“extremely knowledgeable. . . . She is an excellent attorney and great to work with.”
IFLR1000 Client Testimonial


Jen Carlson’s corporate and securities practice focuses on capital markets transactions, public company disclosure, and corporate governance matters.

Jen’s robust transactional practice is equally balanced between representing companies and underwriters in a variety of capital markets and finance transactions, including debt and equity offerings, liability management transactions, and corporate venture capital investments. In debt capital markets transactions, Jen specializes in investment grade note issuances, representing clients in both SEC-registered and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, including periodic shelf takedowns and MTN note programs. Clients also seek Jen’s experience in structuring liability management transactions such as complex exchange offers, tender offers, and consent solicitations. Jen is equally adept at advising clients in equity capital markets transactions, from private company financings to initial public offerings and beyond, with expertise in common stock, preferred stock, and hybrid securities issuances. Jen also represents institutional clients in the corporate venture capital area, where she advises on equity and convertible debt investments and strategic commercial relationships.

In addition to her transactional practice, Jen has extensive experience advising companies on SEC disclosures, stock exchange compliance, fiduciary duties, and corporate governance matters. Jen regularly counsels both domestic companies and foreign private issuers on SEC reporting requirements, including ongoing rulemaking related to climate change, cybersecurity, human capital, and insider trading, and is proficient in SEC rules on beneficial ownership reporting requirements. She advises clients on governance policies and practices, fiduciary duties, and other board and shareholder matters. Jen’s extensive knowledge of SEC regulations and state corporate law, combined with years of experience advising clients in times of opportunity and crises, make her a trusted advisor to executive officers and boards of directors.

The 2022 IFLR1000 guide lists Jen as “highly regarded” in the United States for Capital Markets: Debt and Capital Markets: Equity. The Legal 500 US 2023 recommends Jen in its corporate governance category and the guide has also recommended Jen in each of its capital markets categories: equity offerings, debt offerings, global offerings, and high yield debt offerings.

Prior to establishing Mayer Brown’s Salt Lake City office in 2022, Jen successfully launched and expanded the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice in Northern California and practiced in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office.

Spoken Languages

  • English


Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude
Associate Editor, Northwestern University Law Review

Augustana College, BA, magna cum laude


  • Illinois
  • California
  • Utah


  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • American Bar Association
  • Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals