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Jenner & Block LLP

353 N. CLARK STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60654-3456, USA
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Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC

United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 2

Jenner & Block LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 2

Jenner & Block LLP

Jessica Ring Amunson, Matthew Hellman and Chicago-based Michael Brody lead the practice at Jenner & Block LLP, following the departure of Paul Smith, who left to teach law at Georgetown and take up a position at the Campaign Legal Center. Amunson won a unanimous victory at the US Supreme Court for Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing for deviations from absolute equality of districts for ‘legitimate considerations’ as compliant with the ‘one person, one vote’ principle of the Equal Protection Clause. Adam Unikowsky successfully argued for two criminal defendants in the US Supreme Court case of Puerto Rico v Sanchez Valle, which held that Puerto Rico and the United States are the ‘same sovereign’ for the purposes of the Double Jeopardy Clause, effectively barring the US government from prosecuting the defendants who had previously been tried in Puerto Rico. Matthew Hellman successfully argued the dismissal of a $900m contractual claim against WMC Mortgage; the case is now pending in the New York First Department Appellate Court. Clients also include EMI Music Publishing, Honeywell, Duroc and CashCall.

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 5

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP’s ‘excellent’ white-collar criminal practice is chaired by Reid Schar and Charles Sklarsky in Chicago - where litigation practice chair Craig Martin is also based - and Anthony Barkow and Peter Pope in New York. The firm conducted internal investigations for General Motors into events leading up to certain recalls necessitated by faulty ignition switches, and also for United Airlines in connection with accusations that the company initiated a flight between Newark, NJ and Columbia, SC for the personal benefit of the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Schar and Barkow are among those advising the New Jersey General Assembly on the ‘Bridgegate’ incident. New York-based Neil Barofsky serves as independent monitor to Credit Suisse, and Sklarsky provides FCPA compliance advice to industrial supply company WW Grainger. Kali Bracey and David Bitkower joined the Washington DC office in February and April 2017 respectively after leaving the DOJ.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Jenner & Block LLP

Excellent in terms of responsiveness and quality of work’, Jenner & Block LLP’s national litigation practice is active in state and federal courts in multiple states and cities. It represents Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies across a spread of industries, often in high-stakes disputes. A highlight from a substantial list of victories in 2016 was its successful defense of Duroc LLC in a patent infringement case brought by Deere in the Southern District of Iowa; practice chair Craig Martin led the team. Aside from Martin, praise is also leveled at Washington DC-based Thomas Perrelli and Katya Jestin in New York.

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Craig Martin - Jenner & Block LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Jenner & Block LLP

The ‘focused and creative’ department at Jenner & Block LLP operates out of its New York, Washington DC, Chicago and Los Angeles offices. It handles arbitrations involving a wide range of industry sectors such as aerospace, defense, hospitality, food and beverage, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and reinsurance. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, General Dynamics, Ritz-Carlton, Gulfstream Aerospace and IAP Worldwide are clients. Lawrence Schaner in Chicago and Richard Ziegler in New York head the department.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 5

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLPis not a legal factory but gives highly personalized advice’. ‘The depth and diversity of its partners’ experience stands out’, say clients. ‘Excellent tacticianStephen Ascher in New York ‘offers strong representation when the stakes are high and everything is on the line’. Howard Suskin in Chicago is also recommended. The firm’s highlights included defending a world famous financial services company accused of not disclosing risk in a co-brand relationship.

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United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 6

Jenner & Block LLP

The team at Jenner & Block LLP is ‘strong in specific restructuring skills’, particularly cases requiring knowledge of the nuances of bankruptcy law, such as avoidance action litigation, the representation of trustees and examiners in bankruptcy cases and the representation of Section 1114 retiree committees. Recent work includes advising committees regarding the Chapter 11s of The Budd Company and Walter Energy; in the former, the firm represented the committee of executive and administrative retirees, and negotiated a settlement agreement in addition to conducting an investigation into causes of action against certain third-party entities. In the latter, the firm represented a 3,000-member 1114 committee and negotiated a settlement resolving the debtor’s motion to terminate and cease paying for retiree benefits. Elsewhere, the team represented the Chapter 7 trustee for Emerald Casino and the liquidation trustee of Sentinel Management Group with respect to an ongoing $1bn investment adviser fraud case. Catherine Steege in Chicago and Richard Levin in New York head the team.

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Richard Levin - Jenner & Block LLP

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 4

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP saw the departure of an eight-partner team, including Alex Ward, Jay DeVecchio, David Churchill and Damien Specht to Morrison & Foerster LLP. The ‘particularly good’ Mark Nackman remained at the firm, which was reinforced by the addition of four attorneys, including new practice head D Joe Smith, who ‘is able to quickly identify the root of a matter and provide good, practical advice in a timely manner’. The team defended Science Applications International Corporation in a bid protest brought by Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems concerning a high-performance computing modernization program award, from which the latter had been excluded. A win was scored in an FCA case before the Ninth Circuit for Honeywell International, in which a qui tam relator alleged that the company had over-billed the government for military navigation system software.

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United States: Industry focus

Insurance: advice to policyholders
Insurance: advice to policyholders - ranked: tier 2

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP is a heavyweight in the policyholders area, with pharmaceuticals, asbestos, catastrophe and D&O related claims all typical areas of activity. Paul Smith is representing Amtrak in a Hurricane Sandy-related catastrophe insurance claim and successfully argued that the client’s $125m coverage limit for a salt damage claim warranted additional coverage for the replacement of undamaged components that were covered by demolition and increased cost of construction coverage. Matthew Jacobs and newly made partner Jan Larson acted for Danfoss in a premiums payment dispute with Liberty Mutual. Southeastern Grocers and United Conveyor Corporation (UCC) are also on the client roster. John Mathias chairs the practice from Chicago, ably supported in the same office by property damage expert David Kroeger and injury claims litigator Christopher Dickinson. All lawyers mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise noted.

Next generation lawyers

Jan Larson - Jenner & Block LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 1

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP has an outstanding reputation for representing content owners in the music and motion picture industries and is regularly involved in litigation at the intersection of copyright and new technologies. Practice co-chair Andrew Bart in New York has a large number of recording companies as clients. He successfully represented Capitol Records in a long-running copyright infringement suit against now-defunct online music storage service MP3tunes. Co-chair Richard Stone in Los Angeles acts for many motion picture studios and TV broadcasters. He continues to represented Fox against several online services that retransmit TV content, such as FilmOn X and BarryDriller Content Systems. Kenneth Doroshow in Washington DC has been representing Getty Images in a dispute with photographer Carol Highsmith regarding the licensing of photographs that were donated to the Library of Congress. Other clients of the practice include the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of America, the Authors Guild, the Entertainment Software Association, Paramount Pictures and Universal Music.

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Andrew Bart - Jenner & Block LLP

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 3

Jenner & Block LLP

Debbie Berman and Rick Richmond head the practice at Jenner & Block LLP from Chicago and Los Angeles respectively. Richmond led a team which secured a $940m jury verdict for Epic Systems arising from a trade secret misappropriation claim against Tata Consultancy Services. Los Angeles-based duo Richard Stone and Brent Caslin were part of a team representing a subsidiary of News Corporation, as well as the National Association of Realtors and its subsidiaries, in claims including trade secret misappropriation and contractual interference filed against Zillow. The group also acted for Methode Electronics and its subsidiary Hetronic in a claim against two former senior employees pertaining to alleged misappropriation of confidential and proprietary information.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 4

Jenner & Block LLP

Fantastic attorneyAmanda Amert leads Jenner & Block LLP’s ERISA litigation practice from Chicago and works closely with Craig Martin on a wide array of claims on behalf of heavyweight international clients. The team ‘understands a corporate client’s needs’ and recently obtained a complete victory for Dow in a class action challenging benefits provisions for certain retirees. Northern Trust also engaged the team to defend it in a class action arising from seven allegations of ERISA violations, including breach of fiduciary duty, anti-cutback claims and discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Martin’s representation of Northwestern University in a suit regarding its 403(b) plan and its fiduciary duties under ERISA is also a recent highlight.

