News Feed http://jenner.com/library News Description http://jenner.com/library Lindsay Harrison Named a “Rising Star” by <i>National Law Journal</i> <p> <em>The National Law Journal </em>has named Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/LindsayHarrison">Lindsay C. Harrison</a> a <a href="http://cdn.jenner.com/system/assets/assets/8208/original/NLJ_20Lindsay_20Harrison_20Rising_20Star_202014.pdf">“D.C. Rising Star,”</a> described by the <em>NLJ</em> as one of 40 “game-changing lawyers age 40 and under” who are “leaders in the law” in the nation’s capital.</p> <p> The report, published in the <em>NLJ</em>’s “Legal Times” on September 15, noted that the 40 selections were made from approximately 200 nominations and include attorneys working&nbsp;in the private, government and public interest sectors.</p> <p> A profile of Lindsay highlighted her winning argument to the U.S. Supreme Court in the <em>Nken</em> case when she was a 30-year-old associate; her representation of “major brands” of the hospitality industry, including Marriott International and its subsidiary Ritz-Carlton; and her current pro bono representation of three same-sex couples challenging West Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p> <p> This recognition follows Lindsay’s selection earlier this year as a <a href="http://jenner.com/library/news/13071"><em>Law360</em> “Rising Star” </a>in the hospitality practice area – one of only four attorneys nationwide who were chosen for that recognition.</p> 22 Sep 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13429 http://jenner.com/library Craig Martin Recognized in Law Bulletin’s “40 Under Forty Hall of Fame” <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/CraigMartin">Craig C. Martin</a> was honored in the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s first “40 Under Forty Hall of Fame,” a special supplement to the <em>Chicago Daily Law Bulletin</em> that drew from a pool of nearly 400 eligible honorees from the 14 past “40 Under Forty” classes.&nbsp; Craig was a member of the 2001 class.&nbsp; A <a href="http://cdn.jenner.com/system/assets/assets/8212/original/Martin_2040_20under_2040_20hall_20of_20fame.pdf">profile of Craig</a> in the supplement says that “for 25 years and counting, Craig Martin has been going strong at Jenner &amp; Block and the admiration for his work both inside and outside the legal arena just continues to grow.”&nbsp; The profile notes that Craig has been co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department since 2008 and concentrates his practice on complex civil and commercial litigation.&nbsp; His clientele over the years has included Lester Crown and family; General Dynamics Corporation; General Growth; and the Tribune Companies.&nbsp; The profile also notes his involvement with civic organizations, including serving as chairman of the Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Chicago.&nbsp; “He is also dedicated to many philanthropic causes, which is remarkable on his part,” observes Pat Brady, the founder of Next Generation Public Affairs.</p> 22 Sep 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13431 http://jenner.com/library Firm’s Pro Bono Services Play Key Role in Building Jesse White Community Center <p> Jenner &amp; Block transactional attorneys played an important role in the actualization of a project of significant importance in Chicago.&nbsp; On September 19, 2014, area dignitaries participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Jesse White Community Center and Field House on the city’s near north side.&nbsp; The building was designed and constructed by the Jesse White Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the activities of the internationally known Jesse White Tumblers.&nbsp; The Chicago Park District will own and operate the facility that will serve as a home base for the tumbling team, which has never before had its own practice venue, and will also house numerous athletic and other after-school programs for the surrounding neighborhood.</p> <p> The firm began providing the necessary legal work and business consulting to the Foundation on a pro bono basis in 2011.&nbsp; The representation included helping the park district acquire the property from the City of Chicago in a complicated exchange; retaining a project manager; handling all of the design and construction contracts; and negotiating a complex donation agreement with the city and park district, loan documents for interim financing secured by donation pledges, and an Occupancy and Use Agreement between the Jesse White Foundation and the park district.</p> <p> Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended and spoke at the ceremony. &nbsp;During his speech, Secretary White publicly thanked Jenner &amp; Block and noted that “they really do a lot of pro bono work.”&nbsp; He also acknowledged the specific attorneys on the firm’s team, which was led by Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DonaldResnick">Donald I. Resnick</a>, Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice, and included Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DonaldHorvath">Donald S. Horvath</a> and Associate <a href="http://jenner.com/people/PenelopeCampbell">Penelope P. Campbell</a> (a Jesse White Tumbler from 1986 to 1990, Penelope served as Secretary White’s press secretary from 2002 through 2009, including while she attended law school at night).