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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

Craig Martin

Jenner & Block LLP


Partner and Chair, Litigation Department; member of the firm’s Policy Committee, Jenner & Block’s governing body


Craig Martin chairs Jenner & Block’s 350-lawyer Litigation Department. From the boardroom to the courtroom, he represents corporate America and some of the nation’s most influential families. He is lead trial and appellate counsel in commercial litigation across the United States; represents corporations in internal and government investigations; and counsels boards and board committees on fiduciary matters, structure and governance issues as well as assessing audit and enterprise risks. Mr. Martin is consistently recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Litigation: General Commercial. He is a longstanding member of the firm’s Policy Committee. In addition, he is a prominent civic leader in Chicago, serving as a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and having previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. In 2015, he was included in Chicago Magazine’s “Power 100” list of the city’s most powerful people.


American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, Commercial Club of Chicago, Economic Club of Chicago


Harvard Law School, J.D., 1988; University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1985; magna cum laude

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

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

Within: Leading lawyers

Craig Martin - Jenner & Block LLP

Within: General commercial disputes

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.

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Leading trial lawyers

Within: Leading trial lawyers

Craig Martin - Jenner & Block LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Insurance: advice to policyholders

Within: Insurance: advice to policyholders

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.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation

Within: ERISA litigation

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.

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