Firm Profile > Jenner & Block LLP > Chicago, United States

Jenner & Block LLP
353 N. CLARK STREET
CHICAGO, IL 60654-3456
United States

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 1

Jenner & Block LLP advises on general, professional, D&O and product liability, and also has a background in coverage claims involving fire, flood, aviation, windstorms, kidnapping and ransom, cyber risks, property damage, and business interruption. The practice is particularly well-regarded for its experience with complex insurance programs involving multiple insurers and risks. Joint practice heads John Mathias and David Kroeger in Chicago, together with Jan Larson in Washington DC, represented Mondelēz International in a dispute with Zurich American Insurance over coverage for more than $100m in losses caused by NotPetya computer malware. Washington DC-based Brian Scarbrough also jointly heads the practice, and has a niche in cyber and cryptocurrency liability.

Practice head(s):

David Kroeger; John Mathias; Brian Scarbrough

Other key lawyers:

Jan Larson; David Greenwald; Joel Pelz

Testimonials

‘Jan Larson was smart, extremely focused on the issues, passionate about our project, and an expert in the field’

Key clients

Olin Corporation

Mondelēz International

The Partnership for Resilient Communities (TPRC)

Sam Zell

ArcelorMittal

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 1

Jenner & Block LLP is a well-known name in copyright litigation, particularly on the content creators side, where it acts for high-profile artists, associations, labels and production companies. Recent highlights included practice head Andrew Bart and Steven Englund representing the Recording Industry Association of America against the owners of the hip hop mixtape service Spinrilla, where songs often use sampled recordings without proper clearance. Another key figure is Susan Kohlmann, who achieved a major victory at the Ninth Circuit acting for author John Steinbeck's stepdaughter, Waverly Scott Kaffaga, in a case alleging that the author's son and daughter-in-law prevented the production of films based on the author's works. Also recommended are Alison Stein, who worked alongside Kohlmann in the Steinbeck case, and David Singer in Los Angeles, who co-chairs the content, media and entertainment practice. Named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated, though the team also has a presence in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bart; David Singer

Key clients

Universal Music Group

21st Century Fox

Sony Music Entertainment

NBC Universal

Sound Exchange

Disney

Warner Bros Entertainment

Warner Music Group

Viacom International

Jay Z

Roc Nation

News Corp

Recording Industry Association of America

Princeton University

Interpublic Group

Estate of Elaine Steinbeck

Nintendo

Endeavor

Saatchi & Saatchi

MGM Studios

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

The appellate and Supreme Court department at Jenner & Block LLP has a proven strength in claims involving statutory interpretation. American Indian law is an area of particular expertise; a team led by Adam Unikowsky recently scored a win for the defendant in Washington State Dep't of Licensing v Cougar Den, Inc., a US Supreme Court case calling for the interpretation of the Yakama Nation Treaty of 1855. In the 2019 term, the group acted for the respondents in the currently pending high-profile case of Espinoza v Montana Department of Revenue, where the Roberts Court seeks to determine the relationship between religious school scholarships in Montana and the religion clauses or the equal protection clause of the US Constitution. Moreover, the group’s energy law work is particularly impressive in the federal courts of appeal. A team led by Matthew Price represented the Exelon Corporation in challenges brought before the Seventh and the Second Circuits in an attempt to dismiss the Zero-Emission Credit Program. The department is jointly led by former Acting Solicitor General Ian Gershengorn; election law specialist Jessica Ring Amunson; commercial claims expert Matthew Hellman; and Chicago-based Michael Brody, who is recognized for his work in the class actions appellate space.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gershengorn; Jessica Ring Amunson; Michael Brody; Matthew Hellman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Jenner & Block’s lawyers are exceptionally knowledgeable about the courts’ practice around the country. They are outstanding in preparation of their briefing, and strategic about the arguments they make. They work collaboratively with others outside their firm, welcoming input from others and accepting constructive comments. The team is highly successful and achieves results.

Only a few legal teams have the subject matter expertise that Jenner & Block has. In addition, they are nimble, creative, and responsive lawyers who get things done, which makes them a valuable and trusted partner to our business.

I have worked with Jessica Amunson on several matters and Matthew Hellman on a matter of great importance. Both are extremely knowledgeable, exceptionally good writers, thoughtful strategists, and equally strong oral advocates.

