Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, has been named one of the top six litigation departments among the 200 largest US law firms by The American Lawyer magazine, which chose the firm as a finalist for its prestigious “Litigation Department of the Year” report for 2012. The selection was announced in the January 2012 issue. (Click here to read article.)

“Mayer Brown impressed us with its range of far-reaching victories,” The American Lawyer said, offering particular praise for the firm’s Supreme Court win in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion. “We’ve seen some sweeping pro-business US Supreme Court rulings of late, but there’s a good argument that no decision will have more impact on the business community,” the publication said of the case characterized by The Wall Street Journal as “a body blow to consumer class actions.”

The Mayer Brown profile highlighted additional successes that demonstrate the breadth of the firm’s litigation capabilities, including:

  • A win for Google and YouTube in a critical Internet copyright case;
  • A crucial preemption appellate ruling for Medtronic, Inc.;
  • A win for Quicken Loans in the largest Fair Labor Standards Act case ever tried to verdict; 
  • The largest NAFTA award ever, for Cargill Inc.; and
  • The defeat of challenges to Rahm Emanuel’s candidacy for mayor of Chicago.

“The briefs I get from Mayer Brown are uniformly great from the first draft,” said Neal Berinhout, associate general counsel – litigation for AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets. Mayer Brown’s work is “terrific,” added Catherine Lacavera, Google’s director of litigation.

“Our selection by The American Lawyer as one of the top US litigation departments is a great honor that reflects the extraordinary litigation results  achieved for our clients through the experience, knowledge, innovativeness and dedication of our 450-member litigation and dispute resolution team worldwide,” said Mayer Brown Chairman Herbert W. Krueger. 

“As evidenced by our successes, Mayer Brown litigators do not hesitate to challenge accepted thinking,” said Steven Wolowitz, a leader of Mayer Brown’s global Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. “Our unique fusion of litigation capabilities with exceptional appellate insight has led to creative advocacy and litigation strategies that have, in many cases, altered the legal landscape for businesses. We are very proud of the positive client outcomes produced by our team, and we are delighted and honored to be selected by The American Lawyer as a finalist in the 2012 competition.”

For its sixth biennial “Litigation Department of the Year” feature, The American Lawyer solicited entries from the 200 largest US law firms, covering their litigation activities over a 19-month period. The publication’s editors reviewed the entries and interviewed clients and opposing counsel to narrow the field to the six finalists.