&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> 23 Sep 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13435 http://jenner.com/library Firm Honored for Pro Bono Defense of South Korean Native Accused of Murder <p> Jenner &amp; Block is being honored by the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (KABA) for its successful defense at trial of Mr. Hyungseok Koh against the charge of first-degree murder in the 2009 death of his 22-year-old son.</p> <p> In announcing that the firm will receive the bar association’s Distinguished Service Award, KABA President Paula Kim noted, “The defense of Mr. Koh touched upon multiple issues important to both the Korean and legal communities to ensure justice is administered in a diverse society, including the importance of language access and cultural awareness in investigations and legal proceedings.”</p> <p> In 2012, a firm team represented Mr. Koh, pro bono, in a 13-day trial in the Cook County Criminal Court that focused on the meaning and effect of a videotaped statement he gave to police shortly after his son was found dead, during which, prosecutors argued, he confessed to killing the young man.&nbsp;&nbsp; The team persuaded the jury that, due to language difficulties and the failure of police to provide a capable interpreter, Mr. Koh, a native of South Korea, did not understand either the interrogation process or the questions clearly.&nbsp;</p> <p> The defense also was able to exclude evidence from a prosecution witness who testified he had heard Mr. Koh and his son quarrel on the phone, with the witness saying that the father had sounded “very demanding.”&nbsp; The conversation had been in Korean, which the witness did not speak or understand.</p> <p> After fewer than two hours of deliberations, the jury found Mr. Koh not guilty.</p> <p> The Koh team was led by Partners <a href="http://jenner.com/people/TerriMascherin">Terri L. Mascherin</a>, <a href="http://jenner.com/people/WadeThomson">Wade A. Thomson</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/AndrewVail">Andrew W. Vail</a> and included Associates <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DanielFenske">Daniel T. Fenske</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/LauraHulce">Laura E.B. Hulce</a>.</p> <p> The award will be presented at KABA’s 21<sup>st</sup> Annual Banquet on October 25, 2014 at the Union League Club in Chicago.&nbsp; To learn more about the event, please <a href="http://www.kabachicago.com/wp/">click here</a>.</p> 1 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13444 http://jenner.com/library Jenner & Block Named Law360 Top Pro Bono Firm for Fifth Year in a Row <p> Jenner &amp; Block has been named a “Pro Bono Firm of 2014” by <em>Law360</em> in an article published on Friday, September 26.&nbsp; This marks the fifth time in a row that the firm has been recognized by the publication – every year since <em>Law360</em> began the feature.</p> <p> The article notes that Jenner &amp; Block “distinguished itself” as a “powerhouse” among the 20 firms recognized by<em>Law360</em>, with the firm’s 180.9 pro bono hours per attorney, performed between June 1, 2013 and June 1, 2014, surpassing the rest of the field.&nbsp; A year ago, the firm also led all <em>Law360</em> recognized firms with 144 hours of pro bono work per attorney.</p> <p> Jenner &amp; Block’s representation of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda and the conclusion of the Pinnacle settlement were highlighted in the article.&nbsp; In an effort led by several transactional attorneys, <a href="http://jenner.com/library/news/12602">the firm represented ASYV</a> in its negotiations with Gigawatt Global, which resulted in a partnership to build the largest solar energy facility in Central Africa on ASYV’s 144-acre campus. &nbsp;Regarding Pinnacle, the <a href="http://jenner.com/library/news/12976">U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari</a> in April, allowing a landmark settlement to take effect in support of more than 20,000 current and former residents of rent-controlled apartments operated by Pinnacle Group.</p> <p> In response to being asked about the firm’s transactional pro bono work, Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair <a href="http://jenner.com/people/AndrewVail">Andrew W. Vail</a> is quoted as saying that transactional lawyers “again devoted a considerable amount of time to important pro bono matters, like the Rwanda electricity project, offering their pro bono clients the same remarkable skill…that they bring to the table for high-profile transactions on behalf of our clients with household names.”</p> <p> In addition to Andrew, the firm’s Pro Bono Committee co-chairs are <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JulieCarpenter">Julie M. Carpenter</a>, <a href="http://jenner.com/people/BrianFischer">Brian J. Fischer</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/AndrewThomas">Andrew J. Thomas</a>.</p> <p> To read the full <em>Law360</em> story, click <a href="http://www.law360.com/articles/581114/law360-picks-top-pro-bono-firms">here</a> (subscription may be required).