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Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 5

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP advises on the full range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters for clients such as General Dynamics, Hertz and Nissan. The four-partner team is led from Chicago by Matthew Renaud and recently handled multi-jurisdictional divestiture, spin-off and de-risking projects. Sarah Haddy was promoted to partner in January 2017.

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Employee health and retirement plans
Employee health and retirement plans - ranked: tier 5

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP’s employee benefits practice represents clients such as General Dynamics, Hertz and Nissan and is headed by the Chicago-based Matthew Renaud. Recent highlights include Raymond Sinnappan and Renaud’s work on an $800m pension de-risking transaction, and the team’s advice to several clients on maintaining, amending and managing defined benefit plans, as well as on ERISA compliance and ACA-related reform. Tony Ling is also a key contact and Sarah Haddy recently made partner.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) - ranked: tier 3

Jenner & Block LLP

From offices in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, Jenner & Block LLPprovides an excellent service, particularly with regard to responsiveness, knowledge and experience’. The M&A practice is led by Thomas Monson and ‘outstanding attorney’ Kurt von Moltke in Chicago. Von Moltke has approximately 30 years’ experience in structuring, negotiating and executing complex M&A transactions; he joined in 2016 from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, as did private equity and M&A deal specialist Kyle Gann. Mid-market highlights included advising Mediabistro on the disposal of Adweek magazine and related brands. The team was also particularly active in Scandinavian deals; it assisted Denmark-headquartered Danfoss with the acquisition of US-based White Drive Products and advised Danish company Serendex on its sale to US-based specialty pharmaceutical company Savra. In other matters, the team advised Schneider Electric on a definitive agreement to sell its global transportation business to Kapsch TrafficCom. In Chicago, Joseph Gromacki chairs the firm-wide corporate practice and oversees the firm’s transactional practices and Mark Harris chairs the private equity practice. Jason Osborn has led transactions in sectors such as healthcare, financial services, retail services and manufacturing, while Jeffrey Shuman, Mercedes Hill and Peter Rosenbaum are also recommended. In New York, Martin Glass co-chairs the cross-border transactions practice and Uri Doron chairs the New York corporate practice, while Gina Ilardi’s transactional clients include major brands, website operators, cable, broadcast and out-of-home networks, as well as advertising and marketing agencies. Other highly rated attorneys include Thomas Stromberg and Carissa Coze in Los Angeles. Joseph Kline exited for a client of the firm, Baxter International.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing
Advertising and marketing - ranked: tier 3

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP’s newly formed advertising practice sits in the firm’s content, media and entertainment group and has notable expertise in entertainment marketing deals, brand issues and sports marketing agreements. Key names Benjamin Mulcahy and Gina Reif Ilardi recently joined the firm’s offices in Los Angeles and New York respectively from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. In a recent highlight, Mulcahy advised Paramount Pictures on multiple co-promotional agreements with Enterprise Holdings, Bing, Vizio and Quicken Loans for Star Trek Beyond; other co-promotional highlights included assisting Paramount Pictures with agreements for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, XXX: The Return of Xander Cage and Transformers: The Last Knight, and advising Lionsgate on co-promotional agreements relating to The Hunger Games, Divergent and Now You See Me 2. Ilardi handled key client FCA US’ advertising campaign, which ran during the American Music Awards and was a collaboration with three different music labels. Edelman and EuropaCorp are also clients. New York-based Andrew Bart is recommended for contentious matters.

