Mayer Brown announced that Brian Kittle (New York), Brian Netter, Andy Pincus and Evan Tager (all Washington DC) were named “MVPs” by Law360. This recognition honors “elite” lawyers who have “distinguished themselves from their peers over the past year through high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters.” 

As an MVP in the Tax category, Tax Controversy partner Mr. Kittle was selected for helping Bank of America achieve a jurisdictional win in a tax dispute and for steering Cross Refined Coal LLC (and its investors, including Fidelity Investments Inc.), to a seminal victory in the US Tax Court. Mr. Kittle told Law360 that his biggest accomplishment this year was achieving the two results with his Mayer Brown team and co-counsel, which “required the development and implementation of bespoke strategies and approaches.” (View article.)

A Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner, Mr. Netter was recognized as an MVP in the Benefits category. In a headline-making year for ERISA class actions against universities, Law360 noted that Mr. Netter helped achieve dismissals of four such suits. ”The year was dominated by the class-action lawsuits filed by the university retirement plans,” he told the publication. In addition to benefits defense work, Law360 highlighted Mr. Netter’s involvement in a criminal defense pro bono case he described as “emotionally wrenching.” (View article.)

Supreme Court & Appellate partner Mr. Pincus was selected as an MVP in the Appellate category for securing numerous litigation wins, including a US Supreme Court victory for Lamps Plus in a case addressing whether a court may order class-wide arbitration when an arbitration agreement does not expressly authorize class-wide procedures. Law360 also highlighted his role in crafting an amicus brief on behalf of more than 140 companies and trade associations in the Supreme Court cases involving the Trump Administration’s rescission of the DACA program. The cases involve “750,000 actual people whose lives and ability to work and participate in society will be totally determined by what the Supreme Court does,” he told the publication. (View article.)

Supreme Court & Appellate partner Mr. Tager was selected as an MVP in the Transportation category for executing legal strategies concerning a range of issues affecting the industry, including convincing a state appeals court to reject a former rail worker's personal injury suit against Consolidated Rail Corp., which is based in Philadelphia, and CSX Transportation Inc., which is based in Florida. Mr. Tager said that he's hopeful that this win will deter new filings and help defeat a series of other cases that are still pending against several railroads. (View article.)