News Feed News Description Reena Bajowala named a 2015 Womenetics POW! Award Recipient <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Reena Bajowala</a> is one of 10 Chicago recipients of the 2015 Womenetics POW!&nbsp; Award honoring purposeful women.&nbsp; She will receive her award on March 25, 2015, at a reception at the Metropolitan Club in Chicago in addition to being featured on Womenetics’ website for her work.</p> <p> The POW! Award is a unique and highly regarded designation that honors women who are corporate or entrepreneurial business leaders as well as non-profit, academic and public policy trailblazers.&nbsp; Womenetics presents the awards annually to recipients in Atlanta and Chicago, selecting honorees based on career accomplishments, community involvement and philanthropy.</p> <p> Reena, a partner in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, has handled a variety of complex commercial litigation matters involving financial transactions, consumer fraud, corporate reorganization and benefits plans.&nbsp; She is an experienced trial attorney who recently served as first chair on two federal trials. &nbsp;A member of the Class Action, Technology Litigation and ERISA Litigation Practices, Reena regularly counsels and defends employers and service providers in federal actions involving defined contribution, defined benefit, employer stock option, short-term disability and other ERISA-governed plans.</p> <p> She has been actively involved in efforts to foster diversity in the legal profession throughout her career.&nbsp; Reena serves on the firm’s Diversity &amp; Inclusion Committee and is one of the founders of the firm’s Mother Circle.&nbsp;</p> <p> In 2014, she received a &nbsp;“Most Powerful &amp; Influential Woman Award” from the Illinois Diversity Council.&nbsp; She is a 2013 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. &nbsp;</p> <p> In addition to the demands of her busy practice, Reena devotes an extraordinary amount of time to pro bono work and is active in organizations that reflect her priorities.&nbsp; Her example inspires and motivates others.&nbsp; For example, she devoted an extraordinary 3,360+ hours to stop the City of Joliet, Illinois, from using eminent domain as an end-run around the Fair Housing Act. &nbsp;After 95 days of trial, she struck a settlement that should preserve fair housing for hundreds of low-income residents.&nbsp;</p> <p> Founded in 2009 in Atlanta, Womenetics provides content, programs and services to advance women as leaders.&nbsp; Recognized by <em>Forbes</em> magazine’s Top 100 Website for Women, it is now a globally recognized destination for its unique gender lens perspective on topics about women’s leadership and business.</p> 2 Jan 2015 Jenner & Block Announces New Partners for 2015 <p> Effective January 1, 2015, Jenner &amp; Block elected 13 lawyers to its partnership from offices across the firm’s national platform.</p> <p> “We are proud to announce our 2015 class of partners, an exceptionally talented and diverse group of lawyers from across our firm’s national platform,” Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax said.&nbsp; “The 13 attorneys – eight women and five men – support a variety of the firm’s practice areas, including Complex Commercial Litigation, White Collar Defense and Investigations, Government Contracts, Appellate, Real Estate and Environmental.&nbsp; The election of this talented group reaffirms our firm’s unbending commitment to each of our clients to deliver excellence at every turn.”</p> <p> The new partners are:</p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Kristen M. Boike</strong></a></p> <p> Kristen’s practice involves a wide array of transactional real estate matters; in particular, she has had significant experience with commercial leasing, acquisitions and dispositions, sale leaseback transactions, commercial real estate loans, development and redevelopment projects, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and private placement memoranda.&nbsp; She is also well versed in issues relating to green and sustainable buildings and has written and presented on such topics<em>.</em>&nbsp; Kristen has been a member of numerous multidisciplinary firm teams representing key clients in a variety of transactions, including representing General Motors in its Section 363 sale of assets and subsequent securing of a five-year $5 billion senior revolving credit facility, both key to the success of the company’s historic IPO in 2010.&nbsp; Most recently, Kristen provided real estate counsel as part of a $440 million sale by Archer Daniels Midland of its global chocolate business.&nbsp; She also has an active pro bono practice, including recently providing legal assistance in connection with construction of a new domestic violence shelter on Chicago’s southwest side and a community center/familyplex for underserved youth and families on the city’s west side.&nbsp; Kristen is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an article editor for the <em>University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform</em>, a research director for the Voting Rights Initiative of the Election Law Project, and participated in the Urban Communities Clinic.