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Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that the 2011 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business includes 148 rankings of the firm’s lawyers in 49 nationwide and/or state practice categories, 43 of which are top-band or higher rankings in 34 nationwide and/or state categories.

The new Chambers edition also ranks Mayer Brown practices in 48 categories, including:

  • 22 nationwide categories, six of which are top-band: Appellate Law; Capital Markets: Securitization; Outsourcing; Projects: PPP; Tax: Controversy; and Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial); 
  • 26 state categories in Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Washington, DC, 10 of which are top-band:
  • Illinois – Antitrust; Banking & Finance; Communications; Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation; Litigation: General Commercial; Real Estate; Tax; and Technology & Outsourcing;
  • New York – Technology & Outsourcing; and
  • Washington, DC – Technology & Outsourcing.

The 2011 Chambers USA also has added new rankings in the nationwide practice categories for “Recommended for Client Service” and “Recommended for Commercial Awareness.”  These new rankings highlight a handful of firms (typically six-ten) who demonstrate excellence in the respective areas, and Mayer Brown scored particularly well in both categories.  In “Recommended for Client Service,” Mayer Brown was featured in 10 practice categories and in “Recommended for Commercial Awareness,” the firm was recognized in six categories:

  • Recommended for Client Service – Antitrust; Appellate Law; Banking & Finance; Capital Markets: REITs; Financial Services Regulation; Outsourcing; Products Liability & Mass Torts; Projects: PPP;  Tax: Corporate & Finance; and Wealth Management.
  • Recommended for Commercial Awareness – Appellate Law; Outsourcing; Products Liability & Mass Torts; Projects: PPP; Tax: Controversy; and Wealth Management. 

Chambers’ comments on Mayer Brown’s nationwide top-band rankings:

Appellate Law – Chambers says Mayer Brown “is recommended for its impeccable bench strength and impressive Supreme Court experience. It is seen as an excellent choice for big-ticket, high-stakes appellate litigation.” Chambers’ sources say the practice has “enormous and unsurpassed experience and depth on appellate and legal issues, and they have great business sense.”

Securitization – Chambers says Mayer Brown “has a diversified team, with specialists in areas ranging from ABCP conduits, MBS and credit card and auto securitization, to student loans and exotic assets.” Sources quoted by Chambers describe the firm as being “highly respected for its securitization work.”

Outsourcing – Mayer Brown “remains one of the largest and most accomplished outsourcing practices in the USA,” Chambers says. “In addition to its expertise in traditional outsourcing deals, the practice is also experienced in niche areas such as facilities management, telecommunications and cloud computing.” Chambers’ sources say “the team successfully strives to be at the cutting edge of new and creative outsourcing contract models.”

Projects: PPP – Chambers says Mayer Brown’s PPP projects practice “has developed a strong client following due to its deep understanding of the whole market and is one of the only firms that frequently sits on both sides of the table.” Sources quoted by Chambers say “there's a great amount of cooperation between individual lawyers and between offices at Mayer Brown, so there is always someone on hand with the right answer.”

Tax: Controversy – Mayer Brown is “a premier player when it comes to tax controversy; this substantial team earns praise for its excellent reputation, tremendous depth and considerable trial experience,” Chambers says. Sources quoted by Chambers say “there's no doubt about the excellence of their work –they always achieve results for us that are consistent with our business objectives.”

Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial) – Chambers says Mayer Brown “traditionally acts for manufacturers of a variety of motor vehicles before regulatory agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).” Chambers’ sources say Mayer Brown is “very active on the automotive safety enforcement side.”

Following is a complete list of the 2011 Chambers USA  rankings for Mayer Brown.

Practice Category Rankings:

Appellate Law
Banking & Finance
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
Capital Markets: REITs
Capital Markets: Securitization
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)
Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations)
Government: Government Contracts
International Arbitration
International Trade
Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation
Privacy & Data Security
Products Liability & Mass Torts
Projects: PPP
Tax: Controversy
Tax: Corporate & Finance
Transportation: Rail (for Railroads)
Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial)
Wealth Management

District of Columbia
Real Estate
Technology & Outsourcing

Banking & Finance
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
Litigation: General Commercial
Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Real Estate
Technology & Outsourcing

New York
Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
Latin American Investment
Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded
Technology & Outsourcing

North Carolina
Banking & Finance

Banking & Finance
Real Estate

Mayer Brown 2011 Chambers USA “Leaders in Their Field”

Lee N Abrams (Illinois)
Robert E Bloch (District of Columbia)
Richard J Favretto (District of Columbia)
Andrew S Marovitz (Illinois)
T Mark McLaughlin (Illinois)
Britt Miller (Illinois)
Mark Ryan (District of Columbia) 
Richard M Steuer (New York)

Appellate Law
Andrew L Frey (Nationwide)
Kenneth S Geller (Nationwide)
Andrew J Pincus (Nationwide)
Stephen M Shapiro (Nationwide)
Evan M Tager (Nationwide)

Banking & Finance
Robert C Baptista (Illinois)
Robert C Baptista (Nationwide)
Douglas A Doetsch (Illinois)
J Paul Forrester (Illinois)
John F Lawlor (Illinois)
Michael E Niebruegge (Nationwide)
Michael E Niebruegge (Texas)
Keith F Oberkfell (North Carolina)
James P Patti (Illinois)
Tristan Propst (Texas)
Timothy R Ryan (North Carolina)
Ami G Scott (Illinois)

