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McDermott Will and Emery

All of our employees are different and we embrace the diverse and thoughtful perspectives each brings, but there is something we all share—something we value above all else. It’s a drive for constant improvement embedded in our DNA. It pushes us to be better partners to our clients, better mentors to our associates, better collaborators with our business professionals and better change agents in our communities. We call it “Always Better,” and it’s the McDermott mantra and our north star.

Our clients see that drive in the way we help them pursue their boldest vision of tomorrow. They choose us because we are tireless in our pursuit of creative solutions to complex problems, and because we go beyond great ideas to give them the tools they need to make real progress toward their goals.

We deliver on that promise for our people too, providing best-in-class technology, extensive professional development, award-winning business development support, a transparent compensation structure and a balanced approach to success.
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When you work with McDermott, you don’t just get the experience of an individual. You get a purpose-built, tightly woven network of legal thought leaders who marry their passion for business with a deep, focused understanding of the law.

Most importantly, we’re committed to helping you make real progress against your goals—to turning those big ideas into actionable plans—and to making it as easy and enjoyable as possible.
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McDermott Will & Emery propels the success of the world’s most respected, dynamic and important organizations. Together, we fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. Pride and determination abound here because every member of our team is respected, supported and inspired to exceed.... Read more

Additional Culture Details

Our core values guide our decisions and our approach to our relationships with clients and the communities we serve.

Our clients’ goals are our goals

We win by understanding their business, investing in their success and by putting their interests ahead of our own

We love what we do and the good it creates

The best relationships are built on honest communication, radical transparency and a healthy dose of fun

We celebrate success, but aspire to be “Always Better”

Excellence and happiness go hand in hand

In pursuit of success, we will:

Prioritize solutions over ideas

Bring our best to the table every day

Stand together and support each other—always

Embrace new and diverse perspectives

Anticipate change and adapt quickly
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Chicago, IL


1,570 US Employees



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