Middle East

Our Middle East practice has a proven track record in Middle East jurisdictions, complemented by our strength in capital markets, project finance, construction, arbitration and international trade.  Our lawyers have worked on contentious and non-contentious matters and projects covering the construction, engineering, energy and petrochemical sectors right across the region.

We are able to support clients in all aspects of their projects and operations, offering:

  • A dedicated team with experience of working on a range of matters in jurisdictions across the Middle East;
  • Lawyers fluent in Arabic who are dedicated to the Middle East;
  • The firm’s fully integrated skills in key areas such as project finance, international arbitration, international banking, mining, oil and gas, telecoms and infrastructure;
  • Comprehensive experience in pre-privatisation sector reviews and feasibility studies, together with Official Lender transactional and advisory experience;
  • Tried and tested project management skills to ensure that both on-site and remote support on Middle East projects is delivered effectively; and
  • Close relations with local counsel throughout the region.


Kingdom of Bahrain

  • Kingdom of Bahrain.  Represented the Kingdom of Bahrain in connection with the restructuring of its electricity and water industries.
  • Aluminum smelting plant. Represented a major international engineering contractor in High Court proceedings arising out of defects in an aluminum smelting plant in Bahrain.  The contract was subject to the law of Bahrain.
  • Government of Bahrain.  Acted for the Government of Bahrain on various disputes relating to the construction of a major development.
  • Kingdom of Bahrain.  Represented the Kingdom of Bahrain in the privatization of its power and potable water utility systems, which included providing counsel as to the structuring and implementation of a regulatory framework (including associated tariffs), structuring, drafting and assisting in the implementation of all necessary legislation.
  • Hongkong Electric International and Cheung Kong Infrastructure.  Advised on the bid by a consortium led by Hongkong Electric International and Cheung Kong Infrastructure for the Al Hidd Independent Water & Power Project, which has a capacity of 694 MWs and a 4x7.5 MiGD Multi Stage Flash desalination plant located in Manama, Bahrain.


  • Aircraft Leasing. Represented a bank syndicate in a secured credit facility for an aircraft operating lease to an Egyptian carrier.
  • Apache Oil Fields. Represented a syndicate of banks agented by Chase Manhattan in connection with the development of several oil fields in Egypt owned by Apache Corporation, and a related refinancing transaction.
  • Cairo Arbitration. Acted for an English company in arbitration proceedings in Egypt under the rules of the Cairo Regional Arbitration Centre.
  • EBIC Ammonia. Represented US Ex-Im Bank on the $600 million financing of a 2,000 MTD anhydrous ammonia project developed by Egypt Basic Industries Corporation. The transaction was US Ex-Im Bank’s first limited recourse project financing in Egypt.
  • Egypt to Israel Pipeline. Advised on the development of the $1 billion Egypt to Israel pipeline and associated facilities including negotiations with GdF, British Gas and Tractebel and financiers to obtain limited recourse political risk remote financing.
  • Khalda Oil. Represented a multilateral lender in connection with the Khalda oil concession development in the western desert of Egypt.
  • Magnesium Smelter. Represented a German Bank in connection with the development of an 88,000 TPA magnesium smelter in the Suez industrial area in Egypt.
  • Mining Dispute. Represented Joy Mining & Machinery, Ltd., a mining equipment manufacturer, in an investor-state dispute, and then in an ICC arbitration, against the Arab Republic of Egypt relating to a phosphate mine in Egypt.
  • Mostorod Refinery. Represented the International Finance Corporation and the Netherlands Development Finance Company in their investments in Egyptian Refining Company SAE, which is developing the $3.7 billion, 5 million TPA Mostorod refinery project coking facility in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Qarun Oil. Represented a multilateral lender in connection with the development of the Qarun oil and gas concession in the western desert area of Egypt.
  • Sokhna Port. Represented an export credit agency as lender/guarantor in connection with the development of the Sohkna Port, Suez, Egypt, which is the only privately-owned port in Egypt.
  • Tahrir Petrochemical. We are representing all of the lenders, US Ex-Im Bank, Korea Eximbank and Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (KSure), on the project financing of a new $4 billion petrochemical project in Egypt. The project will be located in Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea coast of Egypt, involves the development of a naphtha cracker and polyethylene complex to produce a broad spectrum of petrochemicals and polyolefins for domestic consumption and export, including HDPE, LLDPE benzene and butadiene.
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States.  Represented the Export-Import Bank of the United States as lender/ guarantor in the $540 million financing of a 1,250 tbd anhydrous natural gas-to-ammonia plant in Suez, Egypt. This was one of the first private (non-government sponsored) petrochemical transactions in Egypt and the first project financing in Egypt supported by Ex-Im Bank.
  • Lease aircraft. Represented a bank syndicate in a secured credit facility for an operating lease company of lease aircraft to an Egyptian carrier.
  • Chase Manhattan Bank. Represented Chase Manhattan Bank and a syndicate of lenders in the refinancing of several oil and gas concession developments in Egypt owned by Apache Corporation.
  • Khalda oil concession. Represented the Official Lender in connection with the Khalda oil concession development in the western desert of Egypt.
  • Qarun oil and gas concession. Represented the Official Lender in connection with the development of the Qarun oil and gas concession in the western desert area of Egypt.
  • Phosphate Mine. Represented a global mining equipment manufacturer in an ICSID arbitration and related UNCITRAL arbitration against a sovereign in a dispute relating to mining equipment, service and associated financial instruments in connection with a phosphate mine in Egypt.
  • Cairo Regional Arbitration Centre. Acted for an English company in arbitration proceedings in Egypt under the rules of the Cairo Regional Arbitration Centre.


