Firm Profile > McDermott Will & Emery LLP > Washington DC, United States

McDermott Will & Emery LLP
THE MCDERMOTT BUILDING, 500 NORTH CAPITOL STREET, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20001-1531
United States

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to health insurers Tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP advises healthcare insurers on business transactions, regulatory compliance, litigation, and enforcement. Other areas of strength include work for private equity firms on investing in insurers and advice on healthcare data privacy. The practice has a key litigation component that handles government investigations, voluntary self-disclosures, major investigations, and fraud allegations. Washington DC-based Eric Zimmerman leads the group and focuses on legislative and regulatory matters through lobbying and policy. Kate McDonald, also based in Washington DC, concentrates on federal and state healthcare government programs. The group has partners in Miami, Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Eric Zimmerman

Other key lawyers:

Kate McDonald; Ankur Goel; Jeremy Earl; Gary Scott Davis

Key clients

CVS Caremark

Andreessen Horwowitz

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP provides a full spectrum of services in the healthcare space, including business transactions, digital health and privacy advice, regulatory compliance, litigation, and enforcement. On the transactional side, Bernadette Broccolo and Lisa Mazur in Chicago acted as counsel to Walmart on its development of multi-specialty healthcare clinics. Miami-based Gary Scott Davis focuses on managed care transactions, Kerrin Slattery in Chicago has experience in advising investors and advising on joint ventures, Christopher Jedrey in Boston concentrates on healthcare M&A, and Chicago-based Sandra DiVarco has a deep knowledge of health system restructurings. In regulatory work, the practice handles government investigations and reimbursement litigation. Monica Wallace in Chicago focuses on regulatory counselling. Eric Zimmerman heads the team from Washington DC. Boston-based associate Amy Pimentel is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Eric Zimmerman

Testimonials

‘McDermott, Will & Emery’s  digital health practice has tremendous experience and expertise across the entire ecosystem for insurers, to health systems, to tech companies’

‘Amy Pimentel may be the best associate I have worked with’

‘Subject matter expertise is excellent and responsiveness is great’

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP advises clients on a range of corporate, M&A and private equity deals, and has a particularly strong reputation in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors. Other sector strengths include alcoholic beverages, food, transport, energy and biotechnology. The team is headed by Harris Siskind in Miami, who has experience advising corporates and private equity sponsors on M&A and a variety of other corporate matters. Contacts in the New York office include Timothy Alvino, who handles cross-border M&A and joint ventures, and Todd Finger, who co-heads the New York transactions group and is experienced in stock and asset transactions, LBOs, venture capital investments, restructurings and recapitalizations. David Goldman left for an in-house role at Rosemark Capital.

Practice head(s):

Harris Siskind

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Alvino; Todd Finger; Thomas Conaghan; Frederic Levenson

Testimonials

‘Willingness to be truly one team with in-house and other advisors’.

‘Strongly identify with the project’.

‘The level of service provided by the team has been excellent’.

‘They put together strong teams in the various jurisdictions, ensuring that all relevant skills are covered’.

‘Their key strengths include the ability to think creatively and work outside the commercial norm’.

‘Timothy Alvino has always amazed me at the level of service he is prepared to give his clients as a matter of course, 365 days a year 24/7’.

‘Timothy Alvino has great patience, tenacity and technical legal skills, paying complete attention to the tiniest of details’.

Key clients

Amazon

Credit Suisse

MasterCard

Comvest Partners

Steward Health Care System

Arthur L. Irving Family Trusts

Irving Oil

Actuant Corporation

MEDNAX

Oskar Blues Brewery Holding Co

Podcast Media

Compania de Cervercerias Unidas

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

Baxter International

Lindsay Goldberg

WindRose Health Investors

H.I.G. Capital

Gemspring Capital Management

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP represents clients in federal, state, and international tax controversies, including transfer pricing matters, and is also noted for its strength in SALT work. Global tax head Jane May is based in Chicago and focuses on SALT controversies; she is regularly involved in audits, as well as administrative and judicial proceedings. Catherine Battin is another contact in the Chicago office. Also recommended is Stephen Kranz in Washington DC, who has handled high-stakes tax disputes for clients including Apple and Starbucks. Other names to note are Andrew Roberson in Chicago, and SALT specialist Charles Moll in California. The tax group has seen some internal shuffles of late: Brian Jenn joined in Chicago from the US Department of the Treasury, and counsel Joe Henchman joined in Washington DC from the Tax Foundation. Conversely, Mark Thomas left the team for PwC, and Mark Yopp joined Baker McKenzie LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jane May

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Kranz; Catherine Battin; Roger Jones; Andrew Roberson; Charles Moll; Caroline Ngo; Brian Jenn; Steven Hadjilogiou; Joe Henchman

Key clients

My Pillow

Level 3 Communications

Illinois Tool Works

Cabela’s

Starbucks

Apple

GROWMARK

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has noted strengths in key industries, including telecoms, asbestos, oil and gas, healthcare, life sciences, and pharmaceuticals. The practice group 'collectively has excellent knowledge of the factual and legal issues’ in a huge variety of cases, involving matters ranging from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and glyphosate-based products, to groundwater contamination and renewable fuels. Miami-based Anthony Upshaw specializes in glyphosate and PCB matters, and is also experienced in the area of pharmaceuticals. Upshaw jointly leads the practice with Terrence Dee in Chicago, who has experience of class actions, antitrust claims and other types of litigation, including MDLs.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Upshaw; Terrence Dee

