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Jenner & Block LLP


Jenner & Block LLP - Chicago
  • 353 North Clark Street
  • Chicago
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60654-3456
  • Tel:+1 312 222 9350
  • Fax:+1 312 527 0484
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner: Susan C Levy
  • Firm Chairman: Anton R Valukas
  • Number of partners: 220
  • Number of lawyers: 480
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese/Mandarin, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Shona, Sign Language, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Ukrainian, Urdu

Firm Overview: Founded in 1914, Jenner & Block is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions. It represented firm Chairman Anton Valukas as court-appointed Examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy in US history. Firm clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies, venture capital and private equity investors.The firm was named to The American Lawyer’s 2012 “AList,” which recognizes the 20 most elite law firms across the country for outstanding performance.

Main Areas of Practice:
The multidisciplinary litigation practice is comprised of trial lawyers who have won victories in a broad range of complex and challenging civil and criminal cases before federal, state and administrative courts. Jenner & Block has deep strength in the following practice areas: appellate and supreme court; complex commercial litigation; content,media and entertainment; government contracts; insurance litigation and counseling; patent litigation and counseling; professional responsibility; securities litigation and enforcement; and white collar defense and investigations. Recent highlights include: 
• Won a record $431 million FINRA award on behalf of STMicroelectronics in an auction-rate securities suit, which was affirmed on appeal 
• Won a $227 million recovery for Ventas in a suit for tortious interference arising out of Ventas’ acquisition of a publicly traded healthcare REIT, following the appeal of a $101 million federal jury verdict won by the firm and a subsequent settlement on a remanded punitive damages claim 
• Won a reversal of a $126 million federal jury verdict against L-3 Communications in a dispute arising out of a joint effort to purchase businesses 
• Won a major victory for CRST Van Expedited, Inc., when the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an Iowa federal trial court’s dismissal of 268 of 270 individual Title VII sexual harassment claims brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
• Won a major US Supreme Court victory for video game industry client Entertainment Merchants Association in a First Amendment challenge to a California law that would have restricted the sale or rental, to anyone under the age of 18, of video and computer games based on their content 
• Won a $61.7 million jury verdict for The Dow Chemical Company in a patent infringement suit in Delaware District Court, which was affirmed on appeal Litigation Department
Contacts: Co-Chair David J Bradford Tel: 312 923 2975
Email: dbradford@jenner.com
Co-Chair Craig C Martin Tel: 312 923 2776
Email: cmartin@jenner.com

Jenner & Block has a sophisticated transactional practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate finance, corporate governance, private equity and hedge fund formation and investing, and workouts and corporate reorganizations.The firm’s corporate attorneys also work closely with attorneys from its regulatory groups to provide comprehensive due diligence and integrated transaction structures. Jenner & Block handles transactional work for a variety of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, middle-market and emerging companies, private equity and hedge funds, and closely held and family businesses. Recent achievements include: 
• Represented General Motors in its repurchase of $5.5 billion of GM common stock held by the US Department of the Treasury and represented GM as lead issuer’s counsel in GM’s $23.1 billion initial public offering (IPO) in 2010 – the largest IPO in history 
• Represented General Dynamics in numerous mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings, including its $960 million acquisition of Vangent, its $360 million acquisition of Force Protection, and its multiple public offerings of debt securities totaling more than $8 billion 
• Represented Swiss-based Lonza Group in its approximately $1.2 billion acquisition of Arch Chemicals 
• Represented Hertz Global Holdings in its $930 million acquisition of Donlen Corporation, its multiple Rule 144A offerings of debt securities totaling more than $3.5 billion and a $780 million underwritten block trade of Hertz common stock by its private equity sponsors 
• Represented News Corporation/Fox Networks Group in its acquisition of interests in regional sports networks, including YES Network and Sports Time Ohio; its creation and launch of Fox Sports San Diego, a regional sports network anchored by San Diego Padres games; and its joint venture with Rogers Media for the creation and launch of FX Canada Transactional Department
Contact: Chair Joseph P Gromacki Tel: 312 923 2637
Email: jgromacki@jenner.com

Public Service:
Pro bono service is woven into the fabric of the firm. Over the last 20 years, the firm has devoted more than 1,000,000 hours to pro bono matters. The firm’s efforts have been recognized by The American Lawyer as the number one pro bono program in the country five times and one of the top 10 programs in the country every year since 1990. The firm’s pro bono program provides litigation and transactional services to dozens of organizations and thousands of individuals in a wide range of criminal and civil matters.


