McDermott promotes 41 partners including eight in Germany in largest round ever

Transactions practice biggest beneficiary in round that sees proportion of women fall to just under one third

Arvin Abraham (l) and Calum Thom Images courtesy of McDermott Will & Emery

Top 25 US firm McDermott Will and Emery has promoted 41 partners across its network of offices in the US and Europe including eight in Germany in its largest round to date.

The round is a small step up from 2020, when McDermott elevated 37 to the partnership, and sees the proportion of women making up the cohort drop slightly from 35% to 32%.

The firm’s transactions practice, which it is focused on building and boosted earlier this year with six partners from UK and US rivals, has by far the most new partners, with 16. That was followed by health (8), litigation (7), tax (5) and private client, which has three. Washington DC-based Julie McConnell was the only lawyer to get the nod in the firm’s employment practice, while Richard Gräbener was made up in the IP practice in Munich.

McDermott’s offices in the US saw the bulk of the partner promotions, with Washington DC getting eight, while its New York office and Chicago headquarters each got seven. Miami was next with four, followed by one apiece in Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Wilmington.

The firm has continued to focus its European promotions on Germany, elevating eight lawyers there. Sebastian Bonk, Renate Prinz and Benedikt Schulz of the transactions practice made the cut in Düsseldorf along with litigation specialists Matthias Distler and Stefanie Soltwedel, while Munich saw life sciences lawyer Deniz Tschammler made up alongside Gräbener and in Frankfurt tax lawyer Florian Schiefer got the nod.

London was the only other of McDermott’s European offices to see partner promotions, with Arvin Abraham and Calum Thom being elevated there in the transactions practice.

The firm’s office in Paris, meanwhile, saw six lawyers promoted to counsel, along with two in Milan and one apiece in New York and Düsseldorf.

“We are so proud of this outstanding group of diverse professionals,” Ira Coleman, chair of McDermott, said. “This is a special moment in our profession: We’re at an incredible inflection point where we have the opportunity to chart a fresh path forward—and we are so excited for how this cohort of future leaders will help guide us.”  

McDermott’s Singapore office, its only location in Asia, did not see any promotions to either partner or counsel. The firm set up shop in the city-state just a few months ago, having not had a physical presence in the region since last year when it transferred its Shanghai joint venture office to Chicago rival Winston & Strawn, and in March hired Squire Patton Boggs’ Singapore co-managing partner, Ignatius Hwang, in preparation for the launch. 

A full list of the promotions is as follows:


Julie McConnell, Washington DC


Stacey Callaghan, Chicago

Gregory Fosheim, Chicago

Brian Hall, Washington DC

Caroline Reigart, Washington DC

Chelsea Rogers, Miami

Steven Schnelle, New York

Deniz Tschammler, Munich

Patrick Zanayed, Chicago

Intellectual Property

Richard Gräbener, Munich


Harrison Carpenter, Wilmington

Matthias Distler, Düsseldorf

Greer Griffith, New York

Sarah Hogarth, Washington DC

Massimiliano Moruzzi, Milan*

Richard Nicholson, New York

Ludwig von Rigal, New York*

Stefanie Soltwedel, Düsseldorf

John Song, New York

Private Client

Max Biedermann, New York

Katie Gose, Los Angeles

Chris Nason, San Francisco


Carina Kant, Düsseldorf*


Eric Carstens, Washington DC

Keith Hagan, Miami

Elizabeth Lu, Chicago

Oleg Polyatskiy, Chicago

Côme de Saint-Vincent, Paris*

Florian Schiefer, Frankfurt


Arvin Abraham, London

Nathan Barnett, Wilmington DC

Marie-Muriel Barthelet, Paris*

Giorgio Bobba, Milan*

Sebastian Bonk, Düsseldorf

David Brigleb, Washington DC

Thaddeus Chase, Dallas

Cristina Delgado, Miami

Shirin Deyhim, Paris*

Griffin Doty, New York

Diana Douglas, Silicon Valley

Maxime Fradet, Paris*

Herschel Guez, Paris*

Théophile Jomier, Paris*

Maria Navarro, Miami

Eyal Peled, New York

Eric Preston, Chicago

Renate Prinz, Düsseldorf

Benedikt Schulz, Düsseldorf

Calum Thom, London

Bernardo Vaz, Chicago

Daniel Woodard, Washington DC




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