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1863
Edmund Sharp, founder of JSM, begins Hong Kong law practice.

1881
Adolf Kraus and Levy Mayer form a partnership in Chicago.

1890
Sharp's firm first assumes the name Johnson Stokes & Master (former name of JSM).

1893
The US firm changes its name to Moran, Kraus, Mayer & Stein after Illinois Appellate Judge Thomas A. Moran joins the practice. Stein is elected Cook County judge that year and the firm becomes Moran, Kraus & Mayer.

1895
UK firm Rowe & Maw founded in London; in Asia, Alfred Bulmer Johnson became senior partner of JSM, with Alfred Stokes and Godfrey Master as supporting partners.

1899
John Rowe dies and Frederick James Maw continues the UK practice with Rowe’s name out of respect.

1909
The US firm changes its name to Mayer, Meyer, Austrian & Platt.

1970
The US firm becomes Mayer, Brown & Platt.

1975
Rowe & Maw merges with Beddington, Hughes & Hobart.

1998
The US firm merges with North Carolina-based Blanchfield Cordle & Moore, P.A.

2001
The US firm merges with Lambert & Lee in France and Gaedertz Rechtanswalte in Germany.

2002
Mayer, Brown & Platt combines with Rowe & Maw, forming Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP.

2007
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw becomes Mayer Brown. The firm announces that it will be combining with JSM.

2008
Combination of Mayer Brown and JSM is finalized. The Mayer Brown Practices (including three separate entities: Mayer Brown LLP, Mayer Brown International LLP and JSM) are known as Mayer Brown JSM in Asia.

2009
Mayer Brown forms an association with Brazilian law firm Tauil & Chequer.

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