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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
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  • 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.


  • 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