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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: Terrence J Truax
  • Firm Chairman: Anton R Valukas
  • Number of partners: 202
  • Number of lawyers: 450
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Armenian, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese/Cantonese, Chinese/Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Shona, Sign Language, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Urdu

Firm Overview:
Celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2014, Jenner & Block is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions. From its origins as a three-attorney partnership, the firm has grown into a powerhouse whose clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies, venture capital and private equity investors. Its ranks include 14 fellows of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, a former associate attorney general of the United States, two former United States attorneys and a former Illinois Supreme Court chief justice. The firm was named to The American Lawyer’s 2013 “A-List,” recognizing it as one of the 20 most elite law firms across the country for outstanding performance.

Main Areas of Practice: 

Litigation: The multidisciplinary litigation practice comprises 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 recovery and counseling; patent litigation and counseling; professional responsibility; securities litigation and enforcement; and white collar defense and investigations. Among recent highlights:
•Represented firm Chairman Anton Valukas in his role as court-appointed examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history
•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, Inc., 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 major U.S. 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 bench trial for Chesapeake Energy Corporation in its declaratory judgment action against Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, the trustee for a $1.3 billion bond offering, saving Chesapeake some $100 million in interest expense
•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
Contact: David J Bradford (Co-Chair)
Tel: 312 923 2975
Email: dbradford@jenner.com
Contact: Craig C Martin (Co-Chair)
Tel: 312 923 2776
Email: cmartin@jenner.com

Transactional: 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. Among recent achievements:
•Represented General Motors as lead issuer’s counsel in GM’s historic $23.1 billion initial public offering (IPO) – the largest IPO in history – and in GM’s subsequent repurchase of $5.5 billion of its common stock held by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and $1.7 billion public secondary offering of common stock
•Represented General Dynamics in multiple public offerings of debt securities in the amounts of $2.4 billion, $2 billion, $1.5 billion, $1.1 billion, $1 billion and $750 million
•Represented Honeywell in its $720 million acquisition of Metrologic Instruments, Inc.; $525 million acquisition of Thomas Russell Co.; $400 million acquisition of Hand-Held Products; $90 million acquisition of phenol business Sunoco; and divestiture of its on-board sensor business to Sensata Technologies
•Represented Hertz Global Holdings in its $930 million acquisition of Donlen Corporation; multiple Rule 144A offerings of senior notes totaling more than $3.5 billion; and $4.0 billion in separate underwritten secondary offerings of common stock, including a stock repurchase from a private equity sponsor
•Represented 21st Century Fox in the creation, launch and acquisitions of numerous television networks, including the Big Ten Network, the Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network (YES Network), the National Geographic channels, FX Canada and FXX Canada and Fox Sports San Diego
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 past 20 years, Jenner & Block 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 program provides litigation and transactional services to dozens of organizations and thousands of individuals in a wide range of criminal and civil matters.

Branches

  • 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

Media & Entertainment - California

What the team is known for Increasingly recognized for its strong team of media and entertainment litigators who regularly handle high-profile matters at trial and appellate stage. Offers particular expertise in the anti-piracy space and is noted for its experience in disputes related to the digital distribution of music.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very strong nationwide practice." 

Work highlights Represented Fox Television Stations in a significant matter concerning the retransmission of content via the internet through companies such as FilmOn and Aereokiller. A preliminary injunction was granted in favor of Fox. 

Acted on behalf of major studios such as Warner Bros. in pursuit of trademark infringement actions against the producers of several so-called 'mockbuster' films. Successfully prevented the distribution of one such film under the title 'Age of the Hobbits'.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Stone is highly regarded for his work as a "phenomenal trial lawyer" and draws on extensive experience across a range of antitrust, commercial and IP disputes for media and entertainment clients. Sources note that "his finger is really on the pulse of litigation strategy."

Andrew Thomas is recognized for his experience in the publishing, film and newspaper industries, and offers expertise in areas such as First Amendment, copyright and trademark litigation. Clients note that "he is very experienced and really knows this area."

Significant clients NBCUniversal, FX Networks, New Line Cinema, MGM Studios, Universal Studios.  

Insurance - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Handles complex insurance disputes for a series of high-profile clients including Fortune 50 companies in coverage litigation across the country. Proficient in claims ranging from coverage for earthquakes, hurricanes and environmental issues to D&O, property, financial disputes and cyber risks.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely thorough and thoughtful and always seem to have our best interests in mind. They're just very focused and engaged, and very much on top of everything."

