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At a Glance

Uppers

“My colleagues are intelligent, capable, and excellent to work with.”

“Compensation.”

“Meaningful mentorship.”

Downers

“The hours.”

“No technology stipend.”

“Pressure to perform.”

About Mayer Brown LLP

 

Mayer Brown is an international law firm with offices across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East that employs more than 1,600 lawyers—among the 25 largest law firm workforces in the world. Known for its 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. 

I’ve Got to See a Man About a Horse

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. Almost a century later, the firm—then known as Mayer, Brown & Platt—began expansion that would see it double in size, opening offices throughout the United States and in Europe. 

How Appealing

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 U.S. solicitor general’s office. The Appellate practice includes more than 45 lawyers and has argued more than 250 cases before the 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. Unsurprisingly, the firm ranks among the top 25 in Vault’s Appellate Litigation ranking 

Of course, you can’t discuss Mayer Brown without mentioning its corporate practice, which is core to the firm’s work. The firm’s experience extends across such industries as agribusiness, chemicals, health care, hospitality, infrastructure, life sciences, oil and gas, private equity, technology, transportation, and more. When it comes to banking and finance, the firm has more than 300 lawyers across the globe that counsel clients on everything from asset finance to derivatives to emerging markets to global projects to structured finance, and more.

Put Me In, Coach

While Mayer Brown is big on learning by doing, the firm offers its attorneys various coaching opportunities to support them in their careers. The firm provides both individual and group coaching on career planning, communication, leave transitions, mentor relationships, and time management.

News & Awards

NOTABLE CASES
  • We secured a ruling in favor of Spotify and other music streaming services in the closely watched appeal in the DC Circuit of a 2018 Copyright Royalty Board rate decision regarded as the most significant ruling in the Board’s history.
  • We secured an industry-leading victory for Citibank and Citigroup in the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program class action.
  • We represent the players of the U.S. Women’s soccer team in their appeal of an adverse summary judgment ruling on pay equity.
  • We served as lead counsel for 3M in a first-of-its-kind trademark suit involving price-gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • Law Firm of the Year, 2020—Law360
  • Pro Bono Hot List, 2020—The National Law Journal
  • Innovative Lawyers Asia Pacific, Europe and North America, 2020—Financial Times
  • Corporate Equality Index 100-percent score, 2021—Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Top 10 “Client Service A-Team” ranking, 2021—BTI Consulting Group

Why Work Here

Mayer Brown is a distinctively global law firm, uniquely positioned to advise the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex deals and disputes.

With extensive reach across four continents, we are the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers—New York, London and Hong Kong—the backbone of the global economy.

We have deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including our signature strength, the global financial services industry.

 

Mayer Brown LLP

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

Firm Stats

Chair of the Firm: Jon Van Gorp
Managing Partner: Jeremy Clay
Recruiting Chairs: J. Bradley Keck (National), Eric Reilly (Charlotte), Deb Bogo-Ernst and Fred Fisher (Chicago), Phil Lau and Vera de Gyarfas (Houston), Bronwyn Pollock (Los Angeles), Joe Castelluccio (New York), Mike Molano (Northern California), Lauren Pryor, Alex Lakatos, Gabriela Sakamoto, Oral Pottinger (Washington DC)
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
1.5K - 2K
No. of Partners Named 2021:
28

Base Salary

1st year: $205,000
2nd year: $215,000
3rd year: $240,000
4th year: $275,000
5th year: $305,000
6th year: $330,000
7th year: $350,000
8th year: $365,000
Summer Associate: Based on the annualized salary of $205,000

Employment Contact

Recruiting contacts for all locations at www.mayerbrown.com/en/careers

No. of U.S. Offices: 8

No. of International Offices: 18

Major Office Locations

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

Major Departments

Antitrust & Competition
Banking & Finance
Capital Markets
Corporate & Securities
Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
Employment & Benefits
Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement
Global Mobility & Migration
Government Transactions
Intellectual Property
International Trade
Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Clients, Trusts & Estates
Real Estate Markets
Restructuring
Risk Management
Tax
Technology Transactions
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.