</p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Matthew D. Cipolla</strong></a></p> <p> Matt represents corporations and individuals in criminal and regulatory matters, including before the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and New York State and local prosecutors’ offices, as well as provides counsel for attendant civil litigations.&nbsp; He conducts internal investigations and monitorships and represents corporations in complex commercial litigations.&nbsp; Matt also maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included representing individual criminal defendants in federal and state court, including successfully obtaining a below-Guidelines sentence in the Eastern District of New York and the dismissal of all charges for an individual criminally indicted by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.&nbsp; He most recently secured a reversal of a conviction for an individual found to have committed various environmental law violations in the Northern District of New York on grounds of improper exclusion of evidence and prosecutorial misconduct.&nbsp; In 2014, he was awarded the Albert E. Jenner pro bono award, and in 2010, he was recognized with a Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality for his representation of LGBT asylum applicants.&nbsp; Matt graduated <em>cum laude</em> from Harvard Law School, where he served as editor for the <em>Harvard Journal on Legislation</em>.</p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Melissa A. Cox</strong></a></p> <p> Melissa is a litigator who focuses primarily in the area of commercial litigation.&nbsp; She has experience representing clients in a wide range of matters, including breach of contract, fraud, business torts, and insurance coverage suits before courts at all levels throughout the country.&nbsp; She also counsels corporate clients on their obligations under federal and state privacy laws.&nbsp; In 2014, <em>Super Lawyers</em> named Melissa a “Washington, D.C. Rising Star” and the National LGBT Bar Association honored her as one of the “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.”&nbsp; She has a vibrant pro bono practice, including securing an appellate victory and habeas relief for an inmate before the Seventh Circuit.&nbsp; Melissa earned her law degree from Yale Law School.&nbsp; Before law school, she completed masters degrees at the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford.</p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Elizabeth A. Edmondson</strong></a></p> <p> Elizabeth focuses her practice on counseling clients in complex contractual disputes, particularly in the manufacturing sector, and litigating disputes involving sophisticated financial products and services, including in actions involving securities fraud and breach of contract.&nbsp; She has represented clients at every stage of litigation, including in eight trials and arbitrations.&nbsp; She has delivered opening and closing statements in federal court, and conducted multiple direct and cross examinations in court and arbitration.&nbsp; Elizabeth was a member of the team that won a record-breaking $431 million FINRA arbitration award for STMicroelectronics N.V. and then helped defend that award before the Second Circuit.&nbsp; In her pro bono work, she has devoted substantial time to vindicating the right of prisoners to receive adequate medical care.&nbsp; In one such action, Elizabeth helped obtain a substantial settlement for an inmate who had suffered from an untreated brain tumor.&nbsp; In addition, she has represented a client in a successful bid to avoid deportation and drafted briefs before federal appellate courts on behalf of individuals and non-profit organizations.&nbsp; Before joining Jenner &amp; Block, Elizabeth completed a clerkship with the Honorable Reena Raggi, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.&nbsp; She graduated <em>cum laude</em> from Harvard Law School, where she served as articles editor for the <em>Harvard Law Review</em> and was on the winning team of the Ames Moot Court Competition.</p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Casey T. Grabenstein</strong></a></p> <p> Casey represents clients in a broad range of litigation matters, including class actions and has experience in all phases of litigation.&nbsp; He particularly focuses in the area of health care litigation and has represented a large health insurance company in a number of disputes with providers and hospitals and a major health insurance association in a putative nationwide class action.&nbsp; Casey routinely defends product manufacturers, distributors and retailers in nationwide product liability matters, including serving as national counsel for a major automobile manufacturer and defending large companies in product liability cases across the country.&nbsp; He also has defended several consumer fraud and securities class actions.&nbsp; In 2014, Casey was recognized as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by <em>Illinois Super Lawyers</em>.&nbsp; In addition, Casey maintains an active pro bono practice.&nbsp; He has first-chaired multiple federal jury trials, argued in the Seventh Circuit and served as lead counsel in an immigration trial that resulted in asylum for his client from Tanzania.&nbsp; He currently represents a client in post-trial death penalty proceedings.