Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Chairman James D. Holzhauer has informed the firm’s Policy & Planning Committee that he will step down as Chairman as of January 1, 2010, or sooner if a successor is selected and available to serve sooner.  

“I have been honored to serve as chairman of Mayer Brown through a time of transformational change,”  Mr. Holzhauer said. “We have expanded our geographic footprint, most notably through our 2008 combination with JSM in Asia, broadened our practice area diversity and improved our ability to mobilize the full resources of the firm across practice and geographic boundaries. Together, these steps have enhanced our ability to serve an expanded range of client needs on a global basis. Now it is up to the next generation of leadership to build on this foundation and further strengthen our standing as a premier global firm.”

Mr. Holzhauer is stepping down to deal with some health issues. “While serious, they are  manageable with the proper care and attention, which I intend to devote to them,” he said.

Mr. Holzhauer will continue to serve in his current role through a transition period and will remain a partner in the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group.

“It has been my privilege to serve as Mayer Brown’s chairman for the past two years, to serve as a member of the Policy & Planning Committee for 11 years and to be involved in various positions of firm management for even longer,” Mr. Holzhauer said. “While the chairman’s role has often been challenging, it also has been rewarding beyond my expectations. I am proud to have played my part in making Mayer Brown what it is today and helping to build the foundation for what it will become tomorrow.”