Other key lawyers:

Ellen Tenenbaum; James Pardo

Testimonials

‘They have a very strong team of partners  in their Washington DC, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco offices that coordinate the national defense in asbestos/brake products liability/toxic tort litigation’

‘What makes them unique is their commitment to diversity, their willingness to think outside of the box, commitment to follow the science, including advocating sponsorship of science research, and (for some of the team) trial experience in the courtroom’

‘I have served on  a number of national trial teams in my 40 plus years of legal practice, but none of the caliber of this team’

‘Obviously the bottom line is measured by actual results and their track record for success is outstanding’

Key clients

American Petroleum Association

Motorola

Chemical Manufacturers Association

ExxonMobil

Gavilon Group

Honeywell International

IKO Manufacturing

Monsanto

National Standard Company

NCAA

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is highly engaged in the restructuring and insolvency municipal space, especially as counsel to lenders and potential lenders. In Puerto Rico, the department was involved in the restructuring of the sales tax securitization vehicle COFINA and in litigious matters. The team, with Felicia Gerber Perlman in Chicago and Timothy Walsh in New York, also operates internationally thanks to the firm's global network. In 2019 the team grew thanks to a series of hires.

Practice head(s):

Felicia Gerber Perlman; Timothy Walsh

Testimonials

‘Nathan Coco and associate Megan Preusker are responsive and knowledgeable’

Key clients

Barclays Capital

County of Santa Clara

Goldman Sachs

Mohegan Recyclables

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Promise Healthcare/Silver Lake Debtors

UMB Bank, NA

US Bank National Association

Vantage Mobility International

Furie Operating Alaska

Erste Abwicklungsanstalt (EAA)

H.I.G. Capital

Honeywell International

O.W. Bunker Germany

United Sporting Companies

Borgers

Natixis

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP established itself as a major player in the energy sector in early 2020 with the recruitment of market leaders David TewksburyNeil Levy and the team from King & Spalding LLP. The group is highly rated for merchant generation work and has an substantial track record in transactions and market rules. Bruce Richardson and counsel Stephanie Lim are also key practitioners

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's IP team is based in Silicon Valley and has experience of trade secret cases. Key contacts in this practice area include Daniel Alberti, Judy Mohr and Nicole Jantzi.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP handles trademark prosecution, counseling and licensing matters, acting for clients such as Grant Thornton, Hitachi and Wrigley's. The Chicago office is home to practice head Jennifer Mikulina, who is particularly strong in prosecution work. Also in Chicago is Christina Martini, who is rated for her expertise in handling international trademark portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Mikulina

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CGI Technologies & Solutions

Dos Equis

Fender Musical Instruments

First American Financial Corporation

Gilead Sciences

Gorton’s

Grant Thornton

Hitachi

Wrigley’s

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 2

Expertise in representing fully ESOP-owned companies (and the private equity funds acquiring them) is a noteworthy field of expertise for McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice, with Dallas-based Erin Turley and Allison Wilkerson assisting with mid- and large-cap acquisitions, divestitures and leveraged buyouts. Recent highlights were for clients in the healthcare and energy sectors. The team also fields significant experience in representing prominent senior executives in the insurance and financial services sectors; of note is Boston-based Andrew Liazos’ handling of multimillion-dollar exit package negotiations. Being part of a stand-alone benefits practice, as clients can take advantage of robust post-transactional support for all employee benefits issues, and practice head Todd Solomon – stationed in Chicago – is the key contact for ERISA fiduciary compliance.

Practice head(s):

Todd Solomon

Testimonials

The team is competent, diligent and works hard to solve complex or difficult transaction problems while maintaining open communication with the client and all other parties. Written communication and process documentation are extremely important and the team is excellent in this area.  Last but not least, their transaction structure and document drafting and negotiating skills are exceptional. Having spent over 30 years engaging attorneys as transactional counsel, I have only met a few of this caliber.

Erin Turley has grown into a nationally respected thought leader in the ERISA/ESOP professional community.  In my opinion, she is also an exceptional tax attorney. I have worked with Erin since she was an associate at the Jenkins firm. Although I have worked with Allison Wilkerson for maybe 15 years, she has a similar work ethic and professionalism.  Whether representing my interest or that of a counter party, I would have no qualms working with these quality professionals.

Key clients

Amcor

Crate & Barrel

Darden Restaurants

Deliveroo

Ericsson

Evonik Industries

ICBC

Keurig Dr Pepper

Lenovo

Liberty Mutual

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 2

Supported by its Boston and California offices, the core Dallas-based team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP specializes in assisting international and domestic clients in the information technology and healthcare sectors. Jointly headed by the vastly experienced duo Shawn Helms and Jason Krieser, who are both based in Dallas, the practice balances representing both the suppliers and buyers of outsourcing services. David Guedry is skilled at managing the complexities of both IT and business process outsourcing agreements, with  expertise in HR and finance and accounting transactions. Another key contact is Heather Bethancourt, who focuses on human resources matters. Todd McClelland joined the Atlanta office from Jones Day in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Shawn Helms; Jason Krieser

Key clients

Assurant

Caterpillar

Cognizant

Medstar

Monsanto

Müller

Orange

Quicken Loans

Sabre

United Services Automobile Association

Tax > Financial products Tier 2

A key contact at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is Chicago-based Andrea Kramer in Chicago, who has experience advising on the tax aspects of various derivatives matters in the commodities and energy space.

