Jenner and Block LLP
Founded in 1914, Jenner & Block is a law firm of international reach with approximately 450 attorneys. Our firm has been widely recognized for producing outstanding results in corporate transactions and securing significant litigation victories from the trial level through the United States Supreme Court. Companies and individuals around the world trust Jenner & Block with their most sensitive and consequential matters. Our clients range from the top ranks of the Fortune 500, large privately held corporations and financial services institutions to emerging companies, family-run businesses and individuals.
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Our firm and the actions of our attorneys are guided by the following core values:
We will not compromise on quality and will live by the highest professional standards.
Exceeding client expectations is the top priority of the firm, to be achieved while adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards.
We are a firm with a conscience and are committed to public service.
Serving our community is an obligation and a privilege of every attorney in the firm. We recognize, encourage and support our people in their efforts to contribute to the communities in which they live and work.
We create an unrivaled environment for superior talent.
We are committed to promoting diversity and maintaining an inclusive environment where everyone feels respected and able to contribute to the best of their ability. We believe continuous learning is essential at every level and that fostering superior talent is everyone’s responsibility.
To exceed our clients’ expectations every day by providing the highest caliber of legal counsel and advice...to contribute to the legal profession...to maintain our long tradition of public and community service...and to provide our people with outstanding and challenging career opportunities.
We have earned our reputation as a litigation powerhouse. The 350 attorneys in our nationally recognized litigation department have won impressive victories in complex and challenging cases in a broad range of substantive areas of law and across a wide variety of industries, before federal, state and administrative courts and in arbitrations. We have achieved landmark rulings on behalf of clients in matters before the United States Supreme Court — our appellate advocates have presented 18 oral arguments to the Court in the last 10 terms, and we also have an extensive amicus practice.
Lawyers in our transactional practices represent international and domestic clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and dispositions of businesses. We also regularly advise clients in connection with public and private securities offerings and financings and in areas such as real estate, tax, environmental, insurance, commercial law, technology, intellectual property, bankruptcy and reorganization, labor and employment, executive compensation, government contracts, health care and associations.
A commitment to public service is part of the DNA of our firm. We are known for our long tradition of pro bono advocacy, as well as service to the bar and to our communities. The American Lawyer magazine has ranked Jenner & Block as the Number One pro bono firm in the country six times, most recently in 2014. Other accolades have come from The National Law Journal, which named the firm to its 2014 'Pro Bono Hot List,' and Law360, which has recognized the firm as a top “Pro Bono Firm” for four consecutive years since 2010.
Many organizations have recognized us for the pro bono work we do. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association honored a firm team with the 2012 Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service. The firm has received the prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association, the Pro Bono Institute’s John H. Pickering Award, the Public Interest Law Initiative's Pro Bono Initiative Award, the DC Bar’s Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award and numerous others. In addition, many lawyers in the firm have received individual awards for the pro bono work they have done.
The firm’s overall achievement is well noted. The American Lawyer named Jenner & Block to its A-List in 2013, recognizing it as among the top 20 law firms in the United States judged best at balancing the practice of law with their obligations to the profession. The honor reflects our commitment to exceeding clients’ expectations, investing in our people, increasing diversity in the legal profession and helping those with the greatest need for legal representation through pro bono service. This marks the second consecutive year that Jenner & Block has been named to the list.
Our firm chairman, Anton R. Valukas, is a former United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois who received international attention as the court-appointed examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, reportedly the largest bankruptcy in United States history and the event many commentators point to as the event triggering the economic crisis of 2008. In 2011, The American Lawyer named him 'Litigator of the Year.”
Jenner & Block attorneys rise above the rest both in terms of their qualifications and their approach to practicing law. Several Jenner & Block lawyers currently serve as federal judges, building on a remarkable history of judicial service by member of the firm. One former partner is now the United States solicitor general.
We recruit our lawyers from top-tier law schools and prominent clerkships, and foster their growth and development with training, mentoring and casework. We foster creativity in the practice of law, while also holding our attorneys to a rigorous set of performance standards. Our culture combines entrepreneurism with an atmosphere of collegiality and teamwork.
- We have members of the bars of every United States Court of Appeals and members of the state bars throughout the country.
- Among our trial attorneys are 14 Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 10 former United States Supreme Court clerks, 87 former United States courts of appeals clerks, numerous state appellate court clerks, two former U.S. attorneys, the former associate attorney general of the United States, and numerous former assistant U.S. attorneys.
- Our attorneys are actively involved in writing, speaking and representing clients on issues at the leading edge of the world’s business community and the practice of law.