News Feed News Description Firm Represents Central American Women and Children Asylum-Seekers <p> Jenner &amp; Block is serving as co-counsel in a lawsuit filed August 22, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of 10 mothers and children who are being held, or were held, in a detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, after fleeing their Central American homelands to seek asylum in the United States.&nbsp; The suit challenges the federal government’s policies that deny a fair deportation process to the plaintiffs, who came here to escape the extreme violence, death threats, rape and persecution they faced in El Salvador and Honduras.</p> <p> The lawsuit alleges that federal authorities have erected various obstacles – including limiting access to attorneys, setting hearings without notice or time to prepare, failing to adequately advise asylum seekers of their rights, and applying a more stringent substantive standard for relief than the law allows – with the goal of rapidly deporting these asylum seekers.&nbsp; The lawsuit contends that this results-oriented expedited removal system, first implemented at the Artesia center when detentions began there at the end of June, violates the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and its implementing regulations, as well as the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.&nbsp;</p> <p> Partner <a href="">Matthew E. Price</a> is leading the firm’s team, which includes Partners <a href="">Gabriel A. Fuentes</a> (who spent three days interviewing detainees at the Artesia center, in preparation for the filing of the lawsuit) and <a href="">Lindsay C. Harrison</a> and Associates <a href="">Jason P. Hipp</a> and <a href="">Elliot S. Tarloff</a>.&nbsp; Co-counsel include the The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and National Immigration Law Center.</p> <p> The title of the case is <em>M.S.P.C., et al. v. Johnson, et al.</em>&nbsp; The situation at the Artesia facility and the filing of the lawsuit have been the subject of much media attention, including coverage by <a href="">Associated Press</a>, <em><a href="">Los Angeles Times</a></em>, <em><a href="">The New York Times</a></em> (including a <em><a href=";_r=0">NYTop-ed column</a></em>), <em><a href="">The Wall Street Journal</a></em>, <em><a href="">The Washington Post</a></em>&nbsp; and the <em><a href="">ABA Journal</a>.</em></p> 3 Sep 2014 Family Defense Center to Honor Louis Fogel <p> The Family Defense Center will honor Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Louis E. Fogel</a> at its Annual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, September 21, 2014, from 4-7:30 p.m. at The Mid-America Club, Aon Center, 200 E. Randolph Street, 80<sup>th</sup> Floor.&nbsp;</p> <p> Each year, the Family Defense Center honors individuals who, through their advocacy, have raised the bar for fairness, legal excellence or other service in defense of families in the child welfare system.&nbsp; Louis will receive the Center’s Community and Professional Service Award.&nbsp; When the Family Defense Center began its pro bono program in 2008, Louis was one of the first attorneys who offered to help establish a pro bono network of attorneys within Chicago law firms.&nbsp; Louis has since joined the Center’s Board of Directors, including serving as treasurer from 2010-2012; has taken on numerous pro bono matters; and continues to contribute significantly to the Center’s work.&nbsp; About his dedication, the Center wrote: “It began to seem like anytime the Center needed a law firm connection, especially shortly after the inception of the pro bono program, Louis would open doors. &nbsp;That role wasn’t limited to the firms where Louis worked. &nbsp;As a true advocate for the Center and its clients, Louis spread the word about the excellent work of the Center to colleagues, friends and neighbors. &nbsp;Louis took his role both seriously and in good humor and, despite a killer litigation schedule, he never stopped actively advocating for the Center.”</p> <p> The Center is the only charitable organization in the country that focuses its legal expertise on providing a wide range of strategies for families who must navigate child protection investigations that often lead to unjustified and traumatic family separations. &nbsp;The Center provides direct representation to families in Cook County and the collar counties through its award-winning staffed legal services and pro bono program, and it also provides policy advocacy to change systemic practices that hurt children and families. &nbsp;It helps attorneys throughout the United States win cases of national importance from representation in administrative proceedings to cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.