Work highlights Represented ProBuild Holdings in a complex coverage action resulting from Chinese drywall liabilities.

Recently successfully represented Tyson Foods in a suit against Allstate about environmental contamination.

Notable practitioners

Matthew Jacobs represents high-profile policyholders in complex insurance matters. Areas of his strength include coverage disputes relating to natural disasters, product liability, business interruption losses and D&O liability.

Significant clients Motorola Mobility, United Technologies, Lender Processing Services, Heartland Payment Systems, Alpine Partners.

Media & Entertainment - District of Columbia

What the team is known for A leading media and entertainment practice in Washington, DC and nationwide. Handles high-profile and influential matters requiring innovation and creativity. Offers extensive experience and knowledge of the US Copyright Act, and has expanded the practice into the video gaming industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It is very important that we have counsel that really know the case top to bottom and beginning to end. We are very impressed with the knowledge they have of the case itself, and the details behind it."

"They have become the dominant firm for all of our copyright issues for a substantial amount of time now."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of all major US movie studios and the Motion Picture Association of America on successfully proving infringement on the studios’ copyrights from the world’s largest pirate BitTorrent sites.

Represented Viacom International in a highly important case concerning copyrighted videos on Google's YouTube service without permission. 

Notable practitioners  

Peers say Paul Smith is "brilliant" and a "leader," particularly for appellate and First Amendment litigation within media and entertainment. He offers niche expertise in the area of video gaming violence.  

Significant clients Fox, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Disney, Paramount Pictures.

Telecommunications - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Communications regulation experts, deftly handling associated transactions and disputes on behalf of significant clients. Proficient in counseling companies through regulatory agency proceedings and enforcement matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are smart, very user friendly and very helpful. They're good at advising across dimensions - they'll give you great advice on the regulation aspect, as well as the structural aspect."

"Good quality of work - their written advocacy is exceptionally good."

Work highlights Providing counsel to Atlantic Tele-Network as it seeks FCC regulatory approval for the sale of retail assets to AT&T in a $780 million deal.

Acts for Comcast in litigation across the US concerned with blocking the attempts of various states to regulate VoIP service.

Notable practitioners  

Widely praised for his work in appellate litigation, Samuel Feder is described by clients as "exceptionally smart and a great strategic thinker." He is head of the department and skilled in regulatory communications matters.

Clients admire John Flynn's approach to his work: "He's extremely methodical in the way he approaches issues. He's good at distilling them and helping us get the most out of them." He has acted for Atlantic Tele-Network in seeking FCC approvals.

Significant clients Guggenheim Partners, DISH Network, Leap Wireless, Crown Castle International, Atlantic Tele-Network.

Antitrust - Illinois

What the team is known for Fields a team of upcoming and established antitrust litigators, who act in a range of class action and civil antitrust litigation. Regularly counsels a number of blue-chip firms on distribution and pricing issues.

Work highlights Acted for Kraft, Kellogg and Nestlé among others in the processed egg antitrust litigation alleging price-fixing in the egg market.

Represented Mitsubishi Electric in an antitrust suit concerning alleged price-fixing of cathode ray tube products.

Notable practitioners  

John Hamill is a key contact.

Significant clients Mitsubishi Electric, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Kraft, Kellogg, Nishi-Nippon Railroad.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Illinois

What the team is known for Widely recognized for its strength in representing clients in bankruptcy-related litigation, especially high-profile avoidance actions. Stands out for its extensive experience of handling commodity broker bankruptcies. Acts for a range of trustees, hedge funds and companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are formidable litigators, very effective, and they staff engagements intelligently, which is especially important."

Work highlights Advised Sentinel Management liquidation trustee Frederick J Grede on litigation arising from an investment fraud case in excess of $1 billion.

Acted for Public Service Enterprise Group on Edison Mission Energy's Chapter 11 proceedings, in which it is a creditor.

Notable practitioners  

The "responsive and pragmatic" Vincent Lazar is praised for his "excellent technical skills and knowledge with regard to the Bankruptcy Code and commodity broker bankruptcies." He is cochair of the firm's bankruptcy litigation practice.  

Ronald Peterson has a strong track record of acting on behalf of trustees, debtors and creditors, among others, in their Chapter 11 proceedings. Interviewees describe him as "a formidable litigator who also knows when to settle."