  • 353 North Clark Street,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60654-3456
  • Tel +1 312 222 9350
  • Fax +1 312 527 0484
  • Website : www.jenner.com
  • 633 West 5th Street,
  • Suite 3600,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071-2054
  • Tel +1 213 239 5100
  • Fax +1 213 239 5199
  • 919 Third Avenue,
  • 37th Floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10022-3908
  • Tel +1 212 891 1600
  • Fax +1 212 891 1699
  • 1099 New York Avenue NW,
  • Suite 900,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20001-4412
  • Tel +1 202 639 6000
  • Fax +1 202 639 6066

Insurance - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This firm has strength in insurance coverage work across the country on behalf of policyholders. The team has particular expertise in D&O liability claims, as well as handling asbestos-related liability, business interruption, cyber losses and data breach coverage cases. Its DC lawyers have been heavily involved in a series of nationwide matters including the representation of Tyson Foods in Delaware and Olin in Missouri.

Sources say: "In extremely adverse circumstances, they accomplished what would appear to be a miracle. But it was not a miracle, just clever strategy followed by extremely hard work which all bore fruit."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Fabulous" litigator Matthew Jacobs is applauded by clients, who say he "commits his soul to your cause." He recently represented Maximus in an E&O liability insurance coverage lawsuit where damages claimed exceeded $80 million.

Litigation - District of Columbia

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Media & Entertainment - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This formidable team dominates both the traditional and new media arenas and continues to be acknowledged as one of the best in the business on copyright issues. Of particular note is its groundbreaking work with Disney and other major motion picture studios against Hotfile.com, a 'cyberlocker' site. It also maintains a fine reputation representing the interests of recording artists and other clients before the US Copyright Royalty Judges.

Sources say: "They have a deep bench of talent and really understand our business."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Commentators describe Paul Smith as an "extremely good and able appellate litigator" and applaud his "superb ability to come up with a solution and walk the line on an argument." His enviable client list includes Viacom, PBS and WNET.

Telecommunications - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Jenner & Block is recognized as a key player in the communications field and has notable expertise in the media, telecom, cable and wireless areas. Its attorneys offer wide-ranging knowledge and experience in regulatory matters, transactions and disputes at both trial and appellate level.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice chair Samuel Feder is notable for his regulatory expertise, drawing on his experience as former general counsel to the FCC and as adviser to FCC commissioners. He acts on behalf of a range of clients from the media, telecom, cable and technology industries. Feder also offers highly regarded insight into the key transactional and regulatory litigation issues faced by companies.

Antitrust - Illinois

THE FIRM Principally known for its general litigation expertise, this group nevertheless takes on a wide range of antitrust work. Increasingly its specialty is in advising and representing clients on the plaintiff side who opt out of class actions.

Sources say: "They're outstanding thinkers and they foster a team approach. This great diversity of thought leads to well-reasoned analysis."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Hamill is a key contact.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Illinois

THE FIRM Jenner & Block maintains its excellent reputation for bankruptcy, workout and reorganization work. It is held in particularly high esteem for its bankruptcy-related litigation work. Areas of expertise include sovereign debt matters, the energy sector, and labor and pensions issues. In recent highlights, the group represented the Section 1114 committee of retired employees of American Airlines during the company's Chapter 11 proceedings.

Sources say: "They did a terrific job." "Clear thinkers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Vincent Lazar cochairs the firm's bankruptcy litigation practice and is experienced in representing a wide range of clients including debtors, committees and trustees.

