Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP Company Profile

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 led to the committee's dissolution.

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 lawyers opened shop in the nation's capital. The DC office remained one of three Jenner branches until the opening of a fourth office in Los Angeles in early 2009. Meanwhile, 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 10-member policy committee. In 2004, Jenner 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 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, who left the firm to be general counsel of the Northern Trust Corporation.  In 2008, Susan became 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 Jenner's core-value emphasis on pro bono and public service.  Jenner has embraced change as of late, to echo a line from an even more famous Chicagoan. The client roster is now a blend of old-timey corporate institutions, including General Electric, Paramount Pictures and General Motors, and younger players in the business world, such as Viacom and video game industry clients. 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 THE NEWS

December 2013

Equality in the Workplace, 9 Years and Counting
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) once again included Jenner & Block in its list of Best Places to Work in 2013.  This was the ninth consecutive year that the firm achieved a 100 percent rating on the HRC's Corporate Equality Index (CEI), 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.

October 2013

Litigators Leaders
Two partners were honored at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).  Robert L. Byman was inaugurated as the College's 64th president, following in the footsteps of firm greats Albert E. Jenner Jr. and Judge Philip W. Tone as the leader of what is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in North America.  Terri L. Mascherin was inducted into the College, becoming one of a handful of women ACTL Fellows in Illinois and the third woman in Jenner & Block's history to be elected to the College.

June 2013

The American Lawyer A-List
Jenner & Block was named to The American Lawyer's A-List for the second consecutive year and the fifth time overall since the recognition was established in 2003.  The list recognizes the 20 most elite firms across the country for outstanding performance in the areas of financial performance, pro bono, diversity and associate satisfaction.

A Pro Bono Victory

A team of Jenner & Block attorneys, partnering with Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions, achieved a victory for a pro bono client who had been convicted of murdering her 4-year-old son in 2005.  In February 2013, the client was released from prison; on June 17, 2013, Cook County, Illinois prosecutors dropped all charges against her; and in January 2014, the court issued a certificate of innocence, finally exonerating her of the crime.  The firm became involved at the case's post-conviction stage and litigated it at every level of the state and federal judicial systems to win vindication.

May and August 2013

Award-Winning Insurance Practice
Jenner & Block's Insurance Recovery and Counseling Practice won the 2013 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Insurance (Policyholder), a prestigious honor that reflects a law firm's "pre-eminence" and recognizes "outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service."  In honoring the group as the country's top Insurance (Policyholder) practice, Chambers noted its "powerful presence" and "prowess in sophisticated, high-stakes proceedings."  A few months later, The National Law Journal named Jenner & Block the 2013 "Chicago Litigation Department of Year: Insurance." 

March 2013

Konnichiwa!
Reflecting Jenner & Block's longstanding commitment to its Pacific Rim clients, the firm launched a Japanese language section on its website.  With more than 30 years of experience guiding Japanese companies, individuals and law firms through complex cross-border legal proceedings and business transactions in the U.S., the firm also assists U.S. companies with their Japanese legal needs. 

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Jenner & Block LLP


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

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Anton R. Valukas
  • Managing Partner: Terrence J. Truax
  • Hiring Attorney: Charlotte L. Wager
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 450

  • Employment Contact

    Christine J. Hussar   
    Senior Manager of Legal Recruiting
    Phone: (312) 840-7803
    Fax: (312) 840-7616


  • Base Salary

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


  • Summer Associate Offers

    42 out of 42 (2013)


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Appellate and Supreme Court Practice
    Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization
    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
    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

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