&nbsp; Casey has served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Law School, teaching Pre-Trial Legal Interviews and Investigations.&nbsp; He is a <em>summa cum laude</em> and Order of the Coif graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a member of the <em>University of Illinois Law Review</em>, a Harno Scholar and received the Rickert Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement and the CALI Award for Introduction to Intellectual Property.</p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Nancy C. Jacobson</strong></a></p> <p> Nancy has extensive experience in internal investigations and corporate compliance.&nbsp; She has worked on global compliance reviews involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as investigations of potential fraud, money laundering and theft of intellectual property.&nbsp; She advises clients on corporate compliance programs and has drafted compliance materials for publicly held and private corporate clients.&nbsp; Nancy has also represented clients in civil litigation involving claims of tort, breach of contract, product liability, legal malpractice, misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition.&nbsp; <em>Illinois Super Lawyers</em> recognized Nancy as a “Rising Star” in the practice areas of Professional Responsibility: Defense in 2012 and 2013 and Criminal Defense: White Collar in 2014.&nbsp; Nancy received her J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where, before attending law school, she had worked in the Office of the College Dean of Students.&nbsp; She remains actively involved with the university and with issues related to education and education law.&nbsp; Nancy has also served on the boards of Congregation K.A.M. Isaiah Israel and the Ancona School, an independent private school for children ages 3 through 8<sup>th</sup>&nbsp; grade, where she is currently an honorary trustee.</p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Kelly M. Morrison</strong></a></p> <p> Kelly concentrates on complex civil litigation, arbitration, and appellate matters, with a focus on class action defense.&nbsp; She has been a key member of the defense team for dozens of consumer and employment class action lawsuits, achieving dismissals at the pleading stage and denials of class certification.&nbsp; In addition to her deep experience disposing of cases in early proceedings, Kelly has trial and arbitration hearing experience.&nbsp; She has also handled a number of appellate matters and has argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals.&nbsp;&nbsp;Kelly has worked on a variety of pro bono matters, including immigration cases, pre-trial proceedings following the grant of a new trial in a capital habeas matter and a challenge to California’s lethal injection protocol.&nbsp; In 2014, <em>Southern California Super Lawyers</em> recognized her as “Rising Star” in business litigation.&nbsp; She has substantial experience with international clients and a background in international law, including a Master of Arts in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.&nbsp; Kelly earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.</p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Rachel S. Morse</strong></a></p> <p> Rachel has significant experience litigating in a variety of substantive areas, including intellectual property disputes, business torts, and contract disputes.&nbsp; She was a member of a firm team that secured a $101.7 million jury verdict for the client, an S&amp;P 500 healthcare real estate investment trust, in a three-week federal jury trial.&nbsp; According to <em>The National Law Journal</em>, the verdict was among the top 20 largest verdicts of 2009 and the largest that year for a case of tortious interference with a business expectation.&nbsp; <em>Law360</em> highlighted the case as an example of one of the largest verdicts won in recent years in plaintiff-side representation by law firms that typically represent the defense side in commercial litigation.&nbsp; In 2011, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals not only upheld the jury’s award, but also reversed and remanded the district court’s decision that the firm’s client could not seek punitive damages, eventually leading to a settlement that added $125 million to the jury’s verdict.&nbsp; In 2013 and 2014, Rachel was named a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by <em>Illinois Super Lawyers</em>.&nbsp; Rachel’s pro bono efforts include assisting victims of domestic violence who are seeking emergency and plenary orders of protection.&nbsp; She also has worked closely with the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission to assist and advise the Illinois Supreme Court in regard to the acquisition, collection, documentation and preservation of the historic aspects of buildings, objects, artifacts, documents and information relating to the Illinois judiciary.&nbsp; A member of the firm’s Hiring Committee (Chicago), Rachel received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2007.</p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Coral A. Negron</strong></a></p> <p> Coral’s practice focuses on internal investigations and corporate compliance.