Mayer Brown: A Leading Law Firm

Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with 20 offices across the Americas, Europe and Asia. The firm is known for its client-focused approach to providing creative solutions to complex problems on behalf of businesses, governments and individuals. The firm is particularly renowned for its Supreme Court & Appellate, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Securities, Banking & Finance, Real Estate and Tax practices. Widely reported recent accomplishments include successfully representing Nestlé S.A., the world’s largest food company, in its $11.85 billion purchase of Pfizer’s infant nutrition business and a win in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, which one publication characterized as a case that “turned the world of consumer class action law on its head.”

Testifying to Mayer Brown’s reputation for prowess across practices, in 2012, Mayer Brown was an American Lawyer finalist for “Litigation Department of the Year” and, in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year, was named one of the top appellate firms by The National Law Journal. Mayer Brown’s successful representation of the Government of Indonesia in a dispute before the World Trade Organization (WTO) was named the “Global Dispute of the Year” in the International Litigation Category at the inaugural Global Legal Awards sponsored by The American Lawyer. The firm also was named International Tax Review’s Americas “Firm of the Year” and was recognized as one of the 20 law firms with “the greatest worldwide reach and expertise” by Law360. As noted below, the firm is ranked among the top law firms for diversity and for women lawyers and a leader in the representation of pro bono clients and nonprofit organizations.

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. Mayer Brown provides a global service to its clients through eight offices in Asia, five offices in Europe and seven offices in the United States. In Asia, the firm operates as Mayer Brown JSM as a result of its 2008 combination with JSM (formerly Johnson Stokes & Master), a leading Asian law firm. In Brazil, the firm has an association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados.

Corporate Citizenship

Mayer Brown is large and diverse, but we are unified by our shared values and our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe in using our knowledge and professional capabilities to support and contribute to the communities in which we live and work through pro bono work and good citizenship activities.

We fulfill our corporate social responsibility through pro bono work and community activities firmwide. Our pro bono program attacks systemic problems around the world while providing our knowledge and experience to individuals, nongovernmental organizations and governments.

Our lawyers participate in a broad range of pro bono, public service and community activities throughout the world. We offer not only legal representation in trial, appellate and transactional matters; we provide training and encouragement to junior lawyers attracted to public interest law as well as financial support to public interest organizations.

Diversity and Inclusion

Mayer Brown is proud to have been ranked among the “Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity” and “Top 100 Law Firms for Women” by Multicultural Law magazine (2012). We strive to foster a workplace environment that welcomes, respects and embraces differences, and in which diverse lawyers can thrive.

Inclusion begins with opportunity. 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 candidates. By engaging law schools and colleges directly, Mayer Brown builds programs for students at all levels of higher education to increase the pool of lawyers from diverse backgrounds. 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.

Pro Bono

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 among the first to integrate pro bono and training. The firm strives 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. We are a signatory to the “Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge,” which commits us to devote three percent of total billable time to pro bono work, a goal that the firm consistently exceeds. To foster the firm’s commitment to pro bono, we also 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 three lawyers 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 to 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 as client [that counts among its clients?] the Grameen Foundation, ACCION, FINCA International and Root Capital, among others; extensive involvement in marriage equality litigation; and continued work in the area of asylum and immigration. The firm also has a significant pro bono appellate and Supreme Court practice. Through our Seventh Circuit Project, we have opened more than 150 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. 

Recent achievements on behalf of pro bono clients have garnered considerable praise, including the following:

  • Recognized by Appleseed in 2013 as one of its “Orchard of Justice” law firms for contributing more than $1 million in pro bono hours within the past five years
  • Recipient of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s 2013 “Pro Bono Partner Award” in honor of the firm’s significant pro bono support and commitment to the community
  • Named “Best Firm for Pro Bono Work” at the 2012 Asia Women in Business Law Awards 
  • Honored by Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2011 for work with Transparency International on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption Global Review Project
  • Recipient of the Legal Aid Society of New York’s 2011 and 2010 Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding service to the Legal Aid Society and its clients
  • Recipient of the 2011 LatinoJustice PRLDEF Cesar A. Perales Award for work on the annual “How to Succeed in Law School” program
  • Recipient of the 2011 Pro Bono Initiative Award from the Public Interest Law Initiative
  • Recognized by the Financial Times in 2010 for three pro bono projects named among the most innovative in the United States

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