The Financial Times has ranked Mayer Brown as one of the “Most Innovative Law Firms for Legal Expertise” in the publication’s annual report, “North America Innovative Lawyers.” Mayer Brown has been recognized in the report each year that it has been published.

The report recognized Mayer Brown’s innovation in three categories:

Accessing New Markets and Capital: Mayer Brown was “commended” for overcoming regulatory and operational hurdles to help PSP Investments, one of Canada's largest pension managers, acquire an interest in a privatized US airport, Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín International. The transaction opened a secondary equity market for privatized US airports. The Mayer Brown team was led by Chicago-based Government Relations & Public Law partner John Schmidt.

Dispute Resolution: The firm was “highly commended” for resolving uncertainty over whether challenges to the Clean Water Act should be heard in federal district courts or courts of appeal. The firm used a procedural tactic to advance the case to the Supreme Court, which unanimously held that district courts were the correct venue, saving companies millions in wasteful litigation costs. The case was argued by Chicago-based Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Timothy Bishop.

Rule of Law and Access to Justice: Finally, Mayer Brown was “commended” for working with co-counsel Jesse Bless of Jeff Goldman to reunite two Brazilian families who had been separated as a result of the Trump administration border policy of classifying children as unaccompanied minors even if they arrived with their mothers. The Mayer Brown team was led by Chicago-based Litigation and Dispute Resolution partner Britt Miller.

For the 2018 report, submissions were evaluated and researched by RSG Consulting, including extensive interviews with clients, lawyers and other experts.