Tax > International tax Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's full-service tax group has core strengths in international tax planning for corporates and high-net-worth individuals, post-acquisition integration, and tax controversy, including transfer pricing disputes. The team has made several significant hires over the past year. Brian Jenn joined the Chicago office having previously served as deputy international tax counsel for the US Department of Treasury. Jenn has expertise in the digital asset taxation, and also has notable experience of the TCJA. Additionally, Steven Hadjilogiou joined in Miami from Baker McKenzie LLP; he has experience advising investment managers and high-net-worth individuals on real estate investment and international tax planning. Other key contacts include Tim Shuman in Washington DC, who has particular experience acting for publicly traded companies in spin-offs; Chicago-based Lowell Yoder, a name to note both for cross-border transactions and international tax controversy; and Damon Lyon (also in Chicago), who provides regular international tax advice to clients such as Proctor & Gamble.

Practice head(s):

Jane May; Tim Shuman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Illinois Tool Works

Cabela’s

Dover Corporation

Faurecia

Procter & Gamble

Aon

Deutsche Bank

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP routinely handles the tax aspects of large corporate transactions, and is also noted for its tax advisory and transfer pricing work. Key contacts in the tax team include SALT expert Jane May and Washington DC-based Tim Shuman, who has expertise in the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border acquisitions, restructurings and liquidations. Lowell Yoder is rated for his work on cross-border M&A, large-scale corporate reorganizations and other multi-national tax planning. Also recommended is Damon Lyon, who specializes in the tax treatment of financial holding structures such as intangible holding companies. Unless stated otherwise all named lawyers are based in Chicago. Thomas Jones has also been recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jane May; Tim Shuman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Dover Corporation

STAR Partnership

PGA Tour

Dogfish Head Brewery

Faurecia

Procter & Gamble

CVS Health

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Aon

Deutsche Bank

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 3

The antitrust practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP stands out for its particular strength in healthcare as well as its focus on matters at the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust. Chicago partners David Hanselman and Stephen Wu are in charge of this department with additional knowledge of the defense and consumer goods sectors. Situated in Washington DC, IP expert Stefan Meisner handles both global cartel investigations and follow-on litigation. As global antitrust and competition practice head, the Washington DC-based Raymond Jacobsen, Jr. is also involved in cases surrounding government investigations. Katharine O’Connor was promoted to partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

David Hanselman; Stephen Wu

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Meisner; Raymond Jacobsen, Jr.; Katharine O’Connor

Testimonials

‘International Network, they work as a one team around the globe.’

‘Stefan Meisner always makes sound judgment based on accurate understanding of the facts.’

‘Team of antitrust experts that are collaborative internally as well as with clients.’

‘Stefan Meisner and Stephen Wu are generally great people to work with, able to provide concise and practical legal advice in a complex area of the law. Excellent client service.’

‘Stefan Meisner is a sophisticated antitrust practitioner, very knowledgeable in the area of antitrust. Very responsive, always helpful and provides practical advice.’

‘Stephen Wu is very responsive, always helpful and offers practical solutions to legal questions.’

Key clients

Impax Laboratories, Inc. and Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Premier, Inc.

Southern Illinois Healthcare

American Gypsum Company LLC

Silver Cross Hospital

Prospect Medical Holdings/Roger Williams Medical Center

The Permanente Medical Group

Ballad Health

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Bemis Co., Inc.

Steel Dynamics

Weyerhaeuser

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

In addition to the full range of antitrust transactional work, McDermott Will & Emery LLP advises hedge fund clients with antitrust aspects of investment decisions. The department displays key strengths in healthcare, defense industry and consumer goods with a particular focus on food and beverage industries. Chicago-based partners David Hanselman and Stephen Wu are in joint charge of the firm's antitrust practice. In Washington DC, Jon Dubrow specializes on aerospace, life sciences and alcoholic beverages businesses, while leading the firm's antitrust mergers focus group together with his local colleague Joel Grosberg. The latter relies on personal government experience when defending merger, acquisitions and joint ventures before US antitrust authorities.

Practice head(s):

David Hanselman; Stephen Wu

Other key lawyers:

Ray Jacobsen: Jon Dubrow; William Diaz; Ray Jacobsen; Jeffrey Brennan; Joel Grosberg

Testimonials

‘Practical advice based on accurate understanding of the facts and knowledge.’

‘Stefan Meisner is extremely diligent and tries to understand the client’s goal.’

Key clients

Impax Laboratories, Inc. and Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Premier, Inc.

Southern Illinois Healthcare

American Gypsum Company LLC

Silver Cross Hospital

Prospect Medical Holdings/Roger Williams Medical Center

The Permanente Medical Group

Ballad Health

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Bemis Co., Inc.

Steel Dynamics

Weyerhaeuser

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Now headed out of Los Angeles by the 'vastly experiencedEdward Zaelke, following his arrival from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in March 2019, McDermott Will & Emery LLP's global energy project finance group has considerable M&A and financing strength for developers and investors across a wide range of renewables transactions. Zaelke has particular expertise advising on complex domestic/international solar and wind transactions and adds further transactional firepower to a team that already includes well-known Miami-based energy tax expert Philip Tingle . Washington DC-based partner Carl Fleming , who also recently joined the team from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, affords the firm further renewables industry expertise and his credentials were recently acknowledged by the Department of Commerce, following his appointment to its advisory committee analyzing the competitiveness of US wind, solar, battery storage and electric vehicle sectors domestically and abroad.

Practice head(s):

Edward Zaelke; Philip Tingle

Other key lawyers:

Carl Fleming; Joel Hugenberger; Debra Harrison; Lloyd MacNeil; Heather Cooper; Jeffrey Meyers; Christopher Gladbach

Testimonials

Edward Zaelke is vastly experienced.

The extremely commercial Christopher Gladbach has the powerful combination of knowing the law and the deal terms.

Key clients

Sustainable Power Group (sPower)

Scout Clean Energy

Northleaf Capital Partners

Bloom Energy

Exelon

Ameren

American Electric Power

Credit Suisse

Global infrastructure Partners

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners

Edison Energy

Innogy renewables

Clearway Energy

Detroit Edison Company

NiSource

GAF Holdings

LS Power

NextEra

SunStreet Energy Group

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 3

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP has had a strong year in high-stakes trials and appeals, acting both for major US insurers and global reinsurers, as well as for specialty insurance entities including captive insurers and risk retention companies. Active across a wide variety of insurance incidents and liability issues, the team is often involved matters reflecting some of the market's most highly publicized trends, recent examples of which include sexual abuse claims involving the Catholic clergy, allegations arising out of the #MeToo movement, and environmental incidents. Of particular note, firm-wide insurance head Margaret Warner achieved victory for The WTC Captive Insurance Company in the dismissal of 138 claims relating to the debris removal effort at Manhattan's Ground Zero. Ryan Smethurst and Mark Collins co-head the insurance litigation and counseling team.

Practice head(s):

Margaret Warner; Ryan Smethurst; Mark Collins

Key clients

WTC Captive Insurance Company Inc.

Securitas AB and Securitas Holdings Inc.

Allianz Global Risks U.S. Insurance Company

Allianz Underwriters Insurance Company

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

National Hockey League

Allianz Reinsurance America

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company

Associated Indemnity Company

Chicago Insurance Company

National Surety Corporation

Guardian Life Insurance Company

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

American Insurance Company

MCIC, A Vermont Reciprocal Risk Retention Group

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP offers the full range of patent litigation expertise, fielding not only a busy federal court caseload and a substantial Federal Circuit practice, but also a successful PTAB and ITC practice. The group is frequently visible in headline-grabbing cases from a variety of sectors, including the hi-tech, life sciences, healthcare, food and beverage, automotive and consumer product sectors. The group excels in domestic and cross-border litigation, with US offices in Washington DC, where practice head Nicole Jantzi is based, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Boston and San Francisco in addition to a wide international footprint, including offices in key patent jurisdictions such as Germany. James Oehler joined the Chicago office from Brinks Gilson & Lione in January 2019, strengthening both the prosecution and the litigation bench. Jeffrey Toney arrived in the Atlanta office from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, adding his patent, antitrust and trade secret experience to the firm's portfolio. Hosang Lee left for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Jantzi

Other key lawyers:

Charles McMahon; Alexander Ott; Jay Reiziss; Paul Schoenhard; Michael Chu; William Gaede; Thomas Steindler

Testimonials

Initiative, creativity, resourcefulness, analytical thinking, determination, results-oriented.

The uniqueness of their practice lies in an acute understanding of not only the intellectual property at issue but the business context in which the dispute is being conducted and the unflagging attention to the ultimate goals of the client.  I have never experienced such in-depth planning involving the client, explanations of each likely step of the litigation process, and the costs and risk calculus attendant to each.

Michael Chu’s work on our account has been value-accretive to the organization overall. We see tremendous impact on our company valuation thanks to his work.

The incredible experience that both Paul Schoenhard and Nicole Jantzi bring to the case that constantly takes into account the big picture, the nuanced details, the client needs and the opponent’s likely moves are like having two magnificent conductors of a symphony orchestra.

Key clients

Amgen

Cellwitch Inc.

Contour IP Holding LLC

Gentex Corporation

Michael Todd Beauty

Krush Technologies

Novartis

Orthopaedic Hospital

PerkinElmer

Traeger Pellet Grills LLC

Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is traditionally known for its strength in the life sciences and technology sectors, acting for major international companies and renowned research institutions. Following a number of departures in 2018, the group saw Kristin Connarn and Robert Underwood join Hogan Lovells US LLP and Hosang Lee leave for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Kristina Bieker left for Goodwin. Practice head Ahsan Shaikh splits his time between the Silicon Valley and Chicago offices.

Practice head(s):

Ahsan Shaikh

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s Chicago-based benefits experts, including practice head Todd Solomon and Lisa Loesel, provide expertise on pension plan terminations, health and welfare benefits for tax-exempt entities, and ERISA-compliant plan investments. Boston-based Andrew Liazos is the leading name on executive compensation issues, having recently handled compensation program redesigns for clients in the gig economy and also advised on Dodd-Frank hedging rule issues. The team acts for public and tax-exempt companies as well as high-profile senior executives, with a substantial list of healthcare providers counted on the client roster; recent highlights concerned innovative de-risking programs and defined benefit plan redesigns.

Practice head(s):

Todd Solomon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A very thoughtful team that outlines points and issues clearly and has a depth of knowledge.

We have been working with Steven Eckhaus for nearly 4 years. He is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney who always stands in his client’s shoes and figures out the best solution to the client’s challenges.

Key clients

Amcor

Crate & Barrel

Darden Restaurants

Deliveroo

Ericsson

Evonik Industries

ICBC

Keurig Dr Pepper

Lenovo

Liberty Mutual

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 3

The growing ERISA litigation practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is headed up by Ted Becker and Christian Nemeth in Chicago, and Brian Cousin in New York. A lengthy roster of ESOP trustees calls upon the team to handle complex litigation and DoL investigations, as well as matters involving wrongful plan terminations, prohibited transactions and fiduciary breaches. The firm’s ERISA Health & Welfare Fiduciary Task Force was recently established in response to the growing field of health plan litigation; the team represents significant health insurance clients including Cigna and Aetna in this field.

Practice head(s):

Ted Becker; Brian Cousin; Christian Nemeth

Key clients

Aetna

Banner Health

Chrysler

Cigna

Demoulas Super Markets

Ericsson

Houlihan Lokey Capital

Reliance Trust Company

The American Society of Appraisers

Trinity Industries

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's immigration team is recognized for its holistic, partner-led business immigration law service. Led by Joan-Elisse Carpentier in New York, the team handles hires and transfers of foreign employees, I-9 compliance programs, and also assists clients with corporate immigration policy. Through its alliance with the Volunteer Lawyers for The Arts, the team maintains an active presence in the arts and entertainment sector, but also has strengths in areas such as finance and banking, broadcasting, pharmaceuticals, and energy. Immigration specialist Malati Lal is another key figure in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Joan-Elisse Carpentier

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CBS Corporation

DevelopOnBox

Enstar US

Entercom

Focke & Co

Tesa tape

Wildlife Conservation Society

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's team is noted for its activity in non-compete disputes, public accommodation and accessibility cases as well as other discrimination claims. It is regularly instructed by Hollywood studios from the movie industry. Chicago-based Michael Sheehan heads up the group and is a key contact for private equity and public company clients in a variety of employment matters. In the same office, Rachel Cowen is experienced in discrimination and wrongful termination cases. Maria Rodriguez is a key contact in Los Angeles for wage-and-hour class actions. Kerry Scanlon and Jeremy White in Washington DC and Ellen Bronchetti and Ron Holland in San Francisco are also noted. The practice continues to grow, seeing the arrivals of Joseph Mulherin from Vedder Price in January 2019, Carole Spink from Baker McKenzie LLP in October 2019 (both Chicago) as well as a team from Dentons including Brian Cousin and Richard Scharlat in October 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sheehan

Testimonials

A great advantage of MWE is its high level of expertise across so many areas of law and litigation. An advantage of multiple MWE offices is also that if the “regular” lawyer is not admitted to the bar in a specific jurisdiction, there will be an able MWE attorney who is.

Key clients

Parker Drilling Management Services

Little Caesars

Ardagh Group

Body Shop

The Nature Conservancy

Netflix

Novartis

Paramount Pictures

Verizon

Burger King

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's privacy and cybersecurity group has broad expertise across the US and benefits from the ability to leverage its global service group in multi-jurisdictional compliance, and international data transfers. The group was recently bolstered by the arrival in Washington DC of Laura Jehl from Baker & Hostetler LLP, who combines data, law and emerging technologies expertise and has experience advising on privacy compliance, data breaches and regulatory investigations. Jehl jointly leads the team alongside Boston-based Mark Schreiber, who has experience in areas including cybersecurity, data breach response and global privacy coordination; and Daniel Gottlieb in Chicago and Michael Morgan in Los Angeles, who focus on the areas of healthcare and emerging technology, respectively. The group is also active in the financial services, food and beverage, life sciences and defense sectors.

Practice head(s):

Laura Jehl; Mark Schreiber; Daniel Gottlieb; Michael Morgan

Key clients

Modernizing Medicine

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

Stanford University

Block.One

S&C Electric Co.

Fresenius Medical Care North America

BDO USA

Sierra Nevada

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP shines particularly in the defense of antitrust claims in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals space. The group also acts at the nexus of antitrust and intellectual property, for instance in patent litigation cases involving monopolization issues. Both practice heads, David Hanselman and Stephen Wu, are based in Chicago, where the department also assists defense and consumer good corporations. Splitting her time between Chicago and Los Angeles, Michelle Lowery fields additional transportation, agriculture and heavy machinery sector know-how. Next generation partner Katharine O’Connor provides key support to the team in Chicago. Joel Chefitz retired from the practice in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

David Hanselman; Stephen Wu

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Lowery; Katharine O’Connor

Testimonials

‘They have resources to find out the facts and understand them accurately.’

‘They have an international network which allows us to consider any implications to other jurisdictions both in and outside the U.S.’ 

‘Stefan Meisner is committed to the company’s interest.’

Key clients

Impax Laboratories, Inc. and Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Premier, Inc.

Southern Illinois Healthcare

American Gypsum Company LLC

Silver Cross Hospital

Prospect Medical Holdings/Roger Williams Medical Center

The Permanente Medical Group

Ballad Health

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Bemis Co., Inc.

Steel Dynamics

Weyerhaeuser

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP launched its appellate law practice in May 2019, with the arrival of group co-chairs Paul Hughes and Michael Kimberly, who joined from Mayer Brown. The duo has significant experience acting before the US Supreme Court, with a combined record of more than a dozen oral arguments presented at the Court. In one recent highlight, the team acted for the appellees in the high-profile partisan gerrymandering case of Lamone v Benisek. Further, the Roberts Court also issued a narrow 5-4 opinion in Kisor v Wilkie, siding with the team’s petitioner-client and upholding a more restrictive interpretation of the conditions under which courts must defer to agencies’ interpretation of their own ambiguous regulations.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hughes; Michael Kimberly

Testimonials

Outstanding work in the area of higher education and immigration – the team obtained a temporary nationwide injunction against the “unlawful presence” of international students which remains in effect today. The lawyers have the capacity and commitment to work with diverse clients and ease their concerns about legal matters and filing a lawsuit.

