McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,100 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Further extending our reach in Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.
McDermott has 80 years of serving a broad range of client interests. Established in 1934 as a tax practice in Chicago, Illinois, McDermott has grown its core practices and offices around the globe. The expansion of our international platform has supported numerous cross-border transactions and litigation matters, while providing the experience necessary to offer corporate and commercial, international and domestic tax, labor and benefits, competition, intellectual property and regulatory counsel to clients across all industries. In the years to come, we will continue to expand geographically and enhance our existing practices and industry-focused strengths. We are committed to building from these strengths in order to best serve our clients and communities.
We understand the issues faced by corporate decision makers because many of our lawyers have held key government and in-house positions. We understand how economic, social and political issues affect operations because our lawyers have navigated the complex business and regulatory environment themselves. Outstanding client service is a cornerstone of our practice that has withstood the test of geography, economy and time. We are proud of the recognition we have received from our clients for our commitment to service, and we value their satisfaction as the best measure of our success.
McDermott has a long history of social responsibility and supporting the communities in which our people live and work. We believe it is our obligation to embrace our communities and promote their well being through pro bono work, community service, charitable giving, environmental stewardship and promoting diversity. We act on this belief collectively and individually, and have made a positive difference, including providing pro bono legal services to the underserved and underrepresented, acting as volunteers in the community and as members and advisors on nonprofit boards, and working to build a more diverse legal profession. We continue to work on various ways we can improve in the future, including continuing to increase our pro bono and charitable commitments, nurture talent and diversity within our ranks and reduce our impact on the environment.
Our culture is characterized by teamwork, mutual respect and a commitment to excellence in everything we do. Our initiatives are a natural extension of the constant striving for excellence that is central to our business strategy. Accordingly, we are dedicated to ensuring that these values inform every decision we make. McDermott has established a Code of Conduct, a vitally important document about our culture that expresses what we stand for as a Firm and how we conduct ourselves in carrying out our mission. At McDermott, all of us play critical roles as stewards, ambassadors and professionals of the Firm.