</p> 2 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13446 http://jenner.com/library Jenner & Block Secures $272 Million Win for Casino Bankruptcy Trustee <p> In a victory for Jenner &amp; Block client Frances F. Gecker, the Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for Emerald Casino, U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer ruled on Tuesday, September 30, that six former officer and director defendants breached an agreement with Emerald Casino by failing to comply with Illinois gaming regulations.&nbsp; The ruling directed the defendants to each pay more than $45.33 million for a total damages of $272 million.</p> <p> In her 289-page opinion, Judge Pallmeyer said that the defendants’ breach of the agreement prompted the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) to take the unprecedented step of revoking Emerald’s gaming license,&nbsp; its only significant asset, thus forcing Emerald into liquidation under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.&nbsp; She found in favor of Gecker on the claim that the six defendants violated Emerald’s amended shareholders’ agreement, which required them to comply with the Riverboat Gambling Act, and the IGB’s rules and orders.</p> <p> The Court ruled that “Defendants individually made a promise—a rather unforgiving one—to Emerald to comply with IGB rules. The IGB found that Defendants had breached that contract, and the reviewing court affirmed that determination. Emerald lost its valuable license as a consequence.”</p> <p> The Jenner &amp; Block trial team consisted of Partners <a href="http://jenner.com/people/CatherineSteege">Catherine L. Steege</a>, <a href="http://jenner.com/people/RobertGraham">Robert L. Graham</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/KeriHollebHotaling">Keri L. Holleb Hotaling</a> and Staff Attorney <a href="http://jenner.com/people/SethSchriftman">Seth J. Schriftman</a>.&nbsp; The Emerald team was supported by Partners <a href="http://jenner.com/people/BarryLevenstam">Barry Levenstam</a>, <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JoelPelz">Joel T. Pelz</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/MelissaRoot">Melissa M. Root</a>, as well as Associates <a href="Angela%20Allen">Angela M. Allen</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/LandonRaiford">Landon Raiford</a>, Paralegals Debby Abelson and Matt Prather, and Legal Secretary Beth Perkins.&nbsp; Co-counsel with Jenner &amp; Block in this case is the law firm of Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick &amp; Dym, Ltd.</p> <p> A story about the federal ruling can be found in the <em><a href="http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2014/10/01/Emerald-10-1-14.aspx">Chicago Daily Law Bulletin</a></em> and <em><a href="http://www.law360.com/articles/582942/ex-casino-execs-owe-272m-over-lost-license-judge-says">Law360</a></em> (subscription may be required).&nbsp;</p> 2 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13447 http://jenner.com/library Jeff Colman to Receive Leadership Award for Work Ensuring Justice for Juveniles <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JeffreyColman">Jeffrey D. Colman</a> will receive a 2014 Leadership Award from the Juvenile Justice Initiative&nbsp; during an event to be held at the firm’s Chicago office on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.&nbsp; Jeff and Cook County Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle are being honored “for their work ensuring individualized and proportionate justice for every child in conflict with the law.”</p> <p> The event program highlights the firm’s representation of the first person in the country who was released from prison as a result of <em>Miller v. Alabama</em>, the Supreme Court’s 2012 decision that mandatory sentencing of juvenile murderers to life in prison without the possibility of parole constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.&nbsp; Since 2012, Jeff has worked with the Coalition for the Sentencing of Children on issues relating to the retroactivity of <em>Miller </em>and on training lawyers to handle re-sentencing hearings under <em>Miller.</em></p> <p> Founded in 2000, the Juvenile Justice Initiative is a non-profit, non-partisan statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to transform the juvenile justice system in Illinois by reducing reliance on confinement, enhancing fairness for all youth and developing a comprehensive continuum of community-based resources throughout the state.</p> 3 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13449 http://jenner.com/library Partner Susan Kohlmann Named to “Top 250 Women in IP” List <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/SusanKohlmann">Susan J. Kohlmann</a> has been named one of 2014’s “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP).&nbsp; Her name is included in the recently published second edition of Managing IP’s <em>IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP</em>, which identifies the leading female intellectual property attorneys in the United States.&nbsp; The guide notes Susan’s “distinguished success in copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes over the years and…further experience with class actions and other commercial disputes.”&nbsp;</p> <p> Susan’s selection was based on extensive client and peer interviews conducted by the MIP editorial team.&nbsp; Interviewees were asked to nominate and vote for peers they believed to be the “best of the best.”&nbsp; According to the MIP research team, “The women recognized by this publication represent those receiving the strongest feedback – both in volume and enthusiasm.”</p> <p> Susan is chair of the firm’s Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practice and a litigator in the Content, Media and Entertainment Practice.&nbsp; She has handled and tried a variety of complex litigation matters, including copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes.&nbsp; She is also an accomplished appellate advocate and has been recognized by <em>Legal 500</em> in both the intellectual property and the appellate and Supreme Court practice areas.&nbsp; <em>New York Super Lawyers</em> also regularly recognizes Susan for her intellectual property litigation work.</p> 3 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13450 http://jenner.com/library Partner Tony Ling to Receive Award From National Diversity Council Jenner &amp; Block Partner<strong> </strong><a href="http://jenner.com/people/SLing"><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">S. Tony Ling</span></strong></a><strong> </strong>will receive the National Diversity Council’s 2014 Multicultural Leadership Award at the inaugural Illinois Leadership Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago on October 16, 2014.&nbsp; The award recognizes “individuals of color who have made a difference through their achievements and exemplify the ability to excel in their field” and who personify “the principles of diversity and leadership.” The purpose of the conference is to recognize and empower multiculturalismand leadership throughout the State of Illinois.&nbsp; The full-day event will feature sessions addressing diversity and inclusion, leadership and professional development.&nbsp; Former U.S. Secretary of State General Colin Powell will be the conference’s keynote speaker.</span></p> Tony is a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice and focuses on those issues particularly in the context of mergers and acquisitions.&nbsp; His clients range from large corporations to individual executives who seek his advice on a full spectrum of executive compensation and ERISA matters, as well as general employee benefits<i>.&nbsp; </i>He is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and is the founder of the Asian Forum, an affinity group for Jenner &amp; Block’s Asian attorneys.&nbsp; Tony is active in the Chicago-area Chinese community, including providing pro bono representation and serving on the board of the Chicago Dragons Athletic Association, which provides athletic and cultural activities for Chinese youth.&nbsp; He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Legal Clinic.</span></p> For additional information about the conference, please<i> </i>click<i> <a href="http://illeadershipconference.com/">here.</a></i></span></p> 8 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13458 http://jenner.com/library Firm Secures Significant Victory for Major Record Companies in Grooveshark Copyright Infringement Case <p> Jenner &amp; Block secured an important victory for its clients UMG Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group on September 29, 2014, when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted their motion for summary judgment and found Defendants Escape Media Group, Inc. and its co-founders liable for copyright infringement for directing the employees of the company to upload copyrighted sound recordings to the Grooveshark music service.</p> <p> The Complaint asserted copyright infringement claims against Escape and its founders for engaging in a massive campaign of corporate copyright infringement by requiring all employees to upload infringing sound recordings to Grooveshark in order to attract users to the service.&nbsp; &nbsp;In addition to finding the company liable for copyright infringement arising from this conduct, Judge Thomas P. Griesa found Grooveshark’s founders, Samuel Tarantino and Joshua Greenberg, liable for personally uploading copyrighted songs to Grooveshark as well as for their role in directing the infringement by their employees. &nbsp;Grooveshark was also sanctioned for destroying evidence, including source code and data reflecting the uploading of files by Escape employees.</p> <p> The team representing the record companies included Partners <a href="http://jenner.com/people/AndrewBart">Andrew H. Bart</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/GianniServodidio">Gianni P. Servodidio</a> and Associates <a href="http://jenner.com/people/LindsayBowen">Lindsay W. Bowen</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/AvaMcAlpin">Ava U. McAlpin</a>.</p> <p> Coverage on the rulings can be found in <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/29/us-music-lawsuit-grooveshark-idUSKCN0HO24F20140929">Reuters</a> and <a href="http://www.law360.com/articles/582152/grooveshark-violated-sony-atlantic-copyright-judge-says">Law360</a> (subscription may be required).&nbsp;</p> 8 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13462 http://jenner.com/library Wade Thomson Named Co-Chair of National Immigrant Justice Center Board; Appointed to University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Board <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/WadeThomson">Wade A. Thomson</a> has been named co-chair of the National Immigrant Justice Center Leadership Board and appointed to the University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Board.