Paul Hughes is a dedicated attorney who leaves no stone unturned. Paul works tirelessly and shows a deep commitment to his clients’ issues. He writes clearly and persuasively and is very supportive of his clients.

Key clients

James L. Kisor

Marcel Fashions Group

Ricky Lee Smith

Texas Brine Company

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

The extensive litigation practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP spans the entire country, and handles cases from across the spectrum of commercial disputes. The department is involved in a number of prominent product liability cases. In a significant matter in this area, Terrence Dee is representing Motorola in DC Superior Court in a case claiming damages in excess of $2.5bn related to brain tumours allegedly caused by the company's phones. Healthcare litigation is another recognized strength of the firm. In a notable victory in this sector, Christopher Murphy secured the complete dismissal of a class action against healthcare client Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, in a matter challenging the reorganization of the company into a for-profit stock insurance company. In California, the department has built a reputation as a go-to IP litigation practice, offering robust patent and trademark protection to a number of high-profile clients. Former head of the San Francisco and Silicon Valley litigation group Marisa Chun left for Crowell & Moring LLP in April 2019, and former head of the Los Angeles litigation group Charles Weir departed for Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP in September 2019.

Practice head(s):

David Rosenbloom

Other key lawyers:

Steven Scholes; Laure McLane; Jon Dean; Terrence Dee; Christopher Murphy; Jeffrey Stone; Anthony Bongiorno

Key clients

BDO

Motorola Mobility

National Football League

Ideal Industries

Premier

IKO Industries

James Hardie Building Products

PG&E

UHY

Cummins Allison

Southern Illinois Healthcare

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida

NCAA

Larry Basemore

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Amgen

DaVita HealthCare Partners

ExxonMobil

KOS Services

Invensys

Universal Health Services

Dimension Data

Kleinfelder

HIG Growth Partners and HIG Capital

Roche Health Solutions

Radware

St. Joseph’s Health

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Plantronics

eBay

Cigna

Jeunesse

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's trade group is chaired by Carolyn Gleason in Washington DC, who has a strong reputation in the field of trade negotiations and litigation. Export controls, economic sanctions and national security reviews of foreign investment also generate stable streams of work for the team. Raymond Paretzky and senior counsel David Levine are additional contacts.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Gleason

Other key lawyers:

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's structured finance practice has niche expertise in matters relating to municipal and state debt. In addition to her more traditional structured finance and tax work, Andrea Kramer has also been involved in the structuring of more exotic instruments, such as weather derivatives. David Taub heads the firm's financial institutions advisory group.

Practice head(s):

David Taub

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Kremer

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Citibank

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's life sciences practice stands out for its strong patent litigation offering. In addition, the firm handles commercial litigation, corporate and M&A transactions and regulatory matters. Kristian Werling and Stephen Bernstein jointly lead the team from its Chicago and Boston offices. Also recommended are Silicon Valley-based IP litigator William GaedeSarah Hogan in Boston, who advises on the structuring and negotiating IP licenses, strategic collaborations and other complex commercial transactions; Washington DC-based FDA-regulatory expert Vernessa Pollard; and Paul Radensky, who specializes in regulatory matters. The team was recently strengthened by the hire of senior advisor Scott Bernstein, who joined from Kite Pharma, and focuses on IP and licensing mandates.

Practice head(s):

Kristian Werling; Stephen Bernstein

Other key lawyers:

William Gaede; Sara Hogan; Edward Zacharius; Jason Novak; Roger Kuan

Testimonials

‘The team has great knowledge of the industry and understanding of the issues affecting companies in the healthcare industry‘.

Jason Novak and Roger Kuan have interdisciplinary strengths in engineering/hi-tech and biology/genomics, which is a unique blend that brings a lot of value to their clients in the life sciences industry. They view the inventions/technologies from the perspective of how the invention/technology provides a solution to a workflow, which I appreciate as a client to structure claims that would potentially have strong commercial relevance, and helps to increase the value of our assets‘.

Edward Zacharius gives practical advice‘.

Key clients

Amgen

HanAll BioPharma

Impax Laboratories/Amneal Pharmaceuticals

23andMe

Bemis Co.

Allergan

Lantheus Medical Imaging

Origenis

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 4

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, the Washington DC-based Jay Reiziss is the key contact for ITC litigation. With Reiziss' experience as a former ITC practitioner in the Office of the General Counsel, the office of a former chairman and the Office of Unfair Import Investigations, the firm offers extensive in-house ITC experience. The team is also adept at assisting with Customs and Border Protection matters to complement its ITC investigation practice. As part of the firms wider-ranging IP litigation bench, led by Nicole Jantzi from the Washington DC office, the practice offers a one-stop shop for clients seeking seamless representation in disputes involving an ITC component and federal court litigation. Telecommunication-related matters are an area of particular strength.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Jantzi; Jay Reiziss

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a strong base in Washington DC, where it handles trademark and trade dress infringement, false advertising and cancellations both in the state and federal courts. Robert Zelnick, in DC, has extensive experience in trademark litigation, and in cases involving elements of unfair competition and false advertising. John Dabney left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Brooklyn Brewery

Mars Petcare

North Coast Brewing Company

Oregon Brewing

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is known for its 'exceptional knowledge and experience, ease to work with, proactivity and aggressive representation'. Key areas include defending corporates against government investigations, enforcement actions and qui tam litigation in the healthcare sector, white-collar criminal defense, securities enforcement and anti-corruption or FCPA defense. The group is housed in the litigation department – the global head of which is Chicago-based David Rosenbloom, an experienced trial lawyer – but is often instructed on internal and government investigations. Also in Chicago, Steven Scholes is charged with running the department on a day-to-day basis, and is noted for his work before the SEC. In Boston, Laura McLane co-chairs the firm's health litigation team, and is the go-to name for FCA cases.

