Jenner & Block LLP at a Glance


  • “I enjoy the people”
  • “Stimulating work”
  • “Level of responsibility”


  • “Below-market pay”
  • “No matching 401(k)”
  • “Unsteady work hours”

The Buzz

  • “Interesting work”
  • “Great litigation”
  • “Liberal”
  • “Big but nondescript”

About Jenner & Block LLP

Windy City Roots

Embarking on its second century of service, 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 (sound familiar?). 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 a controversial member of the House Judiciary Committee investigating whether to impeach President Nixon over Watergate. The Republicans ousted him for his apparently pro-impeachment stance.

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. In 2004, the firm coaxed a group of patent litigators away from IP trial boutique Roper & Quigg in a move that preceded the establishment of a Manhattan office in 2005, designed to bolster 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. In 2014, the firm was hired by the New Jersey legislature to investigate the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal that embroiled leadership in Gov. Chris Christie's administration.


April 2015

London Calling

As Jenner & Block began its second century of service in 2015, it pushed its front door beyond the United States and opened an office in central London. The office provides the firm with a strategic foothold in one of the financial capitals of the world and enables it to better serve clients with international needs. At the outset, the London office focused on litigation; regulatory investigations, enforcement and white collar crime; and international arbitration. Ultimately, the office will also handle clients' transactional needs. 

December 2014, September 2014

Hitting the Bullseye

Joseph P. Gromacki, chair of the firmwide Corporate Practice, and partners Mercedes M. Hill and E. Lynn Grayson led the firm team that represented Archer Daniels Midland in two major transactions: the US$1.3 billion sale of its cocoa business to Singapore-based Olam International Limited and the US$440 million sale of its global chocolate business to Cargill. For his work on the transactions, The American Lawyer named Mr. Gromacki a 2015 "Dealmaker of the Year."  An article in Inside Counsel spotlighted Ms. Hill and Ms. Grayson for their key roles in the deals. 

November 2014

Equality in the Workplace, 10 Years and Counting

The Human Rights Campaign once again included Jenner & Block in its list of "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" in 2014.  This was the 10th consecutive year that the firm achieved a 100 percent rating on the HRC's Corporate Equality Index, which measures policies, practices and diversity efforts relating to LGBT workers.  In 2005, Jenner & Block was the first Chicago-headquartered law firm-and only the fourth law firm nationwide-to receive the HRC 100 percent rating. 

July 2014

Pro Bono Prestige

In 2014, The American Lawyer magazine again ranked Jenner & Block as the No. 1 firm in the country for pro bono service-the fifth time the firm had done so in the previous seven years and the sixth time overall.  The firm has been among the leading 10 pro bono programs nationwide every year since the AmLaw survey began in 1990.  The 2014 top ranking was achieved through a combination of logging 175 average pro bono hours per attorney and having 87 percent of our attorneys contribute more than 20 hours to pro bono matters. 

May 2014

Under New Management

Terrence J. Truax was elected managing partner, effective May 1, 2014.  Mr. Truax joined Jenner & Block as an associate in 1988 and was promoted to partner in 1997.  A former co-chair of the firm's Patent Litigation and Counseling Practice, he has represented clients from around the world in a variety of IP, antitrust and other complex commercial litigation matters and has played a key role in the development of Jenner & Block's Japan Practice.  Mr. Truax succeeded Susan C. Levy, when she joined Northern Trust Corporation to serve as its as executive vice president and general counsel.  



The firm helped secure a U.S. Supreme Court victory for television broadcast clients in a high-profile copyright infringement case against online streaming service Aereo, Inc. The Court ruled that Aereo's retransmission of copyrighted over-the-air programming without broadcaster authorization violates copyright law.  For their work on Aereo, partners Richard Stone and Amy Gallegos received California Lawyer's prestigious CLAY award; Variety named Gallegos, Stone and partner Julie Shepard to its 2015 list of top entertainment lawyers; and the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal also noted the case in naming Gallegos, Stone and partner Andrew Thomas among 2015's "Top IP Litigators." 

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Jenner & Block LLP

353 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 222-9350
Fax: (312) 527-0484


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Anton R. Valukas
  • Managing Partner: Terrence J. Truax
  • Hiring Attorney: Charlotte L. Wager
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 450

  • Employment Contact
    Catherine M. Overman
    Legal Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (312) 840-8876
    Fax: (312) 840-7616

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    31 out of 31 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Appellate and Supreme Court Practice
    Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization
    Communications, Internet & Technology
    Complex Commercial Litigation
    Content, Media & Entertainment
    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
    Securities Litigation and Enforcement
    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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