&nbsp; Wade’s appointment as co-chair of the NICJ Leadership Board follows his service as a director of that board.&nbsp; A program of Heartland Alliance, the NIJC is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.&nbsp; Wade&nbsp; is a 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a&nbsp; Harno Scholar and assistant editor of the <em>University of Illinois Law Review</em>.&nbsp; Wade’s service on both boards was reported in the <em>Chicago Daily Law Bulleti</em>n’s <a href="http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2014/10/06/In-The-News-10-6-14.aspx">“In the News” column</a> (<em>subscription required</em>).&nbsp;</p> <p> Wade is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice.&nbsp; He has significant experience in a variety of forums, including federal and state courts, arbitrations and administrative hearings.</p> 8 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13464 http://jenner.com/library Partner Ron Peterson Receives Prestigious Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/RonaldPeterson">Ronald R. Peterson</a> will be honored on October 9, 2014, with the Commercial Law League of America’s Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in the Field of Bankruptcy.&nbsp; The award was created in 2001 to recognize a lawyer, judge, teacher or legislator who exemplifies the best in scholarship, advocacy, judicial administration or legislative activities in the field of bankruptcy. &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> The Commercial Law League notes that the King Award recognizes “a career, not an event.”&nbsp; Ron’s selection marks the first time in the award’s history that it is being presented to a bankruptcy practitioner.&nbsp; Senator Elizabeth Warren and retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens are among previous recipients.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> The award is named for Lawrence P. King, a longtime professor at the New York University Law School, who served for 21 years on the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States; consulted with the Commission of the Bankruptcy Laws of the United States in the early 1970s, which led to the present Bankruptcy Code of 1978; and&nbsp;was editor-in-chief of the treatise <em>Collier on Bankruptcy</em>.</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> Ron is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization; Complex Bankruptcy Litigation; Corporate Finance; and Real Estate and Construction Litigation Practices.&nbsp; He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Commercial Law League of America and the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the Business Law Section and the Bankruptcy Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.&nbsp; Ron also is a Director of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and is a member of INSOL International (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency &amp; Bankruptcy Professionals). Since 2003, <em>Chambers &amp; Partners</em> has named him one of the country’s leading lawyers in bankruptcy law. &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> Ron will be presented with the award at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago during the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges 88<sup>th</sup> Annual Meeting.&nbsp;</p> 8 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13468 http://jenner.com/library Department of Homeland Security Selects Thomas Perrelli for U.S. Secret Service Independent Review Panel <p> U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced today that <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ThomasPerrelli">Thomas J. Perrelli</a>, partner and chair of Jenner &amp; Block’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice, has been selected as a panelist to serve on the department’s independent review of the U.S. Secret Service.</p> <p> In his <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/news/2014/10/10/statement-secretary-johnson-announcing-panelists-independent-review-united-states">statement</a>, Secretary Johnson said:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> On Oct. 1, 2014, I announced that Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, aided by the Department’s General Counsel, would assume control and direction of the ongoing inquiry by the U.S. Secret Service of the fence-jumping incident at the White House on Sept. 19. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas will complete that review and submit findings to me by Nov. 1, 2014.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> By Dec. 15, 2014, the panel will submit to me its own assessment and recommendations concerning security of the White House compound. The security of the White House compound will be the panel’s primary and immediate priority.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The panel is also invited to submit to me recommendations for potential new directors of the Secret Service. I am also requesting that the panel advise me about whether it believes, given the series of recent events, there should be a review of broader issues concerning the Secret Service.</p> <p> Mr. Perrelli said of his appointment: “I am honored to serve on this panel. I look forward to working with the other panel members to offer recommendations to enhance the security of the White House for this and future Presidents.”</p> <p> In addition to Mr. Perrelli, the four-person panel includes Mark Filip, former deputy attorney general; Danielle Gray, former cabinet secretary and assistant to the president; and Joseph Hagin, former White House deputy chief of staff for operations.</p> <p> Managing Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/TerrenceTruax">Terrence J. Truax</a> added, “We are honored that Tom has been appointed to serve on this special government panel. This firm has a long tradition of making contributions in similar public service roles, and we are proud to support him. Tom’s credentials to conduct a review of such public importance are second to none.”</p> <p> Mr. Perrelli is a nationally recognized litigator who re-joined Jenner &amp; Block as a partner in 2012 after serving for three years as associate attorney general of the United States, the third highest-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Justice.&nbsp; In that capacity, Mr. Perrelli was responsible for the Department’s Civil, Antitrust, Civil Rights, Environment and Natural Resources, and Tax Divisions, the United States Trustee Program, the Office of Justice Programs and the Office on Violence Against Women, among others.&nbsp; Among numerous high-level, multi-party negotiations, he led the Government’s efforts to negotiate a $25 billion settlement to resolve claims against financial institutions for servicing of mortgages and negotiated the creation of a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.&nbsp; Mr. Perrelli is the founder and chair of Jenner &amp; Block’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice. He also serves on the firm's Policy Committee.&nbsp; Mr. Perrelli began practicing law as an associate at Jenner &amp; Block in 1992. He left the firm in 1997 to serve as counsel to then-U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, rising to the position of deputy assistant attorney general before returning to Jenner &amp; Block in 2001.</p> 10 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13475 http://jenner.com/library Jenner & Block Joins OnRamp Fellowship Pilot Supporting Novel “Returnship” Program for Women Lawyers <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Jenner &amp; Block has joined the pilot program of the OnRamp Fellowship, an initiative launched in January 2014 to provide women lawyers re-entering the legal profession with an opportunity to update their skills and legal contacts through one-year, paid positions with top law firms.&nbsp; The program aims to replenish the talent pipeline in law firms with diverse, high-performing lawyers who have the potential and the desire to advance into leadership roles.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Through the Fellowship, Jenner &amp; Block will seek to hire women with three or more years of legal experience who have taken a hiatus of two or more years from practice.&nbsp; The Fellowship provides an avenue through which women who chose to step away – often to care for children or manage other family responsibilities – can re-establish their legal careers while updating their skills.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">“We are excited to partner with OnRamp and do more to promote and support women’s advancement in the workplace,” said Charlotte Wager, the firm’s chief talent officer.&nbsp; “The OnRamp Fellowships are an important way for us to help women lawyers re-enter the profession and return to leadership roles.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">As part of the inaugural pilot program, four law firms hired nine women returning to the profession after an extended hiatus.&nbsp; Due to the overwhelming interest in the Fellowship, it was expanded to include a select number of top firms, including Jenner &amp; Block, for a second pilot program with additional positions.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">“By participating in the first ‘Returnship’ ever launched in the legal field, Jenner &amp; Block is furthering its already strong commitment to supporting women,” said Caren Ulrich Stacy, OnRamp Fellowship founder.&nbsp; “As one of the first AmLaw 100 firms to have a woman managing partner, Jenner &amp; Block is now a trailblazer on another front, forging a new pathway back for women lawyers who took a break and want to return.”<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Women lawyers who are selected to participate in the Fellowship are provided with a partner advisor at Jenner &amp; Block, an external career counselor, unlimited online CLE through PLI, and a variety of training from experts in negotiations, oral advocacy, social media, technology, project management and business development.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> 10 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13476 http://jenner.com/library Lawrence Schaner Recognized in <i>Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration</i> <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/LawrenceSchaner">Lawrence S. Schaner</a> is recognized in the 2014 edition of the <em>Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration</em> published by Legal Media Group, which bills itself as “the international legal market’s leading guide to the top legal practitioners advising on commercial arbitration.”