"An absolute superstar"
Chambers USA 2014

Overview

Mitch Holzrichter is a partner in the Government practice and Infrastructure Investment group. Mitch focuses on infrastructure transactions, including the use of public-private partnerships, as well as other public and political law matters.

Infrastructure: Mitch represents both government agencies and private developers in connection with infrastructure projects across the US. His work includes revenue-risk concession agreements, availability payment projects and design-build agreements. 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 winning bidder on 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 privatization 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, where the winning bidder offered the state a concession payment of $26 million. He represented Purdue University on a first-of-its-kind use of availability payments to develop new student housing facilities.

Public and Political Law: Mitch advises state and local government agencies, government contractors, private investment funds and other clients on government ethics, political contributions, lobbyist registration rules, and compliance with the Freedom of Information Act and other public records laws. He also counsels political action committees, ballot initiative committees and candidates for federal, state and local offices on forming political committees and complying with campaign finance and disclosure laws and advises both political committees and private contributors on campaign finance limits. He has also represented campaigns in connection with post-election recounts and litigation. Mitch represented plaintiffs, including members of Congress and other voters, in voting rights litigation in connection with the 2011 Congressional redistricting process in Illinois.

Legislation: Mitch assisted in drafting legislation to authorize the private development of new public infrastructure in Illinois. He also drafted legislation to expand solar energy in Illinois. As deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, he was responsible for negotiating legislation on behalf of the governor and state agencies.

Gaming Regulation: Mitch has represented gaming companies in obtaining casino owner and supplier licenses. He represented the owners and developers of the newest casino in Illinois throughout the development and licensure process. He also represented a private consortium in a first-of-its-kind private lottery management agreement.

Mitch returned to Mayer Brown in 2017 after two years with the office of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, where he served as deputy general counsel and then as deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs. He was also appointed by the governor to serve as a member of the Illinois State Board of Education, which oversees public education in Illinois. In recognition of his leadership at 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