THE FIRM Fielding a team of 50 lawyers, McDermott's Chicago office is notable for having one of the largest employee benefits teams on the market, capable of handling any type of complex matter. A notable new client in this regard is Yahoo!, whom the team is advising in relation to health and welfare-related benefits work, including healthcare reform, and qualified retirement plans. The office also covers a range of traditional labor and employment law matters on behalf of its often healthcare-oriented clients.
Sources say: "Their service is outstanding." "They met or beat all of my deadlines. It made me look good so I appreciated that - and the work was quality!"
KEY INDIVIDUALS Joe Adams is "a phenomenal attorney," whose employee benefits and executive compensation practice focuses more specifically on the development of unique salary and incentive structures in compensation programs. Peers hold him in high regard for his responsiveness and activity on behalf of clients US Sugar and Motorola Solutions.
Nancy Ross is revered on the Illinois market for her ERISA litigation practice and is noted as "exceptional in the field." With expertise in the representation of employers, boards of directors, plan fiduciaries and trustees, her recent work has been in defense of State Street and Northrop Grumman.
Paul Compernolle operates purely in the arena of employee benefits, with a practice emphasizing 401(k) pension plans and ESOPs, as well the benefits side of acquisitions and sales.
Karen Simonsen is a lawyer who exhibits "meticulous attention to detail." Her practice is centered on qualified retirement plan compliance issues, equity compensation programs and fiduciary matters.
Stephen Erf is praised by clients as "an excellent attorney," who has "the right degree of experience and exposure." Practicing in civil rights and benefits matters, much of his work concerns wage and hour matters, union issues, collective bargaining and restrictive covenants.
Jared Kaplan is a distinguished veteran of McDermott's team, commended by fellow lawyers on the Chicago employee benefits and executive compensation market for his expertise in ESOP matters, federal tax and corporate finance.