  • Port of Aqaba. Acted for the successful concessionaire on the $170 million project to design, build, operate and finance a new oil terminal at the Port of Aqaba in Jordan.
  • Kingdom of Jordan. Advised the Council Of Ministers and Natural Resources Authority of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on various long term Mining Concessions in the Kingdom in relation to the mining of oil shale.
  • Kingdom of Jordan. Advised the Kingdom of Jordan on disputes concerning the disputed ownership of a luxury yacht.
  • Agricultural products. Advised a major international company on disputes with a Jordanian company concerning the sale of agricultural products in Jordan.
  • Government of Jordan.  Advised the Government of Jordan on a dispute over a 25 year concession agreement for development of casinos and tourist facilities in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.


  • Ahamadi refinery. Advised insurance underwriters on claims arising out of an explosion at Ahamadi Refinery, Kuwait.
  • Condensate recovery unit. Advised a Joint Venture company on a professional negligence claim in relation to equipment at a Condensate Recovery Unit at an oil field.
  • Construction project. Represented an Arabian oil company in LCIA arbitration proceedings arising out of a construction project in Kuwait.
  • Power station. Advised a major EPC contractor on various disputes on power station projects in Kuwait.
  • Power contracts.  Advised a major Kuwaiti contractor on various substantial power contracts.


  • Infrastructure project. Advised on a major infrastructure project in Beirut.


  • Engineering company. Advised a large engineering company on the enforcement of a substantial ICC award in Libya and Europe.


  • Capital Market Authority of Oman. Advised the Capital Market Authority of Oman, an agency of the Sultanate of Oman, in identifying and pursuing claims against the Oman National Investment Corporation.
  • Professional negligence claims. Advised on professional negligence claims in the Omani courts arising from a major development project.


  • Gas-to-liquid plant. Advised a contractor bidder on tender documents for the EPC contract for air separation units for the world’s largest gas-to-liquid plant project in Qatar.
  • Waste water facility. Advised a contractor in relation to a claim for an extension of time and associated losses on a waste water facility plant.
  • LNG project. Advised an EPC Contractor on various issues arising out of the design and construction of a large LNG project (subject to UNCITRAL arbitration in London), including advising on multimillion contractual claims and entitlements for relief under local law.
  • Infrastructure project. Advised a multinational engineering company on a dispute relating to a major infrastructure project and particularly on various issues relating to the effect of a number of provisions in the civil codes.
  • Process plant project. Advised on multimillion claims and an UNCITRAL arbitration on a major process plant project.