</p> <p> Numerous firm lawyers have played an active role with the Family Defense Center. &nbsp;Along with Louis, Partner <a href="">Michael T. Brody </a>serves on the board.&nbsp; Associate<a href=""> Precious S. Jacobs</a> is active in its Young Professionals Network.&nbsp; Partner <a href="">Norman M. Hirsch</a> has been an active supporter. &nbsp;Lawyers at Jenner &amp; Block have handled administrative review hearings, circuit court cases, federal civil rights actions, state court injunctive proceedings and a host of individual actions.&nbsp;</p> <p> To read more about Louis and this honor, please <a href="">click here</a>.&nbsp;</p> 9 Sep 2014 Partner Rick Stone Named One of California’s Top 100 Lawyers by <i>Daily Journal</i> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> For the second year in a row, Partner <a href="">Richard L. Stone</a> has been named to the <em>Daily Journal's</em> list of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” honoring attorneys whose legal work changed the law, an industry or society in the last year.&nbsp; Mr. Stone is recognized in the practice areas of media and entertainment, antitrust and competition, trademark and advertising, and unfair competition.</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> A profile of Mr. Stone appeared in a special report in the September 10, 2014 issue of the publication.&nbsp; It highlights his representation of Fox in the “showdown” by it and other broadcasters against online streaming service Aereo, calling the U.S. Supreme Court win for the broadcasters in June “a major and hard fought victory for a television industry that has been rocked by emerging technologies.”</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> The article notes that Mr. Stone may have another case heading to the high court in Fox’s efforts to stop satellite cable provider Dish Network from showing Fox programming on-demand and online to subscribers, free of commercials.&nbsp; Mr. Stone told the <em>Daily Journal</em>, “There’s an issue whether skipping commercials is fair use if the copyright owner doesn’t own copyright of commercials but they’re necessary to the copyrighted programming.”</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> Mr. Stone also predicted more disputes between television and new media companies because “there’s money at stake and there’s a convergence technology.”&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> This recognition follows Mr. Stone’s being named a 2014 “Power Lawyer” by <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em> earlier this year for the third consecutive time, and a 2014 “Top Intellectual Property Litigator” by the <em>Daily Journal</em>, his second time to make that list.</p> 12 Sep 2014 Firm Represents Archer Daniels Midland Company in Sale of Global Chocolate Business <p> On September 2, 2014, firm client Archer Daniels Midland Company announced its agreement to sell its global chocolate business to Cargill for $440 million, subject to a customary working-capital adjustment.&nbsp; The proposed sale is expected to close during the first half of 2015, subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions.&nbsp; Jenner &amp; Block is representing ADM in the transaction.</p> <p> Included in the sale are chocolate manufacturing operations located in Hazleton, Pennsylvania; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Georgetown, Ontario; Liverpool, U.K.; Manage, Belgium; and Mannheim, Germany. Approximately 700 employees will transfer to Cargill with the sale.&nbsp; ADM supplies customers around the world with its cocoa ingredients from the company’s cocoa operations in Mississauga, Ontario; Koog aan de Zaan and Wormer, Netherlands; Mannheim, Germany; Ilhéus, Brazil; Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; Kumasi, Ghana; and Singapore.&nbsp; With more than 270 processing plants, 470 crop procurement facilities, and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM helps connect the harvest to the home in more than 140 countries.