2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Partners allow you to take ownership of your work.”
“My hours are completely flexible.”
“Bonus and good standing requirements do not seem to be market.”
“Lack of transparency.”
“I am often overwhelmed with work.”
About Mayer Brown LLP
Mayer Brown is an international law firm with offices across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East that employs more than 1,600 lawyers—among the 25 largest law firm workforces in the world. Known for its top-flight corporate, finance, and appellate work, Mayer Brown 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, and more than half of the world’s largest banks.
I’ve Got to See a Man About a Horse
It was the summer of 1879, and a Chicago court was hearing arguments about the sale of a lame horse. The defendant was David Mayer, a wealthy local merchant. His attorney was his younger brother Levy, who had just graduated from Yale Law School. The Mayers lost. They appealed to a higher court, as did their adversary: a 30-year-old, self-taught Czech lawyer named Adolf Kraus. The Mayers felt they should have prevailed; Kraus believed he was entitled to $200, not the $25 he’d been awarded. The appeal ended in a settlement two years later, under most unusual circumstances: the younger Mayer had impressed Kraus in the courtroom, so Kraus asked him to form a partnership. Each man contributed $100 to satisfy the pending claim and erase any conflict of interest. They quickly discovered that they worked well together. Almost a century later, the firm—then known as Mayer, Brown & Platt—began expansion that would see it double in size, opening offices throughout the United States and in Europe.
Although Mayer Brown’s practices cover everything from banking to real estate, it’s particularly well known for its appellate work. In fact, it was one of the first firms to establish a dedicated Supreme Court practice, which it formed in the early 1980s with recruits from the U.S. solicitor general’s office. The appellate practice includes more than 45 lawyers and has argued more than 250 cases before the Supreme Court, representing either parties or amici in approximately 15 cases each term for the past several years, and arguing an average of four per term. Unsurprisingly, the firm ranks among the top 20 in Vault’s Appellate Litigation ranking.
Of course, you can’t discuss Mayer Brown without mentioning its corporate practice, which is core to the firm’s work. The firm’s experience extends across such industries as agribusiness, chemicals, health care, hospitality, infrastructure, life sciences, oil and gas, private equity, technology, transportation, and more. When it comes to banking and finance, the firm has more than 300 lawyers across the globe that counsel clients on everything from asset finance to derivatives to emerging markets to global projects to structured finance, and more.
Put Me In, Coach
While Mayer Brown is big on learning by doing, the firm offers its attorneys various coaching opportunities to support them in their careers. The firm offers both individual and group coaching on career planning, communication, leave transitions, mentor relationships, and time management.
News & Awards
Mayer Brown’s innovative use of technology in launching its COVID-19 platform was profiled in LegalTech News.
In an interview with The American Lawyer, chairman Paul Theiss discussed Mayer Brown’s financial banner year and rise in client demand.
Rich Spehr, leader of Mayer Brown’s global Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, highlighted significant in-court wins, litigation tactics and department goals in a Law.com Litigation Daily Q&A.
Mayer Brown earned another spot in Law360’s “Global 20” list, and chairman Paul Theiss and London managing partner Sally Davies discussed the firm’s international strengths and capabilities in a Law360 article.
- More than 100 technology companies (Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Tesla, Uber, etc.) retained Mayer Brown to coordinate the industry’s response to Trump’s 2017 travel ban.
- In Lamps Plus v. Varela, SCOTUS ruled classwide arbitration claims cannot be brought unless provided for in the underlying arbitration contract.
- SCOTUS sided with Mayer Brown in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins that a plaintiff who suffers no real-world harm does not have standing to sue in federal court.
- Melissa Ferrick et al. v. Spotify USA Inc., et al. established a class settlement resolving virtually all potential liability for alleged past copyright infringement.
- Law Firm of the Year, 2019—Law360
- Pro Bono Hot List, 2020—The National Law Journal
- Innovative Lawyers Asia Pacific, Europe and North America, 2019—Financial Times
- Global 20, 2019—Law360
- Corporate Equality Index 100-percent score, 2020—Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Why Work Here
Mayer Brown is a distinctively global law firm, uniquely positioned to advise the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex deals and disputes.
With extensive reach across four continents, we are the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers—New York, London and Hong Kong—the backbone of the global economy.
We have deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including our signature strength, the global financial services industry.
71 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 782-0600
Chairman: Paul Theiss
Managing Partner: Jeremy Clay
Recruiting Chairs: J. Bradley Keck (National); Joe Castelluccio, Jennifer Rosa (NY); Lauren Pryor, Alex Lakatos, and Brian Netter (DC); Eric Reilly (Charlotte); Mike Molano (Palo Alto); Debra Bogo-Ernst, Kristin Rylko (Chicago); Bronwyn Pollock (LA); and Shawn O’Brien (Houston)
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
1.5K - 2K
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer associate: Based on the annualized salary of $190,000
Recruiting contacts for all locations at www.mayerbrown.com/en/careers
No. of U.S. Offices: 8
No. of International Offices: 19
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I Bangkok
Ho Chi Minh City
Rio de Janeiro*
*Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown
Antitrust & Competition
Banking & Finance
Corporate & Securities
Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
Employment & Benefits
Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement
Global Mobility & Migration
Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Clients, Trusts & Estates
Real Estate Markets
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.