6 February 2017
Mayer Brown announced today that Michael A. Scodro has joined the firm as a partner in the Supreme Court & Appellate practice in Chicago. Previously, Mr. Scodro was a partner at Jenner & Block LLP. Earlier in his career, he was a lawyer at Mayer Brown.
Prior to Mr. Scodro’s most recent stint in private practice, he spent more than six years as the Illinois Solicitor General, where he oversaw the civil and criminal appeals divisions of the Attorney General’s Office, supervising more than 40 attorneys in appeals in which the state was a party. He also advised the Illinois Attorney General on constitutional and other significant legal issues.
“Mike is a seasoned appellate court practitioner with extraordinary oral advocacy and writing skills, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to the firm,” said Andrew Marovitz, a co-leader of the firm’s global Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. “His vast experience representing clients in jurisdictions around the country and before the US Supreme Court, together with his time as Illinois’ chief appellate lawyer, complements our bench of esteemed appeals lawyers in Chicago and nationwide. Mike’s experience handling matters involving state court appellate litigation, complex commercial litigation, domestic and international commercial arbitration litigation and state and local tax litigation, expands our existing appellate capabilities.”
As an accomplished litigator and appellate advocate, Mr. Scodro has argued dozens of cases before the US Supreme Court, state supreme courts, federal courts of appeals and all five districts of the Illinois Appellate Court. Additionally, as solicitor general, he coordinated with other state attorney general offices across the country in the preparation and filing of multi-state amicus briefs in the US Supreme Court and brought Illinois to the forefront among the states in this area of Supreme Court advocacy.
Previously in his illustrious career, Mr. Scodro served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and for the Honorable Jose Cabranes of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
“I’m excited to re-join Mayer Brown’s nationally respected appellate platform and work alongside a team of litigators—several of whom have served as mentors—to advise our clients on some of the most significant commercial matters in federal and state courts of review and the US Supreme Court,” said Mr. Scodro. “The appellate practice’s preeminent reputation, team-based approach and extraordinary depth and breadth, are truly exceptional.”
Mr. Scodro is an active member of the legal community, including serving as a long-time Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches a seminar on US Supreme Court practice. He is an elected member of the prestigious American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and American Law Institute, recently served as president of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, and later this year will become chair of the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. In addition to being selected as a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, Mr. Scodro was appointed to the American Bar Foundation and multiple Illinois Supreme Court, Seventh Circuit and ABA committees. He also served as a member of the Special Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Evidence that developed the state’s first code of evidence and was recently appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to chair its Committee on Professional Responsibility.
Rebecca Eisner, partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s Chicago office, said, “Mike is deeply embedded as a leading member of our local legal community, and his arrival solidifies our reputation as a premier US Supreme Court and appellate practice. Mike’s addition also continues the strategic expansion of our Chicago office.”
As a prominent voice in the legal community, Mr. Scodro has written numerous articles and is a prolific speaker on issues surrounding appellate advocacy and the Supreme Court. He has received a variety of honors and accolades, including the Supreme Court Best Brief Award from the National Association of Attorneys General on six occasions.
Mr. Scodro earned his JD from Yale Law School and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College.