</p> <p> The Jenner &amp; Block team representing ADM includes Partners <a href="">Joseph P. Gromacki,</a> <a href="">Mercedes M. Hill</a> and <a href="">Peter H. Rosenbaum</a>; Associates <a href="">Matthew R. Kopp</a>, <a href="">Tamara T. McClatchey</a>, <a href="">Christopher J. Fisher</a>, <a href="">Benjamin Joseph Sauer</a> and <a href="">Stephen M. Woodcock</a>. &nbsp;Partner <a href="">Adam Petravicius</a> assisted on intellectual property matters; Partner <a href="">S. Tony Ling</a> on employee benefits matters; Partner <a href="">Geoffrey M. Davis</a> and Associate Leah G. Beitner on tax matters; Partner <a href="">Donald I. Resnick</a>, Of Counsel <a href="">Vito M. Pacione</a> and Associate <a href="">Kristen M. Boike</a> on real estate matters; and Partner <a href="">E. Lynn Grayson</a> and Associate<a href=""> Genevieve J. Essig</a> on environmental matters.</p> 12 Sep 2014 Partner Vince Lazar and Firm Team to be Honored by American Liver Foundation <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Vincent E. Lazar</a> is the American Liver Foundation’s (ALF) 2014 “Flavors of Chicago Community Honoree.” &nbsp;Vince and a firm team that includes Partners <a href="">Jason M. Casella</a> and <a href="">Andrew J. Olejnik</a>, Associate <a href="">Matthew C. Carter</a> and Of Counsel <a href="">Emma J. Sullivan</a> will be recognized at ALF’s signature Chicago-area gala on September 22, 2014, in appreciation of pro bono legal services it has been providing to the foundation since 2006.&nbsp;</p> <p> The American Liver Foundation was created in 1976.&nbsp; Its mission is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.&nbsp; It is the leading source of information on liver health and liver disease, including helping to connect individuals with liver disease to financial assistance resources they may need.&nbsp;</p> <p> The Jenner &amp; Block team’s work for ALF is one example of the vital pro bono representation that the firm provides on non-litigation matters, contributing hundreds of hours of legal services each year that are invaluable in helping nonprofits continue their important work.</p> 16 Sep 2014 Firm Represents Brown Jordan in Acquisition Financing of Tropitone <p> Jenner &amp; Block represented Brown Jordan International in financing matters related to Brown Jordan’s acquisition of Tropitone Furniture Co., Inc. &nbsp;Brown Jordan owns and operates companies that serve the indoor and outdoor furniture industries. The company offers a wide range of furniture products and accessories under various brands.&nbsp; The acquisition combines leading providers of outdoor casual furniture with the retail and hospitality markets into a company generating consolidated net sales of nearly $400 million.&nbsp; The combined company will be headquartered in Florida.&nbsp; News of the acquisition was reported in the <em><a href="">Miami Herald</a></em> and <em><a href="">Furniture World</a></em>, among other outlets. The team representing Brown Jordan in the financing matterswas led by Partners <a href="">Elizabeth A. Davidson</a> and <a href="">Mercedes M. Hill</a> and included Partners <a href="">Geoffrey M. Davis,</a><strong> </strong><a href="">S. Tony Ling</a>, <a href="">Donald I. Resnick</a> and<strong> </strong><a href="">Steven M. Siros</a>;<strong> </strong>Of Counsel<strong> </strong><a href="">Vito M. Pacione</a><strong>; </strong>Associate <a href="">Benjamin J. Sauer</a>; and legal assistant Jon C. Sims.</p> 16 Sep 2014 Jenner & Block Mourns the Death of Partner Jerry J. Burgdoerfer <p> Jenner&nbsp;&amp; Block mourns the untimely passing of our esteemed partner, colleague and friend Jerry J. Burgdoerfer, on September 17, 2014.&nbsp; He was 56 years old.</p> <p> Jerry, a graduate of Indiana University (BS 1980) (JD 1983, <em>cum laude</em>) (MBA 1983),&nbsp;began practicing&nbsp;law at&nbsp;Jenner &amp; Block in&nbsp;1989.&nbsp;&nbsp;Throughout his career at Jenner &amp; Block, he played an important role across many different sectors of the firm.&nbsp; He was co-chair of the firm's Securities Practice and&nbsp;Transactional Cross-Border Practice&nbsp;and a&nbsp;member of the&nbsp;Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Practices.&nbsp; Jerry was particularly important to helping to develop the firm’s Japan Practice, having spent two years in Tokyo in the early 1990s&nbsp;working on international transactions with the Mori Sogo Law Offices (now Mori Hamada &amp; Matsumoto), one of the largest law firms in Japan. &nbsp;He was one of the founders of the firm’s LGBT Forum. &nbsp;And, in 2010, he was one of five partners selected to receive the firm’s inaugural Associates Committee Mentorship Award.