&nbsp; She has significant experience in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including conducting compliance monitorships and due diligence reviews, and in conducting internal investigations.&nbsp; She writes regularly on litigation topics and is an author of Jenner &amp; Block’s FCPA Business Guide 2014.&nbsp; A <em>summa cum laude</em> graduate of Hillsdale college, Coral received her law degree from Harvard Law School.&nbsp; After graduating from law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href=""><strong>David P. Saunders</strong></a></p> <p> David concentrates his practice on complex contractual litigation and since 2007 has been representing mortgage originators and depositors in lawsuits related to their sale and securitization of mortgage loans.&nbsp; He helps these companies assess their risk, defending them against securities, common law tort and contract claims.&nbsp; David also counsels Fortune 100 companies and small businesses on their HIPAA, HITECH, GLBA and state law privacy obligations and is experienced in creating and updating privacy policies as well as handling the repercussions of a data breach.&nbsp; He also has significant experience arbitrating cases before the American Arbitration Association and in other forums.&nbsp; In 2013 and 2014, he was recognized as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by<em>Illinois Super Lawyers</em>.&nbsp; With an active pro bono practice, David has represented inmates in several actions in state and federal court, including argument before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.&nbsp; He also volunteers at Cabrini Green legal aid, where he serves as the vice-chair of the Board of Directors.&nbsp; A graduate of the University of Chicago, he received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.</p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Damien C. Specht</strong></a></p> <p> Damien is co-chair of the firm’s Government Contracts Corporate Transactions Group.&nbsp; In that role, he has led government contracts efforts in transactions for clients such as General Dynamics, Metalmark Capital and W.W. Grainger, Inc.&nbsp; In addition to representing clients in all facets of government contracts mergers and acquisitions, he has experience in a wide variety of government contracts matters, including Federal Acquisition Regulation counseling, negotiation of subcontracts and teaming agreements, contract disputes, size protests, and both pre- and post-award bid protests.&nbsp; A recognized leader on small business issues, Damien is co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Small Business &amp; Other Socioeconomic Programs Committee and has testified about small business procurement issues before the United States House of Representatives.&nbsp; He was also named a Washington, DC “Rising Star” in Government Contracts by <em>Super Lawyers</em> in 2014.&nbsp; Damien graduated with High Honors from The George Washington University Law School (Order of the Coif), where he served as a member of the <em>Public Contract Law Journal</em>.</p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Allison A. Torrence</strong></a></p> <p> Allison has significant experience in environmental litigation, working on cases involving toxic torts, CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, among other matters.&nbsp; She advises clients on a variety of workplace health and safety issues, including dealing with state and federal regulators following workplace injuries and inspections.&nbsp; She represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes relating to environmental issues and counsels clients on a variety of regulatory compliance matters arising under state and federal regulatory schemes.&nbsp; Allison also uses her experience to aid clients in environmental, health and safety audits and in performing environmental due diligence for complex corporate transactions.&nbsp; In 2014, <em>Illinois Super Lawyers</em> recognized her as a “Rising Star.”&nbsp; The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association also honored her with the David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service for her work on the Environmental Law Committee.&nbsp; Allison earned her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and her undergraduate degree, with distinction, from the University of Michigan.</p> <p> <a href=""><strong>Adam G. Unikowsky</strong></a></p> <p> Adam is a litigator who has been involved in numerous patent cases involving a wide range of computer and electrical engineering technologies.&nbsp; He also has significant experience in appellate, government contracts, telecommunications, copyright, insurance, antitrust, bankruptcy, energy, defamation and complex commercial litigation and has participated in cases in numerous federal courts, state courts and arbitral tribunals.&nbsp; He maintains an active pro bono practice, including having prevailed in a Seventh Circuit appeal in which he secured habeas relief for a prison inmate and then successfully handled the inmate’s re-sentencing.&nbsp; Adam has served as a law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.&nbsp; Adam earned his law degree, <em>magna cum laude,</em> from Harvard Law School, where he was articles co-chair of the <em>Harvard Law Review</em>.