  • Dogus Group. Represented Dogus Group with a financing arrangement for corporate aircraft with GE Commercial Finance.
  • Ege Seramik Sanayi Ticaret A.S. Advised Morgan Stanley in connection with a €50 million secured credit facility with Ege Seramik Sanayi Ticaret A.S.
  • Municipalities of Bafra, Gaziantep and Iskenderun. Advised Bank of America, N.A. as arranger and lender in a series of loan facilities to local municipalities, guaranteed by The Republic of Turkey.
  • Republic of Turkey. Advised Bank of America, N.A., in connection with its arranging and participating in a $24 million credit agreement for the Republic of Turkey.
  • Eko Finans Factoring Hizmetleri A.S. Advising Bancroft Private Equity in connection with their investment in Eko Finans Factoring Hizmetleri A.S, a factoring services provider in Turkey with 15 branch offices countrywide, focusing on small to mid-sized enterprises.
  • Garanti Bank. Represented Turkiye Garanti Bankasi A.S. in a rights offering coordinated by Credit Suisse.
  • GE Capital. Represented Garanti Bank in con¬nection with the sale by General Electric Capital Corporation of most of its 21% interest in the bank. GECC and the bank’s other principal shareholder eventually sold an aggregate of 24.9% of the bank to BBVA for €4.2 billion.
  • Genel Enerji A.S. Acted for Genel Enerji on its proposed $6 billion reverse takeover of Heritage Oil plc. The deal was announced in June 2009 and would have created a new FTSE 100 upstream oil and gas company had it completed.
  • JER Partners. Advised JER Partners in connection with its joint venture with Ocean Real Estate Management Ltd. to invest in Turkish logistics properties.
  • Kayalar Kimya San ve Tic. Represented Bancroft Private Equity in its 35 percent investment in the Turkish manufacturer, Kayalar Kimya San ve Tic SA.
  • Standard Profil A.S. Advising Bancroft Private Equity in connection with an investment in the chemicals sector in Turkey, and providing ongoing advice in relation to portfolio company Standard Profil A.S, a tier-one rubber profile and weather-strip manufacturer for European and Turkish car manufacturers.
  • Baymina Power Project. Representing the Export-Import Bank of the United States in connection with the non recourse financing of a 760 MW gas fired combined cycle power plant in Ankara, Turkey, sponsored by Tractebel (now GDF Suez) and Mimag.
  • Caldag Nickel Project. Represented the sponsor in connection with a $300 million financing for the development of the Caldag nickel project.
  • Degere. Advised Degere Enterprises Group A.S. on a Rule 144A private placement and project financing of a port in Turkey known as Belde, which it was sponsoring.
  • Erzincan Gold Project. Advised the mandated lead arranger, Bayerische Hypo—und Vereinsbank AG, on the $62.5 million financing for the construction and development of the Çöpler gold mine in the Erzincan province. This is one of the first completed project financed mines in Turkey.
  • Gebze, Adapazari and Izmir Power Projects. Representing the Export-Import Bank of the United States in connection with the simultaneous $2 billion limited recourse financing of 1540 MW, 1520 MW and 770 MW gas fired combined cycle power plants sponsored by ENKA in Western Turkey.
  • Marmara Eregelisi Power. Advised Bank of America as lender to the Marmara Eregelisi Power Project, which was sponsored by Midlands Electricity PLC, Gama Endistri and Wing International.
  • Republic of Turkey. Represented Bank of America, N.A. in arranging two term loans for the Republic of Turkey to finance completion payments on two motorway projects.
  • Akbank. Represented Banc of America Securities, as arranger, and the purchasers, in the issuance of $100 million of trust certificates by a New York trust created by Akbank T.A.S to own Akbank’s current and future credit and debt card voucher receivables. This transaction was chosen by Emerging Markets Investor magazine as the “best securitization” in emerging Europe in 2001.
  • Calik. Advised Calik, a major Turkish conglomerate, whose operations include gas distribution con-struction and pipeline development on its first corporate bond issue - a high yield Regulation S offering of $200 million Guaranteed Notes due 2012.
  • Denizbank. Represented Dexia Bank Brussels S.A. and Denizbank A.S. in a Reg S $650 million offering of notes secured by dollar-, euro- and sterling-denominated diversified payment rights sold by Denizbank A.S.
  • EBRD. Represented WestLB AG, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank in a private placement of EURO 250 million notes issued by Turkiye Garanti Bankasi A.S. This is the first future flow securitization entered into by the EBRD.
  • Finans Bank. Represented Merrill Lynch International as initial purchaser in the 144A/Reg S placement of a $200 million subordinated debt issuance by Finans Bank A.S. This transaction was the first Tier II capital facility issued by a Turkish bank into the capital markets.
  • Finans Bank. Represented Banc of America Securities LLC as underwriter in the Rule 144A/Reg S issuance of $50 million and €75 million of trust certificates of Finansbank Trade and Diversified Payment Rights Master Trust, secured by trade payment rights. This was the first diversified payment right securitization anywhere and “created” the asset class.
  • Garanti Bank. Represented Türkiye Garanti Bankasi A.S., a Turkish bank, in raising $500 million of quasi-capital (Tier II capital) by way of a Luxembourg-based SPC issuing Step Up Subordinated Callable Notes.
  • Garanti Bank. Represented Banc of America Securities LLC and Credit Suisse First Boston as underwriter in the Rule 144A/Reg S issuance of $200 million of trust certificates of Garanti Trade Payments Rights Master Trust, a master trust created by Turkiye Garanti Bankasi A.S., secured by trade payment rights. This was the first “trade payment right” securitization anywhere and “created” this asset class.
  • HSBC Bank A.S. Represented HSBC Bank A.S. (as originator) and HSBC Bank plc and ABN AMRO Bank N.V. (as arrangers) in a Reg S $400 million offering of notes secured by dollar-, euro- and sterling-denominated diversified payment rights. This issuance contained three tranches, including one wrapped by Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC) and one wrapped by Radian Asset Assurance Inc.
  • IsBank. Represented the arranger in a Rule 144A/Reg S $600 million offering of notes secured by dollar-, euro- and sterling-denominated diversified payment rights sold by Turkiye Is Bankasi A.S. At the time, this was the largest ever capital markets issuance from a private Turkish issuer and the first public Turkish deal to earn an underlying investment-grade rating from Standard & Poors.
  • Vakifbank. Represented ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Citibank, N.A. and ING Bank N.V., as arrangers, in a $500 million private placement of notes to conduits administered by the arrangers. The notes were secured by dollar-, euro-, sterling- and Swiss franc-denominated diversified payment rights sold by Türkiye Vakiflar Bankasi T.A.O.
  • Yapi Kredi Bank. Represented the arrangers in a $1.2 billion issuance of notes secured by Dollar-, Euro- and Sterling-denominated diversified payment rights sold by Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi A.S. At the time, this was the largest DPR securitization transaction completed globally and the single largest issuance into the international capital markets by a non-governmental entity out of Turkey.

Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

  • Process plan. Advised an EPC contractor on pursuing substantial claims under both the contract and under Shari’a law arising from the design and construction of US$500 million process plant, which were subject to the jurisdiction of the Board of Grievances.
  • Sewage plant. Advised a Japanese and Saudi owned oil company on LCIA arbitration proceedings arising out of the design and construction of a sewage plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This was a substantive dispute subject to Saudi law.
  • Olefins project.  Advised a major European contractor on substantial issues arising out of the Olefins project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Petrochemical project. Advised an international chemicals company and the project sponsor in relation to the design, construction, commissioning and operation of a US$4.5 billion petrochemical project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Saudi Aramco. Advised on local joint venture arrangements in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including in negotiations with Saudi Aramco.
  • Basic Energy. Advised Basic Energy, a Saudi Arabian company, in relation to a potential joint venture of its energy activities.
  • Petrochemical plant. Advised on the EPC contract for a major petrochemical plant.
  • BOT project.  Advised on the restructuring of a major transport BOT project.

United Arab Emirates

  • IPWP project. Advised a large engineering company on various issues and claims amounting to over US$150 million in connection with the design and construction of an IPWP project in the UAE.
  • Development in Iran. Acted for an employer in defending a UNCITRAL arbitration in Dubai commenced by the consultant in connection with a large development in Iran.

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Mayer Brown is committed to diversity because it is the right thing to do and because it makes sound business sense. Diversity broadens our knowledge and skills, heightens our awareness of and sensitivity to cultural issues and equips us to respond to the challenges of serving a clientele that spans the globe. Diversity is a hallmark of Mayer Brown heritage and will be a key driver of our future success.

Mission Statement
At Mayer Brown, we view the attainment of diversity at all levels of our organization as crucial to, and a natural result of, building a cohesive, successful law firm. We recruit, develop and promote the highest caliber lawyers and are committed to providing our lawyers with opportunities to realize their potential regardless of race, religious beliefs, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Inclusion begins with opportunity. We continue to seek innovative and effective ways to increase the number of diverse students interested in law school and to recruit diverse law students and lateral candidates. By engaging law schools and colleges directly, Mayer Brown builds programs for students at all levels of higher education to increase the pool of lawyers from diverse backgrounds. We also ensure that all our associates are provided challenging work experiences and the guidance necessary for success. We strive to keep all of our lawyers active, engaged and on the road to partnership in the firm and encourage them to make a meaningful contribution to the profession. By investing in the skills and abilities of all our lawyers, we create a wide variety of role models for the generations to follow.

Mayer Brown handles many of the most important cases and transactions for the largest companies in the world, and we consider our diversity efforts critical to the level of service we provide to our clients. Clients recognize diversity and inclusion as business imperatives critical for success in our multicultural world. To remain a world-class law practice, we must continue our push forward in these vital areas.


