- Pro Bono#15
At a Glance
“Pro bono opportunities and commitment.”
“Substantive legal work and responsibility early on into my career.”
“Hard-working colleagues who want to do good.”
“The billable-hour requirement is on the top end.”
“Lack of control over schedule.”
“I wish there was more transparency about the bonus requirement.”
About Jenner & Block LLP
From its Windy City roots, Jenner & Block has grown to a firm of more than 500 lawyers in offices in Chicago; London; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; and Washington, DC. The client roster is a blend of established corporate institutions—and trendy players in the worlds of business, the arts and entertainment, and technology. The firm is also known for its values, especially its commitment to pro bono.
A Litigation Star Is Born
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, the firm 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 for powerhouse litigation.
Collaboration Is Key
With more than 400 litigators and dispute lawyers, Jenner & Block has leading international litigation arbitration, and investigations practices. Jenner & Block also boasts a top-notch appellate team, which has secured victories at appellate courts of all levels on a variety of issues and has recorded more than 100 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, including a landmark win for LGBT-rights in Lawrence v. Texas. The firm’s litigation department is “fully integrated,” which means lawyers work across sub-practices and regions with a focus on collaboration.
While the firm is most known for its litigation prowess, Jenner’s corporate department is no slouch either. The practice is oriented around M&A but covers an array of complex transactions and counsels for a wide range of clients, from large public companies, to middle-market and emerging companies, closely held family businesses, and private equity and other funds and investors.
Focus on Others
Pro bono is a major part of Jenner’s culture, with 100 percent of its attorneys dedicating more than 20 hours of pro bono work in 2020—more than 68,000 hours in one year. The firm has been ranked the No. 1 pro bono firm by The American Lawyer a whopping ten times and is among the top 20 firms for pro bono in Vault’s ranking. There is no cap to how many pro bono hours count toward attorneys’ billables at the firm. And the work is wide ranging, including everything from asylum to criminal matters to domestic violence to FOIA, and much more. The firm shares its pro bono news on a blog very cleverly named The Heart of the Matter.
Jenner & Block is committed to recruiting a diverse and talented summer associate class. We conducted a remote summer associate program with one in-person event in each office in 2021, after a fully remote summer program in 2020. We look forward to a normal recruiting season in 2021. The firm started to transition its workforce back to the office in June after more than a year of working remotely. The continued health and safety of our people is paramount as the firm plans for an eventual reopening of our offices.
News & Awards
- Jenner & Block represented the petitioners in Lawrence v. Texas, resulting in a landmark decision in favor of LGBTQ rights by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2003. The petitioners "are entitled to respect for their private lives," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote.
- On July 9, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jenner & Block client Jimcy McGirt in a powerful reaffirmation that courts must respect the United States’ commitments to Indian nations. “On the far end of the Trail of Tears,” Justice Gorsuch wrote, “was a promise.” That promise was “a reservation in perpetuity.”
- Jenner & Block successfully challenged the Federal Communications Decency Act on behalf of the American Library Association and other clients before the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 26, 1997, the Court ruled that free speech protections apply just as much to the fast-growing digital universe as to books and newspapers.
- Jenner & Block represented William Witherspoon in the appeal of his death sentence. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1968 held that the way the jury was selected was unconstitutional, changing the way that juries are selected in capital cases.
- Number One Pro Bono Firm in the United States, 2020—The American Lawyer
- Cannabis Practice Group of the Year, 2020—Law360
- Appellate Hot List, 2019—The National Law Journal
- Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality, 2021—Human Rights Campaign
- Top Firm for Training and Mentoring, 2021—Yale Law Women
Why Work Here
Jenner & Block is known for its ability to secure major litigation victories for clients from the trial level through appeal in jurisdictions around the world; for its sophisticated corporate transactional practice; and for its unyielding commitment to public service. Clients from around the world trust Jenner & Block with their most complex and challenging matters.
Our mission is to exceed our clients’ expectations every day by providing the highest caliber legal counsel and advice; to contribute to the legal profession; to maintain our long tradition of public and community service; and to provide an unrivaled environment for superior talent. Located in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC, our more than 500 lawyers offer substantial experience across a broad range of legal areas. Throughout our more than a century of service, we have grown because of our dedication and unwavering commitment to our clients, to the bar, to our people and to public service. Leading independent outlets have recognized us as an elite law firm and among the top-tier firms most committed to pro bono service throughout the profession.
353 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 222-9350
Co-Managing Partners: Katya Jestin and Randy Mehrberg
Chief Talent Officer: Charlotte L. Wager
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2021:
2,100 hours all-in to be eligible for a bonus. The billable target is 2,000 hours, but bonuses are paid to those with less billable hours.
1st year: $202,500
Summer Associate: $3,894.23/week
Legal Recruiting Manager
(312) 840 7472
No. of U.S. Offices: 5
No. of International Offices: 1
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC | London
Antitrust and Competition Law
Appellate and Supreme Court
Aviation and Aerospace
Communications, Internet and Technology
Complex Commercial Litigation
Content, Media, and Entertainment
Environmental and Workplace Health and Safety
Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation
Investigations, Compliance, and Defense
Native American Law
Mergers & Acquisitions
Patent Litigation and Counseling
Restructuring and Bankruptcy
Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.