&nbsp; He earned his M.Eng. and his S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.</p> 6 Jan 2015 Jenner & Block Named to <i>National Law Journal</i> Pro Bono Hot List <p> Jenner &amp; Block was recently named to <em>The</em> <em>National Law Journal’</em>s “Pro Bono Hot List,” one of only 10 firms nationwide to receive this honor.&nbsp; Noting that as “law firms continue to expand their services globally, so too have their pro bono programs,” the <em>NLJ</em>’s “<a href="">Special Report</a>” focuses on the firm’s representation of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda.&nbsp; The village, which opened in 2008, is home to 500 orphaned and otherwise vulnerable Rwandan youth; ASYV’s mission is to enable them to realize their maximum potential.</p> <p> In the summer of 2013, <a href="">the firm began representing ASYV</a> in an unprecedented project that is now bringing much-needed electricity, powered through solar energy,&nbsp;to a million Rwandans – while generating income that will make ASYV financially self-sustaining.&nbsp; The article notes that the transaction was the brainchild of Partner <a href="">Patrick J. Trostle</a> and the late Anne Heyman, the youth village’s co-founder.&nbsp; A multidisciplinary team of 22 Jenner &amp; Block attorneys advised ASYV on the complicated deal, which involved leasing approximately 20 acres of its 144-acre campus to Dutch energy company Gigawatt Global, for the building of an 8.5 megawatt solar plant.</p> <p> Mr. Trostle told the <em>NLJ</em>, “We really had to create the documents from whole cloth.”&nbsp; This included closing, land lease and investment documents that followed Rwandan real estate law, which is very different from U.S. law.&nbsp; The team consulted with Rwandan counsel to confirm that the deal would work.</p> <p> Danielle Burenstein, the village’s executive director, told the publication, “We simply could not have executed the deal without them.”</p> <p> Late Jenner &amp; Block partner Jerry J. Burgdoerfer was a key member of the team.&nbsp; Other members of the firm’s core team included Partners <a href="">Carter H. Klein</a> and <a href="">Michelle M. McAtee</a>, as well as Associates <a href="">Natalie K. Orpett</a> and <a href="">Marc A. Roualet</a>.&nbsp; Partners <a href="">Donald I. Resnick</a>, <a href="">Lawrence S. Schaner</a> and <a href="">Geoffrey M. Davis</a> and Associates <a href="">Joseph D. Kline</a> and <a href="">Jared S. Manes</a> also made valuable contributions.</p> <p> The <em>NLJ</em>’s recognition of the firm’s pro bono efforts once again underscores the unwavering commitment to Jenner &amp; Block’s core values and continuing efforts toward helping those most in need not only locally, but even across the world.&nbsp;</p> 5 Jan 2015 Firm Wins Victory for Former Government Employees in Long-Running Dispute <p> Jenner &amp; Blocka victory for a group of Commerce Department employees who sued under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.&nbsp; The legal battle began almost 20 years ago when the first administrative class complaint alleging racial discrimination was brought against the Department.&nbsp; In 2005, after spending more than a decade in the administrative process without a final decision, the employees filed suit in federal court.&nbsp; In 2012, a district court granted the Department’s motion to dismiss the case, agreeing that although the lawsuit was timely under Title VII’s statute of limitations, a general six-year statute of limitations applying to civil suits against the government had run out. &nbsp;The firm served as court-appointed amicus supporting the employees on appeal.&nbsp; On January 6, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the lower court had erred and remanded the case back to the court, holding that the six-year statute of limitations for civil claims filed against the government does not apply to Title VII suits brought by federal employees.&nbsp; In an article in <a href=""><em>Law360</em></a>, Associate <a href="">Elizabeth Bullock</a>, who argued the case, is quoted saying the next step rests with the Department of Justice and whether it will seek review by the full D.C. Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court.&nbsp; News of the D.C. Circuit’s decision was also reported in <a href="">Bloomberg BNA</a> and in <em>Law360</em>’s “<a href="">Legal Lions &amp; Lambs</a>” column in which the government is described as a “legal lamb” due to the resurrection of the complaint. Others on the team include Partners <a href="">David W. DeBruin</a> and <a href="">Matthew S. Hellman</a>.</p> 6 Jan 2015 Firm Wins Victory for Warner Brothers when Supreme Court Declines to Take Trademark Suit <p> Jenner &amp; Block won a victory for client Warner Bros. in a trademark dispute over a fictional computer program featured in the blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.&nbsp; On January 12, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the decision of the Seventh Circuit affirming the dismissal of a lawsuit, filed in 2012 by software maker Fortres Grand Corp.&nbsp; The company manufactures a software application called “Clean Slate,” which is also the name of a program featured in the movie.&nbsp; In dismissing the suit, the Courts below held that consumers would not confuse a computer program with a Hollywood movie.