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McDermott Will & Emery

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

McDermott Will & Emery is an excellent law firm with very knowledgeable, reliable and responsive attorneys. They're great partners and add enormous value to our organization.

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

The team at McDermott Will & Emery has been amazing to work with and I am very impressed with how well they know our plans, our culture and our overall benefit strategy. Our key ERISA attorney, Jeff Holdtvogt is top notch. He is very proactive and has offered us advice and counsel that has helped us stay compliant in the most cost effective manner.

Noreen Cleary USG Corporation

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Our team at McDermott Will & Emery is responsive, creative and willing to jump in to solve complicated and sensitive issues.

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Our experience with McDermott Will & Emery was excellent. Our ESOP transaction team was professional, responsive, creative and efficient. A pleasure to work with.

Jeff Haber W&W Glass, LLC

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

McDermott Will & Emery are very knowledgeable and business oriented. Some of the best attorneys I have worked with in my career.

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

I have worked with Jacob Mattinson and his team at McDermott Will & Emery for various benefit related items and have had a great experience each and every time.

Carey Kopcha Workforce Logiq

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

I have only recently begun work with McDermott Will & Emery and I am very impressed with their team. They are very responsive, thorough, and resourceful. Great experience thus far!

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

McDermott Will & Emery provides efficient actionable advice.

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Erin Turley of McDermott Will & Emery is one of the best lawyers I've worked with in 10+ years as an in house lawyer. She is incredibly knowledgeable and credible before senior members of management and Boards of Directors. She has the ability to condense and simplify a very complicated body of law in ERISA to very effectively communicate with her clients. She has been a fantastic advisor for us and we value her contributions.

Brian Roemer Abt Associates, Inc.

Tax Law

My experiences with McDermott Will & Emery have consistently been superb for over 30 years.

Sue Beriont The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation

Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery is a very good firm. I've been working with them for many years.

Tax Law

The McDermott Will & Emery Tax team is deeply knowledgeable across a variety of technical tax topics relevant to our company, and also deeply familiar with our business and structures, allowing them to tailor their advice to be very practical and actionable. Their responsiveness is instant, which is so helpful to us given the dynamic nature of our business and unprecedented changes in tax laws. I would also like to note that the quality of McDermott's written advice compared to other advisors is exceptional.

Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery's attorneys consistently provides superior technical advice and pragmatic solutions. One of the firm's greatest strength is its ability to communicate complex issues in simple, understandable, and actionable terms. Partnering with McDermott Will & Emery on transactions or planning provides me with the highest level of confidence and peace of mind.

Tax Law

John Lutz at McDermott Will & Emery is my trusted advisor for all tax matters. He is knowledgeable and very practical. He always delivers.

Tax Law

I work regularly with McDermott Will & Emery's Lowell Yoder (Chicago) and Tim Shuman (DC) for quite a number of years. I have found them both to be tremendously knowledgeable about the respective subject matter and very good at explaining the issue to me as well as effectively advising and navigating me through the situation while also being very clear about the probabilities of success in any given situation. I continuously utilize them as my primary tax advisors and highly recommend them.

Robert Westreich Newell Brands

Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery has an excellent understanding of tax law and application to the situations we encounter. They can make complex legal issues understandable and help come to a workable resolution. We rely on the advice we receive extensively.

Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery efficiently provides practical advice that helps us achieve our business objectives.

Ben Newell Spigot Inc. / Eightpoint Technologies Ltd.

Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery are very business purposed, responsive and results oriented.

Tax Law

John Lutz, of McDermott Will & Emery, understands virtually every aspect of the Internal Revenue Code.

Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery tax understands my businesses and our planning "personality" and delivers efficient, on-point advice. I trust and value their input, and I trust them to tell me what I need to hear rather than just what I want to hear. They work as a part of the team as problem solvers, and are very good about tailoring their level of involvement to what we need. We get ready access to the right expertise. Further, they are good human beings and it is a pleasure to work with them.

Matt Lykken Illinois Tool Works

Tax Law

I am consistently impressed by the superb quality of McDermott Will & Emery's tax department. Unlike at other firms, where there are significant variations in quality and skills between different partners, every partner in McDermott's tax group is at the top of their game. Others at my company work with the Chicago office, and they are equally impressed. I should note that I am exceptionally impressed by Miami partner Mike Bruno. In addition to being a very talented tax attorney, Mike is extremely efficient, knows what market positions are on tax issues that do not have a clear answer, and provides advice that can be implemented. We rely on him, and we think the world of Mike.

Tax Law

McDermott Will & Emery is an incredible team doing very sophisticated, complex, and cutting edge estate, charitable, and wealth transfer tax planning for the benefit of their high net worth clients.

Trusts & Estates Law

McDermott Will & Emery provides superb, and always timely, advice that adds value to all of our trusts (both in documentation of the trusts themselves and planning for the creation of new trusts) as well as adding great value in compliance and planning with respect to family members' estates.

Jack Gallagher Globe Corporation

Trusts & Estates Law

The McDermott Will & Emery firm is knowledgeable, responsive and a pleasure to work with. I have the highest respect for the partners, Elyse Kirschner and Carlyn S. McCaffrey.

Trusts & Estates Law

The lawyers at McDermott Will & Emery are top-notch and a pleasure to work with.

Bernie Krooks Littman Krooks

Trusts & Estates Law

McDermott Will & Emery has a very deep bench across their offices nationwide (and in the UK) that are very talented in all aspects of trusts and estates law, with expertise in the various income, gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes that is a must to competently do this type of work on behalf of high net worth clients.

Bet-the-Company Litigation

I turn McDermott Will & Emery for my Bet-the-Company litigations, and they've never let me down. They are imaginative, persuasive, and organized. This team is on another level; with them on my side, I feel like I'm bringing a bazooka to a knife fight. My favorites are Jon Dean, Tala Jayadevan, and Russell Hayman.

Noah Webster Zix Corporation

Information Technology Law

McDermott Will & Emery is the best outside counsel I work with. They have a practical, business oriented approach. They take ownership of the matters and drive them through to a successful conclusion. The lawyers always act as if they are owners of the business and therefore provide the best support possible for a given matter.

Gregg Notte Orange Business Services

Antitrust Law

I have been pleased with the work that McDermott Will & Emery has provided to my organization, not only in the area of anti-trust but in healthcare as well.

William F. Sherwood SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HEALTHCARE

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

McDermott Will & Emery are very up to date and practical on employee benefit matters. Quick turns of documents and questions.

Information Technology Law

McDermott Will & Emery has done an excellent job in understanding the IT issues involved in two client related transactions. As a result, provided practical advice and solutions to handle the matters which brought about a favorable resolution for my company.

Health Care Law

McDermott Will & Emery's Chris Jedrey is terrific.

Biotechnology Law

McDermott Will & Emery has great depth and breadth of expertise in Biotechnology Law.

Trusts & Estates Law

The experience level and collaborative nature of the McDermott Will & Emery team is outstanding. The fees continue to be at the top end of the market and we are willing to pay for the collaborative, thoughtful, holistic approach.

Trusts & Estates Law

I work with Bill Butler, at McDermott Will & Emery, and he and the firm are absolutely top-notch in all categories. I regularly refer colleagues to the firm without hesitation for estate planning.

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

McDermott Will & Emery has handled a complex and contentious case professionally and within the economic parameters expected. The attorneys were responsive, professional and worked in a positive and friendly manner with all company personnel. They explained the process in clear and concise terms. We would not hesitate recommending McDermott to other companies facing similar circumstances.

Corporate Law

I have worked with McDermott Will & Emery on many legal matters including a sale, tax issues and many other commercial matters. Compared to other firms we have worked with in the past, this firm is very quick to resolve any legal request.

John Pope O'Neill Wetsuits, LLC

Corporate Law

I have worked with Mark Mihanovic from McDermott Will & Emery since 2007. He is very conscientious and attentive to details. He is professional and easy to work with. He always delivers on time and on budget. Could not have asked for a better corporate attorney.

Health Care Law

I couldn't have been more pleased with how McDermott Will & Emery handled all matters we worked on together. In particular, Bernadette Broccolo, Rachel Cowen and Ralph DeJong made themselves available 7 days a week as we worked through some very difficult and trying circumstances. Their counsel guided our firm and me through some challenging and time-sensitive issues and I'm confident we would not have achieved the outcomes we did without them at our side. I am particularly grateful to have had access to each of them day or night and grateful to Bernadette for allowing me to have her on speed-dial and always accessible. Real professionals who understood not only the legal dimensions of the issues but the human ones as well. They made a great team.

Randall Easton USW Holding Company, LLC

Health Care Law

We have worked extensively with Gary Gertler and Tomer Konowiecki at McDermott Will & Emery on several significant acquisitions and affiliations. They are exceedingly responsive and practical, efficiently moving deals forward while simultaneously ensuring our interests are appropriately protected. Moreover, they have extensive knowledge of emerging industry trends and deal terms, effectively serving as both trusted counsel and invaluable business advisors. Gary and Tomer have long held the trust of both our legal team and senior business leaders.

Max Reynolds John Muir Health

Health Care Law

Chris Jedrey and his team at McDermott Will & Emery are excellent, highly experienced and very attentive to client needs!

