Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with 22 offices across the Americas, Europe and Asia. We are known for our client-focused approach to providing creative solutions to complex problems on behalf of businesses, governments and individuals. Mayer Brown is particularly renowned for our Supreme Court & Appellate, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Securities, Banking & Finance, Real Estate and Tax practices. Widely reported recent accomplishments include representing WVB East End Partners on a public-private partnership to finance an Indiana-Kentucky toll bridge with the largest issuance to date—more than $675 million—of surface transportation private activity bonds; a win for Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility before the US Patent and Trademark Office, which effectively ended a two-year patent infringement suit filed against the clients and 18 other high-tech companies; and landmark trial and appellate wins in residential mortgage-backed securities litigation that sought approval of an $8.5 billion settlement of loan repurchase and mortgage servicing claims—the largest private settlement in history.
In 2015, for the sixth consecutive year, Financial Times ranked Mayer Brown among the most innovative North American law firms, and, for the fifth consecutive year, Law360 named us one of the 20 law firms that had “the biggest global presence and handled the most large, significant and groundbreaking international and cross-border matters over the past year.” Testifying to our reputation for prowess across practices, Mayer Brown wins many awards for litigation and transactional work. Benchmark Litigation 2016 awarded Mayer Brown a top-tier ranking in the national appellate category. In 2015, Mayer Brown was named to Global Investigations Review’s inaugural “GIR 30” list of the “most trusted” firms in the world for cross-border investigations work. Mayer Brown was also named one of six “Complex Commercial Litigation Powerhouses” by BTI Consulting Group in its Litigation Outlook 2016 report. We were named “European Law Firm of the Year” in GlobalCapital’s 2015 Global Derivatives Awards. Also in 2015, for the second consecutive year, Mayer Brown was named “Best Law Firm” in the Asset-Backed Securities category of GlobalCapital’s US Securitization Awards. International Financial Law Review named Mayer Brown “Project Finance Team of the Year” in the 2015 IFLR Americas Awards, and International Tax Review named the firm “North America Tax Disputes Firm of the Year” at the 2015 Americas Tax Awards. And we have worked on many “deals of the year” for 2015: Global M&A Network’s “Energy & Services Turnaround of the Year” and “Special Situation M&A Deal of the Year,” the International M&A Awards’ “Cross Border Restructuring Deal of the Year,” International Tax Review's “Americas Technology and Telecommunications Tax Deal of the Year,” The Asian Lawyer’s “Finance Deal of the Year: Insolvency & Restructuring” and China Law & Practice’s “Energy & Natural Resources Deal of the Year.”
Mayer Brown serves many of the world’s largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng Index companies, together with global leaders in major industries. We provide a global service to our clients through seven offices in Asia, five offices in Europe and ten offices in the Americas (including our association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados in Brazil). In Asia, the firm operates as Mayer Brown JSM as a result of a 2008 combination with JSM (formerly Johnson Stokes & Master), a leading Asian law firm.
Diversity and Inclusion
Inclusion begins with opportunity. Mayer Brown strives to foster a workplace environment that welcomes, respects and embraces differences and in which every lawyer has an equal opportunity to succeed and reach his or her full potential. We continue to seek and promote innovative and effective ways to increase the number of diverse students interested in law school and to recruit diverse law students and lateral attorneys. Our ethnically diverse, female and LGBT lawyers are heavily involved in our recruiting efforts as interviewers and Recruiting Committee members.
We also ensure that all of our associates are provided with challenging work assignments and the necessary career guidance to reach their full potential as practicing lawyers. Our efforts take on many forms, including national and local office diversity programs, which enable diverse lawyers in all US offices to meet locally for professional development and networking programs. These programs provide our diverse lawyers with additional opportunities to interact with the firm’s senior management and practice leaders, network with other diverse lawyers, enhance professional and business development skills, influence firm policy, and obtain guidance and mentoring on the path to partnership.
Notably, for the sixth consecutive year, Mayer Brown is proud to have received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The firm has won the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s prestigious Sager Award for our sustained commitment to advance the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse lawyers. We have also been ranked in recent years as one of Working Mother’s Best Law Firms for Women, and by Multicultural Law magazine as one of the “Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity” and the “Top 100 Law Firms for Women.”
Mayer Brown is a leader in developing innovative approaches to pro bono work. We were the first major law firm to develop and implement a pro bono strategic plan, and we strive to pioneer projects that will have a substantial impact, both locally and globally.
The firm strongly encourages every lawyer to participate in the pro bono program and provides credit for the hours they contribute. To foster the firm’s commitment to pro bono, we require that every incoming first- and second-year associate complete 60 hours of pro bono within their first year at the firm. And we have a pro bono department dedicated to managing the firm’s pro bono program and ensuring that our lawyers get the support they need to become involved in the firm’s pro bono work.
The guiding purpose of our program is to use the resources of one of the world’s largest law firms to attack systemic problems. We have formalized projects that allow us to maximize impact while still encouraging our lawyers to find individual cases and issues of importance to them. Through our pro bono program, we not only help individuals rebuild and restore their lives, we help foster the industries and organizations that address the underlying issues and challenges those individuals face.
Pro bono efforts of note include a microfinance initiative that counts among its clients the Grameen Foundation, ACCION, FINCA International and Root Capital; extensive involvement in marriage equality litigation and LGBT issues; assistance to veterans; and continued work in the area of refugees, asylum and immigration. The firm also has a significant pro bono appellate and Supreme Court practice. Through our Seventh Circuit Project, we have handled more than 165 cases in the areas of prisoners’ rights, habeas corpus and immigration. We have also argued numerous pro bono cases in front of the Supreme Court, with three pro bono cases before the Court in the October 2015 term alone. In addition, the firm recently launched global initiatives in the areas of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Transparency and Good Governance, Economic Development and International Human Rights.
Our achievements on behalf of pro bono clients have garnered considerable praise. Most recently Mayer Brown was:
- The recipient of the “Bill of Rights in Action Award” from the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago in 2015 for our work with the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of same-sex couples in the Wisconsin marriage equality cases
- Recognized in 2015 for our work helping the DC Appleseed organization advance local self-government in the US Capital area by helping to secure budget autonomy for the District of Columbia
- Named the inaugural winner of the “AT&T Pro Bono Partner Law Firm of the Year” award in 2014
- Named with Caterpillar Inc. as the 2014 “Corporate Partners of the Year” by the Tahirih Justice Center for investing more than 3,500 hours researching forced marriage laws
- Honored for capital defense-related pro bono work by Texas Defender Service, a non-profit organization working to improve the quality of representation afforded to those facing a death sentence in Texas
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