Daniel Murray chairs the firm’s bankruptcy, workout and corporate reorganization practice. He recently acted for Public Service Enterprise Group as a creditor in Dynegy's high-profile Chapter 11 proceedings.

Catherine Steege is recognized for her excellent litigation and courtroom skills. One impressed source said: "She was so clear in her explanation; nothing flusters her." Steege represents many types of clients including creditors, debtors, creditors’ committees and trustees.

Ronald Peterson "has seen it all," according to observers, as evidenced by his longstanding reputation and his extensive experience. He regularly represents a range of different entities both in litigation and distressed transactions.

Corporate/M&A - Illinois

THE FIRM Jenner & Block maintains a solid reputation for its efficient work in corporate governance, securities and M&A. The groups handles cases for public and private clients such as News Corporation/Fox News, Honeywell and Guggenheim Corporate Funding. The team recently acted for General Dynamics on the public offering of an aggregate $2.4 billion of notes, and also acted for Hertz on a secondary offering of common stock. 

Sources say: "I've found them to be very effective."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Harris cochairs the private equity, hedge fund and investment management practice. He particularly specializes in advising sponsor groups and private equity portfolio companies, and comes highly recommended for his work in the healthcare sector.

Joseph Gromacki is chair of the firm's corporate practice. He concentrates on securities and sophisticated M&A transactions. In a key mandate, he recently led the team representing General Motors in its share repurchase transaction, worth $5.5 billion, with the Department of the Treasury.

Environment - Illinois

THE FIRM Jenner & Block maintains its excellent standing in the state, with sources keen to highlight the team's quality across the board on environmental litigation, transactional and compliance matters. It has recently handled several Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigations and enforcement actions on behalf of key client Veolia ES Solid Waste Services. The team has also acted for the Olin Corporation on an indemnification claim and the conducting of internal investigations.   

Sources say: "Terrific partners who work with the client and understand their desires and priorities."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Experienced practitioner Robert Graham is a highly regarded figure in the market. He recently represented a citizen's group opposing a Clean Air Act PSD permit for a refinery in South Dakota, a matter which he led all the way to the South Dakota Supreme Court.  

Lynn Grayson is commended for her "knowledgeable and practical" approach as well as her "ability to reach a reasonable consensus." She has won the admiration and trust of clients through her work on numerous high-profile matters, including the recent acquisition of Metro Machine Corporation by client NASSCO.

Gabrielle Sigel is popular with clients, who are eager to note her "great people skills" and depth of knowledge. "She is the consummate professional," attests one source. Commonwealth Edison and Exelon Corporation recently benefited from her excellent representation in litigation concerning a former manufactured gas plant site.  

Sources emphasize Steven Siros's knowledge and technical experience as his key strengths. He is particularly well recognized for his toxic tort expertise.

Insurance - Illinois

THE FIRM This internationally recognized insurance practice has a prominent Chicago presence in coverage claims on behalf of policyholders. The firm has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in various high-value matters in the past year, including working on Fiserv Solutions's case against XL Specialty Insurance. Major clients include American Electric Power and Kellogg.

Sources say: "There is no comparison – they are excellent."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Really great lawyer" John Mathias receives praise from peers and clients for his skill as a trial lawyer. He recently represented Fiserv Solutions in its case against XL Specialty Insurance.

Christopher Dickinson has recently worked on behalf of HSBC against Princeton Eagle West relating to a securities fraud case. According to clients, he is "great at strategy, a great brief writer and very calm against aggressive lawyers on the other side." 

Intellectual Property - Illinois

THE FIRM Jenner & Block's Chicago office fields a team of strong litigators with a focus on patent litigation and particular experience in jury trials. The practice covers chemical and life science technologies, as well as semiconductors, software, e-commerce and other technology industries. The team was recently appointed as defense counsel to Amazon.com in a patent infringement action brought against its websites and the Kindle product.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Bradford Lyerla is "an outstanding litigator" whose "strategic thinking, experience and character" come in for high praise from market sources. He has trial experience in several districts, including Delaware, the Eastern District of Texas and the Southern District of California, and has also achieved victories at the Federal Circuit.