Our commitment to the professional development and advancement of our diverse attorneys is central to our diversity and inclusion programs. We strive to create a culture in which all our attorneys can thrive and advance.  The Firm sponsors attendance at numerous external networking and educational conferences, such as:

  • The Minority Corporate Counsel Association's Annual Pathways to Diversity Conference and CLE Expo.

  • The Texas Minority Counsel Program, "Diversity: A World of Opportunity."

  • The Minority Outside Counsel Networking Conference.

  • We are a national platinum sponsor of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, which offers regional networking and educational events nationwide.

  • In addition, all new entry-level lawyers participate in a workplace diversity training workshop as part of our New Associate Orientation program.

 Diversity Retreat

The retreats have provided our lawyers from all of our U.S. offices with the opportunity to interact over the course of a weekend. The retreats have been a great success. The lawyers networked with one another while gaining valuable career advice from minority partners and senior associates. The retreats also give our associates the opportunity to meet with the leaders of the Firm, as well as allowing each to give suggestions and guidance as to how the Firm's recruitment, retention and promotion of diverse lawyers could be improved. The Firm uses the wealth of knowledge and insight gathered and shared at the retreats to inform our diversity efforts.


Members of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion host, in each office, periodic sessions with lawyers to share information about our diversity efforts and solicit ideas and comments regarding ongoing events and future initiatives. In addition, minority lawyers meet informally to provide ongoing opportunities for building relationships within the firm.

 Women's Initiatives

Women's Symposiums are hosted every other year for all female lawyers. These include workshops, panel discussions, networking receptions and presentations led by our female partners and leaders from the legal and business community. We are actively focused on opportunities to raise the visibility of our female lawyers, supporting their development through leadership conference participation, skill development programs and mentoring. We provide business development programs focused on issues unique to women attorneys and have held numerous networking events for our female attorneys and clients. In the past year, for example, our women attorneys have hosted women clients at a luncheon and private museum tour, a chamber music concert performed by female musicians (who discussed the career challenges they faced as women in their field), wine tastings and theater performances. We have partnered with the women’s groups of several clients for networking events and educational workshops. These programs have facilitated building relationships between our women lawyers and our clients, providing focused opportunities for our women lawyers not only to learn about our clients’ needs, but also to showcase their own talents. Each office hosts programs focusing on women’s professional development issues and periodic informal lunches for female lawyers to cultivate and strengthen relationships.

Family-friendly programs offered to Mayer Brown’s US lawyers include: part-time work opportunities; back-up child care service; paid leave of absences for new and adoptive parents, including up to 18 weeks for new mothers, and a coaching program to provide support to new parents returning to work from leave. The firm also offers up to 6 weeks paid leave for lawyers who need time to serve as a primary caregiver for elderly family members. In addition, Mayer Brown is a founding member and sponsor of the Project for Attorney Retention, which works to stem lawyer attrition at large firms by promoting work/life balance and the advancement of women in the legal profession.

 LGBT Initiatives

Mayer Brown is committed to providing a thriving workplace for LGBT lawyers. We have provisions for same gender relationships in our domestic partner benefits program. We provide pro bono legal service for a number of LGBT-focused organizations as well as support for their organizational events. We participate annually in the Lavender Law Career Fair in order to increase the number of LGBT law student applicants to our summer associate program. The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion includes LGBT partners who monitor and push for progress in this important area.

Highlights and Achievements regarding LGBT rights issues at Mayer Brown include:

  • Mayer Brown earned a perfect 100 rating for the second consecutive year and was designated as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality” in the 2011 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), sponsored by The Human Rights Campaign Foundation.  The CEI surveys major businesses to benchmark important employer benefits and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and their families.

  • We are a national sponsor of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a leading legal services organization seeking to establish and protect LGBT civil rights.

  • Each year we sponsor several LGBT community organizations.

 Non-Discrimination Statement

Mayer Brown is an equal opportunity employer and partnership. It is our policy to hire, train and promote lawyers without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, national origin, or veteran's status. The Firm seeks to hire, develop and advance lawyers on the basis of their professional ability and strives to build a team of lawyers that reflects the diversity of our world.


Mayer Brown is signatory to several statements of goals for increasing the recruitment and retention of minority lawyers and women, including The Association of the Bar of the City of New York's "Statement of Goals of New York Law Firms and Corporate Legal Departments for the Retention and Promotion of Women" and its "Statement of Diversity Principles," The Chicago Bar Association’s “Call to Action”, the Houston Bar Association's "Gender Initiative Commitment Statement" and the New York County Lawyers' Association "Statement In Support of Diversity In The Legal Profession.” By proudly signing these statements, Mayer Brown publicly affirms its commitment to a culture of inclusion.

