The Mayer Brown Practices.
The Mayer Brown Practices.
|Main office||71 South Wacker Drive, | Chicago | IL | 60606|
|Year of establishment||1881|
|Number of offices||20|
|Number of attorneys||1756|
|Number of associates||943|
|Number of partners||627|
|Partner: associate ratio||0.70|
|Percent women attorneys||38.30|
|Percent minority attorneys||12.40|
|Percent gay attorneys||1.40|
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.
Areas of practice
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.
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.
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