</p> <p> Managing Partner <a href="">Terrence J. Truax</a> said, “The Jenner &amp; Block family is deeply saddened by Jerry’s death. He was a talented lawyer,&nbsp;a trusted counselor, and a wonderful&nbsp;friend,&nbsp;role&nbsp;model and&nbsp;mentor to many. &nbsp;He&nbsp;will be greatly missed.”</p> <p> Jerry’s practice spanned a variety of disciplines in the corporate transactions arena.&nbsp; He represented clients across the world in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, securities offerings,&nbsp;restructurings and joint ventures. He was consistently recognized by&nbsp;legal publications such as&nbsp;<em>Illinois Super Lawyers</em>&nbsp;and the <em>Leading Lawyers Network</em> <em>Magazine</em> for his&nbsp;acumen&nbsp;in these areas, both domestically and internationally.&nbsp;&nbsp;In 2010, Jerry was selected to serve&nbsp;on the first Corporate Governance Advisory Board for Ketchum, Inc., one of the largest corporate communications agencies in the world. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Jerry’s commitment to his clients and his practice were not the only things that distinguished him at the firm.&nbsp; His generosity of time, intellect and talent&nbsp;were reflected in&nbsp;his public service. &nbsp;In 2013,&nbsp;Jerry was a recipient of Indiana University’s “Distinguished Alumni Award”&nbsp;in recognition of his&nbsp;career achievements and&nbsp;his substantial and significant&nbsp;contributions&nbsp;to the university, the legal profession, organizations furthering diversity and equality and the community-at-large.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> A memorial service for Jerry is being planned, and details regarding that service will be published when finalized.&nbsp; In the interim, Jerry’s family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to the &quot;The Jerry Burgdoerfer Memorial Scholarship Fund&quot; at his alma mater, Indiana University School of Law.&nbsp; Checks should be made payable to the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and mailed to the following address – Office of Development,&nbsp;211 S. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405.&nbsp; If individuals would like to make their gift by credit card, they can contact Lisa Hosey at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> 18 Sep 2014 ジェリー・J・バーグドーファー弁護士が急逝致しました <p> 2014年9月17日、ジェナー&amp;ブロックのパートナーであるジェリー・J・バーグドーファー弁護士が、急逝致しました。56歳でした。</p> <p> バーグドーファー弁護士は、インディアナ大学卒業後(1980年BD、1983年JD、1983年MBA)、1989年からジェナー&amp;ブロックで執務を開始しました。同弁護士は、当事務所での執務期間を通じて、当事務所の証券法プラクティスグループ、及び、会社法及びM&amp;Aプラクティスグループの共同代表弁護士を務めるなど、非常に多くの重要な役割を果たしました。また、1990年代前半に、日本の最大手事務所の一つである森綜合法律事務所(現森・濱田松本法律事務所)で2年間に渡り国際取引案件に従事し、当事務所の日本プラクティスの発展に大きく貢献しました。また、2010年には、当事務所のアソシエイト委員会メンターシップ賞も受賞しました。</p> <p> バーグドーファー弁護士は、様々な会社法取引案件に従事しました。合併及び買収、プライベート・エクイティ取引、証券募集、会社再編、合弁事業案件等において、世界中のクライアントを代理しました。同弁護士は、イリノイ州スーパースター誌やリーディング・ロイヤーズ・ネットワーク誌等において、繰り返し高い評価を受けました。2010年には、世界最大の企業コミュニケーション機関であるキェッチャム社の初代コーポレート・ガバナンス諮問委員会の委員にも選ばれました。</p> <p> また、バーグドーファー弁護士は、公益活動にも非常に熱心に取り組みました。2013年には、大学、法曹、多様性及び平等を促進するための組織への多大な貢献が高く評価され、インディアナ大学から「優秀卒業生賞」を受賞しました。</p> <p> バーグドーファー弁護士の告別式の詳細については、決定次第追ってご連絡致します。バーグドーファー弁護士の家族は、弔花の代わりに、同弁護士の母校であるインディアナ大学ロースクールの「ジェリー・バーグドーファー・メモリアル奨学基金」にご献金頂くことを希望しています。小切手でのご献金をご希望される場合には、インディアナ大学ロースクール(住所はOffice of Development,&nbsp;211 S. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405となります)宛にご送付ください。クレジットカードでのご献金をご希望される場合には、リサ・ホーゼイ<a href=""></a>までご連絡ください。</p> 18 Sep 2014 Lindsay Harrison Named a “Rising Star” by <i>National Law Journal</i> <p> <em>The National Law Journal </em>has named Partner <a href="">Lindsay C. Harrison</a> a <a href="">“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=""><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 Craig Martin Recognized in Law Bulletin’s “40 Under Forty Hall of Fame” <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">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="">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 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="">Donald I. Resnick</a>, Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice, and included Partner <a href="">Donald S. Horvath</a> and Associate <a href="">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