Key clients

Cougar Den

FanDuel

Cayuga Nation

Equus Total Return

Phillip Morris Global

Exelon Corporation

Olin Corporation

Charter Communications

Hertz Global Holdings

Microsoft

Princeton University

Knight First Amendment Institute

Coherus Biosciences

SoundExchange

General Dynamics

Recording Industry of America

McKesson

Cohen Milstein

CRST Expedited

Cayuga Nation

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 2

Jenner & Block LLP handles the full range of traditional regulatory matters, and has played a role in the developing drone industry, with particular expertise in slot allocation, regulatory approvals and first-of-their-kind UAS applications. Of recent note, the team assisted Xcel Energy with obtaining the first regulatory approval granted by FAA for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) infrastructure inspection. Co-heads Abby Bried and Marc Warren have over 30 years combined experience advising major domestic and international airlines and aerospace manufacturers on structuring commercial and marketing alliances, joint ventures and strategic investments, as well as advising on complex antitrust issues. Jeffrey Immel is also recognized for his experience of UAS regulation. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Abby Bried; Marc Warren

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

United Airlines

Xcel Energy

NetJets

United Parcel Service Co.

Atlanta Braves

Cargo Airline Association

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 2

Jenner & Block LLP's trade secrets practice is most active in the life sciences, software, and electronics sectors. Jointly led by Debbie Berman and Andrew Vail in Chicago, and Los Angeles-based Brent Caslin in Los Angeles, the practice group is adept at handling large-scale disputes involving international clients, a recent example of which includes its successful representation of Epic Systems Corporation against Tata Consultancy Services, an Indian conglomerate. Another key figure is Rick Richmond, who has achieved headline victories in major trade secrets cases across the country.

Practice head(s):

Debbie Berman; Brent Caslin; Andrew Vail

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Epic Systems

National Association of Realtors

Methode Electronics/Hetronic Int’l

Two Sigma Investments

News Corp

Acuity Brands Lighting

Wolters Kluwer

Schneider Electric

Jupiter Telecommunications

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 2

Recent innovative cases for Jenner & Block LLP’s Chicago-based ERISA litigation team involved defending asset managers in class actions concerning the management of multibillion dollar stock funds, and allegations of RICO violations in a plan sponsor’s 401(k) plan management. High-profile plan sponsors routinely entrust the team to handle fiduciary breach claims, stock-drop litigation and anti-cutback matters. Joseph Torres recently joined from Winston & Strawn LLP, and is currently representing clients in the chemical and energy sectors regarding vested lifetime benefits claims. Craig Martin and Amanda Amert left the firm for Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Torres

Testimonials

Jenner & Block’s ERISA litigation practice has unparalleled depth of experience.

I have been impressed with the entire team staffed to our case. Among the associates, Alexis Bates has been a particular stand out. She demonstrated a mastery of the facts of the case, and has impressed me in all of our interactions.

Key clients

The Northern Trust Company

Northwestern University

Morningstar

Alight Solutions

Associated Industries Management Services

Financial Engines

John Hamilton

Clair Couturier

United Refining Corporation

American Benefits Council

Aon Corporation

CenturyLink

PPG Industries

CONSOL Energy

Former Directors and Officers of Appvion Corporation

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 2

The team at Jenner & Block LLP illustrates a 'breadth of telecom experience that covers wireless, cable, and satellite' matters, representing clients on a range of complex regulatory and litigation matters. The firm handles mergers and other transactions, broadband infrastructure, wireless, net neutrality, wireline, and VoIP issues. Praised by a client as 'the best FCC lawyer in DC', Samuel Feder, a former FCC general counsel who focuses on representing clients before federal regulatory bodies, chairs the group along with former FCC transaction counsel John Flynn. Broadband expert Rebekah Goodheart is a key practitioner, whose consensus proposals on issues ranging from disability access, universal service and competition policy are noted in this space. Other key names include former FCC general counsel Howard Symons, a federal regulatory expert, and of counsel Roger Sherman, who focuses on wireless regulatory strategies. Special counsel David Didion provides clients with compliance and policy advice, while Johanna Thomas has experience working with media and internet companies on regulatory matters before the FCC. All attorneys are based in Washington unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Feder; John Flynn

Testimonials

‘Sam Feder and Howard Symons are superb cable and telecommunications regulatory lawyers. Their judgement is stellar and they are extremely responsible.’ 