Howard S Beltzer (New York)
Thomas S Kiriakos (Illinois)
Sean Scott (Illinois)
Brian Trust (New York)

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
Edward S Best (Nationwide)
Philip J Niehoff (Nationwide)

Capital Markets: Derivatives
Joshua Cohn (Nationwide)

Capital Markets: Securitization
Mary C Fontaine (Nationwide)
Carol A Hitselberger (Nationwide)
Paul A Jorissen (Nationwide)
Jason H P Kravitt (Nationwide)
Stuart M Litwin (Nationwide)
Keith F Oberkfell (Nationwide)
George A Pecoulas (Nationwide)
Jon D Van Gorp (Nationwide)

Christian F Binnig (Illinois)
J Tyson Covey (Illinois)
Dennis G Friedman (Illinois)
Hans J Germann (Illinois)
Theodore A Livingston (Illinois)
Demetrios G Metropoulos (Illinois)
John E Muench (Illinois)

Scott J Davis (Illinois)
Robert F Gray (Texas)
Robert A Helman (Illinois)
William Kucera (Illinois)
Dallas Parker (Texas)
Richard Warren Shepro (Illinois)
Marc F Sperber (Illinois)
Paul W Theiss (Illinois)
Frederick B Thomas (Illinois)

Corporate/M&A: Private Equity
John W Noell (Illinois)

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Herbert W Krueger (Nationwide)

Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)
David I Bloom (Nationwide)

Energy & Natural Resources: Transactional
J Paul Forrester (Illinois)

Environment: Litigation
John C Berghoff (Illinois)
Timothy S Bishop (Illinois)
Thomas V Skinner (Illinois)

Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)
Scott Anenberg (Nationwide)
David Sahr (Nationwide)

Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance)
Jerome J. Roche (Nationwide)

Franchising: Mainly Franchisee
Lee N Abrams (Nationwide)

Government: Government Contracts
David F Dowd (Nationwide)
Marcia G Madsen (Nationwide)

Government: Government Contracts: Bid Protests
Marcia G Madsen (Nationwide)

Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer
Clifford H Schoenberg (New York)

Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
David Alberts (New York)
Edward S Best (Illinois)
Larry Hamilton (Illinois)
Kenneth R Pierce (New York)

Intellectual Property
Sharon Israel (Texas)

International Arbitration
William H Knull (Nationwide)
Jeffrey Sarles (Nationwide)

International Arbitration: Arbitrators
Philip Allen Lacovara (Nationwide)

International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
Simeon M Kriesberg (Nationwide)

International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy
Michael Kantor (Nationwide)

Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation
John W Noell (Nationwide)

Investment Funds: Registered Funds
Stephanie Monaco (Nationwide)

Labor & Employment
Robert P Davis (New York)
Marcia E Goodman (Illinois)
Kim A Leffert (Illinois)

Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
Debra B Hoffman (Illinois)
Herbert W Krueger (Illinois)
Wayne R Luepker (Illinois)

Latin American Investment
David K Duffee (New York)

Litigation: E-Discovery
Michael Lackey (Nationwide)

Litigation: Energy & Natural Resources
William H Knull (Texas)

Litigation: General Commercial
Vincent J Connelly (Illinois)
Thomas M Durkin (Illinois)
James R Ferguson (Illinois)
Michele L Odorizzi (Illinois)
Stephen M Shapiro (Illinois)
Steven Wolowitz (New York)
Herbert L Zarov (Illinois)

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Vincent J Connelly (Illinois)

Rebecca S Eisner (Nationwide)
David M Hudanish (Nationwide)
Daniel A Masur (Nationwide)
Brad L Peterson (Nationwide)
Kevin A Rang (Nationwide)
Paul J N Roy (Nationwide)

Privacy & Data Security
Jeffrey P Taft (Nationwide)

Products Liability & Mass Torts
Herbert L Zarov (Nationwide)

Barry N Machlin (Nationwide)
John R Schmidt (Nationwide)

Projects: PPP
John R Schmidt (Nationwide)

Real Estate
Frank E Arado (North Carolina)
John J Gearen (Illinois)
Frank H Henneburg (District of Columbia)
M Marvin Katz (Texas)
Paul E Meyer (Illinois)
Jeffrey A Usow (Illinois)
Neil Wasserstrom (Texas)
Keith J Willner (District of Columbia)

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
Ivan P Kane (Illinois)

David F Abbott (New York)
James R Barry (Illinois)
George W Craven (Illinois)
Kenneth Klein (District of Columbia)
Larry R Langdon (California)
Timothy C Sherck (Illinois)
Joel V Williamson (Illinois)

Tax: Controversy
David F Abbott (Nationwide)
Thomas C Durham (Nationwide)
Thomas L Kittle-Kamp (Nationwide)
Larry R Langdon (Nationwide)
Scott M Stewart (Nationwide)
Joel V Williamson (Nationwide)

Technology & Outsourcing
Rebecca S Eisner (Illinois)
David M Hudanish (New York)
Daniel A Masur (District of Columbia)
Brad L Peterson (Illinois)
Kevin A Rang (Illinois)
Linda Rhodes (District of Columbia)
Paul J N Roy (Illinois)

Technology: Corporate & Commercial
Robert F Gray (Texas)
Dallas Parker (Texas)

Transportation: Rail (for Railroads)
Robert M Jenkins III (Nationwide)

Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial)
Erika Z Jones (Nationwide)

Wealth Management: Central Region
James A Casey (Nationwide)
Howard M McCue III (Nationwide)
Donna Morgan (Nationwide)