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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: 207
  • Number of lawyers: 450
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Armenian, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Chinese/Cantonese, Chinese/Mandarin, Croatian, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hiligaynon, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Marathi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo, Shona, Sign Language, Spanish, Tagalog, 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. 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 has been named to The American Lawyer “A-List” five times since the ranking, which recognizes the top 20 law firms across the country, was instituted in 2003.

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 major U.S. Supreme Court victory for the firm’s broadcasting clients in ABC v. Aereo, defining the viability of public performance rights under the Copyright Act
■ Won a $272 million judgment for Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee of Emerald Casino in a bench trial involving six former officer and director defendants who breached an agreement with Emerald by failing to comply with Illinois gaming regulations
■ 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 complete defense verdict for Duroc LLC (formerly known as Bush Hog LLC) in a $100 million patent infringement jury trial
■ Won a high-stakes litigation matter for Nuveen Asset Management concerning allegations of more than $1 billion in pension plan losses
■ Retained after trial and won reversal from the trial judge of $111 million jury damage award against Equity Lifestyle Properties in a dispute over real estate property conditions
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 buyouts and fund formations and workouts and corporate reorganizations. The firm’s corporate attorneys 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 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) – until recently, the largest IPO in history – and GM’s $4.5 billion Rule 144A offering of senior notes, subsequent $4.5 billion SEC-registered exchange offering of senior notes and $2.5 billion SEC-registered underwritten public offering of senior notes
■ Advised Archer Daniels Midland in its $1.3 billion sale of global cocoa business and $440 million divestiture of global chocolate business
■ 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; $185 million acquisition of Datamax-O’Neil from Dover Corporation; $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 acquisitions and creations of regional and national sports networks, including the Yankees Entertainment & Sports (YES) Network – valued by Forbes at $4 billion – Fox Sports San Diego and the Big Ten Network
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, which has ranked the firm as having the number one pro bono program in the country six times and among 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