‘Incredible depth of experience, wicked smart attorneys with recent experience at FCC across administrations, breadth of telecom experience that covers wireless, cable, satellite, forward-thinking and creative, problem solvers.’

‘Sam Feder is the best FCC lawyer in DC, hands down. He knows all of the players inside the FCC and in private practice, they all respect him and listen to him, he knows the law and regulations and also the unwritten rules and practical issues. He applies all of that creatively to find solutions to the most complicated and vexing problems at the FCC.’

‘Roger Sherman and Sam Feder are standouts here. Roger is a former FCC Wireless Bureau Chief and Sam is a former FCC General Counsel. This team has an exceptional understanding of legal and policy issues facing wireless.’ 

Key clients

Charter Communications, Inc.

Altice

Comcast Corporation

SoftBank

Ossia

T-Mobile USA

Century Link

Verizon

Cox Communications

CTIA

DRW

ACA

TEGNA Inc.

Sorenson Communications

NTCA

Windstream

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

'Well-versed in regulatory disclosure issues, and in handling complicated matters with a variety of regulators', the group at Jenner & Block LLP is active in the government and internal investigations space, but also has substantial experience in compliance matters, including in relation to court-appointed monitorships. Drawing on a solid London office, the team has a transatlantic orientation, handling investigations and enforcement actions brought by US state and federal agencies, as well as UK agencies such as the Serious Fraud Office. Chicago's Reid Schar, and New York's 'exceptionally smartAnthony Barkow and Katya Jestin ('with good judgment and street smarts') co-chair the investigations, compliance and defense practice, all with experience in corporate and individual representations. In the Chicago office, Gayle Littleton is noted for government and internal investigations, and compliance matters involving FCPA violations. Charles Riely joined New York in March 2019, after serving as the assistant regional director of the SEC, bringing his substantial expertise in securities law with him.

Practice head(s):

Reid Schar; Anthony Barkow; Katya Jestin

Other key lawyers:

Charles Sklarsky; Gayle Littleton; David Bitkower; Charles Riely

Testimonials

Jenner has a deep team of lawyers, including former prosecutors, who are incredibly smart and detail oriented.

The team of lawyers is well-versed in regulatory disclosure issues, and in handling complicated matters with a variety of regulators.

Great communication, very smart but also approachable, demonstrate focus on overall strategic aims.

Katya Jestin is a very skilled, highly personable lawyer with good judgment and street smarts. Anthony Barkow is an exceptionally smart, strategic lawyer. He often works with Katya and the two are a really stellar, complementary team.

Key clients

General Motors Company

Credit Suisse (as independent monitor appointed by the New York Department of Financial Services)

Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation

United Airlines Board of Directors

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

The highly experienced trial attorneys at Jenner & Block LLP regularly try complex, high-value commercial cases in courtrooms around the country. Alongside the firm's strong class action practice, a stand-out specialism is in trade secrets. Debbie Berman has over 25 years' experience in the area, and is representing Methode Electronics in a series of cases (including international litigation) concerning the theft of highly confidential information by two former high-ranking employees. The department also maintains the ability to deal with complex commercial disputes of any kind, including arbitration. On behalf of the Redeemer Committee of the Highland Crusader Funds, Terri Mascherin prosecuted an arbitration, which then proceeded to the Delaware Chancery Court for award confirmation. Among numerous arrivals in 2019, patent litigator Amr Aly joined the New York office in September 2019 from Mayer Brown, while the arrival of consumer class action specialist Kate Spelman from an in-house role bolstered the LA office in June 2019. Craig Martin  joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

David Bradford

Other key lawyers:

Debbie Berman; Terri Mascherin; Megan Poetzel; Rick Richmond; Michael Doornweerd; Ross Bricker; Matt Basil; Amr Aly; Kate Spelman

