"An absolute superstar"Chambers USA 2014
Mitch Holzrichter is a partner in the Government Transactions and Infrastructure Investment practices of the Chicago office. Mitch represents owners, sponsors, contractors and lenders in complex public infrastructure transactions. His work includes revenue-risk concession agreements, availability payment projects and design-build agreements across a variety of asset types. Mitch was recognized nationally by Chambers USA (2021) for his “commercial and creative” approach to transactions and for being a “true subject matter expert.” He was named a 2017 Rising Star for transportation law by Law360, which honors lawyers under 40 "whose legal accomplishments transcend their age," for his prominent role in "crafting financing deals for several high-profile infrastructure projects." He has also been named a Next Generation Lawyer in government relations by Legal 500 (2019 – 2020) and recognized in the construction law rankings (2019 – 2020) for his work on complex infrastructure projects.
Mitch has advised on many first-of-their-kind and award-winning projects. He represented the developer of the East End Crossing bridge project near Louisville, which was named Deal of the Year by The Bond Buyer and Transport Deal of the Year by Project Finance International. He represented the government of Puerto Rico on the long-term lease of the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, the first such lease of a major US airport, which was named P3 Deal of the Year by Project Finance International. Mitch represented the Texas Department of Transportation on the SH 288 toll lanes project near Houston, a revenue-risk concession deal with a construction value of $800 million, which was the first transaction of its type to offer a concession payment to the owner. He represented Purdue University on a first-of-its-kind use of availability payments to develop new student housing facilities. Mitch represented the consortium of Abertis Infraestructuas and John Hancock in their acquisition of Elizabeth River Crossings, a long-term toll highway and tunnel concession in Virginia.
In addition, Mitch is a member of the firm’s Public Policy, Regulatory & Political Law practice, advising clients on various public law and political law matters, including government ethics, lobbyist registration rules, public records laws, and regulatory matters affecting gaming and telecommunications companies. Mitch represents several major gaming companies and suppliers on licensure and other regulatory matters. He also counsels political committees and candidates on election and campaign finance laws. He has represented plaintiffs, including members of Congress and government reform advocates, in voting rights litigation, redistricting litigation, and constitutional ballot initiatives.
Mitch returned to Mayer Brown in 2017 after serving for two years in senior positions in the Office of the Governor of Illinois. He also served as a member of the Illinois State Board of Education, which oversees public education in Illinois. In recognition of his leadership in the state, Mitch was named a 2017 Edgar Fellow by the University of Illinois’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs.
The University of Michigan Law School, JD, cum laude
Northwestern University, BA, with department honors
- US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois