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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
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 2

Jenner & Block LLP

Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) - ranked: tier 2

Jenner & Block LLP

With its strong regulatory expertise, Jenner & Block LLP’s government-facing appellate group houses ‘smart, terrific strategists, who are easy to work with and very down to earth’. Adam Unikowsky obtained a 9-0 reversal in Kokesh v Securities and Exchange Commission, affirming applicability of five year statute of limitations to SEC disgorgement claims for illegally obtained profits. In another unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court granted a reversal in Howell v Howell, a case concerning the relationship between veteran benefits and spousal support, where Unikowsky also argued for the petitioner. The ‘fantastic’ Matthew Hellman argued for Carlo Marinello in the US Supreme Court appeal questioning the standard of proof for conviction under 26 U.S.C. 7212(a). Ian Gershengorn, who joined from the Department of Justice, is a new practice head. Chicago-based Michael Brody is another name to note, as is Jessica Ring Amunson.

Next generation lawyers

Adam Unikowsky - Jenner & Block LLP

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 4

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP’s litigation department is chaired by Craig Martin in Chicago alongside white-collar co-chair Reid Schar, who is joined in New York by co-chairs Anthony Barkow, Peter Pope and the ‘smart, sensible and practicalKatya Jestin. The Los Angeles office gained ‘tenacious and thorough’ former assistant US Attorney, Brandon Fox, in May 2017. Jestin, Barkow and Chicago’s Anton Valukas led the team in an investigation for General Motors in connection with recalls stemming from faulty ignition switches. It is also acting as independent monitor to Credit Suisse following a major settlement with state and federal regulators. In another key mandate, the firm represented the board of directors of United Airlines in connection with an internal investigation into allegations of bribery.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Jenner & Block LLP

Excellent litigation shopJenner & Block LLP is noted for its ‘superb judgment on strategy in large, contested litigation’. With its roots in the city, the firm is ‘very knowledgeable about the courts and judges in Chicago’, though it litigates complex cases throughout the country. Craig Martin led a team which represented Aon Hewitt in a professional liability suit brought by the University of California; after eight weeks of proceedings, the case was settled favorably during trial. In Los Angeles, Rick Richmond is a ‘superb trial counsel’; in Washington DC, Michael Lowman is a ‘seasoned and experienced counselor’. Ross Bricker, Joseph Gromacki and April Otterberg also receive praise. Above-mentioned partners are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Craig Martin - Jenner & Block LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Jenner & Block LLP

The practice at Jenner & Block LLP spans the firm’s Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and New York offices, and is active in arbitrations across the mining, financial services technology, aviation, defense, reinsurance, hospitality and healthcare sectors. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, General Dynamics, Ritz-Carlton and Kraft Foods are clients. In New York, department co-chair Richard Ziegler provides ‘comprehensive and insightful’ advice and Elizabeth Edmondson is ‘highly rated’. Former Chief of Investment Arbitration with the US Department of State, Patrick Pearsall, joined the Washington DC office in 2017 bolstering its investor-state arbitration expertise. Former department co-head Lawrence Schaner left the firm in 2017 to establish a boutique practice.

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Leading trial lawyers
Leading trial lawyers

Craig Martin - Jenner & Block LLP

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

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP represents public and private companies as well as officers and directors in class actions and derivative shareholder litigation. Among its clients are many institutional investors, including hedge funds and overseas banks, as well as Fortune 500 companies. Stephen Ascher in New York, Thomas Newkirk in Washington DC and Howard Suskin in Chicago chair the practice. Ascher secured the dismissal of a securities fraud action against American Express following the non-renewal of a co-brand agreement with Costco.

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United States: Finance

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

Jenner & Block LLP

The ‘extremely experienced and creative’ restructuring and bankruptcy group at Jenner & Block LLP is adept at handling traditional restructuring, as well as avoidance action litigation and representing trustees, examiners and retiree committees. The group was engaged by the s.1114 committee of retired employees of The Budd Company in its Chapter 11 filing. Robert Gordon (New York), who recently joined the practice from Clark Hill PLC, is leading a team advising the official committee of retired employees in restructuring negotiations of pension obligations in Puerto Rico. In addition, New York-based Richard Levin led representation of Energy Future Intermediate Holding Company in all matters involving potential or actual conflicts of interests with other debtors in the Energy Future Holdings Corporation case. Levin and Catherine Steege in Chicago co-chair the team.

Leading lawyers

Richard Levin - Jenner & Block LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: conventional power
Energy litigation: conventional power - ranked: tier 4

Jenner & Block LLP

The newly established energy practice group at Jenner & Block LLP is led by former Exelon general counsel Randy Mehrberg and former FERC commissioner Suedeen Kelly, who joined from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. A recent case saw the team representing Exelon in a federal district court lawsuit against the State of Illinois regarding its Zero Emissions Credit program; the program was enacted by the state to fight climate change by compensating financially distressed zero emission nuclear power plants and is now challenged by competitors who burn fossil fuels. Another mandate on behalf of Exelon was its representation as an intervener in support of a FERC decision regarding penalties for non-performance of generators. The firm’s client roster includes Edison Electric Institute, Pepco and Wisconsin Public Service Commission. Names to note are Max Minzner, previously General Counsel at FERC, and Matthew Price, who regularly acts on behalf of utilities in litigious proceedings.

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP acts in government enforcement actions, CERCLA cost recovery lawsuits, RCRA citizen suit matters, and insurance coverage cases. The team is also experienced in contract and indemnity claims, toxic tort suits, and challenges to federal and state rule makings. The group acted for Canadian National Railway’s subsidiary, Wisconsin Central, in its efforts to recover costs paid to resolve a CERCLA matter. In Chicago, Steven Siros chairs the environmental litigation practice group. Lynn Grayson and Gabrielle Sigel are also experienced advisers. Sam Hirsch rejoined in Washington DC from the US DOJ’s environment and natural resources division.

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

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP handles complex insurance coverage mandates relating to a variety of arenas, such as asbestos, cyber, catastrophe and D&O claims. Chicago-based Craig Martin is representing Olin Corporation in several matters seeking coverage of its environmental clean-up and defense costs at numerous manufacturing and storage sites across the US. Matthew Jacobs in Washington DC, who leads the team with London- and Chicaco-based John Mathias, is representing Amtrak in its appeal relating to losses associated with the 2012 Atlantic hurricane known as ‘Superstorm Sandy’. Co-chair of the reinsurance practice David Kroeger in Chicago continues to represent CSX Insurance Company, CSX Transportation and other CSX clients in insurance coverage matters. Southern California Edison is also a client. Todd Toral joined in Los Angeles from DLA Piper LLP (US). Brian Scarbrough and Jan Larson in Washington DC and Christopher Dickinson and recently promoted partner Jennifer Senior in Chicago are also recommended. Paul Smith left the firm in 2017 to take up a teaching position at Georgetown University Law Center and to litigate for voting rights and campaign reform at the Campaign Legal Center.

Next generation lawyers

Jan Larson - Jenner & Block LLP

Jennifer Senior - Jenner & Block LLP

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Transport: aviation and air travel - regulation
Transport: aviation and air travel - regulation - ranked: tier 3

Jenner & Block LLP

In 2017, Jenner & Block LLP launched its aviation regulatory practice with the recruitment of Thomas Newton Bolling and the Chicago-based Abby Bried, who joined from United Airlines, as well as Marc Warren and three special counsels, who joined from Crowell & Moring LLP. Newton Bolling and Bried assisted United Airlines with its application to provide service between Havana and various US cities. Warren provides regulatory advice to several corporate drone operators, and also acts for clients such as Regional Airlines Association and Cargo Airline Association. The group also provide advice to NetJets on FAA and DOT compliance.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 1

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP’s ‘best-in-class’ practice represents broadcasters, publishers, trade associations and individual content owners in the media and entertainment industries. The firm is often seen at the cutting edge of copyright litigation involving online content distribution. The team successfully represented SoundExchange in rate-setting proceedings relating to Sirius XM and Music Choice, resulting in substantial improvements to the royalty rate and structure for the client. In New York, well-regarded practice chair Andrew Bart successfully represented EMI and EMI Music Publishing in a copyright infringement suit against the now defunct content storage site, MP3Tunes; securing a verdict upheld in the appellate court. New York’s Susan Kohlmann achieved a significant victory for Waverly Scott Kaffaga, step-daughter of John Steinbeck, successfully suing other Steinbeck heirs over the ownership rights to East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath - settling a longstanding dispute after an appellate win. In Los Angeles, Richard Stone and David Singer continue to defend Fox Broadcasting in copyright infringement suits regarding a number of the client’s productions. In Washington DC, Kenneth Doroshow serves as outside counsel to FanDuel in a variety of copyright matters.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Bart - Jenner & Block LLP

Susan Kohlmann - Jenner & Block LLP

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 2

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP’s ‘excellent’ team houses ‘great strategists’, who ‘efficiently manage complex multi-jurisdictional litigation’, and counts Jupiter Telecommunications, Wolters Kluwer and Fox Broadcasting Company among its clients. Rick Richmond in Los Angeles led a team which secured a $420m jury verdict for Epic Systems Corporation in a corporate espionage case against Tata Consultancy Services. Debbie Berman (‘ultra-responsive, always on top of the detail, pleasure to work with’) in Chicago is handling several data misappropriation claims for Methode Electronics and its subsidiary. Washington DC-based Brent Caslin and Richard Stone are also noted.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 3

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP has longstanding expertise in litigation and recently strengthened its ERISA capabilities with the additions of Christopher Rillo in Los Angeles from Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. and special counsel Michael Graham in Chicago from Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. The team, led by litigation department head Craig Martin and ERISA litigation practice leader Amanda Amert, recently obtained a complete victory for Dow in a class action challenging the way pension benefits are calculated for certain employees. In other highlights, Northwestern University appointed the firm to intervene in a fee litigation case, and Aon Hewitt engaged the group to handle a novel case regarding the fees of ‘robo-advisers’. Named lawyers sit in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

Next generation lawyers

Amanda Amert - Jenner & Block LLP

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design - ranked: tier 5

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP’s Matthew Renaud, Sarah Haddy and Tony Ling counsel General Dynamics on the full spectrum of employee benefits matters, including fiduciary duties, plan administration and incentive plans. Raymond Sinnappan led the advice to a supplier of infrastructure technology with regard to pension de-risking, while Renaud assisted a web hosting company with the design and implementation of executive compensation and equity compensation plans. Counsel Will Wilder joined the firm from Seyfarth Shaw LLP and sits in the Chicago office along with all other named individuals.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 5

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP’s Matthew Renaud is praised as ‘excellent’ by clients and was part of the team advising Hertz on its spin-off transaction which separated its car rental business from its equipment rental business. In other highlights, Raymond Sinnappan and Sarah Haddy oversaw the establishment of a VEBA and retiree health plan as part of a bankruptcy filing, and Tony Ling led the advice to Clementia Pharmaceuticals with regard to its IPO. General Dynamics and SPX Corporation also feature among the firm’s noteworthy clients. Will Wilder recently joined the group as counsel from Seyfarth Shaw LLP. All named individuals are based in Chicago.

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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

Jenner & Block LLP’s M&A lawyers regularly act for public and private companies, private equity investors, special committees and financial advisers in US and cross-border M&A matters, including acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, MBOs, LBOs, going-private transactions and reorganizations. The team advised NES Rentals on its $965m sale to United Rentals; and large deal highlights included acting for Lonza Group in its approximately $5.5bn acquisition of Capsugel from investment firm KKR. Thomas Monson and Kurt von Moltke chair the M&A practice from Chicago, where Michael Wolf and George Pain joined from Aon and Olin Corporation respectively. Other key Chicago advisers include Joseph Gromacki, who oversees the firm’s transactional practices; private equity chair Mark Harris, who is well known for his work in the healthcare industry; Jeffrey Shuman; and Mercedes Hill. New York-based Martin Glass co-chairs the cross-border transactions practice, and Kevin Collins is co-chair of the healthcare practice. Also in New York, Edward Prokop is a highly regarded attorney. Elsewhere, Los Angeles’ Thomas Stromberg has broad experience handling cross-border transactions involving parties across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia; and Carissa Coze focuses on M&A, joint ventures and strategic partnerships and investments for media and technology companies. Jared Manes joined Winston & Strawn LLP. Since publication, Robert Rawn has joined from Winston & Strawn LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory
Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP stands out for its representation of media clients and brands, focusing on marketing agreements, endorsement deals, privacy matters, advertising campaigns and compliance issues. Recent work includes advising FCA US on a music video initiative in which several of its vehicle models appear in music videos; assisting Daniel J Edelman Holdings with the structuring and negotiation of its master service agreements with Universal Pictures, Comcast and Unilever; handling the promotional campaigns for Fox Cable Networks’ regional sports networks; acting for Edelman on the launch of Adobe’s global campaign featuring Imagine Dragons. assisted Paramount Pictures with multiple co-promotional agreements relating to the theatrical releases of Ghost in the Shell, Baywatch and Sherlock Gnomes. Other clients include Lionsgate Films, Groupon, ESPN, Molson Coors and Red Bull Media House. Andrew Bart is the name to note. In February 2018, Benjamin Mulcahy and Gina Reif Ilardi moved to DLA Piper LLP (US).

