In his 12 years at McDermott Will & Emery, Todd Solomon has proven to be an exceptional employee benefits attorney and a nationally recognized expert in his field. While achieving this noteworthy success in his practice area, Todd also has utilized his legal skills and leveraged his role at the firm to improve the lives of countless individuals and to advance the work of many outstanding nonprofit organizations serving our community.
The scope of Todd’s pro bono and public service work is astounding. He is the “go-to” person on pension benefits cases for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago; he has led teams of McDermott attorneys who have spent hundreds of hours performing legal assessments of nonprofit organizations through the Community Economic Development Law Project; he handles cases for children with disabilities through Equip for Equality and has been instrumental in expanding his firm’s pro bono assistance for these children; he is co-chair of McDermott’s Pro Bono & Community Service Committee in Chicago; he serves on the Board of Directors for AIDS Legal Council of Chicago; and he is a leader in the annual Investing in Justice Campaign. And those are just some of the most notable examples.
As stated by one nominator, Todd does all of this with “competence, thoughtfulness and his open and friendly manner,” which encourages others to get involved. Another admirer notes that “Todd exemplifies the highest ideals of the legal profession: a thoughtful and passionate advocate for clients, a scholar whose work on domestic partner benefits is used throughout the country, a crusader for civil rights who believes his gay and lesbian friends should not have fewer rights than he and his wife, a leader in pro bono efforts, and a generous giver of his own time.” Todd’s exceptional contributions to his profession and community embody the spirit of the Weigle Award.