Practice head(s):

David Rosenbloom; Steven Scholes; Laura McLane

Other key lawyers:

Mark Pearlstein; Gordon Greenberg; Russell Hayman; Benton Curtis

Testimonials

Deep experience in sensitive investigations and the handling of the complex interfaces with forensic accountants, external auditors, the SEC.’

Exceptional knowledge and experience, easy to work with, proactive and aggressive representation.’

The lawyers that I worked with high degree of understanding the issues. They explained all aspects of my case most important great advice and I had a very high degree of confidence in their abilities. Best firm I have ever worked with.’

I have worked closely with partner Laura McLane. She is extremely smart, practical and thorough: she rolls up her sleeves and digs in to her cases, and has a deep knowledge of the law and the facts.’

Gordon Greenberg is a great strategist – accessible, candid and high ethics.’

Key clients

Waukegan Steel

Banner Health System

Convatec and 180 Medical

Chicago Public Schools

Northern Trust

Dhru Desai

Baxter International

Amgen

DaVita HealthCare Partners

ExxonMobil

KOS Services

Invensys

Universal Health Services

Dimension Data

Kleinfelder

HIG Growth Partners, LLC. and HIG Capital, LLC.

Roche Health Solutions, Inc.

Plantronics

BlackBerry

GrantThornton International

Clark Construction Group

Global Eagle Enterprises

InnovaCare

Broadcom Corporation

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles)

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a solid borrower practice that is especially experienced representing private equity sponsors on mid-market financings and acquisitions. The team has good experience in a range of mandates, including leveraged buyouts, asset finance, capital markets and recapitalizations. The firm has some strong niches, particularly when it comes to transactions in the healthcare sector, and also in the food, beverage, and agribusiness markets. The well regarded team is jointly led by Stephanie McCann and Michael Boykins in Chicago, and Gary Rosenbaum in Los Angeles. The bulk of the practice is based in these two cities.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie McCann; Michael Boykins; Gary Rosenbaum

Key clients

AUA Private Equity Partners

California University of Science and Medicine

Comvest Partners

Gladstone Capital Corporation

Gold Star Foods, Inc.

Oskar Blues Brewery Holding Co

Raymundos Food Group

TriplePoint Capital

True West Capital Partners

H.I.G. Capital

Validor Capital

Great Point Partners

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is very active in the middle market, representing investors and managers in lifecycle PE matters, with a particular strength in advice to family offices on direct investments. The 'cutting edge' practice also works regularly with portfolio companies on strategic acquisitions and investments. Industry focuses include energy, manufacturing, chemicals, healthcare and food and drink. Key offices are located in Chicago, Miami, and Washington DC, allowing a geographically diverse list of clients, with several cross-border mandates. The practice is jointly headed by Chicago-based Andrew McCune and Harris Siskind in Miami, both dedicated private equity lawyers. Brooks Gruemmer in Chicago and Frederic Levenson in Miami are also highly rated.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McCune; Harris Siskind

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

We are incredibly happy with our service team. In our opinion McDermott is the only firm we would call when working on a private equity transaction, especially within the healthcare space. The sheer volume of deals they complete on an annual basis is staggering, and they continually bring that diverse deal experience to every new engagement. They provide exceptional work on often incredibly expedited deadlines. They can address disparate buyer and seller deal objectives without ever compromising or jeopardizing their client’s ultimate goals. Where many other firms run into roadblocks, I always get the sense that McDermott has either seen the issue before or has a viable solution that is on the cutting edge.’

Alex Clavero  is our main deal counsel. Alex Ruiz in San Francisco is our Tax counsel. Alex Clavero is the most responsive attorney I have encountered. He typically responds to calls or emails within five minutes, even if he cannot address our issues or questions immediately. He makes himself available at all times and, even though I know he has a very robust and demanding practice, always makes us a top priority. He understands our overall deal objectives immediately and is quick to offer candid, thorough advice. He always has a pulse on the deal dynamics and knows what issues matter and which do not. He has negotiated incredibly complex deals for us and has a command for translating difficult legal issues into commercial terms. Sarah Kitchell in Boston is a key asset to any deal team. She is up to date on all compliance issues and can implement business objectives within complex legal frameworks. Finally, Alex Ruiz is an outstanding tax lawyer that understands the healthcare services space perfectly. His expansive expertise allows him to address variable tax structuring issues on the fly.