&nbsp; The team representing Warner Bros. includes Partners <a href="">Andrew H. Bart</a> and <a href="">Andrew J. Thomas</a> and Associates <a href="">Lisa J. Kohn</a> and <a href="">Kate T. Spelman</a>. &nbsp;News of the Court’s decision was reported in<strong><em><a href=""> </a></em></strong><em><a href="">Law360</a></em><strong>.</strong></p> <h3> &nbsp;</h3> 12 Jan 2015 Partner Lawrence S. Schaner Selected for Inclusion in 2015 <i>International Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration</i> <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Lawrence S. Schaner</a> is recognized in <em>The International Who’s Who of Arbitration 2015</em>, a directory of 733 leading practitioners from 86 countries, as determined by Who’s Who Legal’s independent research.&nbsp; &nbsp;Larry is one of only three Illinois attorneys included in the directory.&nbsp; <em>The</em> <em>International Who’s Who of Arbitration 2015 </em>was published in November.</p> <p> Larry is co-chair of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice.&nbsp; He represents companies in cross-border disputes frequently decided by international arbitration tribunals.&nbsp; He also acts as an arbitrator in international and domestic cases.&nbsp; A sought-after speaker and author, Larry is the editor of <em>Dispute Resolution International</em>, the journal of the Dispute Resolution Section of the IBA, and of the <em>IBA Arbitration Guide</em>, an introduction to the law and practice of arbitration in more than 50 countries. &nbsp;Larry is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches a course on international arbitration.&nbsp;</p> 14 Jan 2015 Prominent Privacy Attorney Joins Jenner & Block <p> Jenner &amp; Block LLP is pleased to announce that <a href="">Heidi L. Wachs</a> has joined the firm as special counsel in the Privacy and Information Governance Practice.&nbsp; Based in the firm’s D.C. office, Ms. Wachs supports a growing practice that helps clients worldwide ensure the privacy and integrity of their sensitive information.&nbsp; Led by Practice Chair <a href="">Mary Ellen Callahan</a>, former chief privacy officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a recognized thought leader on privacy issues, the firm’s privacy practice offers in-depth counsel on substantive and cutting-edge privacy and data security issues.</p> <p> “Heidi’s addition marks an important step forward for this practice in expanding our service to a broader range of clients,” said Ms. Callahan, who served in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2009 until joining the firm and founding the practice in 2012. “Heidi’s reputation as a recognized leader in privacy, breach response and data security compliance will help clients navigate a burgeoning array of issues.”</p> <p> The addition of Ms. Wachs, a former chief privacy officer at Georgetown University, further enhances the firm’s capabilities of supporting clients in the education space, among other sectors.</p> <p> Ms. Wachs comes to Jenner &amp; Block after serving most recently as an analyst for the identity and privacy strategies team with Gartner for Technical Professionals, where she researched, published and presented on issues of privacy and technology.&nbsp; Before that, Ms. Wachs founded and developed Georgetown’s privacy program, serving as the institution’s first chief privacy officer and director of IT policy from 2007 to 2012.</p> <p> Ms. Wachs received her J.D. from the Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.&nbsp; She is a certified information privacy professional.</p> 14 Jan 2015 Partner Catherine Steege Argues High-Profile Bankruptcy Case before Supreme Court <p> On January 14, 2015, Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Catherine L. Steege</a> presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in the high-profile dispute of <em>Wellness International Network Ltd. v. Sharif</em>.&nbsp; The Court’s decision could clarify the powers of nearly 1,000 federal bankruptcy court judges, a group whose constitutional authority has come into question since a 2011 Supreme Court decision involving the late Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith.&nbsp; That case, <em>Stern v. Marshall</em>, caused confusion over the authority of bankruptcy judges to issue final orders. &nbsp;The appeal in <em>Wellness</em> stems from the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of Chicago resident Richard Sharif.&nbsp; The firm represents Wellness, a company to which Sharif owed a half-million dollars.&nbsp; Wellness sued Sharif in bankruptcy court, arguing that assets that Mr. Sharif claimed were in a family trust actually were owned by him and should be used to pay off his debts.&nbsp; The bankruptcy court entered a default judgment denying Sharif’s discharge and finding that the assets in question were a part of the bankruptcy estate and the&nbsp;Northern District of Illinois affirmed the judgment.&nbsp; The Seventh Circuit, however, sided with Sharif, ruling that the bankruptcy court did not have the constitutional authority to decide whether the property in question belonged to the bankruptcy estate because the dispute involved subsidiary state law issues.&nbsp; In addition to this question, a second issue before the Court on Wednesday was whether Article III permits the exercise of judicial power by the bankruptcy courts on the basis of litigant consent, and if so, whether implied consent based on a litigant’s conduct is sufficient to satisfy Article III. &nbsp;Other members of the Wellness team include Partners <a href="">Barry Levenstam</a>, <a href="">Matthew S. Hellman</a> and <a href="">Melissa M. Root </a>and Associates&nbsp;<a href="">Ishan K. Bhabha</a> and <a href="">Landon S. Raiford</a>. &nbsp;Media outlets reporting on Wednesday’s arguments before the Court included <a href=""><em>Law360</em></a> and <a href=""><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>.</p> 14 Jan 2015 <i>Law360</i> Honors Bankruptcy Practice as a Bankruptcy Practice of the Year <p> Jenner &amp; Block’s Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization Practice has been named among <em>Law360</em>’s Bankruptcy Practice Groups of the Year.&nbsp; Noting that the practice has a “four-decade history” and has had a “prominent role in several of the largest recent cases” such as the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and the General Motors Section 363 sale in connection with its Chapter 11 reorganization, <em>Law360</em> focused on the group’s 2014 successes that included protecting benefits for nearly 50,000 American Airlines Corp. retirees, winning $272 million in damages for Emerald Casino’s estate and convincing the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a landmark dispute.&nbsp; In <em>Law360</em>’s <a href="">profile of the practice</a>, Chairman <a href="">Daniel R. Murray</a> describes the group as being on the vanguard of the practice area.&nbsp; “What's exciting about the bankruptcy practice is that you find yourself on the cutting edge of the law in a variety of areas,” Dan says. &nbsp;The profile describes the practice’s leading role in <em>Wellness International et al. v. Sharif</em>, which was recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.&nbsp; Partner <a href="">Catherine L. Steege</a>, who argued the case for Wellness International, is quoted observing that “the decision in this case could significantly impact the scope of what bankruptcy judges can do, and could resolve a lot of the debate over this issue.”</p> 14 Jan 2015 New York Governor Releases Recommendations of Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice <p> New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the report and unanimous recommendations of the Commission on Youth, Public Safety &amp; Justice, co-chaired by Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Jeremy M. Creelan</a> and Soffiyah Elijah, executive director of the Correctional Association of New York State.&nbsp;</p> <p> Created by the governor in April 2014, the commission was tasked with formulating an actionable plan to improve New York’s outdated juvenile justice laws, including the “Raise the Age” issue, and developing a comprehensive set of recommendations to make New York a national leader in effective youth justice policy.&nbsp;</p> <p> In its report, the commission recommends changing how the justice system treats 16- and 17-year-old youths accused of a crime and calls for juvenile processing for all but serious crimes of violence; access to programs and services tailored to support rehabilitation for all minors under age 18; sentencing for all but the gravest crimes of violence be customized to youth rather than adult sentencing structures; opportunities to move beyond commission of one nonviolent crime as a youth; and removal of all minors from adult jails and prisons.&nbsp;</p> <p> “These reforms will improve public safety and give young people a better opportunity to get back on the right track,&quot; Jeremy said.</p> <p> Additional recommendations would eliminate the use of out-of-home detention and placement settings for youth who do not pose a risk to public safety, thus ensuring the juvenile justice system is more effective and wastes fewer public resources.&nbsp; The recommendations are carefully designed to preserve public safety by maintaining District Attorney control over serious crimes of violence; allowing for violent felony offenses given Youthful Offender status to be considered in sentencing if the youth continues to commit such offenses; and providing for the capacity to impose longer sentences for the most egregious crimes of violence.&nbsp; The commission estimates that, if implemented, these reforms would prevent between 1,500 and 2,400 crimes against people every five years across the state.&nbsp;</p> <p> The commission’s Final Report can be read <a href=";">here</a> and Summary of Recommendations may be read <a href=";">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> Please click <a href=";">here</a> to see a video of the press conference.&nbsp;</p> <p> The release of the report was covered in many media outlets, including the <em><a href=";">Albany Times Union</a></em>, the <a href=";">Associated Press</a>, the <em><a href=";">Auburn Citizen</a></em> and the <a href=";"><em>Ithaca Journal</em></a>.</p> 20 Jan 2015 Citigroup Monitor Releases First Report <p> Partner <a href="">Thomas J. Perrelli</a> has released the first report as independent monitor to determine Citigroup Inc.’s compliance with consumer relief obligations, valued at $2.5 billion, under its settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and five states.