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Chambers USA 2014 ranks 52 Mayer Brown practices and 136 lawyers

23 May 2014

Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that the 2014 edition of Chambers USA ranked the firm in 52 practice categories in six geographic regions. Of these rankings, seven are top-band nationwide rankings:

  • Antitrust: Cartel;
  • Appellate Law, for the eighth consecutive year;
  • Capital Markets: Securitization, for the seventh consecutive year;
  • Outsourcing, for the eleventh consecutive year;
  • Projects: PPP, for the fifth consecutive year;
  • Tax: Controversy, for the ninth consecutive year; and
  • Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial), for the tenth consecutive year.

In addition, Mayer Brown received top-band rankings in six state categories:

  • Antitrust, Illinois;
  • Banking & Finance, Illinois;
  • Communications, Illinois;
  • Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded, New York;
  • Technology & Outsourcing, District of Columbia;  and
  • Technology & Outsourcing, Illinois.

Chambers’ comments on Mayer Brown’s top-band nationwide rankings:

  • Antitrust: Cartel, Nationwide – Chambers says that Mayer Brown’s “solid antitrust group possesses a wide litigation capability” and is “able to undertake civil litigation as well as criminal cartel cases across a variety of industries” while enjoying “a fine reputation for class action work.” A source quoted by the publication adds, “Their attorneys are very knowledgeable and intelligent.” Another says, “We were impressed by their professional, hands-on approach.”
  • Appellate Law, Nationwide – Chambers reports that Mayer Brown is well-known for its “long-established appeals practice, with its deep bench of specialized appellate attorneys,” and that it “regularly handles Supreme Court petitions and merits cases as well as federal and state appeals court matters.” The publication notes that the firm is “particularly active on high-value commercial cases for large corporate clients.” A source adds, “Their appellate practice is first-rate, especially in the areas of drafting and strategy. I also enjoy their breadth across various issues.”
  • Capital Markets: Securitization, Nationwide – Of the firm’s top-band ranking, Chambers says Mayer Brown “receives stellar market feedback for its expertise on the full array of securitization asset classes,” and that it “continues to receive particular plaudits for its work in the MBS, auto loans and leases, and whole businesses space.” A source quoted by the publication adds, “Mayer Brown has been able to come in with broad knowledge of the market and work with us to develop what works for us and our counterparties.” Another says, “They are very talented people who do an excellent job.”
  • Outsourcing, Nationwide – According to Chambers, the firm “offers expertise across a broad range of outsourcing transactions as well as in niche areas such as cloud computing, facilities management, telecommunications and privacy.” The publication also notes that the team is well-known for working “with multinational companies on high-value transactions.” A source adds, “They have been very astute in finding win-win outcomes while still preserving strong relationships with our suppliers.” Another says, “Their knowledge in this area is tremendous. They know us so well they blend into our deal teams and become a natural extension to our in-house team.”
  • Projects: PPP, Nationwide – Chambers reports that Mayer Brown’s “nationally recognized infrastructure practice” is “well regarded for its work for the public sector and, increasingly, its work for bidders and lenders.” A source quoted by the publication adds, “They seem to have all the bases covered, technically, politically and professionally, and our team is really happy to work with them.” Another says, “They are thought leaders – one of the first firms to get into the space and get involved on high-profile deals.”
  • Tax: Controversy, Nationwide – According to Chambers, the firm’s Tax Controversy team “specializes in assisting clients with trial and appellate litigation. Additional strengths include offering counsel to organizations facing audits, and handling tax matters with an international component.” A source adds, “They have a very hands-on style. They get to know your business, and quickly develop a thorough understanding of your tax issues.” Another says, “They are great at working sensibly with the government, and do things expeditiously when possible.”
  • Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial), Nationwide – Chambers reports that Mayer Brown is a “preeminent firm in road matters, particularly administrative law and litigation,” which is “noted for its relations with federal regulation agencies in the transportation sector, such as the Surface Transportation Board and the Department of Transport.”