Lisa Fleming Commonwealth Care Alliance

Health Care Law

McDermott Will & Emery are very professional, first class work at all times. They are mindful of our business needs and efficient with our time when reviewing options/changes to legal documents. Great to work with at all times, great responsiveness, thorough follow-up and good communications.

Jay Sweetnich Community Health Systems, Inc.

Health Care Law

The McDermott Will & Emery attorneys are clearly leaders in the practice of health care law issues. They have all been supportive and responsive to the legal issues and requests that I have presented to them.

Leanne Ebert Murphy Comprehensive Pharmacy Services

Health Care Law

We have relied on McDermott Will & Emery for work on mergers and acquisitions, as well as population health governance structures.

Health Care Law

My reference is in regard to Gary Gertler at McDermott Will & Emery who is a healthcare guru. He is very responsive and typically has answers on the spot. He is on top of all relevant current events in healthcare.

David Morony Casa Colina, Inc.

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Bernie Grondin is the lawyer we work with most frequently at McDermott Will & Emery. I have found him extremely knowledgeable and results oriented. Bernie is very good at stepping back to see the big picture and help me as a client avoid excess risk, but ultimately navigate a path to completing a transaction. I find he is very collaborative and trust his opinion.

Sean Dempsey Sheridan Capital Partners

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Bernie Grondin and Dana Dombey at McDermott Will & Emery are the best lawyers I have worked with.

Securitization and Structured Finance Law

David Taub, McDermott Will & Emery, is an innovator in the Structured Finance world.

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Mark Pearlstein of McDermott Will & Emery is a consummate professional who I have worked with for nearly 20 years, and who I rely on to give practical guidance and real-world solutions. He has served as managing partner on my accounts across several different companies and is always responsive, receptive, strategic and accommodating. I give him and McDermott Will & Emery the highest recommendation.

Appellate Practice

Michael Kimberly of McDermott Will & Emery, is a brilliant lawyer and a fantastic writer!

Travis Cushman American Farm Bureau Federation

Appellate Practice

McDermott Will & Emery lawyers are brilliant long-term strategists; really understand the national perspective on tough thorny issues.

Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg Legal Aid Justice Center

Commercial Litigation

Andrew Kratenstein, with McDermott Will & Emery, is always incredibly responsive and able to efficiently deal with any matter he works on with us.

James Denniston New York Mets

Commercial Litigation

McDermott Will & Emery are very experienced litigators and move the case forward efficiently.

Tobias Tillmann Erste Abwicklungsanstalt

Commercial Litigation

McDermott Will & Emery and specifically, John Calandra and Andrew Kratenstein, have been my attorneys of record on multiple occasions. They are always the first call I make. They are diligent, responsive and competent.

Commercial Litigation

McDermott Will & Emery represents us in a number of areas. In 2019 we had a significant lawsuit that included multiple parties including two multi-billion dollar enterprises. Several teams of attorneys were representing their clients, all experts in their respective fields. McDermott's team was by far the best. The knowledge, the strategy and the passion were unparalleled, which won us an extremely favorable settlement. We could not be more grateful and impressed with the services provided. If our company's life depended on it, I would never go with litigation team that would not include Peter Sacripanti, John Calandra and Sarah Columbia to name a few of their experts.

Marc-Alexander Lange Fresh Blends

Commercial Litigation

John Calandra, of McDermott Will & Emery, is an outstanding litigation attorney. As Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel at three different companies, I have retained John and his litigation team on numerous occasions, and he has consistently delivered outstanding results. John is extremely energetic, intelligent, responsive, and creative. He is particularly adept at developing strategies designed to deliver positive results. His ability to see the big picture, combined with his uncanny attention to detail, enables him to seemingly be one step ahead of opposing counsel every step of the way. John is my go-to outside counsel for litigation because he is a pleasure to work with and he delivers.

Commercial Litigation

I turn to McDermott Will & Emery for important commercial litigations, and they've never let me down. They are imaginative, persuasive, and organized. This team is on another level, with them on my side, I feel like I'm bringing a bazooka to a knife fight. My favorites are Jon Dean, Tala Jayadevan, and Russell Hayman.

Noah Webster Zix Corporation

Litigation - Trusts & Estates

I have worked with a few of the Chicago based trusts and estates litigation lawyers at McDermott Will & Emery. Dave Baker and Jared Cloud are among them and they are first-rate lawyers and people. All of the attorneys I have worked with at the various offices of McDermott Will & Emery (probably 25+ lawyers over the past 15 years), trusts and estates litigation, estate and wealth planning, and trust administration are among the very best in the United States. I would have no hesitancy in recommending them to any of my family or clients.

G Barton Mowry Maupin, Cox & LeGoy

Litigation - Bankruptcy

We trust Andrew Kratenstein and his team at McDermott to handle our most important bankruptcy matters. They are always willing to work with us to find a cost effective way to handle our critical matters.

