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Legal 500 US ranks Mayer Brown in 38 categories, lists six practices in top tier and cites 16 “Leading Lawyers”

5 June 2013

Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that the 2013 edition of Legal 500 United States ranked the firm’s practices in 38 categories, including top-tier rankings in six categories:

  • Finance: Structured Finance;
  • Litigation: Supreme Court and Appellate – Appellate;
  • Litigation: Supreme Court and Appellate – Supreme Court;
  • Media, Technology and Telecoms: Technology – Outsourcing;
  • Tax: Domestic Tax – Central; and
  • Tax: Tax Controversy.

Legal 500 US also listed 16 Mayer Brown partners as “Leading Lawyers” in their practice categories:

  • Paul Forrester – Finance: Structured Finance
  • Dale Giali – Litigation: Trade Secrets
  • Larry Langdon – Tax: Tax Controversy
  • Ted Livingston – Media, Technology and Telecoms: Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory
  • Ken Klein – Tax: International Tax
  • Jason Kravitt – Finance: Structured Finance
  • Barry Machlin – Finance: Project Finance
  • John Mancini – Litigation: Trade Secrets
  • Dan Masur – Media, Technology and Telecoms: Technology: Outsourcing
  • Brad Peterson – Media, Technology and Telecoms: Technology: Outsourcing
  • Andy Pincus – Litigation: Supreme Court and Appellate
  • Paul Roy – Media, Technology and Telecoms: Technology: Outsourcing
  • Steve Shapiro – Litigation: Supreme Court and Appellate
  • Marc Sperber – Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts: M&A: Large Deals ($1bn-5bn)
  • Jon Van Gorp – Finance: Structured Finance
  • Joel Williamson – Tax: Tax Controversy

Following are comments from the publication about Mayer Brown’s top-tier practice rankings:

Finance: Structured Finance
Legal 500 and its sources report that “Mayer Brown’s service ‘is as you would expect from a top player – its knowledge of the securitization industry is impressive and very comprehensive’. The practice is built on partner-intensive, high-value, bespoke deals and clients particularly appreciate that ‘it updates its clients very quickly and accurately on changes in the regulatory, legal and accounting framework such as Dodd-Frank’.”

Litigation – Supreme Court and Appellate: Appellate and Litigation – Supreme Court & Appellate: Supreme Court
“Known for its provision of ‘unsurpassed quality’, Mayer Brown continues to enjoy market share in the Supreme Court,” said Legal 500 and its sources. “The firm is particularly known for its deep bench; 45 of its lawyers have collectively argued 225 cases in the Supreme Court…The firm is also handling an increasing amount of securities-related appeals work.”

Media, Technology and Telecoms: Technology: Outsourcing
“Mayer Brown’s 50-attorney practice is recognized as the leader in this field, working in partnership with US and international clients on strategic outsourcing implementation…The ‘excellent, well-coordinated’ practice is highly experienced in niche areas of sourcing, including facilities management, telecoms, cloud computing and privacy,” said Legal 500 and sources quoted by the publication. “Recent mandates involve a more strategic and transformational approach to outsourcing and the group handled more multi-jurisdictional transactions designed to promote business efficiency, boost performance and save costs.”

Tax: Domestic Tax: Central
Legal 500 and its sources report that “Mayer Brown ‘consistently provides quality service’ and the substantial team includes a number of ‘knowledgeable’ partners. The firm is recognized for its considerable tax controversy expertise.”

Tax: Tax Controversy
According to Legal 500, Mayer Brown is “recognized for its strong international transfer pricing expertise.” The publication also notes Mayer Brown’s strong Tax Controversy capabilities in the Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Houston and Palo Alto offices.

Following is a complete list of the practice categories in which Mayer Brown is ranked in the 2013 edition of Legal 500 US.


  • Asset Finance and Leasing
  • Bank Lending (Including Other Sources of Financing)
  • Capital Markets: Debt Offerings – Advice to Issuers
  • Capital Markets: Debt Offerings – Advice to Managers
  • Capital Markets: Equity Offerings
  • Capital Markets: Global Offerings – Advice to Corporates
  • Capital Markets: Global Offerings – Advice to Financial Institutions
  • Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings
  • Corporate Restructuring (including Bankruptcy)
  • Financial Services: Regulatory
  • Project Finance – Advice to Lender
  • Project Finance – Advice to Sponsor
  • Structured Finance

Industry Focus

  • Environment: Litigation
  • Insurance: Advice to Insurers
  • Insurance: Non-Contentious

Intellectual Property

  • Patent Litigation: Full Coverage
  • Trademarks: Litigation

Investment Fund Formation and Management

  • Private Equity Funds

Labor and Employment

  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • ERISA Litigation


  • Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Toxic Tort
  • Securities: Shareholder Litigation
  • Supreme Court and Appellate: Appellate
  • Supreme Court & Appellate: Supreme Court
  • Trade Secrets
  • White-Collar Criminal Defense

Media, Technology and Telecoms

  • Technology: Data Protection and Privacy
  • Technology: Outsourcing
  • Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory

Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts

  • Antitrust
  • M&A: Large Deals ($1bn-5bn)

Real Estate and Construction

  • Construction
  • Real Estate


  • Domestic Tax: Central
  • Domestic Tax: East Coast
  • International Tax
  • Tax Controversy
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