Mayer Brown LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Promotion to partnership is realistic endeavor”
  • “The firm's round-the-clock resources”
  • “The casual atmosphere”

Downers

  • “Bonus hours requirement is very high”
  • “No clear vacation policy”
  • “Inability to choose practice area”

The Buzz

  • “Strong appellate work”
  • “Up-and-coming Middle East practice”
  • “Work you to the bone”
  • “Nerds”

About Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown is a leading international law firm with offices in key business centers across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and employs more than 1,500 lawyers-among the largest law firm workforces in the world. Serving a majority of the Fortune 100, the firm is renowned for top-flight corporate, finance, and appellate work. Mayer Brown serves many of the world's largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, CAC 40, DAX, Hang Seng and Nikkei index companies, and more than half of the world's largest banks. The firm is routinely named to the BTI Client Service A-Team, an annual ranking of the top 30 law firms based on independent survey feedback from corporate counsel at global and Fortune 1000 companies. Mayer Brown's attorneys and practices have been recognized by Chambers, the Financial Times, BTI Consulting's Client Service Performance Survey, and IFLR for their work around the globe. Its clients hail from nearly two dozen sectors, including aviation, business and technology sourcing, energy, health care, infrastructure, mining, rail, real estate, shipping, sports and entertainment, telecommunications, construction, e-commerce, hospitality, information technology, chemicals, private investment, and outsourcing.

Giddy Up

It was the summer of 1879, and a Chicago court was hearing arguments about the sale of a lame horse. The defendant was David Mayer, a wealthy local merchant. His attorney was his younger brother Levy, who had just graduated from Yale Law School. The Mayers lost. They appealed to a higher court, as did their adversary: a 30-year-old, self-taught Czech lawyer named Adolf Kraus. The Mayers felt they should have prevailed; Kraus believed he was entitled to $200, not the $25 he'd been awarded.

The appeal ended in a settlement two years later, under most unusual circumstances: the younger Mayer had impressed Kraus in the courtroom, so Kraus asked him to form a partnership. Each man contributed $100 to satisfy the pending claim and erase any conflict of interest. They quickly discovered that they worked well together.

During the early decades of the twentieth century Mayer and Kraus's Chicago-based firm grew, adding attorneys and partners, and became known for its work in some of the era's most notable cases. The firm represented owners of the Iroquois Theater in Chicago when a 1903 fire killed 600 people (many exits were blocked because the doors only opened inward). The theater owners were exonerated, but the outcome of the case resulted in tougher fire codes that were adopted in municipalities across the nation. By 1970, the firm-then known as Mayer, Brown & Platt-began expansion that would see it doubled in size, opening offices throughout the United States and in Europe.

A Transatlantic Merger

In 2002, Mayer, Brown & Platt merged with U.K.-based Rowe & Maw. The latter firm dated back to 1895, and at the time of the combination, it boasted 250 attorneys and locations in London, Paris, and Frankfurt. A streamlined moniker was introduced in 2007 as the firm became known as Mayer Brown, and the following year it merged again, joining forces with JSM, one of the largest firms in Asia. This brought the Mayer Brown brand to major hubs in the region, including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Guangzhou, and Singapore (in Asia, it's officially known as Mayer Brown JSM). In 2015, the firm launched an association in Hong Kong with the mainland China law firm of Jingtian & Goncheng, one of the first private and independent partnership law firms in China. The firm plans to open a Dubai office, it's first in the Middle East. 

Appellate Expertise

Although Mayer Brown's practices cover everything from banking to real estate, it's particularly well-known for its appellate work. In fact, it was one of the first firms to establish a dedicated Supreme Court practice, which it formed in the early 1980s with recruits from the solicitor general's office. The appellate practice includes more than 45 attorneys lawyers and has argued over 225 cases before the United States Supreme Court, representing either parties or amici in approximately 15 cases each term for the past several years, and arguing an average of four per term. In addition, Mayer Brown's lawyers have argued hundreds of cases in federal and state appellate courts across the nation. The appellate lawyers have briefed and argued Supreme Court cases involving landmark rulings on issues such as constitutional standing for alleged statutory violations, enforcement of arbitration provisions, and punitive damages.

IN THE NEWS

June 2015
Law360 Global 20

For the fourth year in a row, Mayer Brown was named to Law360's "Global 20' list, which recognizes those law firms that handled the most substantial, complex and diverse global work, and which had the greatest worldwide presence during the previous year. Law360 noted that after a decade of "aggressive growth," nearly half of the firm's lawyers are based outside the U.S., putting the firm in a strong position to handle "game-changing deals and projects" such as the $5.4 billion Panama Canal expansion.

January 2015
Promotions to Partner in 2015

In 2015, 22 Mayer Brown lawyers in six practices and 10 offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia joined the rank of partner through internal promotions earned by superior legal work and client service, which long have been hallmarks of the firm's partners. Mayer Brown takes great pride in each class of newly promoted partners because they represent the firm's ability to grow from within and bring new vitality and enthusiasm to the partnership.

December 2014
Financial Times "Innovative Lawyers"

For the fifth consecutive year, Mayer Brown was ranked among the most innovative U.S. law firms by the Financial Times.  In the 2014 edition of its annual report,Mayer Brown earned a "Standout" recognition in the Finance category. Mayer Brown also was "Commended" in the Finance category for representing the Texas Department of Transportation in the Texas SH 183 managed lanes public-private partnership project.

November 2014
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality

Once again, Mayer Brown received a perfect 100 score in the 2015 Human Rights Campaign Foundation's annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and earned the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" distinction. The CEI serves as a tool to rate American businesses on their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and their families, and on their demonstration of corporate commitment to LGBT equality.

U.S. News/Best Law Firms Ranking

Mayer Brown was one of the top-performing law firms in the 2015 ranking of "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News/Best Lawyers. The firm achieved first-tier rankings in 112 national and metropolitan categories, including 30 national first-tier rankings. Overall, the firm was ranked in 186 national and metropolitan categories. In addition, Mayer Brown was named "Firm of the Year" in the Patent Law category. These outstanding rankings demonstrate high client satisfaction with the legal services Mayer Brown lawyers deliver across a broad range of practice areas and geographies.

May 2014
BTI "Brand Elite"

Mayer Brown was ranked in the top 20 law firms with a substantially better brand than all other law firms in the BTI Brand Elite 2014: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms. Published by The BTI Consulting Group, the report is based on feedback from more than 300 interviews with in-house counsel at the world's largest organizations that measured "top of mind recognition" of nearly 450 law firms.

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Mayer Brown LLP

71 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 782-0600

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Paul Theiss
  • Managing Partner: Kenneth S. Geller
  • National Hiring Partner: J. Bradley Keck
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 1,600

  • Employment Contact
    Chicago
    Patricia Wright, Attorney Recruitment Administrator
    (312) 701-8439
    pwright@mayerbrown.com

    Recruiting contacts for all locations at www.mayerbrown.com/Careers/Contact.


  • Base Salary
    U.S. Offices
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week (Charlotte: $2,750/week)  

  • Summer Associate Offers
    56 out of 57 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Banking & Finance
    Corporate & Securities
    Employment & Benefits
    Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement
    Government/Global Trade
    Intellectual Property
    Litigation & Dispute Resolution
    Real Estate
    Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency
    Tax
    Wealth Management: Trusts, Estates & Foundations

Major Office Locations

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Bangkok
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Düsseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Mexico City
  • Paris
  • Rio de Janeiro*
  • Sao Paulo*
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • *Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown
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