"An absolute superstar"
Chambers USA 2014

Overview

Mitch Holzrichter is a partner in the Government practice and Infrastructure Investment group. Mitch represents owners, sponsors, contractors and lenders in complex public infrastructure transactions. His work includes revenue-risk concession agreements, availability payment projects and design-build agreements across a variety of asset types. Mitch was named a 2017 Rising Star for transportation law by Law360, which honors lawyers under 40 “whose legal accomplishments transcend their age,” for his prominent role in “crafting financing deals for several high-profile infrastructure projects.”

Mitch has advised on many first-of-their-kind and award-winning projects. He represented the developer of the East End Crossing bridge project near Louisville, which was named Deal of the Year by The Bond Buyer and Transport Deal of the Year by Project Finance International. He represented the government of Puerto Rico on the long-term lease of the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, the first such lease of a major US airport, which was named P3 Deal of the Year by Project Finance International. Mitch represented the Texas Department of Transportation on the SH 288 toll lanes project near Houston, a revenue-risk concession deal with a construction value of $800 million, which was the first transaction of its type to offer a concession payment to the owner. He represented Purdue University on a first-of-its-kind use of availability payments to develop new student housing facilities.

Mitch also advises clients on various public law and political law matters, including government ethics, lobbyist registration rules, public records laws, and regulatory matters affecting gaming and telecommunications companies. He also counsels political committees and candidates on election and campaign finance laws. He represented plaintiffs, including members of Congress and other voters, in voting rights litigation in connection with the 2011 Congressional redistricting process in Illinois.

Mitch returned to Mayer Brown in 2017 after serving for two years in senior positions in the Office of the Governor of Illinois. He also served as a member of the Illinois State Board of Education, which oversees public education in Illinois. In recognition of his leadership in the state, Mitch was named a 2017 Edgar Fellow by the University of Illinois’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Spoken Languages

  • English

Education

The University of Michigan Law School, JD, cum laude

Northwestern University, BA, with department honors

Admissions

  • Illinois

Court

  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois