Mayer Brown’s global promotions hit seven-year high

Mayer Brown is to make up 34 lawyers to partner next year, its highest global round since 2012 when 39 promotions took effect.

Four City partners have been made up; employment lawyer Giles Bywater, banking and finance lawyer Merryn Craske and litigators James Morris and James Whitaker. Morris trained at Nabarro and Craske at Baker McKenzie, with the other two being Mayer Brown lifers.

Elsewhere, the firm promoted five lawyers in Hong Kong – the most since 2011 – and six in Washington, DC, a 12-year high.

Last year Mayer Brown also made up four partners in the City, halting a five-year run when no more than two UK lawyers were promoted at once.


Mayer Brown partner promotions 2019: in full


  • Giles Bywater, employment, London
  • Merryn Craske, banking & finance, London
  • James Morris, dispute resolution, London
  • James Whitaker, dispute resolution, London
  • Maud Bischoff, real estate, Paris
  • Régine Goury, employment, Paris


  • Marina Aronchik, corporate, Chicago
  • Christopher Chubb, banking & finance, Chicago
  • Aaron Gavant, restructuring, Chicago
  • Jennifer Kratochvil, banking & finance, Chicago
  • Marjorie Margolies, tax controversy, Chicago
  • Richard Nowak, dispute resolution, Chicago
  • Claire Gibson Ragen, corporate, Chicago
  • Stephanie Vasconcellos, employment, Chicago
  • Michael Word, intellectual property, Chicago
  • Joaquin M. C de Baca, restructuring, New York
  • Colin Carley, corporate, New York
  • Geoffrey Collins, tax controversy, New York
  • Michael Rayfield, dispute resolution, New York
  • Michael Weiss, real estate, New York
  • Peter Wolf, corporate, Northern California
  • James “Tripp” Fussell III, intellectual property, Washington DC
  • Daniel Jones, dispute resolution, Washington DC
  • Justin Ilhwan Park, dispute resolution, Washington DC
  • Oral Pottinger, dispute resolution, Washington DC
  • Tori Shinohara, financial services regulatory & enforcement, Washington DC
  • Jad Taha, corporate, Washington DC


  • Pheona S.Y. Chow, real estate, Hong Kong
  • Cindy W.S. Kao, corporate, Hong Kong
  • Alvin L.Y. Yeung, real estate, Hong Kong
  • Vivien S.K. Yip, dispute resolution, Hong Kong
  • Dion K.Y. Yu, banking & finance, Hong Kong

South America

  • Thais Bandeira de Mello Rodrigues, tax, Rio de Janeiro
  • Débora H. Yanasse, corporate, Rio de Janeiro

Fellow US firm Pillsbury also announced its promotions this morning, with one London lawyer made up: data protection, IP and international trade specialist Steven Farmer. He joins 12 other colleagues, all US-based, who have joined Pillsbury’s partner ranks

Pillsbury partner promotions 2019: in full

  • Steven Farmer, global sourcing & technology transactions, London
  • Brian Nash, intellectual property, Austin
  • Gurpreet Bal, corporate, Silicon Valley
  • William Fork, Energy, Washington, DC
  • Alexander Ginsberg, government contracts & disputes, Northern Virginia
  • Matthew Jeweler, dispute resolution, Washington, DC
  • Breann Robowski, tax, Silicon Valley
  • Aryeh Kaplan, dispute resolution, Miami
  • Jessica Lutrin, executive compensation & benefits, New York
  • Melissa Jones-Prus, finance, New York
  • Ngai Zhang, intellectual property, Northern Virginia
  • Meighan O’Reardon, global sourcing & technology transactions, Washington DC
  • Craig Saperstein, public policy, Washington DC
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