law

McDermott Will & Emery take a team approach to servicing our account providing excellent service and have demonstrated the ability to add value by using attorneys with specialized knowledge when needed.

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Health Care Law

McDermott Will & Emery is the leader in the healthcare space. They are our "go-to" for complex, brand sensitive issues. They exhibit high ethics and creative problem solving.

Stacy Bratcher University of Southern California

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Corporate Law

I have worked with McDermott Will & Emery for over 15 years, and it has been a pleasure. They always produce great work: prompt, meticulous, and courteous.

Ray Chen Lubax

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Health Care Law

I have worked closely with attorneys from McDermott Will & Emery for a number of years and hold their team in the highest regard. Their health care attorneys have deep and broad expertise in the areas needed by our organization, they provide incredibly prompt service and are highly responsive to our requests. The training and resources offered by MWE, in addition to the exceptional legal expertise, are second to none. I would and do recommend MWE to my in-house colleagues when faced with thorny issues.

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Trademark Law

McDermott Will & Emery attorneys have a wonderful work ethic. They demonstrate tremendous substantive knowledge. They are easy to work with. They are always available.

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Our relationship with McDermott Will & Emery has been wonderful. They provide timely, thoughtful and thorough responses to all of our inquiries. Todd Solomon and Judith Wethall are deeply knowledgeable in ERISA law, and lead a great team. Lisa Linsky, as the relationship manager, is always accessible to us for needs specific to ERISA law and all other sub-specialties within MWE. Can't say enough about the entire team. We are quite fortunate to have found a firm that is so uniquely suited to our needs.

Pauline Sobelman Risk Strategies Company

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Employment Law - Management

Our McDermott Will & Emery team is incredible. They make us feel like we are their top priority and have always done so. Our clients ask that we hire this team. They are experts in all areas of California laws and we have yet to stump them on any legal issue. We also appreciate the fact that they listen carefully to and take into account the business concerns.

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Trusts & Estates Law

The trust and estate team at McDermott Will & Emery is first rate. Our company has benefited greatly over the years from their expertise and deep bench of knowledge.

Kelly Escobedo Blue Haven Initiative, LLC

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Health Care Law

McDermott Will & Emery has been our "go to" outside counsel for complex health care related matters for 19 years. I have full and complete confidence in the MWE legal work product and highly value the opinions of their attorneys.

Kim Nelson Atrius Health

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Securitization and Structured Finance Law

The transactional lawyers at McDermott Will & Emery are exceptional. The lawyers are skilled in their areas of expertise and also have a deep understanding of a wide range of financial products and activities.

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Trusts & Estates Law

McDermott Will & Emery strives for the highest standards of professionalism. They ask the right questions, listen, strategize and then provide thoughtful advice to best guide their clients.

Rick Pomeroy BMO Family Office

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Nonprofit / Charities Law

This is truly a "best in class" practice. I use McDermott Will & Emery as the "general counsel's counsel." When the stakes are high or consequences significant, you want this team with you. Their expertise is quite deep and they provide wise counsel.

Timothy Phillips American Cancer Society Inc.

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Health Care Law

Our organization's experience with McDermott Will & Emery in Boston is consistently outstanding. The partners have a deep understanding of our industry, our business model, and our mission and values. Their legal, regulatory, and strategic advice is unparalleled. Not only do they consistently meet our needs, but they also help advance our thinking with their top-tier strategic thinking and awareness of market trends.

Elizabeth Liebow Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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Trademark Law

Joanne Ludovici, of McDermott Will & Emery, has served as the National Museum of Women in the Art's Global Trademark and Domain Name Counsel since 2009. She has brought her tremendous global trademark talents and passion for the arts to work (tirelessly) for us, on everything from global trademark counseling and portfolio management to enforcement matters, including cross-border analysis and coordination of a trademark infringement action. Joanne and her team (based in DC and Los Angeles) have also been instrumental in guiding the expansion of the Museum from its roots in Washington, DC to Europe and South America and in the related protection of our brands in those jurisdictions. Finally, on the transactional side, Joanne and her team work with our affiliate committees on licenses and use guidelines that allow them to use the Museum's valuable brands.

Ilene Gutman National Museum of Women in the Arts

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FDA Law

McDermott Will & Emery works extremely well with our in-house department to effectively handle many of our regulatory needs.

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Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law

I have used McDermott Will & Emery exclusively for 8 years. They are a great firm to work with.

David Malizia Westshore Capital Partners

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Erin Turley and her attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery are excellent resources in this area. We have been using Erin in this area for years.