Our London office is a signatory to the UK Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter and supports the legal sectors PRIME initiative which provides quality work experience to young people from socially deprived and under privileged backgrounds.

Building for the Future

Diversity and inclusion are important keys to securing the future success of the Firm. Legal cultures that welcome and accept differences are the most successful in creating an environment where diverse attorneys thrive. The Firm's inclusion initiatives not only appeal to partners and the clients they interact with, they also attract bright young associates and college and high school-level interns who are encouraged by the dynamic, welcoming environment we provide. Through our various workshops, panel discussions, conferences, and events, and partnership with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), as well as through our diversity-related sponsorships and giving, we are building a bridge to an exciting, diverse future.

 Law Schools, Colleges & High Schools

Through conferences, job fairs, panel discussions, and workshops, we make the legal profession less abstract and more familiar and accessible to students of all backgrounds. Providing the "nuts-and-bolts" of what lawyering is about helps students make informed career decisions and puts them on the path to professional success.


  • On Monday, Mayer Brown hosted 20 Higher Achievement middle school legal all-stars for a mock trial competition. To read the article, scroll to the 2nd story, Your Replacements.

  • Conducted "Why a Big Firm?," "A Day in the Life..." and "How to Succeed in 1st Year" panel discussions for minority students at Washington, DC and Chicago-area law schools.

  • Hosted "First Year Minority Law Student Workshop and Reception," during which New York area law school students were provided with advice on how to succeed in law school and with information on the benefits of working at a large law firm.

  • Hosted a panel discussion for members of BLSA, APALSA and LALSA at Houston Law Center.

  • Held panel discussions at the University of Chicago Law School, University of Houston Law School, Yale Law School and Georgetown Law School and other law schools for affinity groups such as BLSA, APALSA and LALSA on topics such as resume writing, judicial clerkships, succeeding in law school and as a summer associate.

  • Hosted Mayer Brown - Mock Interview Program for students from Fordham Law School, University of Chicago, Northwestern and University of Illinois.

  • Participated in Cook County Bar Association Minority Student Job Fair, MidAtlantic Black Law Student Association Job Fair, Northeast BLSA Job Fair, Southeastern BLSA Job Fair, Harvard BLSA Conference, IL Job Fair and Howard University Law School Job Fair.

  • Participated in diversity-related conferences, such as the ABA Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession Annual Conference for the Minority Lawyer, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's (MCCA) Annual Pathways to Diversity Conference and the MCCA CLE Expo.

  • Supported the University of Chicago Asian Pacific Law Students Association's (APALSA) mentoring program.

  • Hosted visits to Chicago-area firms by University of Illinois Latin American Law Students' Association (LALSA), Northwestern LALSA and University of Illinois BLSA students.

  • Participated in Lavender Law Career and Job Fair.

  • Sponsored and organized Pre-Law Night for Hampton University undergraduates.

  • Participated in the Houston Bar Association's summer associate minority law clerk and mentoring program. 

  • Participated in and hosted Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms' forums and gatherings, including "Business Development," "What They Really Talk About When You Are Up for Partnership," "Rules of the Game," "The Senior Associate Rain Dance," "Tips for First & Second Year Associates," "Tips for Summer Associates from Minority Attorneys," "Welcome Reception for Minority First Year Associates" and "Welcome Reception for Minority Summer Associates." 


The scope and range of events that we are involved with demonstrate our desire to build diversity in as many ways as possible. Participating in special events that target specific groups is an effective way to build interest in our firm and to expand our culture of inclusion.

  • Roundtable Summit of New York City area Latin American Law School Student Association (LALSA) leaders in conjunction with the Puerto Rican Bar Association.

  • AALDEF Summer Associate Cocktail Party and the NY Women's Bar Association Panel on "What it's Really Like to Practice Law in NYC as a Woman?"

  • Sponsor of the BLSA Tenth Annual Banquet at the University of Houston.

  • Latin American Law School Student Association (LALSA) Dinner at Fordham Law School. 

  • Columbia University Law School Paul Robeson Conference (BLSA).

  • Northwestern University Law School Latino Heritage Week.

  • Platinum Sponsor of the National Association of South Asian Bar Associations Conference. 

