Chicago-based global legal services organization, Mayer Brown is the 14th largest law-firm in the world by revenue. The firm advises clients across the United States, Asia and Europe mainly in the field of commercial transactions and litigation. The firm has a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng Index companies and more than half of the world's largest banks as its clients.
Mayer Brown employs over 1,600 lawyers worldwide. It includes approximately 875 in the U.S., 425 in Europe and 300 in Asia. The firm had more than 230 Chambers-ranked lawyers worldwide in 2011.
Vast geographical presence adds to the strength of Mayer Brown, which offers local market knowledge combined with global reach. The firm is noted for its commitment to client service and its ability to assist clients with their most complex and demanding legal and business challenges worldwide. Mayer Brown also has an alliance with the Spanish firm Ramon & Cajal.
Mayer Brown has its roots lying in the 19th century. The three firms that currently form the core of today's Mayer Brown were all founded in the 19th century. The U.S. portion of the firm was founded in 1881 in Chicago, by Adolf Kraus and Levi Mayer, and was shortly thereafter known as Kraus, Mayer & Brackett. After several changes in its name to reflect its changing membership the firm eventually became Mayer, Brown & Platt in the U.S. In the UK, the firm, Rowe & Maw, was established in 1895 in London. In 2002, with joining of Mayer, Brown & Platt, the firm was renamed as Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. In 2007 the amalgamated firm shortened its name to Mayer Brown.
Edmund Sharp, founder of JSM, began Hong Kong law practice in 1863. JSM (formerly Johnson Stokes & Master) is today known as Mayer Brown JSM after merging with Mayer Brown in 2008.
It was not before 1970 when attorneys Norman H. Lipoff and Albert D. Quentel joined with Greenberg, Traurig and Hoffman and also Former Florida governor Reubin Askew was a named partner in the early 1980s while he also sought the Democratic nomination for president.
Areas of practice
Antitrust & Competition
Banking & Finance
Corporate & Securities
Employment & Benefits
Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
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 considers law school and undergraduate performance, activities/honors, journal participation and writing ability, work experience, as well as assessment of personal characteristics consistent with the firm's approach to the practice of law. The firm is active in recruiting through campus placements and through job fairs. The number of schools the firm visited in 2011 was 14 and it attended three job fairs in 2011.
Mayer Brown is an equal opportunity employer and partnership. ". we view the attainment of diversity at all levels of our organization as crucial to, and a natural result of, building a cohesive, successful law firm. We recruit, develop and promote the highest caliber lawyers and are committed to providing our lawyers with opportunities to realize their potential regardless of race, religious beliefs, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation," says the mission statement by Mayer Brown which points to its diverse working environment.
In a bid to expand the reach of diversity beyond its own firm, Mayer Brown sponsors and hosts diversity-related panel discussions and seminars for minority law students and potential law students.
All of the firm's U.S. lawyers have attended a half-day of diversity awareness training.
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.
Salary & benefits
Getting a fat check at Mayer Brown is subject to the quality of work that one delivers to the company. The salaries are based on a lockstep system with a variable component. This would mean that individual associate salaries are determined based on hours billed and quality of work, and some offices also consider pro bono hours and overall contributions to the firm in determining base salaries. In 2009, Mayer Brown implemented a pay freeze in its Washington D.C. office, but unfroze salaries in February 2010. Bonuses are depended on the number of hours worked, usually 2100 hours annually.
Mayer Brown's starting salary is $160,000. The firm pays this starting salary in each of its U.S. offices. Mayer Brown's profits per equity partner in 2009 - the most recent year for which data are available - were $1,060,000, placing the firm in the 42nd percentile.
401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
Business Casual Dress Code
Domestic Partner Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Long-term Care Insurance
Long-term Disability Insurance
Short-term Disability Insurance
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
Benefits Package: Competitive benefits, relocation expenses, medical, dental, vision, group life, disability, paid parental and eldercare leave, domestic partner coverage, 401k & savings plan, flexible spending account, CLE, bar review course, exam and membership fees.
Working for the The Mayer Brown Practices.
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.
Mayer Brown has developed and implemented a pro bono strategic plan. The firm has a full-time director of pro bono activities and a full-time assistant director in the United States, as well as a pro bono partner in its London office. The firm encourages its associates to devote 3% of their billable hours to pro bono work or on average 60 hours per attorney annually. In 2010, 96% of associates in the Chicago office averaged 83 pro bono hours each.
In 2010, Mayer Brown formed a Microfinance Group to pursue engagements in the microfinance, access to finance, and social finance space.
In 2011, the firm launched an Asylum/Immigration Practice Group to help develop expertise and economies of scale in this area.
In 2011, Mayer Brown was honored by the Thomson Reuters Foundation for its work with Transparency International on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption Global Review Project.
The Financial Times recognized three Mayer Brown pro bono projects as among the most innovative in the U.S. These projects were for the Yale Law School Supreme Court Clinic, leading global microfinance lender BRAC, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing.
The firm provides pro bono legal services in a multitude of areas including, microfinance, microinsurance, affordable housing, not-for-profit incorporation, transactional and intellectual property assistance to not-for-profit organizations and microentrepreneurs besides several others.
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