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Trusts & Estates Law

McDermott Will & Emery is very professional and has most advanced ideas in the industry.

Mike Olsen Globe Corporation

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Tax Law

Peter Faber and Alysse McLoughlin of McDermott Will & Emery's New York City office, consistently provide timely advice concerning highly-technical and frontier state and local tax issues. My relationship with these two, and McDermott Will & Emery, spans well over twenty-years. Without reservation, I view Peter and Alysse as key practitioners within the state and local tax community, as well as partners to help navigate complex matters to arrive at technically-grounded solutions.

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Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery has been a long-standing trusted tax adviser to the company and knows our tax issues and structure well, making them the most effective adviser in particular on US tax reform issues. They are the only firm that is able to help us on a timely basis to do scenario planning based on our very specific, factual situations, enabling the company to be ahead of peers and even other advisers in making decisions regarding investments, planning, and advocacy.

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

McDermott Will & Emery always "gets it." They understand what we are trying to do and if our proposed solution doesn't work, they will make an effort to find one that will rather than simply advise us not to pursue that avenue. They speak a language we understand rather than legalese. They are good listeners and not above acknowledging that non-lawyers have valid input. They work with us to set a timeline for projects so we are not scrambling before a deadline. In essence, they form a partnership with the client that ensures success.

Deborah Kluska Gerresheimer

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Commercial Litigation

McDermott Will & Emery is an excellent firm. They are very responsive and creative and work very well with joint defense groups. I highly recommend the firm.

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

The two things that I would say about McDermott Will & Emery in our situation is that they handled a very broad assignment involving the sale of the company and integrated the ERISA work into the project very effectively. So not only did they understand the ERISA issues, they we able to handle the nuances of how they interacted with the overall transaction. They functioned very well internally in their service to us.

John Russell Morton Buildings, Inc.

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Erin Turley and Allison Wilkerson at McDermott Will & Emery are two of the best, most conscientious attorneys I have had the pleasure to work with.

Steve Moore Parman Energy Corp

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Health Care Law

I can’t imagine using any other Health Care Law firm for any complex issue or transaction in Massachusetts than McDermott Will & Emery. Chris Jedrey and Charlie Buck and their entire MWE team were all were remarkably focused, timely and extraordinarily committed. They are a remarkable Health Care Law practice.

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Banking and Finance Law

My team of attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery are experts in their field and are helpful in helping to structure new transactions. They are responsive and at the same time, sensitive to costs.

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

McDermott Will & Emery offers simply superb work and willingness to support the board at all hours of the day, seven days a week.

Leonard Schlesinger Restoration Hardware

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Litigation - Intellectual Property

The team at McDermott Will & Emery, and more specifically the partner and associates that I work with as a client, have provided outstanding service and become a true partner in our intellectual property strategy for the company moving foward. They have made a concerted effort from the beginning to know who we are and what our objectives are for the company to better understand what our IP portfolio needs. They bring personal experience in the industry and technologies and bring it to the table in every conversation. They provide practical and actionable solutions and are mindful of not only the short-term deadlines in front of the client but also the long-term positioning of the actions. They are true professionals and turn around excellent work on tight deadlines, always delivering with patience and insights to the best options for the portfolio.

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Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

McDermott Will & Emery has a very strong health care industry experience and depth of knowledge in the team we normally use; also the firm is able to tap preeminent subject matter experts in other substantive areas when needed.

Neil Kunkel CleanSlate Centers

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Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery is one of the best US tax law firms.

Pierre Lamouroux Faurecia

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Trusts & Estates Law

McDermott Will & Emery is an outstanding firm! I have tremendous respect for all of their attorneys especially their estates practice. They have great emotional intelligence and are responsive, creative, and very talented. They also explain things in an un-complicated manner which is important for my clients!

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Trusts & Estates Law

The team at McDermott Will & Emery are true leaders and subject-matter experts in the Trust & Estates and Income Tax structuring areas. They have outstanding knowledge base of all areas impacting family office clients.

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Tax Law

I have been extremely impressed with the state and local tax expertise of the tax partners we have met at McDermott Will & Emery. They are very knowledgeable, professional and always responsive to our requests for assistance.

Aaron Rubinstein Standard Chartered Bank

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Health Care Law

McDermott Will & Emery has excellent attorneys with the highest of ethics and dedication to their clients and their profession. When they render an opinion I know that its been fully vetted and can be trusted. Their responsiveness is always quick, and I can reach my attorney whenever necessary. The firm's integrity is unparalleled. I feel fortunate to have these trusted partners available to me.