Catherine Steege was recently involved in the $1 billion-plus Chapter 11 proceedings on behalf of American Airlines parent company AMR, acting for the Section 1114 Committee of Retired Employees of American Airlines. Her clients include trustees, creditors and debtors.

Department head Daniel Murray is well known in the industry. He has continued to act for the Public Service Enterprise in relation to Edison Mission Energy's $500 million Chapter 11 case.

Significant clients CME Group, Section 1114 Committee of Retired Employees of American Airlines, National Futures Association, Horseshoe Hammond Casino, EGI-TRB.

Corporate/M&A - Illinois

What the team is known for Corporate group handling a broad array of transactional and securities matters. Recognized for its expertise in media and aerospace/defense, as well as advising private equity firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A group of outstanding transactional lawyers." 

Work highlights Advised British life assistance services supplier CPP on the $40 million divestiture of company's North American operations to AMT Warranty.

Advised Honeywell International on its $525 million acquisition of a 70% stake in gas processing and treatment device supplier UOP Russell.  

Notable practitioners  

The "highly talented" Mark Harris leads the firm's private equity practice. He has expertise in matters relating to M&A, governance and securities, and specializes in representing clients from the healthcare sector.

Highlighted as "a terrific lawyer," Joseph Gromacki advises clients on M&A transactions and securities issues. He recently advised General Motors on a $1.7 billion offering of common stock.

Significant clients General Dynamics, Archer Daniels Midland, Hertz, News Corporation, Guggenheim Corporate Funding. 

Environment - Illinois

What the team is known for Chicago powerhouse with significant prowess in litigation. Sought out for its advice on transactional and compliance-related matters, including environmental health and safety issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Terrific partners. They understand the client's desires and priorities."

"The firm and the staff often go out of their way to ensure the client is satisfied with their service. Jenner & Block understands us, our customers and our business."

Work highlights Advised General Dynamics on a groundwater contamination matter at a former Atlas missile site in Nebraska, involving enforcement proceedings against the Department of Defense and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Acted for Brown Jordan International, working with the Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Regional Water Quality Control Board, on the sale of a contaminated property in El Monte, California.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Robert Graham recently advised Apex Oil on litigation pertaining to alleged contamination in a residential area. He is "preeminent in his field," with clients describing him as "extremely low-key and analytical; a master of relating to the regulatory authorities."

Lynn Grayson is a "terrific practitioner" who earns wide commendation. Her practice spans the gamut of environmental work, including acting on regulatory, due diligence and contentious matters.

Interviewees are impressed by Gabrielle Sigel, with one saying: "Her breadth of knowledge impresses me. She is confident and she cares. She's also very professional in court, as well as tenacious and spirited." Sigel primarily focuses on litigation emerging from chemical exposures, as well as regulatory matters.

The "knowledgeable and experienced" Steven Siros has recently acted on mandates from GM and Brown Jordan International. He offers both transactional and contentious advice.

Significant clients Apex Oil, GM, Exelon, Dow Chemical, Olin.

Insurance - Illinois

What the team is known for Policyholder firm handling complex, high-level claims for major organizations. Noted for staffing cases appropriately and offering a high-quality, compact team. Areas of specialty include insurance litigation related to natural disasters, environmental issues and financial disputes. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their ability to respond quickly regarding very diverse areas in insurance is incredible and extremely impressive. I feel very confident in the work that they do for us. They provide solid answers I can rely on."

"Professional, good and pleasant to work with. I think the service is very good and very much aimed at providing solutions." 

Work highlights Advised Andrew Boron, the Illinois Director of Insurance, in the rehabilitation and liquidation proceedings of Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company, American Manufacturers Mutual Insurance and American Motorist Insurance.

Represented HSBC regarding a $25 million D&O liability dispute involving Princeton Eagle West Insurance.

Notable practitioners  

John Mathias wins widespread acclaim from peers and clients for his distinguished insurance practice. Sources praise him as "an extremely experienced and talented lawyer" and a "superior litigator" who is "just great at insurance recovery."

David Kroeger impresses with his handling of insurance and corporate litigation matters. One client remarks: "He is an irreplaceable resource for our company. His wisdom in how to approach matters is beyond his years."

Significant clients BAE Systems, Fiserv Solutions, Genworth Financial, CSX Transportation, Kellogg. 

