29 April 2008 - Marcia Madsen and Evan Tager have been recognized as leading legal professionals in the Washington, D.C. area in the Almanac of Leading Lawyers. TheAlmanac, published by Legal Times, contains profiles of more than 200 attorneys across 20 practice areas that Legal Times has selected for its Leading Lawyer recognitions over the last five years. Attorneys were selected based on nominations, client and peer feedback, and research of court and public documents to find the most proven players in a practice area. 

Marcia Madsen, a Leading Lawyer in government contracts, "understands well the position of the client, and is absolutely forthright in her advice.  She has a good practical grasp of agencies and their various requirements - not just the stuff in the regulations, but how it's practically applied," said one client.  Ms. Madsen recently chaired the Acquisition Advisory Panel, a 13-member panel created by Congress and appointed by the White House, which was charged with reviewing federal acquisition laws, regulations and policies, and making recommendations for reform. Since the release of the report, many of the Panel's recommendations have been enacted into law or regulation.  She has also secured a number of major victories for her clients, including a win on  behalf of Lockheed Martin Corp. in its bid protest action against the Air Force in connection with the Air Force's award of a $15 billion contract for development and production of a new combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter.

Evan Tager, named as a Leading Lawyer in appellate litigation, is described by one client as "a brilliant lawyer, a wordsmith who can articulate complex arguments in a way that comes alive."  Mr. Tager is an office practice leader for Mayer Brown's litigation group, and focuses his practice on cases involving punitive damages, class certification standards, admissibility of expert testimony, and enforceability of arbitration agreements.  As noted in The Almanac, Mr. Tager is "the go-to attorney in a growing number of cases that matter to big business across the United States."  He played a key role in Philip Morris USA v. Williams, in which the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to overturn a $79.5 million punitive damages award against Philip Morris USA.  Mr. Tager also recently co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of a coalition of organizations led by the Petroleum Institute in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker. He credits his success to his training at Mayer Brown, saying that "[i]t's impossible to have a better experience than being a lawyer at this firm."