International law firm Vedder Price offers its clients their
pick from a wide array of services but attracts particular
attention for its finance and transportation practices and for its
defense in the 2012 class action suit Jorie Johnson v. The John
Marshall Law School. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm has
represented clients from financial organizations and educational
institutions to CEOs and talk show hosts.
Metropolises Here and Abroad
Formerly known as Vedder, Price, Kaufman &
Kammholz, PC, Chicago firm Vedder Price's taste for the metropolis
extends beyond the Midwest. The firm was founded in 1952 and has
since expanded its presence with domestic branches in New York and
DC and one abroad in London. The BTI Consulting Group placed the
firm on its "Client Service A-Team" 2013 list as one of seven
"'leaders of the best' at providing value for the dollar." Still,
the firm gets by. Vedder Price ranks in the AmLaw 200 for gross
revenue and Chambers ranked it top-tier nationally for its
Aviation: Finance and Banking & Finance practices.
CEOs and Talk Show Hosts
Vedder Price has gone to bat for all sorts of high-profile
individuals. Vedder Price served as counsel to Huron Consulting
Group co-founder and CEO and Chairman Gary Holdren in a 2009 SEC
investigation. With the firm's help, charges against Holdren were
dismissed in summer 2012. Vedder Price also advised PBS talk show
host Charlie Rose and his eponymous production company in settling
an unpaid intern wage suit.
Guardians of the Skies and the Seas
Vedder Price doesn't restrict itself to dealing with the law of
the land. The firm's Global Transportation Finance practice
encompasses maritime, aviation, railroad and aerospace industries.
The firm finances all manners of transportation vessels from
railway cars to cruise ships, ferries and carriers to small jets,
turbopop aircrafts and helicopters. Vedder Price is particularly
known for its Maritime and Aviation Finance practices. The firm
wrote an amicus curiae brief for the Maritime Law Association of
the United States in the U.S. Supreme Court case Fane Lozman v.
The City of Riviera Beach, Fla., where the Supreme Court ruled
that plaintiff Lozman's floating home did not technically count as
a vessel, effectively deciding that while a house may not be a
home, it certainly isn't a boat.
Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship
Vedder Price awards the Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship,
started in 2005, to 1Ls attending one of seven Illinois law
schools: Chicago-Kent College of Law, DePaul University, John
Marshall Law School, Northwestern University, Loyola University
Chicago, University of Chicago or the University of Illinois. The
scholarship--intended to bolster diversity in the Illinois legal
community--grants $5,000 to the recipient to defray law school
expenses and offers a summer associate position for the post-1L