Key clients

Northwestern University

Northern Trust

General Dynamics

Morningstar

WMC Mortgage

Olin

CenturyLink

Methode Electronics/Hetronic International

Gulfstream Aerospace

Ulta Beauty

Otsuka Pharmaceutical

Scientific Games

Former Directors and Officers of Appvion

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Situated within the firm’s wider public international group, the team at Jenner & Block LLP is distinguished in part by its nationwide footprint spanning offices in Washington DC, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The group is known for acting both for investor- and sovereign clients in investment treaty arbitrations; in this space, it significantly bolstered its offering in New York with the arrival of the ‘very talentedMélida Hodgson, who joined from Foley Hoag LLP in the spring of 2019. New York-based Elizabeth Edmondson is also recommended; she is experienced in the areas aerospace, manufacturing, and energy. Practice co-chair Richard Ziegler retired in May 2019. Patrick Pearsall joined Allen & Overy LLP in May 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Melida Hodgson; Elizabeth Edmondson; Patricia Cruz Trabanino

Testimonials

A practical and fast-responding team

The team has a good mix of experience and backgrounds, which seemed to work well together. The team took a thoughtful and practical approach, and worked hard.

A growing, high-quality arbitration practice including the very talented Mélida Hodgson.

Mélida Hodgson has decades of arbitration and trade experience, and is particularly valued as an adviser to States and State-owned enterprises.

Melida Hodgson is a true LatAm and investment treaty specialist.

I worked with Elizabeth Edmondson. Elizabeth did a very good job on complex legal issues, and was impressive in oral arguments and cross-examination.

Key clients

Republic of Peru

Republic of Panama

Municipality of Lima

ArcelotMittal

EGI-VSR

Gulfstream Aerospace

General Dynamics

Ritz-Carlton

Sharp Corporation

Mondelēz International

Kraft Foods Inc.

Marriott International

Redeemer Committee

Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power Tier 3

Jenner & Block LLP has an established conventional power litigation practice, operating primarily from its Washington DC and Chicago offices. Chicago's Randy Mehrberg has had a pivotal role in building the firm's energy practice, of which litigation is a primary component. Team members include former in-house lawyers at major energy corporates, government agencies and regulators. The group represents some of the biggest electricity and gas utilities in the industry, and covers cases relating to zero emissions credit programs and defends challenges to big-ticket mergers; it has also earned particular recognition for disputes relating to federal and state jurisdiction. Suedeen Kelly is another experienced figure in major cases including those before FERC, while Matthew Price is noted for big-ticket disputes and frequently acts for major utilities companies. David DeBruin is also highly rated. All named partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise. Max Minzner departed to an in-house position at Arcadia Power.

Practice head(s):

Randy Mehrberg; Suedeen Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The group is exceptional in large complex litigation. Their ability, hard work and results are unparalleled.

David DeBruin is the best litigatorHe is one of the smartest, thoughtful, practical and hardworking litigators I have ever had the privilege of working with.

Key clients

Exelon Corporation

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Panda Power Funds

Modern Energy

DC Energy

Edison Electric Institute

Advanced Energy Economy

Public Service Enterprise Group

Midcontinent Independent System Operator

Morongo Transportation

Protect Our Power

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 3

Based in Chicago, Jenner & Block LLP represents clients in a a variety of environmental litigation, both at first instance and appeal. The team is jointly led by Gabrielle Sigel, who focuses on toxic tort litigation related to the release or exposure to hazardous substances, and Steven Siros, a key contact for CERCLA and RCRA issues and natural resource damage claims. Other names to note include Allison Torrence, who specializes in matters relating to the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, and Andi Samuels Kenney, who has recently been involved in enforcement actions and cases involving solid and hazardous waste.

Practice head(s):

Gabrielle Sigel; Steven Siros

Other key lawyers:

Allison Torrence; Anne Samuels Kenney; Alexander Bandza

Key clients

Apex Oil Company

Bath Iron Works Corporation

Olin Corporation

Exelon Corporation

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Initiative

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)

General Dynamics Corporation

Port of Oakland

John B. Sanfilippo & Son

Advanced Disposal Services

General Dynamics Mission Systems

Belco Industrial Services

Rockwell Automation

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

PM Global Services

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 3

Acting for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to middle-market companies and private equity firms, Jenner & Block LLP has experience of a huge variety of corporate transactions and advisory matters. Moreover, its transactional work is supported by experts in the firm's tax, labor, privacy and data security, and labor law departments, among others. The firm-wide corporate practice is led out of the Chicago office by Joseph Gromacki, who advises public and private companies on M&A, strategic corporate governance and crisis management issues. Thomas Monson is also recommended in the Chicago office. The team also has a strong presence on both US coasts. In New York, Kevin Collins specializes in corporate and financing matters in the life sciences, food, chemicals and technology sectors, while Los Angeles-based Carissa Coze is a name to note for media-related transactions, including commercial deals such as content production and distribution. Edward Prokop is also recommended in the New York office. Michael Wolf left for an in-house role at Baxter.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Gromacki; Kevin Collins; Carissa Coze; Thomas Monson

Other key lawyers:

Edward Prokop; Kurt von Moltke; Jason Casella

Key clients

Archer Daniels Midland Company

General Dynamics Corporation

General Motors Company

Honeywell International

Lonza Group

Schneider Electric

Snyder’s-Lance

The Hertz Corporation

US Foods

KEMET Corporation

Aon

Cboe

StarTek

Cresco Labs

Green Thumb Industries

Aurora Cannabis

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 3

Jenner & Block LLP is highly active in the copyright litigation space, with a client base including large studios and production companies, trade associations, and individual rights-holders and their estates. High-profile recent instructions have included DMCA safe harbor litigation against services allowing piracy on their platforms, rate-setting, copyright infringement, and rights ownership disputes. The practice is jointly led by New York based Andrew Bart, who has a strong track record in copyright litigation, and David Singer, who operates from the Los Angeles office. The firm also represents its media clients in disputes concerning trademarks, contracts and image rights, appearing before both first-instance and appellate courts at both the state and federal level.  In the firm's Washington D.C. office, Previn Warren was promoted to the partnership in 2019, and is most notable in the copyright space, having recently been part of the team that worked on rate-setting proceedings and royalty disputes on behalf of a performing rights organisation.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bart; David Singer

Other key lawyers:

Previn Warren; Susan Kohlmann; Steve Englund; Julie Shepard

Key clients

Universal Music Group (UMG)

21st Century Fox

Sony Music Entertainment

NBCUniversal (incl. Universal Studios)

SoundExchange

Disney

Warner Bros. Entertainment

Warner Music Group

Viacom International, Inc.

Jay Z (aka Shawn Carter)

Roc Nation

News Corp

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

Princeton University

Interpublic Group (IPG)

Estate of Elaine Steinbeck

Nintendo

Endeavor (incl. IMG Models)

Saatchi & Saatchi

MGM Studios

Government > Government contracts Tier 4

The eight-partner team at Jenner & Block LLP has a strong reputation in the security, and defense and aerospace industries, where it handles high-value bid protests matters for a variety of major contractors, such as General Dynamics. The practice group is jointly led by Joe Smith and litigator Marc Van Allen. Other senior-level contacts include Gregory Petkoff, who has practiced government contract law with the US Air Force for over 30 years, and Cynthia Robertson, who two decades of experience in FCA litigation, internal investigations and bid protest work. Special counsel Carla Weiss is recommended for suspension and debarment proceedings. Also of note in 2019, Noah Bleicher joined the team from the US Government Accountability Office, where he served as a senior bid protest officer.

Practice head(s):

Joe Smith; Marc Van Allen

Testimonials

Joe Smith is a really sharp guy with a solid team.

A strong team.’

Key clients

General Dynamics Corporation

CSRA

ActioNet

The Morganti Group

General Dynamics Land Systems

General Dynamics Information Technology

Energy Systems

In-Q-Tel

Medical Place

Workrite Ergonomics

CDI Corporation

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactional Tier 4

Jenner & Block LLP has considerable experience representing clients on regulatory matters. Samuel Feder heads the firm's Washington DC-based practice, which assists client at all stages of FCC approvals. John Flynn, a former FCC commissioner, focuses on wireless issues and Rebekah Goodheart, who has worked at both the FCC and DOJ has additional experience in antitrust. Howard Symons and wireless specialist Roger Sherman are also noted team members.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Feder

