9 July 2010 – Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that the 2010 edition of Legal 500 United States ranks the firm’s practices in 22 categories, including top-tier rankings in four categories: Litigation – Supreme Court & Appellate; Tax, Domestic – Central; Tax Controversy; and Technology – Outsourcing. The publication also lists 16 Mayer Brown partners as “Leading Lawyers” in their practice categories.

Following are comments by Legal 500 about Mayer Brown’s top-tier practice rankings.

Litigation – Supreme Court & Appellate: “Mayer Brown’s venerable Supreme Court and appellate practice has great depth and a fine record of achievement for blue-chip clients across many types of litigation. The firm’s most impressive results in 2009 were at the appellate level, but it remains a leading Supreme Court contender.”

Tax, Domestic – Central: “Illinois-based lawyers make a significant contribution to the strength of Mayer Brown’s global tax offering. The leading lawyers in the team, in fact, carry out work on more instructions out of state and region than they do for regionally based clients...Chicago is extremely strong…”

Tax Controversy: “Mayer Brown combines tax controversy and transfer pricing practices within an impressive department with a national profile. The group provides ‘determined and inventive’ client support…The firm is one of the few that has the capacity to litigate several complex tax controversy cases simultaneously, and indisputably belongs in the top rank.”

Technology – Outsourcing: “Clients consider this ‘business savvy’ team ‘top-notch in expertise, attitude and responsiveness,’ and it continues to win prominent, prestigious mandates. The group has particular strength in offshore outsourcing. Its international scope and ability to handle big deals in the most active jurisdictions make it ‘first choice’ for many clients.”

Partners listed by Legal 500 US as “Leading Lawyers” in their practice categories are:

  • Thomas Bottomlee, Tax, Domestic – Central
  • Paul Forrester, Structured Finance
  • Alvin Katz, Real Estate – Central
  • Thomas Kittle-Kamp, Tax Controversy
  • Jason Kravitt, Structured Finance
  • William Levy, Tax, Domestic – Central
  • Theodore Livingston, Litigation: Telecoms and Broadcast – Regulatory
  • Barry Machlin, Project Finance: Advice to Lender
  • Joseph Mahoney, Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation – Life Sciences/Chemical
  • John Mancini, Litigation: Trade Secrets
  • Daniel Masur, Technology: Outsourcing
  • Brad Peterson, Technology: Outsourcing
  • Andrew Schapiro, Litigation: Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Stephen Shapiro, Litigation: Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Thomas Skinner, Litigation: Environment
  • Jon Van Gorp, Structured Finance 

Following is a complete list of Mayer Brown’s practice category rankings in the 2010 edition of Legal 500.


  • Asset Finance and Leasing – National, tier 4
  • Bank Lending – National, tier 6
  • Capital Markets – Debt Offerings, tier 2
  • Corporate Restructuring, tier 5
  • Project Finance – Advice to Lenders, tier 2
  • Structured Finance, tier 2

Intellectual Property

  • Patent Litigation – Life Sciences/Chemical, tier 4
  • Trademarks – Litigation, tier 5

Investment Fund Formation and Management

  • Private Equity Funds, tier 4


  • Environment, tier 3
  • Supreme Court and Appellate, tier 1
  • Trade Secrets, tier 3
  • White-Collar Criminal Defense, tier 6

Media, Technology and Telecoms

  • Technology – Data Protection and Privacy, tier 3
  • Technology – Outsourcing, tier 1
  • Telelcoms and Broadcast – Regulatory, tier 3

Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts

  • Antitrust, tier 4
  • M&A – Large Deals, tier 2

Real Estate and Construction

  • Real Estate – Central, tier 3


  • Tax, Domestic – Central, tier 1
  • International Tax, tier 3
  • Tax Controversy, tier 1