Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that the 2011 edition of Legal 500 United States ranked the firm’s practices in 31 categories, including top-tier rankings in five categories: Finance – Structured Finance; Litigation – Supreme Court & Appellate; Technology: Outsourcing; Domestic Tax: Central; and Tax Controversy. The publication also lists 20 Mayer Brown partners as “Leading Lawyers” in their practice categories.

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

Finance – Structured Finance: “Mayer Brown provides a service which is characterized by ‘timeliness, nurturing and building long-term relationships, and consistent care and attention from lawyers of different seniorities’. Client-credited with ‘knowledge of the securitization industry that is impressive and very comprehensive’, the firm’s innovative expertise also extends into every corner of the debt markets.”

Litigation – Supreme Court and Appellate: “This ‘excellent’ and ‘very deep’ team now has 55 attorneys where the ‘bench strength is a never-ending parade of the best and the brightest’, including four former deputy solicitors general, and three former assistants to the solicitor general.”

Technology: Outsourcing: “Mayer Brown’s ‘top notch’ 50-attorney practice is the acknowledged leader in this field, representing national and international clients in large scale outsourcing mandates. The group’s size and international scope make it first choice for clients, who commend its ‘excellent response times and business acumen’ and ‘deep global outsourcing expertise’.”

Domestic Tax: Central: “Mayer Brown’s Illinois-based tax practice has achieved national and international penetration. The team handles far more instructions out of state and region than it does locally. Globally, the tax practice divides into two disciplines, tax transactions and tax controversy, and Chicago is extremely strong in both.”

Tax Controversy: “Mayer Brown’s combined tax controversy and transfer pricing practice has achieved national penetration. Commended for a partner-led approach, the 40-lawyer group ‘gives outstanding service; the promptness is unparalleled and the diverse talent provides a wide array of knowledge and experience’. It is one of the few firms with the capacity to litigate several complex tax controversy cases simultaneously.”

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

  • Thomas Bottomlee, Tax – Domestic Tax: Central
  • Scott Davis, M&A: Large Deals
  • Paul Forrester, Finance – Structured Finance
  • Dale Giali, Litigation – Trade Secrets
  • Thomas Kittle-Kamp, Tax – Tax Controversy
  • Kenneth Klein, Tax – International
  • Jason Kravitt, Finance – Structured Finance
  • William Levy, Tax – Domestic Tax: Central
  • Ted Livingston, Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory
  • Barry Machlin, Finance – Project Finance
  • John Mancini, Litigation – Trade Secrets
  • Dan Masur, Technology: Outsourcing
  • Brad Peterson, Technology: Outsourcing
  • Andrew Pincus, Litigation – Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Paul Roy, Technology: Outsourcing
  • Clifford Schoenberg, Insurance: Advice to Insurers
  • Steven Shapiro, Litigation – Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Thomas Skinner, Environment: Litigation
  • Jon Van Gorp, Finance – Structured Finance
  • Joel Williamson, Tax – Tax Controversy

Following is a complete list of the practice categories in which Mayer Brown is ranked in the 2011 edition of Legal 500.


  • Asset Finance and Leasing
  • Bank Lending
  • Capital Markets: Debt Offerings – Advice to Issuers
  • Capital Markets: Debt Offerings – Advice to Managers
  • Capital Markets: Equity Offerings – Advice to Issuers
  • Capital Markets: Equity Offerings – Advice to Managers
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Financial Services: Regulatory
  • Project Finance – Advice to Lenders
  • Project Finance – Advice to Sponsors
  • Structured Finance

Industry Focus

  • Environment: Litigation
  • Insurance: Advice to Insurers
  • Insurance: Non-Contentious

Intellectual Property

  • Patent Litigation: Full Coverage
  • Trademarks: Litigation

Investment Fund Formation and Management

  • Private Equity Funds


  • Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Toxic Tort
  • Supreme Court and Appellate
  • Trade Secrets
  • White-Collar Criminal Defense

Media, Technology and Telecoms

  • Technology: Data Protection and Privacy
  • Technology: Outsourcing
  • Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory

Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts

  • Antitrust
  • M&A: Large Deals

Real Estate and Construction

  • Real Estate


  • Domestic Tax: Central
  • Domestic Tax: East Coast
  • International Tax
  • Tax Controversy