At a Glance
“Commitment to pro bono.”
“The culture is legitimately excellent.”
“Inconsistent workflow and demanding hours.”
“Family-friendly policies are lagging behind peer firms.”
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.
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 2019—more than 85,000 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.
Following global shutdown orders in March, Jenner & Block transitioned its workforce to a virtual environment. The transition to work from home was seamless in all our offices and our people adapted well to the virtual workplace. The continued health and safety of our people is paramount as the firm plans for an eventual reopening of our offices.
Jenner & Block remains committed to our ongoing goal of recruiting a diverse and talented summer associate class. In 2020, we conducted successful virtual summer programs in our U.S. offices and continue to develop creative solutions for virtual recruiting. For example, in the area of On-Campus Recruiting, we are following the lead of many law schools and job fairs and will conduct 2L hiring in late 2020 and early 2021. The firm is looking forward to hosting virtual networking events and possible virtual interviews.
News & Awards
July 28, 2020
Mr. Barofsky, head of the firm’s COVID-19 Response Team, testified about COVID relief programs’ effectiveness, his thoughts on how oversight can be improved, and potential legislation that Congress should take into account as it considers authorizing additional funding.
July 16, 2020
A team of six leading lawyers in Native American law and two government relations specialists joined the firm, significantly expanding the Native American Law Practice’s offerings to clients. The eight-person team includes a former U.S. Ambassador, a White House tribal liaison for President Barack Obama, and a former Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the Department of the Interior.
The firm appointed Thomas J. Perrelli as the firm’s Chair. Mr. Perrelli, a nationally recognized litigator, is the founder and co-chair of Jenner & Block’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice and also serves on the firm's Policy Committee.
The firm selected New York Partner Katya Jestin and Chicago Partner Randy Mehrberg to serve as Co-Managing Partners of the firm, effective January 1, 2020. They succeeded Terrence J. Truax, who served as the managing partner since 2014 and returned to full-time practice with the firm in 2020. Ms. Jestin has been a partner since 2007. Mr. Mehrberg is also co-chair of the Energy Practice.
- Jenner & Block represented Jimcy McGirt in McGirt v Oklahoma. The US Supreme Court held that the federal Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation endures—which meant that the state lacked jurisdiction to prosecute Mr. McGirt.
- The firm represented the petitioners in Lawrence v. Texas. In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that anti-sodomy laws were unconstitutional.
- Jenner & Block represented William Witherspoon in the appeal of his death sentence. The U.S. Supreme Court held that the way the jury was selected was unconstitutional.
- Then- firm Chairman Anton Valukas was the court-appointed examiner who investigated the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
- Number One Pro Bono Firm in the United States, 2020—The American Lawyer
- 23 National Practice Categories Named;11 Leading Lawyers; Next Generation Partners and Hall of Fame—Legal 500
- 48 Firm Lawyers Named Across 42 Categories, 2020—Chambers
- Content, Media and Entertainment and Sports & Betting Practice Groups of the Year, 2020—Law360
- “Appellate Hot List”, 2019—The National Law Journal
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 2020:
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $190,000
Summer Associate: $3,653.85/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.