Harry Roper is an experienced, well-known and highly regarded patent litigator. His practice covers software, pharmaceuticals, medical technology and biotech.

Litigation - Illinois

THE FIRM This talented group has an exceptional reputation in the general commercial litigation and white-collar crime arenas. The team's first-rate trial expertise has earned considerable successes in a number of leading cases. It successfully represented Ventas in the US Court of Appeals, resulting in a $227 million recovery in a tortious interference case. The white-collar crime team is equally formidable, scoring a notable victory in winning a new trial for Paul Daugerdas, an attorney convicted for an illegal tax shelter scheme.  

Sources say: "I went with Jenner because of the firm's reputation as one of the best litigation firms in the country. Its work is of the highest quality."  

KEY INDIVIDUALS Firm chairman Anton Valukas is "just fantastic," and "at the top of his game," report interviewees. He has an outstanding reputation in commercial litigation and white-collar crime, recently achieving a favorable settlement for Medline in a False Claims Act case.

The "very talented" David Bradford is cochair of the litigation department and an authority on commercial litigation. He led the team in the Ventas matter.

Jeffrey Colman represents law firms and attorneys in professional liability cases and handles both complex civil and criminal matters.

Thomas Sullivan contributes a wealth of experience to the firm's white-collar practice. He handles investigations and arbitrations as part of a broad litigation practice.

The "very savvy" Charles Sklarsky is cochair of the white-collar practice group. He recently led the team acting for a Japanese manufacturer subject to a DOJ investigation. Sources note that he is "a bright and experienced guy."

Media & Entertainment - Illinois

THE FIRM This robust media and First Amendment team forms a significant part of Jenner & Block's national litigation practice. The group represents a plethora of traditional and new media entities, advising on libel claims, access to information, privacy, news gathering and copyright. The team is particularly sought to act on behalf of news and other media organizations such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Forbes Magazine on libel litigation.

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Sanders is cochair of the firm's media and First Amendment practice and is much valued by clients for his litigation capabilities and wealth of experience in First Amendment and libel cases. “He is a trusted resource who handles matters quickly and efficiently, and is cost-effective,” sources note.

Real Estate - Illinois

THE FIRM The team at Jenner & Block has a broad client base which it represents in the gamut of real estate matters, including multiple property transactions, single asset projects and equity investments. Additionally, the firm's attorneys are experienced in structuring investment vehicles for the acquisition, operation and financing of real estate projects. In recent highlights, the firm represented Equity Residential in the acquisition of a development site, including a joint venture with a condominium developer to develop a luxury residential high-rise building in New York. 

Sources say: "Highly sophisticated and also practical in applying the law."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Donald Resnick is an expert in commercial real estate and has experience covering loans, equity restructurings and workouts related to real estate. Clients enthuse about his skill as an attorney and comment that he "has particular talent for the dynamics of business, deal-making, negotiation and structuring."

Tax - Illinois

THE FIRM This solid mid-market firm covers transactional and controversy tax matters. Subspecialties within the practice include tax advantage programs sold as securities and tax issues concerning real estate securities programs. The group is also routinely sought for its strengths in cross-border and multijurisdictional cases.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Geoffrey Davis is noted for his expertise in transactional and controversy matters, and is also well versed in tax concerns involving investment management and bankruptcy.

Chicago tax practice chair Christian Kimball has a broad practice that encompasses all facets of federal income tax, and comes particularly recommended for his work in corporate restructurings. 

Appellate Law - Nationwide

THE FIRM Jenner & Block continue to act as appellate counsel for a significant range of clients, and houses an experienced group of attorneys dedicated to this field. Its recent work includes obtaining a significant win on behalf of Viacom in a copyright infringement dispute against YouTube. The team is based across the country, allowing it to handle matters with a nationwide scope.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Paul Smith is renowned for dealing with some of the most cutting-edge issues in the area of appellate law: "He handles big commercial cases but is also the leading gay rights lawyer, which is a very prominent issue in the US right now," states one commentator. His recent highlights include leading the Viacom work referred to above.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

THE FIRM Recent engagements by household names General Dynamics, News Corporation and Hertz exemplify Jenner & Block's strong standing in the national corporate arena. Based out of the firm's Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and New York offices, the group ably handles the full range of transactional activity. Of the deals completed this past year, the representation of GM in a $5.5 billion share repurchase transaction stands out as among the most significant. During the transaction, the team demonstrated its ability to act effectively on a cross-disciplinary basis.      