Intellectual Property - Illinois

What the team is known for A respected option for high-stakes patent infringement litigation. Offers particular expertise in the biotech, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors. 

Strengths 
"An excellent reputation for intellectual property litigation."

Work highlights Successfully represented Dow Chemical in an appeal which affirmed a $61.7 million verdict in a patent infringement case against Nova Chemicals.

Successfully defended Johnson & Johnson Vision Care in a suit brought by Rembrandt Vision Technologies claiming that Johnson & Johnson's Acuvue Advance and Acuvue Oasys lenses infringed its patent.

Notable practitioners  

Harry Roper is chair of the firm's patent litigation and counseling practice. He is "a terrific lawyer," according to peers, and is highly experienced in patent litigation in the industrial chemicals, computer software and medical devices sectors.  

Clients say Bradford Lyerla is "very experienced" and "very thorough." He is currently representing Amazon.com in the Eastern District of Texas against a company which claims that the Kindle tablet product infringes its patented battery charger technology.

Significant clients Honeywell International, Hospira, Schneider Electric, Mitsubishi Electric, Viskase.

Litigation - Illinois

What the team is known for Excellent reputation in both general commercial litigation and white-collar matters. Represents numerous Fortune 500 clients in SEC matters, bankruptcy litigation and DOJ proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They have a deep bench at Jenner with a lot of different expertise in different areas." 

"Timely, well-balanced and sensible advice."  

What's new? Secured American Express, KFC and Philip Morris International as new clients.

Work highlights Represented CME Group in relation to government investigations concerning the $1.6 billion bankruptcy of MF Global.

Advised Grainger in a multibillion-dollar DOJ proceeding in relation to contract issues with the US Postal Service and General Services Administration.

Notable practitioners  

Anton Valukas is highly regarded for his commercial litigation and white-collar crime practices, and is described as "a tremendous lawyer." Valukas has recently represented Groupon and the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

Litigation department head David Bradford is highly regarded in the arena of general commercial litigation. He is described by one client as "completely unflappable." 

Charles Sklarsky is cochair of the white-collar crime practice. He is described as "very experienced and very well connected. He has a lot of gravitas in terms of dealing with the board." Sklarsky focuses on SEC, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and DOJ investigations.

Described by one source as "very effective," Jeffrey Colman focuses on representing firms and attorneys in professional liability cases.

Key partner Thomas Sullivan is a hugely experienced partner with a formidable reputation for commercial litigation. 

Reid Schar heads the white-collar team at the firm, with a strong focus on internal investigations. He is praised by one client for his "pragmatism combined with legal expertise, which is refreshing and greatly appreciated."

Craig Martin offers a broad litigation practice encompassing areas as diverse as commercial law, ERISA and insurance coverage. Martin cochairs the firm's litigation department.

Significant clients ComEd, Kellogg, Honeywell, Marriot, Exelon. 

Media & Entertainment - Illinois

What the team is known for Lauded for its representation of traditional and new media clients on a broad range of matters. Areas of expertise include privacy, defamation, copyright and Freedom of Information Act matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are nationally renowned for their excellence."

"They achieve very good resolutions very quickly."

Work highlights Representing NBC Universal Media in a libel case brought by retired professional basketball player Scottie Pipen.

Notable practitioners  

David Sanders has a good reputation for representing media clients on libel, privacy and other disputes. He has "an excellent ability to explain media law in an everyday and understandable fashion and to help craft creative solutions," one client said. 

Significant clients Crain Communications, The Associated Press.  

Real Estate - Illinois

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its transactional work in the real estate space. Strong in representing clients in design and development agreements for residential, commercial and industrial projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Jenner & Block is simply the best legal firm I have worked with and possesses by far the most knowledge related to real estate law of any firm I have used."

"They are very responsive, practical and cost conscious." 

Work highlights Advised Gulfstream Aerospace on design and negotiation agreements in relation to the $500 million expansion of a facility in Savannah, Georgia.

Notable practitioners  

Donald Resnick heads the real estate department. Resnick's clients include General Electric and Tishman Speyer and he is proficient in matters relating to leasings, financings and transactions.

Significant clients Equity Residential, Jupiter Realty, General Dynamics, Hertz, Inland Real Estate. 

Tax - Illinois

What the team is known for A notable local practice with a strong focus on securities offerings, including tax-advantaged real estate securities. Also advises on a wide range of other business transactions and tax controversy matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The tax team is very knowledgeable. They are very prompt and very good about getting back in touch with us."