James Denniston New York Mets

Litigation - Bankruptcy

McDermott Will & Emery handled all litigation in the bankruptcy case in an aggressive and professional manner. The firm's professional bankruptcy litigators spent considerable time in explaining the issues, working with the company and its professionals throughout the discovery, pleadings, witness preparation, depositions and testimony. All professionals were responsive, adjusted schedules and dates to accommodate officers and directors and handled the matters in a satisfactory and professional manner.

Patent Law

McDermott Will & Emery has fantastic expertise in patent law and provided excellent support in implementing our patent program. We can effectively rely on McDermott Will & Emery to run and support our program. The team is highly responsive via various messaging systems, has very quick turnaround times and is super efficient. We are very happy that we found such a supportive and reliable partner for our patent program and all related matters.

Sophia Mangold AppDirect

Patent Law

The McDermott Will & Emery team has been our partner since the company's inception and helped us build a robust portfolio of 40+ patents in our first year. Their partnership has been an invaluable component of our IP and IP-related strategy at a global level.

John Mascari Blueland

Trademark Law

We very much value our partnership with McDermott Will & Emery and our relationship partner, Christina Martini. She is an absolute and total expert in trademark law, and her customer service is second to none.

Trademark Law

The Chicago trademark team of McDermott Will & Emery, lead by Tina Martini, is world class. As a global company, we rely on them without hesitation for all trademark-related issues, large and small. They are incredibly responsive, creative, ethical, and grounded.

Trademark Law

Working with McDermott Will & Emery is extremely easy and streamlined. All the lawyers that I have worked with know the trademark industry extremely well but do not shy away from including their colleagues to weigh in on topics that they might not have as much experience with.

Marti Franklin Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Information Technology Law

I work with David Guedry and Cate Howe at McDermott Will & Emery. They're excellent, technical attorneys, commercially focused and provide good counsel. I highly recommend both.

Mark Sproat Follett Corporation

Information Technology Law

Shawn Helms at McDermott Will & Emery combines deep expertise in IT matters with excellent client responsiveness.

Andrew Warren CTS Corporation

Information Technology Law

Outstanding services from McDermott Will & Emery technology team in Dallas. They are approachable, business oriented, and unless they are very busy pretty responsive team.

Nathalie Levy Linedata

Information Technology Law

The McDermott, Will & Emery folks do a very nice job on all. of our work, fielding a team of knowledgeable, enthusiastic lawyers.

Information Technology Law

McDermott Will & Emery tries to understand the goals before starting work in order to make the engagement as efficient as possible. Setting aside their strong technical knowledge, it is good to have a business partner on my side.

Privacy and Data Security Law

I've worked with McDermott Will & Emery on a number of privacy issues, and rely on them when I have a complicated issue. Our private equity owner has even invited a partner from McDermott Will & Emery for speaking engagement due to our positive relationship.

Labor Law - Management

With recent additions to the practice, McDermott Will & Emery now has one of the best labor teams in California. Dave Durham is one of the best management side labor lawyers in the country. Chris Foster is one of the most thoughtful and responsive attorneys I've ever worked with. Beyond their deep substantive expertise, they have that rare gift where they actually understand how their counsel has to work in the practice of the business. These are my go-to lawyers for anything that even touches labor, and it's always worth getting their thoughts.

Lucas Muzoz Lyft, Inc.

Labor Law - Management

McDermott Will & Emery are absolute experts in the area of labor and employment law. The exceptional breadth of experience possessed by Ronald Holland in particular makes the firm the first place to seek fast, reliable, and frankly on the spot advice. They take the needs and personality of our company into account whenever fashioning a response so the experience feels personal.

Real Estate Law

McDermott Will & Emery attorneys are fast, creative, and have a deep understanding of both legal and business.

Seung Kim BridgeRock Capital

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

The depth and breadth of knowledge and responsiveness and willingness to help find a solution they may not be able to provide directly really set the McDermott Will & Emery team apart.

Kelly Holmes Woodforest National Bank

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Erin Turley, of McDermott Will & Emery, is fantastic. ERISA counsel can be difficult to understand, but she is able to simplify in a way that we can understand. She is highly responsive and is cost effective. We appreciate our partnership with Erin.

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

We get great expertise and immediate responses from our lawyers at McDermott Will & Emery. They are always available when issue come up and are very efficient and effective in their responses. We really appreciate the professional/personal relationships that we have developed.

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

We have worked with Allison Wilkerson, with McDermott Will & Emery, as we explored the possibility of becoming an ESOP and ever since having become one in May 2018. She is the best of the best!

Jim Susman STG Design

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