Bela Kenessey Cooperative of American Physicians

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Information Technology Law

McDermott Will & Emery attorneys were true subject matter experts and business partners.

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Patent Law

We have been impressed by the professionalism and efficiency of the McDermott Will & Emery. We have also enjoyed our interactions with all of the different staff members at the firm.

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Administrative / Regulatory Law

The attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery are an excellent resource for alcoholic beverage law advice on a nationwide level. They are very responsive to clients, have great customer service, and are on track with timing on deliverables.

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Tax Law

The tax team in McDermott Will & Emery's DC office are very impressive. They offer a great mix of practical and technical tax expertise. They staff projects leanly and are very efficient. Tim Shuman and Mike Wilder are two of the best technical tax lawyers with whom I have worked. Tim is my go-to lawyer for sub-C questions. Mike has a broad expertise in international tax, consolidated returns and any of a number of highly technical matters. Caroline Ngo and Dave Noren are great in international matters.

David Ware Tyco International

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Nonprofit / Charities Law

McDermott Will & Emery and its lawyers deserve the highest ranking for service, expertise, understanding and civility and are excellent in all those spheres.

Vijay Dandapani Hotel Association of New York City, Inc.

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Commercial Litigation

Andrew Kratenstein and the rest of the litigation team at McDermott Will & Emery did a great job of helping us navigate through a very complicated litigation brought against us by a much larger multi-billion dollar organization. Through their guidance and direction we obtained summary judgment, a very positive outcome that saved our organization a significant amount of both time and money.

Drew Walk Soleo Health

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Trusts & Estates Law

The trusts and estates practice in the Chicago office of McDermott Will & Emery is excellent. I have worked with several of the members of that practice area and they are excellent. I have been more impressed with that group of attorneys than any other law firm that I have worked with. They are "top notch" in all respects.

Tom Estes Manier & Herod

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Mergers & Acquisitions Law

McDermott Will & Emery is very professional and on the ball. They are a top-notch team!

Gary Ross PIRA Energy Group

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

We've partnered with McDermott Will & Emery on executive compensation matters for several years; the firm, particularly Andrew Liazos, continues to be an exceptional resource for our company. Their expertise is first-rate, and their guidance has proven invaluable. They are incredibly easy to work with.

Jim Jensen Premier, Inc.

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Criminal Defense: White-Collar

I had the privilege of working with McDermott Will & Emery on a Supreme Court amicus brief. They exhibited exactly what lawyers should strive to be. The professionalism, intelligence, creativity, and ability to work under extreme time pressures are just a few of their highest qualities. In addition, they were forthcoming with ideas, open and accepting of critiques or criticism, in the goal of the best product. In addition to the stellar quality of their work, the lawyers were all a true pleasure to work with.

Sara Dill American Bar Association

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Health Care Law

As the Chief Legal Officer for Atrius Health, a $1.8B tax-exempt health care system, I am frequently in need of outside expert advice on a range of areas including Stark, Anti-kickback, tax-exempt issues, transactions, HIPAA, CMP, etc. McDermott Will & Emery has been my "go-to" firm for over 15 years because the support, advice, and responsiveness we receive, whether the matter is complex or straightforward, has always been extraordinary.

Kim Nelson Atrius Health

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Litigation - Intellectual Property

McDermott Will & Emery’s patent litigation team is highly experienced and is able to render advice on imminent issues (such as decisions to make on pending motions) with a long term view of anticipated future steps or events in the proceeding. The IP litigation team also is able to help the client keep a potential exit plan, or a business solution, along with the substantive matters. Also, the team does not look at just one type of proceeding before the client (typically a district court proceeding) but considers and advises on different types of proceedings (district court, IPR, and ITC) that can be anticipated, or can be planned in advance, or should be avoided by different preemptive activities. The firm provides accurate budget plan for handling matters. McDermott teams have been especially helpful in accurately anticipating different variations of each proceeding that will have material impacts on the client's litigation budget.

Yuichiro Takayanagi Panasonic

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Litigation - Antitrust

I have used McDermott Will & Emery as outside counsel for over 18 years for areas of the law in which I need additional proficiency. The depth of the expertise the firm can call on is exceptional. Its attorneys are able to quickly grasp the issues I bring to them and their responsiveness is outstanding.

William F. Sherwood SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HEALTHCARE

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Trademark Law

McDermott Will & Emery provided excellent service and highly valuable strategic counsel.