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 5

The securities litigation and enforcement practice at Jenner & Block LLP is 'unfailingly responsive, creative, thorough and pragmatic'. The practice, which acts for both defendants and plaintiffs, represents public and private companies, and their officers and directors, in class actions, derivative shareholder litigation and tender offer litigation. It also handles claims to recover losses from complex securities and derivatives transactions on behalf of institutional investors including hedge funds, foreign banks and large corporates. The practice is led by Stephen Ascher in New York, Thomas Newkirk in Washington DC, who is recommended for his 'elegant, creative and sophisticated legal strategies', and the 'unflappable' Howard Suskin in Chicago, who is 'relentlessly committed to effective advocacy'.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Ascher; Thomas Newkirk; Howard Suskin

Testimonials

‘Jenner’s team is unfailingly responsive, creative, thorough and pragmatic, while keeping a careful rein on the legal spend throughout.

Howard Suskin remains unflappable in even the most stressful situations, which is of enormous comfort to the C-suite and board, while remaining relentlessly committed to effective advocacy.

Tom Newkirk leverages a spectacular knowledge of regulatory perspectives and prior enforcement actions to marshal elegant, creative and sophisticated legal strategies.

Howard Suskin shows personal commitment to a successful outcome and he brings intelligence and commitment to the job at hand.

Key clients

American Express Company

Hertz Global Holdings

Merge Healthcare Incorporated

Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.

Ulta Beauty

General Dynamics

Morningstar

Equus Total Return Inc.

United Airlines

Innerworkings

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 5

With a series of complex, cross-border engagements and headline-grabbing national cases (including PG&E, on which the team is currently serving as special corporate defense counsel), Jenner & Block LLP demonstrates advanced skills in restructuring and bankruptcy. The group, led by Catherine Steege (in Chicago) and Richard Levin (in New York), has a strong focus on litigation, fraudulent transfers, and distressed debt purchases. Vincent Lazar is highlighted for his 'excellent judgment and deep experience'.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Steege; Richard Levin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jenner does great creditor side work. Their attorneys are commercially sensible and care about their clients’

‘Vincent Lazar is a steadfast advocate for his clients.  He knows how to get along with others in the room, and to use that to get winning results for his client. Richard Levin is very active in thought leadership committees and in non-case related bankruptcy initiatives’

‘Vincent Lazar has excellent judgment and deep experience. The team can gear up to resource a tight deadline or apply a very light touch when billing sensitivities require it.  In sum, a very client-friendly, results-driven and service-oriented team’

Key clients

Official Committee of Retirees, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

USA Gymnastics

Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation

Richard Levin, Chapter 11 Trustee for Firestar Diamond

Frederick J. Grede, Liquidation Trustee, Sentinel Management Group

Frances Gecker, Chapter 7 Trustee for Emerald Casino

Ronald R. Peterson, Chapter 7 Trustee Lancelot Investors Fund

James Feltman, Chapter 11 trustee of Corporate Resource Services and TS Employment

ArcelorMittal USA

EGI-TRB

Electrolux Home Products

Commonwealth Edison

ITT Educational Services, Inc. and Daniel Webster College

Ronald R. Peterson, as Chapter 11 Trustee of Mack Industries

Land’s End

Former Directors and Officers of Appvion Corporation

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 5

Matthew Renaud heads up Jenner & Block LLP’s Chicago-based employee benefits and executive practice, advising public and tax-exempt companies on complex plan corrections, ERISA fiduciary compliance, pension de-risking strategy and securities filings. Sarah Haddy is noted for her health and welfare plan expertise, including compliance issues with the Affordable Care Act, while Raymond Sinnappan is retained by big-ticket plan sponsors to handle executive compensation plans and agreements – ranging from equity compensation programs to 409A tax issues. A suite of senior management teams also engages the team on plan negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Renaud

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

General Dynamics Corporation

Olin Corporation

Hertz Corporation

Budd E&A VEBA Retiree Committee

SPX Corporation

SPX FLOW

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 5

Sectors of focus for Jenner & Block LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice include aerospace, defense, manufacturing, healthcare and other highly-regulated industries. The Chicago-based team, which includes practice head Matthew Renaud, Raymond Sinnappan and Sarah Haddy, focuses on advising public companies and senior executives in M&A transactions in the mid- and lower-middle market, while ERISA fiduciary compliance advice is also cited. Further noteworthy is the team’s representation of retiree committees in insolvency proceedings and its handling of high-value group annuity purchases and other pension de-risking transactions.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Renaud