  • University of Michigan BLSA Alden J. "Butch" Carpenter Memorial Scholarship Banquet.

  • Northwestern Law School's Dream Committee King Day Reception.

  • Harvard Law School's 8th Annual Latino Law and Public Policy Conference.

  • Mayer Brown is a national platinum sponsor of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and gives support to the organization's diversity roundtables, Employers' Choice Award dinners and CLE Expo.

  • ABA Women in Law Leadership Academy, at which Managing Partner Debora de Hoyos delivered Keynote address.

  •  "Cultivate Your Career: A Symposium for Mayer Brown Women" for all NY, DC, Houston, Charlotte, Los Angeles and Chicago female lawyers.

  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) dinner in New York City. 

  • Coordinated and hosted the annual luncheon of the Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

  • ABA Reception honoring Dennis W. Archer, President-Elect of the ABA.

  • Martindale-Hubbell event: "Recruiting & Retention Strategies that Effectively Promote Diversity."

  • Provided support for the Annual Women's Law Breakfast, which is hosted by the Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA). 

  • Hosted the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund (PRLDEF) "Committee of 100" Kick-Off Reception and our New York lawyers served as founders of the Committee of 100.

  • New York Women's Agenda Star Breakfast. 

  • Lambda Liberty Awards Banquet, which gives recognition to significant gay and lesbian corporate initiatives.

  • Conference for the Texas Minority Counsel Program.

  • Sponsor of the A. Leon Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Awards dinner recognizing diversity initiatives hosted by the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

  • Sponsor of Catalyst Awards Dinner.

  • Hosted member meetings of the Dominican Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association.


Through the sponsorship of law-related groups and events, we provide vital support to those who have made diversifying the legal world their central goal. These partnerships enable us to build lasting relationships with minority and female students and student groups while also sharing our own expertise during sponsored events and discussions. 

  • National Sponsor of Lambda Legal Education and Defense Fund.

  • The official sponsor of the National Black Law Students' Frederick Douglass National Moot Court Competition to be held in Denver, CO, March 30 - April 2.

  • National sponsor of Minority Corporate Counsel Association and participated in their cross-gender and cross-mentoring study.

  • Mayer Brown's Chicago office is a member of Chicago United, a corporate member organization that brings together business leaders of various races and ethnicities to improve business race relations in the City of Chicago.

  • Financial sponsors of law school affinity groups at the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois, the University of Chicago, Stanford University, Northwestern University, Columbia University, Fordham University, and Harvard University.

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY) Minority Fellowship Program, through which we hire a minority first-year law student from a New York City law school as part of our summer associate program.

  • The Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. This program is for women of diverse backgrounds throughout Asia, with a special emphasis on poor, rural and refugee women.

  • The "N.Y. Cares" Winter Benefit and Summer Program for underprivileged children.

  • Silver sponsor of the Texas Diversity Council


Some examples of the organizations and events to which the Firm has donated are as follows:


  • Ricky Byrdsong Foundation Annual Race Against Hate

  • Puerto Rican Bar Association 

  • Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund

  • Illinois Humanities Council - Programming of Brown v. Board of Education Series

  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

  • Women's Bar Foundation

  • Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois

  • Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago

  • Asian American Legal Resource Center

  • Funded a Harvard Law School student's trip to Botswana as part of the Harvard Black Law Student Association (HBLSA) Africa Summit

  • Annually fund a fellowship for a public interest project through Legal Aid focused on addressing the legal issues of battered women and immigrant women

  • Leadership Circle Sponsor of Access Living Annual Gala, an organization which advocates for disability rights

  • Dominican Bar Association

  • Hispanic National Bar Association

  • Bronx Charter School for the Arts

 Community Outreach

Our outreach program is not restricted to young lawyers and students interested in the law. We are directly involved in the communities where our offices are located. We use our resources to strengthen educational and cultural institutions and to assist groups, associations and agencies that are already working for the good of our local communities.



  • Ricky Byrdsong Foundation Race Against Hate in Chicago. We have been a sponsor for four consecutive years and both lawyers and staff run in the Race.

  • Constitutional Law Program with Northside Preparatory in Chicago. Guided by Mayer Brown lawyers, the students research and write oral arguments and argue real cases before a panel of lawyers serving as justices.

  • Pro bono work for the NAACP, which includes representing it nationally in matters pertaining to employment, licensing, first amendment rights and intellectual property. 

  • Partnership of the Chicago office with the Stockton School in Chicago, an elementary school serving a population that is 90% minority and 93% low-income students. The Firm's lawyers and staff serve as mentors and tutors to the school children during visits throughout the school year. 

