McDermott adds 29 to partnership in US and Europe

McDermott Will & Emery is the latest US firm to announce partner promotion with 29 lawyers across 11 offices and 9 practice group making the cut to partnership. The appointments will take effect on 1 January 2012.

The number entering partnership dwarfs that of US rivals Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Sullivan & Cromwell who have also announced their January promotions.

With 10 promotions, McDermott’s Washington office saw the most number of lawyers moving up the ranks, closely followed by its Chicago outpost, which saw six enter the partnership.

Other US offices that have welcomed new partners are Orange County, Houston, Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

Internationally, the promotion round sees Gudrun Germakowski, Anja Kiewett and Andrea Hamilton being made partner in Düsseldorf, Munich and Brussels respectively. No UK-based lawyers made the cut.

Commenting on the promotions McDermott’s co-chair Jeffrey Stone said: “This year we are pleased to note that almost half of our new partners are women, reflecting our deep commitment to creating a diverse network of leaders across this firm.”

Stone noted that, consistent with the firm’s policies, all of the new partners had devoted considerable time to pro bono efforts and many of them have been recognised as rising stars in the profession.

Last year McDermott made up 25 to partnership.