Chairman, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Ira Coleman became Chairman of McDermott Will & Emery in 2017. He previously led the firm’s Corporate & Transactional Practice Group and served as Managing Partner of the firm's Miami office. Under Ira’s leadership, the firm adopted the unofficial mantra of #AlwaysBetter, representing the firm’s commitment to constant improvement. In an interview, Ira also shared that one of the firm's core tenets is “fostering a place where people can really be their authentic selves.” 

McDermott Will & Emery’s diversity efforts include scholarships for minority law students, mentoring, and professional development programs. The firm has been recognized by Minority Law Journal, Equality Illinois, and Immigration Equality, especially for its inclusiveness of LGBT lawyers. 

Joined LCLD 2009

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2022: Dana Dombey; 2021: Larry Guess; 2020: Mandy Kim; 2019: Diego Gomez-Cornejo; 2018: Amol Parikh; 2016: Christopher L. May; 2015: Monica Neuman; 2014: Effie D. Silva; 2013: James M. Commons; 2012: David O. Crump; 2011: Obiamaka P. Madubuko

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2022: Marjorie Soto Garcia, Elle Hayes; 2021: Matthew Chen

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted: 
2022: Arielle Ahrendts, Samantha Thompson, Arianna Swazer; 2021: Elle Infante, Chabely Jorge Urena; 2020: Gerti Wilson; 2019: Kristen Dupard; 2018: Daniel Imahiyerobo; 2017: Wendy Li 

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2016, 2014

Annual Meeting (2014) 

Member: Ira Coleman

Diversity Professionals: Jeanine Goodson, Edith GondweMichael Chu