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

Jenner & Block LLP

Nancy Libin heads the department at Jenner & Block LLP following the departure of former head Mary Ellen Callahan to an in-house position at the Walt Disney Company. The Washington DC-based group also expanded through the recruitment of David Bitkower and Andrew Irwin from the Department of Justice and Steptoe & Johnson LLP respectively. Libin’s recent work includes representing CTIA in a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband privacy proceeding; Bitkower is a key name for cybercrime and cybersecurity advice; and Irwin focuses on regulatory matters. Special counsel Heidi Wachs is also singled out for incident response assistance and information governance; she advised Brunswick on a comprehensive global privacy policy and created an incident response exercise for AltSchool.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Jenner & Block LLP

At Jenner & Block LLP, the ‘smart, practical, down-to-earth and responsive’ litigation-focused group is highly regarded in the IP arena, handling copyright infringement and trademark disputes for a client base spanning film, TV and music. New York-based practice head Andrew Bart is ‘a key name in the music industry’; he recently acted for EMI and EMI Music Publishing in a copyright infringement case against Mp3tunes in which it distributed EMI’s copyrighted works without permission, and defended Roc Nation in a copyright lawsuit brought by the estate of Prince over the rights to stream the artist’s music catalogue on streaming service, Tidal. Other work for the team included successfully representing the estate of Elaine Steinbeck in a dispute relating to the rights to John Steinbeck’s literary works, and assisting 21st Century Fox’s virtual reality division, FoxNext, with its acquisition of mobile game creator Aftershock. Other notable names include Kenneth Doroshow and copyright specialist Steven Englund (both based in Washington DC), New York-based Susan Kohlmann and the ‘highly regardedRichard Stone in Los Angeles.

Leading lawyers

Andrew Bart - Jenner & Block LLP

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

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLPknows the communications industry extremely well’ and ‘is very good at distilling difficult arguments and issues into strong policy and litigation positions’. The practice is led by Samuel Feder, who formerly served as the FCC’s general counsel, and John Flynn, who previously served as the FCC chairman’s senior counsel for transactions. Flynn assisted Ossia with obtaining FCC approval for the sale of wireless mobile phone technology and, alongside Feder, assisted Charter with the regulatory elements of its wireless strategy. Feder also advised the client on net neutrality proceedings. Luke Platzer advises on IP and regulatory issues in the telecoms, internet and entertainment arenas, and represented Charter Communications in its action against the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission regarding its order that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) constitutes a ‘telecommunications service’. Feder and Platzer are noted for being ‘very good at distilling difficult arguments and issues into strong policy and litigation positions’. Rebekah Goodheart also has expertise in regulatory matters, with significant experience in antitrust issues. She was engaged by a number of electrical companies to advocate for higher-speed one gigabit services being allowed to partake in the FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction. Howard Symons and special counsels Johanna Thomas and Roger Sherman are new arrivals from 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

Jenner & Block LLP’s Washington DC-based practice is a popular choice for clients seeking regulatory approvals on transactions. The team is led by Samuel Feder, who previously served as the FCC’s general counsel for transactions, and former senior counsel to the FCC Chairman John Flynn; it typically works on high-profile transactions in the telecoms, media and technology sphere, and its clients include the likes of Charter Communications, Altice and Comcast. Feder recently assisted Francisco Partners with its acquisition of a 16.7% stake in Ericsson’s subsidiary iconectiv, and both he and Flynn advised SoftBank on its investment in OneWeb, which involved obtaining regulatory rights across multiple international jurisdictions.

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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 ‘excellent’ tax department ‘provides very responsive, accurate and business-oriented assistance and tailor-made advice’. Its main focus areas are business transactions, capital markets work and bankruptcy-related restructurings. Recent highlights include advising Lonza on its $5.5bn acquisition of Capsugel, and assisting NES Rentals with its $965m sale to United Rentals. Schneider Electric, Opus Equity Partners and General Dynamics were active clients in 2017. The ‘knowledgeable, sensible and comprehensive’ Geoffrey Davis in Chicago is recommended. He leads the five-partner practice together with Washington DC-based Christian Kimball.

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