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Mayer Brown LLP

Main Office: 71 South Wacker Drive | Chicago | IL | 60606

Phone: 312-782-0600 | Fax: 312-701-7711

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Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Current Employee Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
Advice: Restructure your plans for employer contribution toward Health and Dental.

Stay on Management's Good Side

Although the pay is great, the benefits are not. As employees, we had to pay contributions of over $1000 a month, while they offer us very little PTO time. Discussing a new idea or route seems to go in and right out of the ears of the upper managers.

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Length of Employment:
10+ years

Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Former Employee Former Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
Raise staff morale. Provide more benefits and hire more intelligent staff.

The staff members are extremely friendly and care about helping employees.

There was no return offer, and work gets mundane very quickly. Some lawyers were not cooperative.

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Discover the Excitement of Working at Mayer Brown LLP When it comes to prestigious law firms, Mayer Brown LLP stands out as a global leader in the legal industry. With a presence in the world's leading markets, Mayer Brown LLP offers attorneys and staff the opportunity to be part of a dynamic and diverse team that is committed to providing exceptional client service and tackling the most complex legal and business challenges worldwide. Mayer Brown LLP's reputation for excellence is built on its deep understanding of local markets combined with its global reach. This unique combination allows the firm to offer clients unparalleled access to local market knowledge while also providing the resources and expertise of a global powerhouse. As a result, Mayer Brown LLP 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, as well as over half of the world's largest banks. With a wide range of legal services, Mayer Brown LLP covers virtually every aspect of the law. From banking and finance to corporate and securities, from litigation and dispute resolution to antitrust and competition, the firm's practice areas are as diverse as its client base. Whether you are interested in US Supreme Court and appellate matters, employment and benefits, environmental law, financial services regulatory and enforcement, government and global trade, intellectual property, real estate, tax, restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, or private clients, trusts, and estates, Mayer Brown LLP has a team of experienced attorneys ready to tackle any legal challenge. But what truly sets Mayer Brown LLP apart is its commitment to its attorneys and staff. Joining the firm means becoming part of a supportive and collaborative environment that fosters professional growth and development. The firm's dedication to its people is evident in its comprehensive training programs, mentoring initiatives, and opportunities for advancement. Attorneys and staff at Mayer Brown LLP have access to cutting-edge technology and resources, allowing them to deliver the highest quality legal services to clients. In addition to the professional benefits, Mayer Brown LLP also offers a range of perks and benefits to its employees. From competitive compensation packages to comprehensive health and wellness programs, the firm recognizes the importance of work-life balance and employee well-being. Attorneys and staff at Mayer Brown LLP also have the opportunity to participate in pro bono initiatives and community service projects, allowing them to make a positive impact both inside and outside the office. Joining Mayer Brown LLP means joining a firm that values diversity and inclusion. The firm is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and supported. Attorneys and staff at Mayer Brown LLP have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from different backgrounds and cultures, fostering a rich and diverse work environment. In conclusion, working at Mayer Brown LLP is an exciting opportunity for attorneys and staff who are looking to be part of a global leader in the legal industry. With its commitment to client service, its wide range of practice areas, and its dedication to its people, Mayer Brown LLP offers a rewarding and fulfilling career path. Join the firm and become part of a team that is shaping the future of the legal profession.

Practice Areas

Mayer Brown LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Mayer Brown LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

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.

Pro bono

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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Mayer Brown LLP Awards and Recognitions Write a review

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.

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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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