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Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown LLP

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Main Office:
71 South Wacker Drive, | Chicago | IL | 60606
Phone: 312-782-0600  | Fax: 312-701-7711 

Year of establishment 1881 Number of Partners 627
Number of offices 20 Partner:associate ratio 0.70
Larget office Chicago percent women attorneys 38.30
Number of attorneys 1756 percent minority attorneys 12.40
Number of associates 943 percent gay attorneys 1.40
Mayer Brown LLP


Mayer Brown is one of the largest global law firms both by number of lawyers and revenue. The firm has lawyers in key business centers across the Americas, Asia and Europe. Mayer Brown serves many of the world’s largest companies and financial services organizations, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng Index companies and most of the major investment banks. Mayer Brown provides legal services in areas such as Supreme Court and appellate; litigation; corporate and securities; finance; real estate; tax; intellectual property; government and global trade; restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency; and environmental.

Notable cases

  • In December 2011, Mayer Brown achieved a significant win for AT&T Mobility (ATTM) in a case in which U.S. iPhone purchasers alleged that ATTM's agreement with Apple to be the exclusive voice/data provider for iPhones violated the Sherman Act. Applying Mayer Brown's Supreme Court victory in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, a California federal court compelled arbitration and decertified the class.
  • In April 2012, Mayer Brown represented Nestle in its $11.85 billion acquisition of Pfizer's infant nutrition business. Expected to close by June 2013, the deal is one of the largest acquisitions of 2012 and Nestle's largest ever.
  • Mayer Brown secured a significant victory on behalf of the Government of Indonesia regarding a dispute before the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO's appellate body upheld an earlier ruling that U.S. restrictions on the sale and production of certain flavored cigarettes improperly discriminated against clove cigarettes produced in Indonesia in favor of menthol cigarettes produced and sold in the U.S.

Awards and recognitions

Mayer Brown is particularly well-known for its appellate work and it has been regularly ranked among the leading law firms in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia by all of the main reviewing bodies. The recognitions have come from the likes of Chambers, the Financial Times, BTI Consulting's Client Service Performance Survey and IFLR for their work around the globe.

The firm has been recognized as one of the "Global 20" law firms with the greatest worldwide reach and expertise.
In the Chambers Europe 2012: Mayer Brown was ranked in 23 geographic and/or practice categories in Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, including two top-tier rankings: Dispute Resolution: Highly Regarded - United Kingdom and Private Equity: Mid Cap - France.
For Chambers Global 2012: Mayer Brown was ranked in the 62 practice categories in 12 geographic regions, including Africa-wide, the Asia-Pacific region, Belgium, China, Europe-wide, France, Germany, Global-wide, Latin America-wide, United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.
Financial Times Innovative Lawyers 2011 (United States): Mayer Brown was ranked highly among U.S. law firms. The report also ranked the firm in the Litigation, Finance and Energy categories.
Mayer Brown was conferred "Best Law Firms" by US News/Best Lawyers in 2011: 39 national top-tier rankings; 56 total national rankings; 70 metropolitan tier one rankings; and 131 total metropolitan rankings.


Mayer Brown is an equal opportunity employer and partnership. "

Summer associate program

The summer program at Mayer Brown has a duration of 10-11 weeks, depending on the office. Typically, a summer associate is expected to complete between 11 and 15 projects during the summer, and spend about seven hours a day working on assignments, also on pro bono matters during the summer.

The firm offers formal training throughout the summer, including day-long workshops on negotiations, depositions, and legal writing. To make the summer program more interesting and enjoyable, Mayer Brown holds social events for summers once a week, and activities include a city tour, dinners and baseball games.

Most associates find the attorneys at the firm as "friendly, supportive, and eager to help." But one should be patient enough to get an offer from the firm as generally it is seen that "offers are given several weeks after the program ends, often after OCI." In 2009, the firm made offers to 73% of its 104 summer associates, but it increased its offer rate to 88% in 2010. The stipend ranged around $5,000 monthly in 2009.

Working for the Mayer Brown LLP

While Mayer Brown provides immense learning prospects, it also gives one an opportunity to be the partner in the growth of the firm, literally! There are two partnership tracks at Mayer Brown, with an average of eight years required for non-equity partnership and an additional three to five years for equity partnership. The firm has a minimum requirement of 2,000 billable hours in most offices.

Unlike other law firms, Mayer Brown takes due care of the family affairs of its associate and lawyers. The firm provides four weeks of annual vacation depending on the office location. From 2009 to 2011, the firm has been named as one of the "Top Ten Family Friendly Firms," by Yale Law Women. The firm also allows all attorneys to telecommute and work flex-time schedules on a case-by-case basis.


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