&nbsp; The <em>Guide</em> lists “individuals considered by clients and peers to be the best in their field.”&nbsp; It is updated every two years and is the result of an extensive research process that surveys more than 4,000 senior practitioners and in-house counsel involved in this practice area in more than 80 jurisdictions.&nbsp; The&nbsp; results are analyzed and screened, discussed and refined with the help of advisers.&nbsp; Larry has been included in the <em>Guide</em> continuously since 2009.</p> <p> Mr. Schaner is a litigatorand co-chair of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice. He has broad experience in complex commercial litigation and arbitration.&nbsp; He is the editor of <em>Dispute Resolution International</em>, the journal of the Dispute Resolution Section of the IBA, and the co-editor of the <em>IBA Arbitration Guide</em>, an introduction to the law and practice of arbitration in more than 50 countries.</p> 13 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13531 http://jenner.com/library Firm Observes “National Pro Bono Celebration Week,” Partner Lynn Grayson Co-Chairs Chicago Citywide Observance <p> The week of October 19 – 25, 2014, has been designated <a href="http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/">National Pro Bono Celebration Week</a> by the American Bar Association and Jenner &amp; Block’s Chicago and Washington, DC offices are marking the week with special activities.</p> <p> The national initiative began five years ago to focus the country’s attention on the ever-increasing need for pro bono services and to celebrate the outstanding work of lawyers who volunteer their services throughout the year.&nbsp; It is patterned on the Chicago Bar Association-Chicago Bar Foundation Pro Bono Week that, this year, celebrates its 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary.</p> <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/EGrayson">E. Lynn Grayson</a> is co-chair of the weeklong CBA-CBF citywide observance that will include numerous events, both social and educational.&nbsp; Among these, Jenner &amp; Block is hosting a “Breakfast With Judges” on October 24, 2014, co-sponsored by the Illinois Judges Association and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.&nbsp; Members of the judiciary, including Northern District of Illinois Chief Judge Ruben Castillo and Illinois Appellate Court Judge Michael Hyman (who, as CBA president in 2005, launched Chicago’s Pro Bono Week), will lead conversations about pro bono in the Chicago area, with small roundtable discussions offering attendees the opportunity to participate.&nbsp; Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will run from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.&nbsp; For additional information about all activities planned for the week and to register, please click <a href="http://www.chicagobar.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Pro_Bono_Week">here</a>.</p> <p> The firm’s DC office will “Go Casual for Justice” during Pro Bono Week.&nbsp; This “jeans day” fundraiser has become the largest source of funding for the DC Bar Foundation’s private loan repayment assistance program benefiting the District’s legal aid providers. &nbsp;All those who donate $5 or more to the cause are invited to wear jeans to work on Friday, October 24.&nbsp; For more information about the fundraiser, please click <a href="http://dcbarfoundation.org/supporting-justice/special-events/go-casual-for-justice">here</a>.&nbsp; For information about other events planned by the DC Bar Foundation in observance of the week, please click <a href="https://www.dcbar.org/about-the-bar/news/pro-bono-week.cfm">here</a>.</p> 17 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13539 http://jenner.com/library Partner Michelle McAtee Named a BisNow Chicago Power Woman in Real Estate <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/MichelleMcAtee">Michelle M. McAtee</a>&nbsp;has been recognized as one of Chicago’s Power Women in Real Estate by BisNow Media.&nbsp; Michelle was one of only two lawyers named to this prestigious list, which also includes a number of developers, architects, brokers and other real estate professionals.&nbsp; Michelle and the others selected to this list will be honored at a reception at the Trump Hotel in Chicago on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p> Ms. McAtee is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Real Estate Securities Practices and its Tenant-in-Common Workout Task Force.&nbsp; She was named a “Rising Star” in real estate law by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2011, 2012 and 2013. &nbsp;In 2011, she served as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Real Property Law Committee and is a member of Commercial Real Estate Executive Women Chicago.</p> <p> Click <a href="http://new.bisnow.com/admin/events/preview/86">here</a> for additional information about the event, including a full list of the individuals recognized for this award and how to register to attend.</p> 21 Oct 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13546