Charlotte (“Char”) Whitaker Dow Corning Corporation

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Banking and Finance Law

McDermott Will & Emery offers exceptional, practical, and responsive service. They are always accessible at all levels.

Michael Heather Prime Healthcare

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Tax Law

The attorneys have dealt with at the firm are top class. They are knowledgeable, creative, reliable, fast and a pleasure to deal with. They know the law and assist in the application in a practical manner. They understand what the legislators are trying to achieve, and devise interesting planning strategies.

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Corporate Law

MWE has assisted us on corporate matters large and small, from our initial restructuring through day-to-day corporate advisory. Their advice has always been sound, timely and practical.

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Trusts & Estates Law

McDermott Will & Emery's Private Clients practice group includes nationally recognized experts and other incredibly talented attorneys, all of whom have the knowledge and experience required to deliver tax-effective results for their clients. What impresses me most, however, is their breadth of knowledge in related areas, including general taxation, investments and compliance, and practical focus in helping clients to choose and implement complex planning structures. As a private trust company operating as a single family office, we view our attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery as an extension of our team and can trust them to respond quickly, decisively and effectively.

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Tax Law

My multinational corporation needs a tax firm with the ability to provide outstanding analytical, research, tax technical and advisory services across a broad spectrum. McDermott Will & Emery's tax team easily delivers these needed services and does so in a creative, logical, and practical manner. Moreover, McDermott Will & Emery is exceptional at concisely communicating the most complex tax topics in the simplest of terms allowing tax and non-tax professionals to comprehensively understand key issues. This firm is best in class!

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Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery offers exceptional service; a product of their considerable expertise in the derivative arena and goal oriented approach to tax planning. Their advice has been comprehensive and creative, supported by thorough, multifaceted tax analysis.

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Mergers & Acquisitions Law

McDermott Will & Emery takes a commercial and practical approach to resolving matters. They take into consideration the key needs of clients and are flexible on approach accordingly.

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Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law

McDermott Will & Emery provides outstanding service and a complete understanding of the facts. Their advice is beyond legal, which is the real value added.

David Malizia Westshore Capital Partners

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Government Relations Practice

McDermott Will & Emery is very experienced in dealing with protests concerning GSA . We were impressed with their knowledge and expertise.

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

McDermott Will & Emery are incredible business partners and have significant depth in all areas of ERISA law.

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Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery are total experts in their field but they also anticipate client needs and take initiative better than any firm we work with.

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Securities / Capital Markets Law

McDermott Will & Emery is outstanding in all respects.

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Health Care Law

McDermott Will & Emery has a very strong and deep knowledge of health care law and a clear go to. Robust team with a clear firm wide mission to serve its clients. Highly commercial in their application of their legal knowledge to specific situations.

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Insurance Law

McDermott Will & Emery has a top-notch legal team capable of handling the largest, most complicated insurance matters.

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

McDermott Will & Emery has a great team; very proactive on developing matters and creative in resolving compliance items.

Paul Wittig Federal Signal Corporation

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Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law

I always have confidence in the quality of McDermott Will & Emery's work product. Their attorneys are great people. I highly recommend the firm.

Kenneth Ali Rock Gate Partners

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Litigation - Tax

McDermott Will & Emery attorneys have great expertise at federal and state tax matters. The team of lawyers brings different skill sets but certainly complement each other.

Philip Graham FMR LLC

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

McDermott Will & Emery provides outstanding customer experience and a deep knowledge of their field.

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Tax Law

I've been very impressed with our partner, Stephen Kranz. He takes a personal interest in his clients and I always feel like he's an unshakable advocate for my company. He also has the unique ability to explain difficult legal concepts in terms that non-attorneys can easily understand. I'm very pleased to work with Stephen and his staff at McDermott Will & Emery.

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Tax Law

Peter Faber at McDermott Will & Emery is a clear top tax lawyer. He brings wisdom, federal and state tax expertise, as well as business acumen. Unique in perspective from complex tax technical and theory as well as controversy matters.

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Tax Law

I have worked with Steve Kranz of McDermott Will & Emery for many years, and highly respect his technical expertise in state tax law. He goes above and beyond to get to the right answer for us, efficiently and effectively.

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Commercial Litigation

Miller Baker of McDermott Will & Emery is an excellent appellate specialist.

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Health Care Law

McDermott Will & Emery’s Ira Coleman is the best health care attorney in the country.

Stephen Milstein, M.D. Ascent Health Partners

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Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery provided excellent advocacy and knowledge around an important state tax law dispute. I highly recommend Steve Kranz and Diann Smith.

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