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Budd E&A VEBA Retiree Committee

General Dynamics Information Technology

General Dynamics Mission Systems

General Dynamics Corporation

Snyder’s-Lance

Olin Corporation

Baxter International Ye

SPX Corporation

SPX FLOW

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Jenner & Block LLP's tax practitioners are 'very smart and well versed in the law' at the federal, state and local levels. Geoffrey Davis co-leads the team and represents clients in corporate restructuring and fund formation matters, while joint practice head Christian Kimball advises on the tax aspects of M&A and corporate restructurings. Also of note is Gail Morse, who advises a range of clients including tax exempt organizations, multinational businesses and individuals. All attorneys listed are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Davis; Christian Kimball

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very smart & well versed on the law.’

‘Responsive and personable.’

Key clients

Lonza Group

Schneider Electric

General Dynamics Corporation

Cresco Labs

Liffey Thames Group (d/b/a Discovia)

Wolters Kluwer

United Airlines

Kraft Heinz

Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation

Kellogg Company

Mondelēz Global

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal

Real estate > Real estate

Winston & Strawn LLP is ‘highly competent in numerous areas of real estate’, including high-end developments, distressed asset deals, mezzanine financing, and real estate-related litigation, among other areas. Dallas-based Billie Ellis jointly heads the department with Corey Tessler, who is based in the firm's New York office. Edward Prokop recently joined the Los Angeles office from Sidley Austin LLP, where he has developed a reputation for portfolio sale-leaseback transactions and single-family residential loan portfolio platforms. Chicago-based Andrew White is another new arrival; he joined from Greenberg Traurig, LLP, strengthening the team's service offering for private equity capital raising, finance and investment matters.

Practice head(s):

Billie Ellis; Corey Tessler

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Yeager; Jeff Smith; William Lange; Edward Prokop; Andrew White

Testimonials

‘Highly competent in numerous areas of real estate law, tax law relating to real estate and partnerships. Multiple team members assigned to client so availability never an issue.  Response time to questions and messages excellent (even if out of the country).’

‘Billie Ellis, Masae Ellis, Andre Betaque. Doug Yeager, Danielle Marr. Each of these people exhibit excellent technical skills, very responsive to client needs, extremely strong work ethic and work well with attorneys from other firms.’

Key clients

Freehold Capital Acquisitions

Long Cove Development

Stonelake Capital Partners

Firm overview: Jenner & Block is a destination law firm for complex commercial litigation, important investigations and sophisticated corporate transactional work. The firm is defined by results and shared values, as well as by the clients it serves and, most importantly, the more than 500 lawyers, whose experience, professionalism and teamwork help clients achieve their goals. Jenner & Block is also well known for its extraordinary commitment to pro bono and public service, where 100% of its lawyers provided 20+ hours of pro bono legal services in 2019, accounting for 85,733 hours of pro bono work.

Main areas of practice
Litigation: Jenner & Block’s litigation department differentiates itself through its deep experience and abiding commitment to excellence. With more than 400 litigators and dispute lawyers in five offices, the firm’s known reputation and trusted experience for board-level counsel, internal investigations, complex commercial disputes and arbitrations position Jenner & Block to handle its clients’ most sensitive and sizable matters. Its clients entrust the firm with the responsibility to handle their most high-profile, complex and delicate litigation matters because the firm has built a team of distinguished trial lawyers, recognized for their principled and effective advocacy, with breadth, experience and sophistication across industries and issues. The firm collaborates to bring unrivaled efficiency and experience to every dispute and to deliver results that exceed clients’ expectations. For clients as diverse as family run businesses and Fortune 100 companies, Jenner & Block often achieves pre-litigation resolutions, which accomplish client objectives quickly and cost-effectively. The firm’s best-in-class investigators are widely recognized for running complex investigations, whether industry-specific, regulatory or involving confidential issues. Jenner & Block’s approach blends preparation with a search for the truth and the clear and unbiased presentation of the facts to clients.

Recent highlights:

  • Recovered $120m for Olin Corporation during a federal jury trial in a high-stakes environmental insurance and contribution case involving more than a dozen manufacturing and disposal sites
  • Secured a victory for Northwestern University with the dismissal of a putative class action claiming breaches of fiduciary duty and prohibited transactions related to allegedly excessive administration and investment management fees paid to service providers
  • Secured a victory when a judge dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Morningstar and two subsidiaries of Prudential Financial purposely used a robo-adviser to steer investors toward more expensive funds that paid fees and kickbacks to Prudential
  • Secured a victory for the Estate of novelist John Steinbeck’s widow, Elaine Steinbeck, when the court dismissed all remaining claims in a longstanding dispute between Ms. Steinbeck and the author’s biological heirs
  • In the preceding three terms, the firm has argued 14 cases in the US Supreme Court prevailing in 13 of them; in the 2018 term, the firm argued three more, winning one so far
  • Advised the board of United Airlines throughout an investigation and negotiations regarding the accusations that centered on a flight path between Newark, NJ and Columbia, SC; the matter was resolved with a nonprosecution agreement
  • Secured a $940mtrade secrets jury verdict for client Epic Systems against Tata Consultancy in what is believed to be the largest verdict of any kind in Wisconsin and one of the largest trade secret verdicts in US history
  • A victory before the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board in The Broad Institute, et al. v. The Regents of the University of California, et al., a highly watched case regarding who owns the patent for a groundbreaking gene-editing technology called CRISPR
    Acting Chair: David J. Bradford

Transactional: Jenner & Block’s sophisticated transactional department is equally committed to excellence. The Corporate Practice is oriented around mergers and acquisitions, including joint ventures, capital markets and securities, corporate finance and corporate governance matters. It covers an array of complex transactions and counseling for a range of clients, ranging from large public companies to middle market and emerging companies and closely held or family owned businesses to private equity and other investors. With nearly 100 lawyers in four offices, the transactional practice provides sophisticated advice on subject matters such as tax, bankruptcy and restructuring, IP transactions, employee benefits, real estate, environmental, antitrust and private wealth. The firm’s corporate lawyers work closely with lawyers from its regulatory and other transactional groups to provide comprehensive and integrated transaction structuring and execution. The practice is committed to deploying only the best and brightest lawyers, bringing innovation through technology, staffing solutions, deal execution and cost-containment processes.

Recent transactions include:

  • Represented Diamond Castle Partners on $2.5bn acquisition of Multi-Color Corp. by Platinum Equity
  • Represented General Dynamics in its $9.7bn acquisition of CSRA and in multiple billion-dollar debt offerings and numerous M&A transactions
  • Represented General Motors in a $1.6bn underwritten secondary offering of common stock by the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust (VEBA)
  • Represented Swiss-based Lonza Group AG in the $630m sale of its Watercare business to Platinum Equity; acquisition of a controlling stake in Octane Biotech; $5.5bn acquisition of Capsugel; and the subsequent placement of 5 million new shares, raising gross proceeds of CHF 865m
  • Represented Snyder’s-Lance in its $4.9bn sale to Campbell Soup Company
  • Represented US Foods Holding Corp. in its $1.175bn initial public offering
  • Represented Stanley Black & Decker in the divestiture of its subsidiary Sargent and Greanleaf to Opengate Capital
  • Represented NES Rentals in its $965m sale to United Rentals
  • Represented Hertz Global Holdings, in the separation of Hertz’s equipment rental business Herc Holdings
    Chair: Joseph P. Gromacki

Public Service: Over the past 29 years, Jenner & Block has devoted more than 1.6 million hours to pro bono matters. The firm’s efforts have been recognized by The American Lawyer, which ranked the firm as the No. 1 law firm in the United States for pro bono service in 2019.  The honor marks the fourth consecutive year – and the 10th time in 13 years – that the firm has achieved the top spot in the annual survey of pro bono commitment among AmLaw 200 firms.  In 2019, the firm’s lawyers provided 85,733 hours of pro bono service, with 100% of its lawyers contributing 20 or more hours to pro bono matters throughout the year.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation David J. Bradford dbradford@jenner.com 312-923-2975
Corporate Joseph P Gromacki jgromacki@jenner.com 312-923-2737
Number of Partners : 245
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 305
Total Staff : 945
Firm Chair : Thomas J. Perrelli
Managing Partner : Randy Mehrberg and Katya Jestin
Other offices : London