Work highlights Provides ongoing advice to General Dynamics in connection with M&A transactions. Also advised on a $2.4 billion note issuance.

Notable practitioners  

Geoffrey Davis is highlighted by clients as having "a genuine drive for results." His practice covers tax controversy and transactions including financings and fund formation.

Christian Kimball is "a smart and seasoned tax professional" who is commended for his technical prowess. His recent clients include GM and Exelon.

Significant clients GE Asset Management, Hertz, Guggenheim, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock.

Appellate Law - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC and Chicago.

What the team is known for Strong on copyright infringement cases for major media companies, often involving internet download or streaming services. Also acts on a range of appeals for corporate clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I thought they were fabulous. They were very responsive, very quick to get back and answer questions we raised, and quick to let us know what the next step should be and what strategy we should take. I was impressed by how smart they were and how focused and practical in their advice."

"A deep stable of lawyers, they have a good Washington office and a great Chicago office. They approach the case in a thorough and very creative way, and the quality of the product is high. The deep bench is important - they're developing talent."

Work highlights Represented major US film studios before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Columbia Pictures et al v Fung (isoHunt), an appeal against the owner of a website containing links to peer-to-peer files which infringed the studios' copyrights.

Acted for the City of New York before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, affirming a $105 million judgment award against ExxonMobil for contaminating wells owned by the City.

Notable practitioners 

Paul Smith is particularly active on appeals in the media and entertainment sector. "As an appellate advocate I thought he was superb – very well prepared, he'd thought through the issues and focused on what was important, and his style was just riveting," said one client.

Significant clients News Corp, Viacom, Olin Corporation, General Dynamics, Dow Chemical.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Active transactional practice with particular expertise in regulated industries such as life sciences and financial services. Additional expertise in private equity and asset management.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It really was excellent, and when we needed great service they gave it." 

"They're very responsive, very detail-oriented, very outside-the-box thinkers, very attuned to the industry that we work in and aware of the type of issues that we need their assistance with."

What's new? Fox Sports Networks is a new client.

Work highlights Acted for News Corporation in its approximately $4.3 billion acquisition of a 49% stake in YES Network.

Advised Honeywell in connection with its $525 million acquisition of 70% of Thomas Russell.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Gromacki is head of the corporate practice and a key contact.

Significant clients GM, Hertz, Guggenheim Corporate Funding, Equity Group Investments, US Foods.

Government - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Recognized for its ability to handle highly sophisticated, multimillion-dollar matters relating to national security. A leader in the bid protest and civil False Claims Act arenas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The caliber of the work performed by the firm is second to none. The firm has consistently achieved our objectives and is always highly responsive to our needs."

"A high-end firm capable of solving sophisticated problems."

Work highlights Successfully fought an allegation of defective pricing brought against client Lockheed Martin, which could have seen the value of a US Air Force contract reduced by $17 million.

Acted on behalf of Q2 Administrators on a civil false claims qui tam action filed against the company in excess of $10 million.

Notable practitioners  

David Churchill is described as "a subject matter expert, who has many years of experience and is a businessman's lawyer, as he understands the context in which we have to make legal decisions." He is highly regarded for his industry knowledge, which is bolstered by his extensive experience in the field. Sources also admire his ability to think strategically, and the fact that he looks at contracts "at a very integrated, comprehensive level, which enables him to provide really sound advice."

Jay DeVecchio is noted by one source as "the best litigator in the country on government contracts and related matters." He has particular strength within the area of intellectual property and is noted for his technical expertise in this field.

Kevin Mullen is a highly respected litigator. He appears before the GAO and Court of Federal Claims, among other forums, and one client praised his "strong and well-rounded practice and understanding of government contracts."

Significant clients General Dynamics, Honeywell, Booz Allen Hamilton, L-3 Communications, IAP Worldwide.

Insurance - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Skilled at handling the full spectrum of policyholder matters, including asbestos, environmental, natural disasters and product liability. Broad reach throughout the country, with prominence in the Midwest and on the East and West Coasts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Excellent. Their work was top-notch in terms of their preparation and their performance in the courtroom." 

"My experience with them is that they're highly skilled at really identifying the heart of the matter very quickly."

Work highlights Represented HSBC regarding a $25 million D&O liability dispute involving Princeton Eagle West Insurance.

