Mayer Brown

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Mayer Brown
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Headquarters71 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois, United States [1]
No. of offices26 total
No. of lawyers1,570 (2018)[2]
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Key peoplePaul W. Theiss (Chairman)
Revenue$1.389 billion (2018)[3]
Date founded1881
FounderAdolf Kraus
Levy Mayer
Company typeLimited liability partnership
Websitemayerbrown.com

Mayer Brown is an American law firm based in Chicago, Illinois. It has offices in 26 cities across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, with its largest offices being in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, Hong Kong and London. Mayer Brown has more than 1,500 lawyers and by revenue is the 18th largest law firm in the world.[4]

History[edit]

The three firms that now form the core of Mayer Brown were all founded in the 19th century. The US portion of the firm was founded in 1881 in Chicago, by Adolf Kraus and Levy Mayer, and was shortly thereafter known as Kraus, Mayer & Brackett. After several changes in name to reflect its changing membership the firm eventually became known in the US as Mayer, Brown & Platt. The English portion of the firm, Rowe & Maw, was established in 1895 in London and operated under that name until joining with Mayer, Brown & Platt in 2002 to form Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. In 2007 the amalgamated firm shortened its name to Mayer Brown. Johnson Stokes & Master was formed in 1863 in Hong Kong and is today known as Mayer Brown (formerly Mayer Brown JSM) after merging with Mayer Brown in 2008.

Offices[edit]

The firm has offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Charlotte, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, Palo Alto, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington DC; and, in association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados, offices in Brasília, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo.

Pro Bono[edit]

Mayer Brown is a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, which commits the firm to devote 3 percent of total billable time to pro bono work[5] and a member of the UK Joint Protocol on Pro Bono Work, which stipulates that pro bono legal work must be carried out to the same standard as chargeable work. [6]

Recognition[edit]

  • Received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index 2019.[7]
  • Law360 Firm of the Year 2016-2018[8] and Practices of the Year for: Appellate,[9] Banking,[10] Class Action,[11] Food & Beverage,[12] Life Sciences, Technology[13] and Transportation.[14]
  • On Law360's "Global 20" 2018 list of law firms doing the most substantial, complex and diverse global work[15]
  • 42 top-tier national and 90 top-tier metropolitan U.S. News Best Law Firms 2013 rankings[16]
  • 362 lawyers ranked across the Chambers 2013 directories, with 74 ranked in top band or higher.[17]
  • Ranked #2 for client service among 650 global law firms in the BTI Client Service A-Team 2013 survey.[18]
  • Named "International Firm of the Year 2013 – International Trade" by China Law & Practice.[19]
  • Ranked in 48 categories, including seven top-tier ranking, by IFLR1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms.[20]
  • 65 Leading Lawyer rankings and 175 practice category rankings, 23 of which are top-tier, across the most current Legal 500 directories.[21]
  • Earned the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" distinction in the 2014 Human Rights Campaign Foundation's annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI rates American businesses on their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and their families as well as their demonstration of corporate commitment to LGBT equality.[22]

Role in Refco Inc. Collapse[edit]

Refco was a New York-based broker of commodities and futures contracts. It filed for one of the biggest bankruptcies in the USA history in 2005, after the evidence for major accounting fraud surfaced.[23] In the wake of collapse, lawsuit was filed against Mayer Brown for aiding Refco executives' theft of more than $2 billion.[24] In November 2012 Joseph Collins, a former partner at the Mayer Brown, was found guilty on multiple charges of conspiracy and fraud for his role in preparing Refco's IPO.[25][26] The law company itself agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to settle the legal claims against it.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chicago". www.mayerbrown.com.
  2. ^ "Mayer Brown Revenue Jumps as Firm Boosts New York Practice, International Work". March 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "Mayer Brown Revenue Jumps as Firm Boosts New York Practice, International Work". March 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Mayer Brown | The American Lawyer". www.americanlawyer.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  5. ^ "Probonoinst.org", retrieved September 27, 2013.
  6. ^ "Lawworks.org.uk" Archived 2013-10-02 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved September 27, 2013.
  7. ^ "Corporate Equality Index 2019". Human Rights Campaign. 2019. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  8. ^ "The Firms That Dominated In 2016 - Law360". www.law360.com. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  9. ^ "Appellate Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-17 – via Law360.com.
  10. ^ "Banking Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-17 – via law360.com.
  11. ^ "Class Action Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-17 – via law360.com.
  12. ^ "Food & Beverage Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-17 – via law360.com.
  13. ^ "Technology Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-17 – via law360.com.
  14. ^ "Transportation Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-17 – via law360.com.
  15. ^ "Law360.com", retrieved July 4, 2018.
  16. ^ "USNews.com", retrieved October 9, 2013.
  17. ^ "Chambers and Partners", retrieved October 9, 2013.
  18. ^ "BTIClientServiceaTeam.com" Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved October 25, 2013.
  19. ^ "ChinaLawAndPractice.com", retrieved October 25, 2013.
  20. ^ "IFLR1000.com", retrieved October 25, 2013.
  21. ^ "Legal500.com", retrieved October 25, 2013.
  22. ^ "hrc.org", retrieved December 10, 2013.
  23. ^ "Refco Files 4th-Largest Bankruptcy in U.S. History". Archived from the original on 2013-10-11.
  24. ^ "Refco Trustee Seeks $2 Billion from Mayer Brown, Others". Archived from the original on 2013-10-11.
  25. ^ "Lawyer sentenced to prison for role in $2.4 billion fraud at Refco". Archived from the original on 2013-10-11.
  26. ^ "Refco Lawyer, A&O, Mayer Brown, Skadden: Business of Law". Archived from the original on 2013-10-11.
  27. ^ "Settlement Reached in Billion-dollar Fraud Scheme". Archived from the original on 2013-10-11.

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