Why Work Here
Working at Mayer Brown
Life at Mayer Brown allows you to exercise your talents across the international business world.
Taking on responsibility from day one, you’ll work on case management, dealing with clients face-to-face and with mentoring and guidance at every stage.
Why Mayer Brown
Why Choose Mayer Brown
Choosing a career with us is choosing to be at the forefront of international business. You’ll develop keen commercial instincts and collaborate with other lawyers to anticipate the future and deliver exactly what our clients need. We don’t just identify risks and problems—we deliver practical solutions.
We believe it’s crucial to recruit talent that is as diverse as the clients we serve. By attracting and promoting lawyers from around the world, our firm sees problems from new perspectives and develops an adaptable mindset. You’ll succeed as part of a team, surrounded by diverse talent who bring enthusiasm, ambition and experience to our firm.
A career at Mayer Brown is just as much about the life you lead outside of the office. Whatever your aspirations may be, we’ll support you in your endeavors to lead a rounded life. We see ourselves as enablers and enhancers, respecting that you’ll have goals, hobbies and commitments outside of being a lawyer. We encourage you to pursue what makes you happy and use our platform to help you achieve your professional goals while also focusing on your personal goals—whether that’s running a marathon, raising a family or something completely different.
We’re looking for the go-getters, the innovators, the adventurers— those who grab life’s wide range of opportunities and make the most of every day.
Who We Are
Who We Are
Partner Hong Kong
I realized my ambitions in real estate financing during my third trainee seat. Since the firm had already received multiple ‘Real Estate Law Firm of the Year’ awards, I got to work with many high-profile clients who trust us to achieve their most important commercial goals, allowing me to work on property and financing deals that appear in financial news headlines.
But Mayer Brown prioritizes balance—of course, there are busier times, but there are also plenty of chances to relax, enjoy life outside of work and contribute to extra-curricular projects like our outstanding diversity and inclusion initiatives. The depth and breadth of what I do keeps my work stimulating and meaningful.
“Our lawyers enjoy high levels of responsibility, case management and client contact, and rewarded with self-satisfaction in developing a career – not just completing a job”
Senior Associate Hong Kong
I chose Mayer Brown because I wanted to work with the very best—and, one day, become one of them. And thanks to our outstanding reputation, we have many long-standing clients who trust us as advisors and partners.
But it’s not just about the numbers or the results; we have so much knowledge expertise and experience, and such a welcoming culture that there are always opportunities to learn, grow and express yourself fully. I think that sense of belonging really inspires people to build long-term careers here.
“Everyone at the firm acts with mutual respect toward one another.”
I originally worked in finance before pursuing law. Since joining Mayer Brown, I've always had the support to help me grow from day one. So, I've made sure that as I got more senior, my management style focuses on training and supporting the people around me.
Work life balance is incredibly important to me. Working with a large team allows me to spend quality time with my family and I work to make sure everyone can have that same balance if they want it as well. For me, having that balance makes me feel really fulfilled in my career – and my team members feel the same way.
“Mayer Brown gives everyone a chance to build and have an entire career in an exciting, fast paced environment that pays well and offers lots of opportunities.”
Partner New York
At Mayer Brown, I have the opportunity to take ownership of my career and shape it to fit my passions. From DOJ investigations and month-long bench trials to 1,200 hours of pro bono work and collaboration with nonprofits, I get to work on the cases that interest me, develop the skills I need to grow as a lawyer and build a fulfilling, flexible career.
Whether it’s spending quality time with loved ones or taking vacations to explore Croatian islands by yacht, it’s extremely empowering to know that the firm will support me professionally and personally.
“Partners trust me to be the last set of eyes on key client communications.”
I’ve always been interested in technology, and once I realized that I am better at working with people than with code, I decided to use my analytical skills to find practical solutions for clients. Having qualified into the Intellectual Property team in London, I now advise tech businesses to help them make a positive impact.
Training at the firm is outstanding—from mentoring to formal and informal learning, there are countless opportunities to learn from experts. And thanks to the inclusive culture and shared respect for life outside of work, I’ve even been able to combine my interests with work events, like the European Cycle Challenge!
“The amazing people who challenge and support each other are a big part of Mayer Brown.”
Being part of a global firm is one of the best parts of my job. I get to speak with fascinating people from around the world on a daily basis and reflect on the factors that accompany that diversity. For example, I need to take into account the different political landscapes when advising in emerging markets.
Working in the banking and finance team at Mayer Brown means taking on high value transactions with a strong international focus. The quality of that work is matched by the outstanding support lawyers receive from the firm; whether it’s mentoring, training or understanding the personal commitments that inevitably arise, everyone here can feel confident that their progression and wellbeing are priorities.
“The firm is 100% supportive of family commitments and other circumstances that crop up.”
Legal Consultant London
I became a lawyer because I was looking for an intellectually challenging career that was firmly rooted in practical problem solving. I chose law, joining the London office as a trainee solicitor, and have since spent my entire career at the firm. Now, I handle stimulating and complex litigation alongside a great team, helping clients with their most challenging disputes.
However, this role can be demanding, so it’s vital to be able to step away and recharge. Here, we benefit from an ideal balance between professional excellence and personal support.
“As a trainee, I was struck by how approachable and helpful the senior lawyers were.”
Trainee Solicitor Hong Kong
As a trainee, I’ve gained a wide range of experience across practice areas, with specialized focus in finance. Across my four seats, I’ve sat with our banking, real estate finance and insurance teams, looking at a variety of financial matters from different perspectives.
Outside of work, I enjoy my two biggest hobbies: yoga and pottery. These activities are valuable opportunities to relax, recharge and reenergize, while also teaching me skills of focus, patience and determination—qualities which have proven to be useful throughout my training contract.
“The firm’s strength lies in the care and coordination across our legal teams and support staff.”
“There’s lots and lots of different people with different backgrounds, personalities, work styles and locations are all coming together.”
Mentoring & Support
We know you don’t find success by staying in your comfort zone. That’s why we encourage our trainees to be hands-on, taking responsibility for tasks that more-senior lawyers might do in other firms.
Although we believe it’s important to let our people learn by doing, we also know the value of support and mentoring in nurturing talent. Every trainee is assigned a mentor when they join us, providing the guidance and camaraderie that’s critical in the early stages of a career in law. And over time, by working and interacting with colleagues, trainees build informal relationships with a range of lawyers who can offer personal guidance and support.