KEY INDIVIDUALS Chicago-based Joseph Gromacki is chair of the firm's corporate practice and Wesley Fredericks leads the New York corporate practice.

Government - Nationwide

THE FIRM Jenner & Block handles matters on behalf on major US defense contractors, including L-3 Communications and General Dynamics. The group comprises approximately 20 attorneys based primarily in DC, and has substantial experience handling fast-paced bid protests before the GAO and US Federal Claims Court. The firm deals with both government contracts litigation and transactional work, including handling contractor mergers and acquisitions.

Sources say: "The firm does an exceptional job for us on a number of matters."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Churchill and Jay DeVecchio are cochairs of the practice and have an impressive number of government dispute victories between them. Churchill is praised by sources for his versatility: "He's a very good government contracts generalist and also an exceptional litigator - those skills have been well honed." Meanwhile, observers are quick to enthuse about DeVecchio's specific areas of focus, stating: "Jay is terrific at government contracts data rights and intellectual property issues." DeVecchio successfully resolved a costs dispute in favor of Lockheed Martin, recovering $107.6 million from the Air Force in relation to the F-22 aircraft program.

Kevin Mullen's ongoing work in the bid protest world is highly regarded by sources, who report that "Kevin is a top protest lawyer. He is somebody that I have a lot of respect for in this arena."

Insurance - Nationwide

THE FIRM Clients are extremely pleased with the practical legal advice offered by this firm. With a strong presence in California, DC and Illinois, Jenner & Block takes a lead role in insurance disputes all over the country. A recent highlight is their involvement in the Gerald Sandusky scandal. The group is acting on behalf of Penn State University in insurance coverage issues related to the $2 billion multiple claims and investigations arising out of the sexual misconduct allegations made against Gerald Sandusky.

Commercial Awareness "They delve into issues well and have depth of understanding. That is the most helpful skill, giving me the perspective I need."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Mathias is a key contact.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

THE FIRM Jenner & Block maintains a significant presence within the international arbitration domain, and is praised and respected for its commercial practice. The firm has a broad scope of industry experience, and handles disputes for a wide range of clients. Notable highlights include defending Ritz-Carlton against $140 million claims in an ICDR arbitration brought by resort owners in Jamaica. 

Sources say: "The team is exceptionally professional and very responsive."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Ziegler cochairs the practice and is also the managing partner of the firm's New York office. Market sources praise his abilities as "an excellent cross-examiner." 

Fellow cochair Lawrence Schaner specializes in commercial arbitration and litigation. Sources note that he is "very familiar with the international arbitration community, as well as the Bar."

Securities - Nationwide

THE FIRM This premier Chicago-headquartered litigation firm has a strong reputation in the securities arena. The litigation team not only defends class action and lawsuit on behalf of individuals and corporate clients, but also acts on behalf of institutional plaintiffs to bring securities and derivative claims. The team acted on behalf of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy examiner on an investigation into the culpability and conduct of its directors and officers in relation to the organization's collapse. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Newkirk cochairs the Jenner & Block securities litigation and enforcement group and has a long-standing career in the sector which includes almost two decades at the SEC. He is considered to be a "smart lawyer" who "knows the practice well."

Corporate/M&A - New York

THE FIRM This tight-knit M&A group has abundant domestic and international transactional expertise. It has a solid base of life sciences and technology clients, as well as a strong presence in energy and manufacturing. Related highlights include representing PowerFuels in its $381 million merger with Heckmann.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Tobias Knapp recently represented Duff & Phelps in acquiring a stake in WR Managed Accounts as part of a strategic partnership deal.

Litigation - New York

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