The team at McDermott Will & Emery "are very competent and intelligent in all subject matters," states a source. A market commentator adds: "The depth and breadth of the team and their ability to provide integrated advice across different disciplines is a key differentiator for them and sets them apart from other firms."
The firm has a very strong reputation for its work with wealthy clients. It is particularly well regarded for its expertise in fiduciary litigation, estates and trusts. An observer says: "MWE does a phenomenal job with high-level strategy but also with the tactical details and execution."
David Baker "is the standard by which others are measured," says a market commentator, adding: "He is regarded as the best." He is highly regarded for his work in trust and estate disputes, as well as his experience in fiduciary litigation.
Carol Harrington is highly regarded for her work in the private wealth field. Harrington "knows generation-skipping transfer tax like no one else," says a market commentator.
William Butler "is the epitome of a trusted adviser," says a source, before continuing: "While he's a specialist within the estate planning, trusts and estates field, he's an expert generalist in many areas so that he can provide strategic and integrated advice to clients. He's very practical, proactive and strategic," states a source. Butler focuses his practice on high-profile succession planning cases, particularly for multi-generational families. He is highly respected for his expertise in estates and trusts.
Richard Dees "is a true expert. He is a guru when it comes to structuring matters. He is able to understand complex matters. He is very clever in his solutions," says a source. Dees advises high net worth clients on a range of tax and business planning matters.
David Herpe is described as "really good" by a source. His private wealth practice is focused on succession and estate planning.
Bobbi Bierhals "is a very strong attorney," says a source, who adds: "She is great with clients and very smart." Another adds: "Bobbi is a technical expert but also a true trusted adviser to clients. She has strategic vision and helps guide families through generational transitions, balancing good structure, good governance and a good understanding of family dynamics." Bierhals advises high net worth clients on business, tax and estate planning.
Neil Kawashima "is a top-notch lawyer who consistently delivers quality work product. He has excellent client service and depth of knowledge in his subject matter areas," states a commentator. Another source says: "Neil is an expert in many areas." Kawashima focuses his practice on charitable giving and planning matters.
Richard Lang is described as a "wonderful technician," who "knows the tax law history better than anyone." Lang is well regarded and focuses his practice on charitable and tax planning.
Elise McGee is a Chicago-based private client partner. She advises high net worth individuals and business owners on a wide array of wealth transfer planning matters. She has expertise in estates and trusts, tax, cryptocurrency and real estate matters.
Adam Sherman"is a truly smart, thoughtful and thorough attorney. He is easy to work with and approachable. We have complete confidence in him," says a source. He has expertise in business succession estates and tax planning.
Michael Sorrow "is a top-notch thinker and is laser-focused on service to the client," says a source, while another adds: "His clients really enjoy him as a person. He has genuinely new ideas and that makes him very valuable." Sorrow works on estate planning, business structuring and succession matters.