Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that six of its lawyers have been recognized by International Law Office (ILO) as 2013 Client Choice award winners in seven categories. Also recognized were two lawyers from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown. The awards recognize law firms and lawyers around the world that stand apart for excellent client service.

ILO named four Mayer Brown lawyers as exclusive national winners in the International edition:

  • Intellectual Property partner Michael Adams (Chicago) was the winner in the IP – Trademarks category in the United States;
  • Government & Global Trade counsel Dr. Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte (Brussels) won the Competition category in the European Union; 
  • Banking & Finance partner Dominic Griffiths (London) was the winner in the Banking category in the United Kingdom; and
  • Employment & Benefits partner Laurence Dumure Lambert (Paris) was the winner in the Employment & Labor category in France. 

This year, ILO expanded its research to also select winners by state and province in the US and Canadian markets. Three Mayer Brown lawyers were honored as exclusive winners in the inaugural USA & Canada edition: 

  • Intellectual Property partner Michael Adams (Chicago) was the winner in the IP – Trademarks category in Illinois;
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Evan Tager (Washington, DC) won the Litigation category in the District of Columbia; and
  • Banking & Finance partner Jon Van Gorp (Chicago) was the winner in the Securitization & Structured Finance category in Illinois.

In addition, two lawyers from Tauil & Chequer Advogados, in association with Mayer Brown, were recognized as exclusive national winners in two categories in the International edition:

  • Corporate & Securities partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) was the winner in the Energy & Natural Resources category in Brazil; and
  • Corporate & Securities partner Carlos Motta (São Paulo) won the Capital Markets category in Brazil.

ILO Client Choice award winners were determined based on the ability of lawyers and firms to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond other players in the market. Corporate counsel clients were asked to rate individual lawyers and law firms on the following client service criteria: quality of legal advice, value for money, commercial awareness, effective communication, billing transparency, tailored fee structures, response time, sharing of expertise and use of technology.

Mayer Brown winners

Michael Adams focuses on securing, protecting, leveraging and enforcing intellectual property assets in traditional as well as Internet and online environments. He represents clients in a wide range of intellectual property matters, including federal trademark litigation and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings; national and international advertising campaigns; generic top-level domain name applications and strategy; and international brand portfolio management. Mr. Adams earned a JD from DePaul University College of Law and received a BS from Illinois State University.

Dr. Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte concentrates on European antitrust & competition law, international trade and general EU law and policy. She advises international companies and associations on all areas of EU antitrust and competition law, and has particular expertise in state aid law and procedures. Her practice also spans international trade negotiations and proceedings, as well as litigation before the European courts. Dr. Cisnal de Ugarte has particular sector experience in financial services, consumer goods, media & technology and energy. She received a PhD in law from the Europe University Institute, an LLM from Harvard Law School, and law and economics degrees from Deusto University. She also is an adjunct professor at IE Law School.

Dominic Griffiths leads Mayer Brown’s Banking & Finance practice in London. He represents financial institutions and companies across a broad spectrum of domestic and international financing transactions. His practice is particularly focused on commercial and investment bank asset-based lending and structured finance. Mr. Griffiths has in-depth experience with regard to European and Trans-Atlantic cross-border secured loans and trade receivables financings. He also represents clients engaged in the structuring and execution of finance transactions in Italy. Mr. Griffiths graduated from The College of Law, London and holds a BA from Bristol University.

Laurence Dumure Lambert is a partner in the Paris office and has extensive experience counseling clients on employment matters as well as representing them in litigation. She also advises industrial and manufacturing clients in restructuring and related litigation. Ms. Lambert graduated from the Paris Bar School and earned degrees in business law and tax law from Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas.

Evan Tager is a co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. He has been integrally involved in a range of issues of paramount importance to the business community, including punitive damages, class certification standards, admissibility of expert testimony, and enforceability of arbitration agreements. In addition, he has published and spoken extensively on topics including appellate advocacy, punitive damages, class actions, and expert testimony. He is a regular contributor to Class Defense, Mayer Brown’s blog on key issues affecting class action law and policy. Mr. Tager earned a JD from Stanford Law School and received an AB cum laude from Princeton University.

Jon Van Gorp leads Mayer Brown’s Banking & Finance practice in Chicago and co-leads the firm’s Structured Finance and Capital Markets groups. His experience includes public and private securities offerings, assets sales, structured finance transactions, leveraged leases, derivatives, synthetic risk transfer programs and financial insurance. He uses his broad range of knowledge to help clients seeking to fund their operations, sell or acquire asset portfolios and businesses, or manage and hedge their exposures by buying and selling risk. The editor and co-author of Credit Market & Subprime Distress: Responding To Legal Issues, a best-selling legal treatise on the credit crisis, Mr. Van Gorp also is an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Tauil & Chequer winners

Alexandre Chequer, a Corporate & Securities partner at Tauil & Chequer, also is co-leader of the global Energy industry group at Mayer Brown. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, projects and infrastructure development and represents clients in the energy, renewable energy, oil and gas and mining sectors. Mr. Chequer advises clients in negotiations for the structuring of projects relating to pipelines, LNG facilities, hydro and gas power plants, refineries, and petrochemical, ethanol and renewable energy in Latin America and Africa. He also advises on energy exploration and production. Mr. Chequer received an MA from Harvard University and a law degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro.

Carlos Motta leads Tauil & Chequer’s Capital Markets group in Brazil. His practice comprises equity and debt public offerings, private placements, restricted securities offerings (such as debentures, promissory notes, bonds and certificates of real estate receivables, mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments. He assists publicly- and privately-held corporations, underwriters, financial institutions and advisors with respect to Brazilian law and securities exchange commission and stock exchange regulations in Brazil. Mr. Motta earned an LLM from Stanford University and holds a law degree from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie.