Jenner & Block LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Commitment to pro bono service”
  • “The nice people”
  • “Intellectually stimulating matters”

Downers

  • “Billable hours requirement”
  • “Inconsistent workflow”
  • “A bit cheap, especially when it comes to expenses”

The Buzz

  • “Great for litigation”
  • “Best for pro bono”
  • “Liberal”
  • “Regional”

About Jenner & Block LLP

Windy City Roots

The firm now known as Jenner & Block was founded in 1914 as Newman, Poppenhusen & Stern by a trio of lawyers with big-name Chicago firm pedigrees. In its early years, the firm advised the city's banks, mortgage houses and blue-collar corporations. Once the 1920s roared around, however, Jenner & Block took on a decidedly more high-profile identity as litigator Edward Johnston developed into one of the nation's foremost antitrust attorneys. With a victory in the landmark 1925 U.S. Supreme Court case of Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association v. United States, in which he dismantled the Justice Department's argument that the exchange of information by trade association members constituted a violation of antitrust law, Johnston cemented the firm's reputation in that practice area.

Johnston proved to be the first of a string of legal stars who propelled the firm through the heart of the 20th century. Judge Floyd Thompson, a former Illinois Supreme Court chief justice, brought big-name clients to the firm, just as the Great Depression's onset forced the firm to shift its focus from transactions and litigation to such countercyclical practices as restructuring. Later, firm partner Albert Jenner ascended to the nameplate, securing his legacy thanks in large part to an enduring friendship with enterprising industrialist Henry Crown. Jenner, an antitrust and securities specialist at heart, later drew attention for his dogged criticism of the House Committee on Un-American Activities; the firm challenged the body's actions after it persecuted a client in a case that ultimately led to the committee's dissolution. Jenner was also the controversial minority counsel to the House Judiciary Committee investigating whether to impeach President Nixon over Watergate. When the Republicans ousted him for his apparently pro-impeachment stance, the Democrats named him assistant majority counsel.

Reorganizing for a New Century

Jenner & Block again grabbed headlines in the 1980s, when it represented MCI in its lawsuit against AT&T-the firm's victory contributed to the forced breakup of the monopolistic Bell System and the subsequent spin-off of the so-called "Baby Bells." Somewhere in all that document review and courtroom sparring, Jenner & Block lawyers opened shop in the nation's capital. The firm greeted the 21st Century by reorganizing as an LLC (although it is now an LLP), placing management decisions in the hands of a now 11-member Policy Committee.

Jenner & Block continued to grow, establishing a Manhattan office in 2005 that bolstered its litigation and transactional services to global players. In 2009, during the nation's recession, the firm opened its fourth office, this one in Los Angeles. In April 2015, Jenner & Block opened an office in London, its first international office and one that solidified the firm's already global reach.

In May 2014, partner Terrence J. Truax, who was a co-chair of the firm's Patent Litigation and Counseling Practice, took over the managing partner reins from Susan Levy when she joined Northern Trust Corporation to serve as its executive vice president and general counsel. Susan had been the first woman managing partner in the firm's history, and one of the few female managing partners in the AmLaw 100. Terry has played a key role in the development of the firm's Japan Practice and has won accolades for his substantial pro bono indigent criminal defense work, in keeping with the firm's core-value emphasis on pro bono and public service.

Jenner & Block has embraced change as of late, to echo a line from an even more famous Chicagoan. The client roster is a blend of old-timey corporate institutions, including General Dynamics, General Electric and General Motors, and trendy players in the business world, such as recording companies and artists, video game industry clients and other copyright holders. The firm also has made a name for itself handling high-profile investigations; it was particularly in the spotlight a few years ago when it represented its chairman, Anton Valukas, in his role as court-appointed examiner in the Lehman Bros. bankruptcy. More recently, the firm conducted an investigation and produced an internal report to the General Motors board of directors with regard to events leading up to certain recalls stemming from faulty ignition switches. 

IN THE NEWS

June 2016
High Five

Firm appellate advocates won appeals in six cases in which they presented oral arguments during the US Supreme Court's October 2014 and 2015 terms and prevailed in a seventh case in which no argument was presented to the Court. Intellectual disability and the death penalty; the "one-person, one-vote" principle; retroactivity of a previous ruling of unconstitutionality of the "residual clause" of the Armed Career Criminal Act; standards under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act; and adoptive parental rights of a lesbian mother were among the issues addressed in these cases.

April 2016
Epic Verdict

A federal jury in Madison, Wisconsin returned a $940 million verdict for Jenner & Block client Epic Systems Corp., one of the leading health care software companies in the United States, in a substantial corporate espionage case against Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), part of one of the largest industrial conglomerates in India. After a 10-day trial, an eight-member jury found that TCS, a hired consultant, stole Epic's trade secrets and other confidential information about Epic's proprietary software. The verdict represents one of the largest trade secrets verdicts in US history and perhaps the largest verdict of any kind in Wisconsin.

Public Service, Public Recognition

Several firm lawyers were honored for their civic and public service work. In April 2016, Professional Responsibility Practice Co-Chair Terri L. Mascherin was named a "Woman of Achievement" by the Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Regional Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. In 2015, Partner Gail Morse, a long-time advocate for advancing LGBT awareness and civil rights, was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame; Partner Gabriel A. Fuentes was honored by the Hispanic National Bar Association as its 2015 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year; and Associate Precious Jacobs received the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's 2015-2016 Humanitarian Award.

February 2016
My Favorite Martin

Partner Craig C. Martin was named chair of Jenner & Block's powerhouse Litigation Department, which is recognized for helping clients around the world with their most sensitive and important litigation and investigation matters. Mr. Martin, a nationally recognized litigator who has spent his 27-year career at Jenner & Block, has been called upon by corporate America and some of the nation's most influential families to protect their interests from courtroom to boardroom. He has won dozens of cases in state and federal trial courts and on appeal, overseen internal investigations and advised boards of directors on fiduciary and litigation matters.

December 2015
Take Me to Your Leaders

New office managing partners were named-Partner Susan J. Kohlmann in the firm's New York office and Partner Samuel L. Feder in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Kohlmann, one of the first partners to join the New York office after it opened in 2005, chairs the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practice. Mr. Feder, a former general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, joined the firm in 2008; he is co-chair of the Communications, Internet & Technology Practice. Both serve on the firm's Policy Committee.

August - December 2015
They're Kind of a Big Deal

Firm transactional lawyers handled several significant deals in recent months: They represented medical imaging company Merge Healthcare in its $1 billion sale to IBM; served as securities counsel and corporate governance counsel for Snyder's-Lance in connection with its $1.91 billion acquisition of Diamond Foods, Inc., a transaction that brought together two iconic snacking brands; and represented Schneider Electric SE concerning the sale of its global transportation business to Kapsch TrafficCom AG, a provider of intelligent transportation systems. 

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Jenner & Block LLP

353 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 222-9350

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Anton R. Valukas
  • Managing Partner: Terrence J. Truax
  • Hiring Attorney: Charlotte L. Wager
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 523

  • Employment Contact
    Amanda Griffin
    Legal Recruiting Manager
    +1 312 9238545
    AGriffin@jenner.com

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $180,000
    Summer associate: $3,461.55/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    36 out of 36 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Appellate and Supreme Court Practice
    Communications, Internet & Technology
    Complex Commercial Litigation
    Content, Media & Entertainment
    Corporate
    Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
    Environmental and Workplace Health & Safety Law
    Government Contracts
    Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation
    Insurance Recovery & Counseling
    Japan Practice
    Litigation Department
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Patent Litigation and Counseling
    Privacy and Information Governance
    Products Liability
    Professional Responsibility
    Real Estate
    Restructuring and Bankruptcy
    Securities Litigation and Enforcement
    Tax
    Transactional Department
    White Collar Defense and Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL (HQ)
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Washington, DC
  • London

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