McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

California
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McDermott Will & Emery is praised as “outstanding” for its private wealth offering in this market. “I couldn't have asked for more, the team is very responsive and creative,” enthuses a source. “From a technical expertise perspective, they are the top firm in the country,” reports a market insider, adding: “For very large, very complicated matters they are incredible.”

A source says: “Our experience with the firm has been excellent. The attorneys are knowledgeable, but, perhaps more importantly, get to the point of the matter quickly and provide practical, common-sense advice. We work with many law firms and advisers on estate planning and related matters. Among those firms, McDermott ranks among the best, if not the best.”

Notable practitioners

Elizabeth Glasgow advises individuals and families on estate planning and wealth preservation matters. She provides assistance with business succession plans and charitable giving structures. "Elizabeth is creative, smart and very good at explaining complex subjects and making them simple to understand," states a source. Another observes: "She is really thoughtful and is really developing a practice."

Julie Kwon focuses her practice on estate planning for high net worth families and individuals. One source praises her for "technical expertise and intellect," stating: "She is very smart and is also very direct, she is not afraid to give clients advice. She is decisive." Another interviewee enthuses: "She is superb, her technical skills are at the absolute top of everyone I have seen."

Laurelle Gutierrez advises high net worth individuals and families on a range of tax planning and trust and estate administration matter. "She is smart and thoughtful," praises one source. Another adds: "She is very personable and listens to the client."

Read Moore advises wealthy clients on a range of issues, including estate planning, tax controversy and business succession planning. One source highlights his strengths as "his accessibility, his creativity and his ability to connect with the family and bridge the gap in understanding." A California lawyer enthuses: "I love Read, he is a very, very smart lawyer." "Read continues to impress us with his expertise in international tax law and estate tax planning," reports a market insider.

Michael Rosen-Prinz is a "very bright up-and-coming practitioner, he has a good future ahead of him," says a peer. A client states: "He provides thoughtful guidance, solutions, and counsel for estate planning needs and more. He is a valuable asset to have in the room when discussing all matters. He's also able to be flexible between serious and light-hearted matters. We enjoy working with Michael and consider him part of the team."

Nicole Pearl is a highly experienced estate planning practitioner and enjoys a strong reputation. "She is very bright and an excellent lawyer," says one source. "She has all of the qualities I value in a lawyer, collaborative, smart, client-centric and just a pleasure to work with," enthuses a peer.