Represented ProBuild Holdings in a complex coverage action resulting from Chinese drywall liabilities.

Notable practitioners  

John Mathias is a key contact.

Significant clients Fiserv Solutions, Genworth Financial, CSX Transportation, Motorola Mobility, United Technologies.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Strong group of practitioners offering expertise as both advocates and arbitrators. Noted for its particular strength in commercial disputes, and maintains a broad industry footprint.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very experienced and think long and deeply about strategy, which is crucial at the beginning of international arbitration. They're also very detail-oriented and comprehensive."

Work highlights Defeated a claim for $140 million in damages against Ritz-Carlton, relating to an ICDR dispute with the owners of a resort in Jamaica.

Notable practitioners  

Lawrence Schaner is praised for the depth of his knowledge in the international arbitration arena, with sources stating: "He understands all the forms and knows everyone in this world." He cochairs the firm's arbitration practice.

Richard Ziegler is described by sources as a practitioner who "sees all angles, leaves no stone unturned and looks at every issue." He is a well-respected advocate and trial lawyer, whose commercial arbitration expertise sees him regularly handle high-value disputes for a range of clients.

Significant clients Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, General Dynamics, Gulfstream Aerospace, IAP Worldwide, Kraft.

Leisure & Hospitality - Nationwide

Securities - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Chicago and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A unique offering from the strong litigation practice based in Chicago. Acts on both the defendant and plaintiff sides of cases, often defending individuals as well as corporations in connection with securities class actions. Additionally represents financial institution plaintiffs in pursuing claims, most recently in the CDO and RMBS spheres in particular.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
I'm yet to meet a lawyer from Jenner I'm not impressed by. Each of them really understands their specialty.

"They've been great. They've been very responsive and did a good job looking out for my personal interests even when they diverged from the matter at hand.

Work highlights Successfully won a declaratory judgment action for Chesapeake Energy within a highly compact timeframe against defendant Bank of New York Mellon Trust. The judgment allowed the client to buy back significantly high interest rate bonds at par that it had previously issued, despite indenture trustee BNY's claim that the early redemption deadline had passed. 

Represented Brookfield Asset Management, bringing an action against AIG in Manhattan federal court relating to a $1.5 billion dispute over whether AIG's bankruptcy could be classed as an instance of default.

Notable practitioners  

Sources praise William Tolbert for being "very service-oriented and very pragmatic." Tolbert is recommended for his abilities in the securities advisory space.

Thomas Newkirk cochairs the securities litigation and enforcement group. Peers highlight his creativity and clients say he's "good at putting himself into the shoes of the regulators."

Significant clients Chesapeake Energy, Brookfield Asset Management, MacAndrews & Forbes, Scientific Games, Logos Capital Management.

Corporate/M&A - New York

What the team is known for Active representing clients in regulated industries, including life sciences and financial services. Also advises private equity and asset management clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're great people and they're certainly very easy to work with, but the most important thing is they provide outstanding legal counsel."

"They have a can-do attitude and a service level that makes me want to use them for future work." 

Work highlights Acted for Obagi Medical Products on its acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

Acted for GM Asset Management in a number of private equity fund transactions and direct investments.

Notable practitioners 

Cochair of the private equity group Tobias Knapp is praised by clients as "a very smart, flexible thinker." He handles M&A, private equity transactions and direct investments, with notable clients including GM Asset Management and Guggenheim Partners.

Significant clients Lonza Group, Heartland Payment Systems, US Foods, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Telebermuda International.

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for Fine reputation for copyright and trademark advice for clients within the media, entertainment and advertising sectors. Also has a thriving content and brand rights litigation practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They understand our business and the in-house counsel's needs - I really value them as a strategic partner."

"They have proved to be very effective - an excellent law firm to have on your side." 

Work highlights Acting for Viacom in a $1 billion copyright infringement action against YouTube and Google relating to the use of the client's entertainment properties on the YouTube website.

Secured dismissal of a trademark infringement claim mounted by Louis Vuitton Mallatier against client Warner Bros. Entertainment concerning the latter's alleged use of a knockoff LV travel bag in a scene from 'The Hangover Part II'.

Notable practitioners Andrew Bart heads the content, media and entertainment practice and is a key contact for the firm.

Significant clients AOL, Fox Broadcasting, NBCUniversal, Sony Music, Warner Bros. Entertainment. 

Litigation - New York

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.