William Shaw McDermott is a partner with K&L Gates LLP. He was raised in Dedham, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, and has lived most of his adult life in the same town with his wife, Hope Chatterton McDermott, and their three children. He graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in European History magna cum laude, matriculated into a graduate program in Modern History at Oxford University, and received his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School. He served as a Law Clerk to Andrew A. Caffrey, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Mr. McDermott has practiced law in Boston for forty years. In recent decades, he has concentrated on complex commercial litigations and class actions, internal investigations, and the defense of government enforcement actions. He has also dedicated substantial time in civic and community activities, including service as President of the Boston Bar Foundation; as President of Dexter School and Southfield School; as President of the Harvard Club of Boston; and in leadership positions as a Director, Trustee, and Overseer at Harvard teaching hospitals and the Harvard School of Public Health. Mr. McDermott is active in local, state, and national politics. Mr. McDermott has published articles on historical, legal, and other topics in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and legal publications. He has spoken on legal issues at national and international forums. Mr. McDermott is an appointee of the President of the United States.
Mr. McDermott is Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive and Governance Committee. He is also an ex-officio member of the Business Administration, Dulles Corridor, Ethics Review, Finance, Human Resources, Nominations, Risk Management, and Strategic Development Committees.