With 16.3% of its US attorneys recognized in Chambers USA 2014, among AmLaw 100 firms, Mayer Brown has the fifth-highest percentage of US lawyers ranked. The new Chambers edition recognized 136 Mayer Brown lawyers with 161 total rankings in 78 practice categories, including 32 lawyers who achieved a total of 40 top-band or higher rankings:

Senior Statesmen

  • Lee Abrams – Antitrust, Illinois
  • Mary Fontaine – Capital Markets: Securitization, Nationwide
  • Andy Frey – Appellate Law, Nationwide
  • John Gearen – Real Estate, Illinois
  • Bob Helman – Corporate/M&A, Illinois
  • Marvin Katz – Real Estate, Texas
  • Jason Kravitt – Capital Markets: Securitization, Nationwide
  • Ed Osterberg – Tax, Texas
  • Paul Virtue – Immigration, Nationwide; and Immigration, District of Columbia

Star Individuals

  • Andy Marovitz – Antitrust, Illinois

Band One

  • Lee Abrams – Franchising: Mainly Franchisee, Nationwide
  • Rob Baptista – Banking & Finance, Illinois
  • Tim Bishop – Environment: Litigation, Illinois
  • Josh Cohn – Capital Markets: Derivatives, Nationwide
  • Vince Connelly – Litigation: General Commercial, Illinois; and Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Illinois 
  • Rebecca Eisner – Outsourcing, Nationwide; and Technology & Outsourcing, Illinois 
  • Paul Forrester – Energy & Natural Resources: Transactional, Illinois 
  • Dennis Friedman – Communications, Illinois
  • Rob Jenkins – Transportation: Rail (for Railroads), Nationwide
  • Erika Jones – Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial), Nationwide
  • Bert Krueger – Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation, Illinois
  • Philip Lacovara – International Arbitration: Arbitrators, Nationwide
  • Ted Livingston – Communications, Illinois
  • Barry Machlin – Projects, Nationwide
  • Marcia Madsen – Government: Government Contracts, Nationwide
  • Dan Masur – Outsourcing, Nationwide; and Technology & Outsourcing, District of Columbia
  • Brad Peterson – Outsourcing, Nationwide; and Technology & Outsourcing, Illinois 
  • Paul Roy – Outsourcing, Nationwide; and Technology & Outsourcing, Illinois 
  • John Schmidt – Projects: PPP, Nationwide
  • Laurence Urgenson – FCPA, Nationwide
  • Neil Wasserstrom – Real Estate, Texas
  • Joel Williamson – Tax: Controversy, Nationwide; and Tax, Illinois
  • Keith Willner – Real Estate, District of Columbia

Following is a complete list of this year’s Chambers USA rankings for Mayer Brown.

PRACTICE CATEGORY RANKINGS:

Nationwide

  • Antitrust
  • Antitrust: Cartel
  • Appellate Law
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Capital Markets: Derivatives
  • Capital Markets: Securitization
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)
  • Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations)
  • Government: Government Contracts
  • Government: Government Relations
  • International Trade
  • Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation
  • Outsourcing
  • Product Liability & Mass Torts
  • Projects: PPP
  • Real Estate
  • Tax: Controversy
  • Tax: Corporate & Finance
  • Transportation: Rail (for Railroads)
  • Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial)
  • Wealth Management

District of Columbia

  • Antitrust
  • Intellectual Property: Litigation
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Real Estate
  • Technology & Outsourcing

Illinois

  • Antitrust
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Communications
  • Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
  • Environment
  • Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Technology & Outsourcing

New York

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
  • Latin American Investment
  • Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded
  • Tax

North Carolina

  • Banking & Finance
  • Real Estate: Finance

Texas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Real Estate

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS:

Nationwide

Antitrust
Andrew Marovitz

Antitrust: Cartel
Richard Favretto

Appellate Law
Andrew Frey
Kenneth Geller
Andrew Pincus
Charles Rothfeld
Stephen Shapiro
Evan Tager

Banking & Finance
Robert Baptista

Bankruptcy/Restructuring
Brian Trust

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
Edward Best

Capital Markets: Derivatives
Joshua Cohn

Capital Markets: Securitization
Mary Fontaine
Julie Gillespie
Carol Hitselberger
Paul Jorissen
Jason Kravitt
Stuart Litwin
Keith Oberkfell
Angela Ulum
Jon Van Gorp

Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)
David Bloom

FCPA
Laurence Urgenson

Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)
Scott Anenberg
Marc Cohen

Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations)
Thomas Delaney

Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance)
Jerome Roche

Franchising: Mainly Franchisee
Lee Abrams

Government: Government Contracts
David Dowd
Marcia Madsen

Government: Government Contracts: Bid Protests
Marcia Madsen

Government: Political Law
Mitchell Holzrichter

Immigration
Elizabeth Stern
Paul Virtue

International Arbitration
William Knull
Jeffrey Sarles

International Arbitration: Arbitrators
Philip Lacovara

International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
Simeon Kriesberg

International Trade: Intellectual Property (Section 337)
Gary Hnath

International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy
Michael Kantor

Investment Funds: Registered Funds
Stephanie Monaco

Litigation: E-Discovery
Michael Lackey

Outsourcing
Rebecca Eisner
Daniel Masur
Brad Peterson
Paul Roy
Derek Schaffner

Product Liability & Mass Torts
Daniel Ring
Herbert Zarov

Projects
Barry Machlin
John Schmidt

Projects: PPP
David Narefsky
John Schmidt
Joseph Seliga

Real Estate
Neil Wasserstrom

Tax: Controversy
David Abbott
Thomas Durham
Thomas Kittle-Kamp
Larry Langdon
Scott Stewart
Joel Williamson

Transportation: Rail (for Railroads)
Robert Jenkins
Adrian Steel

Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial)
Erika Jones

Wealth Management: Central Region
Donna Morgan

California

Banking & Finance
Brian Newhouse

Intellectual Property: Patent
Michael Molano

Litigation: Appellate
Donald Falk

Litigation: General Commercial
Edward Johnson

Tax
Larry Langdon

District of Columbia

Antitrust
Robert Bloch
Richard Favretto

Immigration
Elizabeth Stern
Paul Virtue

Intellectual Property: Litigation
Stephen Baskin
Brian Rosenthal

Labor & Employment
Robert Davis

Real Estate
Frank Henneburg
Keith Willner

Technology & Outsourcing
Geofrey Master
Daniel Masur
Linda Rhodes
Derek Schaffner

Illinois

Antitrust
Lee Abrams
Andrew Marovitz
Mark McLaughlin
Britt Miller

Banking & Finance 
Robert Baptista
Zachary Barnett
Douglas Doetsch
Paul Forrester
John Lawlor
James Patti

Bankruptcy/Restructuring 
Thomas Kiriakos

Communications 
Christian Binnig
Tyson Covey
Dennis Friedman
Hans Germann
Theodore Livingston
Demetrios Metropoulos
John Muench

Corporate/M&A 
Scott Davis
Robert Helman
William Kucera
Richard Shepro
Jodi Simala
Marc Sperber
Paul Theiss
Frederick Thomas

Corporate/M&A: Private Equity 
John Noell

Energy & Natural Resources: Transactional 
Paul Forrester

Environment: Litigation 
Timothy Bishop
Mark Ter Molen

Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory 
Edward Best
Larry Hamilton

Intellectual Property 
Joseph Mahoney

Labor & Employment 
Marcia Goodman
Kim Leffert

Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation 
Debra Hoffman
Herbert Krueger
Lennine Occhino

Litigation: General Commercial 
Vincent Connelly
James Ferguson
Michele Odorizzi
Stephen Shapiro
Herbert Zarov

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations 
Vincent Connelly

Real Estate 
John Gearen
Ivan Kane
Paul Meyer
Jeffrey Usow

Tax 
James Barry
Timothy Sherck
Joel Williamson

Technology & Outsourcing 
Rebecca Eisner
Brad Peterson
Kevin Rang
Paul Roy

New York

Antitrust 
Richard Steuer

Bankruptcy/Restructuring 
Howard Beltzer
Brian Trust

Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory 
David Alberts

Latin American Investment 
David Duffee

Litigation: General Commercial 
Steven Wolowitz

Litigation: Securities 
Joseph De Simone

Tax 
Jason Bazar

North Carolina

Banking & Finance 
Carol Hitselberger
Keith Oberkfell

Real Estate: Finance 
David Saye

Texas

Banking & Finance 
Bill Hart
Tristan Propst

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity 
William Heller

Corporate/M&A 
Robert Gray
Dallas Parker

Intellectual Property  
Sharon Israel

Real Estate 
Marvin Katz
Ronald Shoss
Neil Wasserstrom

Tax 
Edward Osterberg

Technology: Corporate & Commercial
Robert Gray



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