  • Secured federal trademark protection for the logos of the youth museum, radio station and gift shop of the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago.

  • Financial and mentorship support provided to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Providence-St. Mel High School and Farragut High School in Chicago.

  • Participation of New York associates and summer associates in a program through NY Cares that takes underprivileged children to the Bronx Zoo. 

  • Recipient of Giving Bowl Award in for service to Miriam's Kitchen, which provides meals to hundreds of Washington, D.C. homeless each day.

  • Hosted cultivation reception for the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families to introduce the non-profit to new potential corporate donors. 

  • Partnership of the Washington, D.C. office with the Gage-Eckington School in northeast D.C. The Firm's lawyers and staff serve as mentors and tutors to the students during the school year and raise money for the school's special needs.

  • Each office does significant volunteer work in their communities with city schools and community organizations serving disadvantaged individuals.


Chicago Government & Global Trade partner Mary Richardson-Lowry has been named one of 50 “Women of Excellence” by the Chicago Defender, the leading daily newspaper serving Chicago’s African-American community. The award acknowledges and celebrates African-American women who personify the exemplary qualities of respect, responsibility, passion, sisterhood and leadership. Mary also was named president of the Chicago Board of Education earlier this year.

Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Mary Richardson-Lowry as a member of the Chicago Board of Education and recommended to the Board that she be named President, which she was. See http://www.cps.edu/News/Press_releases/Pages/01_28_2010_PR1.aspx
LAW360 described Britt Miller as someone “With a reputation as a creative and thoughtful strategist” in designating her one of LAW360’s Ten Competition Lawyers under 40. See http://competition.law360.com/articles/157892

Steve Sanders, a Supreme Court & Appellate associate in the Chicago office, argued his first case before the Supreme Court this week. In Pottawattamie County v. McGhee, Sanders went up against former Solicitor General Paul Clement, who has argued in front of the Court 51 times. Sanders represented Pottawattamie County and two of its former prosecutors who were sued for falsifying evidence after two men were deemed wrongly convicted in the murder of a retired Iowa police officer. In his argument, Sanders claimed the Constitution only guarantees the plaintiffs the right to a fair trial, not a fair investigation, and that the prosecutors are immune from any suit claiming they knowingly introduced false testimony in trial. To read news coverage about the case and Sanders’ first argument, click here.

Donna Morgan was named to the Top 10 Women List of Leading Women Consumer Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Network. Additional lawyers listed in either the Top 100 Women of Leading Lawyers and/or the Top 100 Business Lawyers in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network are Fern Bomchill, Debora de Hoyos, Rebecca Eisner, Sheila Finnegan, Michele Odorizzi and Mary Richardson-Lowry.

Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that 123 of its attorneys are ranked in the 2009 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, including 32 who achieved top-band ranking or higher in 26 national and/or state categories.

The 2009 edition of the Chamber USA ranks 14 women partners from Mayer Brown.  The partners, their areas and band ranking are:

  • Rebecca S. Eisner, National Outsourcing (Band 1) and Illinois Technology & IT Outsourcing  (Band 1)
  • Marcia E. Goodman, Illinois Labor & Employment (Band 3)
  • Carol A. Hitselberger, National Capital Markets: Securitization (Band 4)
  • Sharon Israel, Texas Intellectual Property (Band 2)
  • Erika Z. Jones, National Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial) (Band 1)
  • Jennifer L. Keating, Illinois Corporate/M&A (Band 4)
  • Marcia G. Madsen, National Government: Government Contracts and National Government: Government Contracts : Bid Protests (Band 1)
  • Stephanie Monaco, National Investment Funds: Registered Funds (Band 3)
  • Donna Morgan, National Wealth Management: Central Region (Band 3)
  • Michele L. Odorizzi, Illinois Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)

Washington, DC partner Marcia Madsen has been named one of the “Attorneys Who Matter” in the field of corporate compliance by The Ethisphere Institute, an international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. Honorees were chosen for their work in advancing the cause of ethics and corporate compliance.

Chicago partner Mary Richardson-Lowry, chairman of Mayer Brown's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, will be a speaker on the opening panel at the 2009 conference for The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys in Law & Business on March 4th in Atlanta. The panel will discuss the value of understanding the intricacies and politics of a law office, navigating diversity issues, the power of networking and the importance of law firm economics. The two-day event helps women of color attorneys develop critical skills necessary to become leaders in their field and provides networking and mentoring opportunities with other successful professionals.