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Benjamin Mulcahy - Jenner & Block LLP

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Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) - ranked: tier 3

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP welcomed two new arrivals from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; Gina Ilardi in New York and Benjamin Mulcahy in Los Angeles. Mary Ellen Callahan leads the team from the Washington DC office and is well known for her expertise in data breach incident response. She worked with special counsel Heidi Wachs for Brunswick Corporation concerning a tax scam incident resulting in a federal enforcement investigation. The team also advises clients on compliance with federal, state and foreign data security and cybersecurity laws, and often acts for government contractors in relation to insider threat programs and cybersecurity obligations. In another highlight, the team is providing a global financial institution with board-level cybersecurity tabletop exercises.

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Mary Ellen Callahan - Jenner & Block LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP’s ‘unparalleled combination of technical skill and commercial pragmatism’ makes it ‘one of the best for litigation’, particularly copyright infringement, trademark and contract disputes. Recent highlights include New York-based practice co-head Andrew Bart acting for Jay Z in a copyright infringement issue relating to the use of a sampled composition in the song Big Pimpin’ and representing Kanye West in a proposed class action relating to the album The Life of Pablo and the alleged misrepresentation of its exclusive streaming rights on streaming service Tidal. Los Angeles-based department co-head Richard Stone is defending Fox Broadcasting Company in multiple copyright infringement cases regarding the television show Empire, one of which relates to the character Cookie Lyon, which the plaintiff claims is based on a story told in her autobiography. Other clients include 21st Century Fox, Electronic Arts and FanDuel. Anthony Basich joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP and clients single out ‘real star’ David Singer; both are based in Los Angeles. Special counsel David Sussman joined the New York office in 2017.

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP’s ‘incredibly strong team’ provides ‘great advice of extremely high quality, with a super quick turnaround from a deep bench of great lawyers’. The department is recognized for its cable and wireless strength and is ‘exceptional in FCC matters’; Nancy Libin led advice to the CTIA on FCC privacy rulemaking, while practice co-heads Samuel Feder (who clients praise as ‘one of the best in the field’) and ‘excellent thinkerJohn Flynn secured regulatory approval for Charter Communications’ merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Flynn is also assisting Ossia with obtaining FCC approval to sell wireless charging technology and is advising Searchlight on the FCC approval of its investment in Hemisphere Media Group. Luke Platzer is highly recommended by clients and is representing Charter Advanced Services in a lawsuit against Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) following the PUC’s decision that the client’s VoIP service is subject to state taxes. Cable and wireless specialist Leah Tulin is recommended and Rebekah Goodheart joined from an in-house position at the FCC.

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Samuel Feder - Jenner & Block LLP

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Jenner & Block LLP

Samuel Feder and John Flynn lead the Washington DC-based practice at Jenner & Block LLP, which recently finished its high-profile work for Charter Communications, securing the regulatory approvals for its merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in what was one of the largest cable transactions in the market, totaling $90bn; Flynn and Feder also advised Cablevision on its $18bn acquisition by Altice. Other clients include SoftBank, which Leah Tulin and Feder are assisting with its attempt to obtain FCC approval for the restructuring of its business; and Searchlight, which Flynn is advising on the structuring and pending FCC approval of its $400m investment in Hemisphere Media Group. Ossia, Comcast Corporation and T-Mobile are also clients. Technology and communications specialist Nancy Libin is recommended for privacy matters and Internet of Things (IoT) issues; Carissa Coze and Jolene Negre, both based in Los Angeles, and Luke Platzer are also names to notes. Broadband and wireline expert Rebekah Goodheart joined in 2016 from the FCC and has notable expertise in net neutrality issues, competition policy and privacy matters.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 7

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP’s tax practice attracts praise for its ‘high levels of sophisticated advice’ and ‘heavy partner involvement in all mandates’. The firm has particular strength in the food sector; working closely with the corporate department, the tax practice assisted Snyder’s-Lance with its $1.27bn acquisition of Diamond Foods and advised US Foods on tax issues arising from its $1.02bn IPO. Other clients includes Kraft Foods Group, Archer Daniels Midland and Merge Healthcare Incorporated. ‘Strategic thinker’ Geoffrey Davis and Christian Kimball lead the practice.

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