Key clients

H.I.G. Capital

Gemspring Capital

Industrial Opportunity Partners

Comvest Partners

Wellspring Capital Management and Help at Home

General Atlantic

WindRose Health Investors and Medical Knowledge Group

LaSalle Capital

Great Point Partners

Peak Rock Capital

Sterling Partners

Martis Capital Management

CenterGate Capital

Boyne Capital

Credit Suisse (Strategic Transactions Group)

Rhône Group

Blue Sea Capital

AUA Private Equity Partners

Westshore Capital Partners

Calera Capital Partners

Industry focus > Insurance: non-contentious

Firm overview: McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. Our team works seamlessly across practices, industries and more than 20 locations to deliver highly effective—and often unexpected—solutions that propel success. More than 1,200+ lawyers strong, we bring our personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve.

Main areas of practice
Antitrust and competition: As clients around the world experience increasing antitrust activity, cross-jurisdictional government investigations and private litigation, we meet these multifaceted challenges head-on. Our lawyers are deeply familiar with all major US and international regulatory frameworks and dispute-resolution forums. Providing effective, coordinated counsel on US antitrust law, EC competition law, China’s Anti-Monopoly Law and other competition regimes worldwide, our lawyers help clients eliminate roadblocks and achieve business goals.

Corporate and transactions: Our seasoned lawyers represent the full spectrum of corporate interests around the world, from global corporations to family-owned businesses to privately held companies. Our lawyers thrive on solving the most complex business problems facing their clients today and mapping out strategies to drive clients’ success tomorrow. Our broad capabilities include seamless transactional services, such as negotiating cross-border acquisitions or outsourcing deals, representing issuers in public offerings, securing preferred financial credit arrangements for borrowers or navigating a business restructuring.

Employment: We pair deep resources with broad geographic coverage, to meet the rapidly evolving needs of employers in virtually every sector, including manufacturing, financial services, health care, education and construction. Our lawyers help clients attract and retain workers at every level, enter and exit markets as business conditions warrant, develop and implement effective employment policies, identify and protect trade secrets and other confidential information, and negotiate and enforce employment contracts.

Global privacy and cybersecurity: Our lawyers advise clients on the statutory, regulatory and enforcement regimes that govern the collection, use and disclosure of data in the United States, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. With extensive experience advising on the full range of data privacy and protection laws, industry standards and issues, our lawyers regularly counsel clients on US and international data-use issues and conduct in-depth privacy/cybersecurity risk assessments, often in the context of mergers, acquisitions and other domestic and cross border transactions.

Employee benefits and executive compensation: Our lawyers help clients maximise the value of and return on their investments in human capital while avoiding exposure to liability. The team provides strategic day-to-day counsel on matters such as executive compensation, health/welfare plan compliance, qualified retirement plans, privacy and data protection, executive employment and severance, cultural diversity, full compliance with relevant laws, including ERISA legislation, among other general employee-relations matters.

Healthcare and life sciences: Our team provides unparalleled legal acumen rooted in decades of experience and forward growth powered by unconventional thinking. With a deep bench that includes lawyers at the cutting edge of digital health, the firm partners with clients on the full range of health-care-related issues, including physician practice management, health care litigation and the evolving regulatory landscape — both in the United States and internationally. As a top-ranked law firm for health and a leader in life sciences, we help clients navigate the issues that matter when it comes to achieving missions and solidifying positions in the market.

Intellectual property: Our top-notch team of IP lawyers, partners with clients to identify and secure their creative assets, maximize the value of their IP portfolios, and enforce or defend their rights in courts and tribunals virtually everywhere their products are made, distributed and sold. Whether you’re building the next iconic brand, protecting game-changing new technology or creating new revenue streams from your established IP assets, our team can help you achieve your business goals at every stage of the IP lifecycle. We are business savvy, technically skilled and steeped in high-stakes experience. We speak fluent CFO, CSO, CPO, CMO and Tax—skills honed over decades and maintained by understanding and embracing diverse perspectives. We are fearless and relentless advocates for your business, always pursuing a return on your IP investments. Our lawyers prioritize our partnership with you and believe service is a 24×7 proposition. We help our clients respond quickly and offer actionable solutions designed to mitigate risk and capitalize on opportunity.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Our litigation and dispute resolution lawyers are always ready to roll up their sleeves and deliver the sound, practical legal strategies necessary for both short- and long-term success. Based internationally, our nimble and creative lawyers are dedicated to providing passionate client advocacy through superior trial skills and incisive industry knowledge. The synthesis of skill and experience, flexibility and strength — plus track record of success in high-stakes controversies — makes McDermott a go-to firm for large-scale, complex litigation. Our white-collar team has tried hundreds of cases in courts throughout the United States and internationally, and draws on the unmatched insights of its lawyers who previously served as senior federal prosecutors.

Private client and wealth management: From the global to the personal, the firm brings its full-service network to bear in helping closely held business owners and high-net-worth individuals effectively structure their assets, meet their wealth transfer and planning goals, and make their mark philanthropically. As clients make the critical decisions that shape their personal, business, tax, civic and charitable concerns around the world, we will be at their side with creative, customized solutions.

Regulatory: Our lawyers marry legal skill with political savvy to turn regulatory risks into forward-looking business solutions. Based in government and trade capitals around the world, our lawyers support companies traversing the increasingly complex international trade landscape, and tackle rising global antitrust activity in all major US and international forums. Wherever the business reaches, our talented regulatory lawyers can help position the your organization for success.

Tax: Our lawyers advise some of the world’s most successful companies on tax matters, including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 100. With a unique combination of tax practitioners, strategists and creative thinkers who can validate sound strategies and offer innovative solutions it helps clients advance their organization’s growth plan — with senior partners involved at every step — 365 days a year with a 360-degree view of the evolving tax landscape.

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