&nbsp; As described in the report, the settlement resolved possible federal and state legal claims for violations of law regarding the packaging, marketing, sale, structuring, arrangement and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations between 2006 and 2007.</p> <p> The purpose of the report is to inform the public of Citigroup’s obligations under the settlement, and to provide the first interim report on Citigroup’s progress toward fully meeting those obligations.&nbsp; To these ends, the report includes:</p> <ul> <li> An overview of the settlement;</li> <li> A more detailed description of the consumer relief provisions;</li> <li> An overview of the monitor’s role and responsibilities;</li> <li> A description of the agreed-upon testing procedures and methodologies; and</li> <li> An analysis of the relief as to which Citigroup has sought credit to-date.</li> </ul> <p> The complete report is available on the Citigroup Monitorship website (<u><a href=""></a></u>) and can be accessed at <u><a href=""></a></u>.</p> <p> The monitor’s next report to the public on Citigroup’s consumer relief activity will be issued in the Spring 2015.</p> <p> <strong>ABOUT THE CITIGROUP MONITORSHIP</strong></p> <p> In July 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice, along with the states of California, Delaware, Illinois, New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, reached a settlement with Citigroup Inc., resolving potential federal and state legal claims for violations of law regarding the packaging, marketing, sale, structuring, arrangement and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations between 2006 and 2007.&nbsp; As part of the $7 billion settlement, Citigroup agreed to provide consumer relief that would be valued at $2.5 billion under the principles set forth in the settlement, to be overseen by an independent monitor, Jenner &amp; Block Partner Thomas J. Perrelli.&nbsp; Beginning in 2015, Mr. Perrelli will issue public reports on a quarterly basis on Citi’s progress toward fully meeting its obligations by the end of 2018, as the settlement requires.</p> 21 Jan 2015 <i>Law360</i> Honors Appellate Practice as an Appellate Group of the Year <p> Jenner &amp; Block’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice has been named among <em>Law360</em>’s Appellate Groups of the Year.&nbsp; <em>Law360 </em>honors the practice for last year’s victory in the U.S. Supreme Court during an “epic battle” against online streaming service Aereo&nbsp; Inc.&nbsp; In <a href=""><em>Law360</em>’s profile</a> of the practice, Chair <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> is quoted saying, “It’s certainly a practice that the firm is very proud of and has a long history with.&nbsp; We are open to lateral hiring, as well as potentially [welcoming back] the people returning after having worked in the government for a while. That happens in Washington.”&nbsp; The profile describes the key victory on behalf of broadcaster clients in their quest to stop Aereo from retransmitting copyrighted television broadcasting.&nbsp; In June, the Court issued a ruling that prohibited Aereo from retransmitting the broadcasters’ over-the-air programming without authorization.&nbsp; “It’s obviously a suit that’s very important to the industry,” says Partner <a href="">Matthew E. Price</a>, a member of the Aereo team.&nbsp; “Whenever you’re litigating a high-profile suit, it’s all the more important to hold yourself to the highest standards of professionalism and care, as we do in every case that we handle.”</p> 20 Jan 2015 Paul Smith Joins MSNBC Discussion on Supreme Court Decision to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> appeared on MSNBC’s <em>All In with Chris Hayes</em> to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to rule on whether prohibiting same-sex marriage violates the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.&nbsp; On January 16, the Court announced that it will consider four cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, consolidated and heard together.&nbsp; Justices will hear oral arguments in April and issue a ruling in June.&nbsp; Paul’s insight was sought as the lawyer who, in 2003, won the landmark <em>Lawrence v. Texas</em> case that struck down same-sex anti-sodomy laws – a case many say laid the groundwork for today’s efforts to challenge bans on same-sex marriage.&nbsp; Paul has also helped successfully secure same-sex marriage rights for residents in several states, including West Virginia and Virginia. “It’s a very exciting day for those of us who have been working toward the goal of marriage equality because we now know the timeline at least for when we’re going to finally get a resolution to this once and for all across the country: Are same-sex couples going to have the same protections and same respect as everyone else?” Paul says.</p> 16 Jan 2015 Jenner & Block Wins Virginia Pardon for Pro Bono Client with Autism <p> Jenner &amp; Block won the release of an autistic client who had been held in solitary confinement as a result of actions related to his disability.&nbsp; On January 20, 2015, Virginia Governor&nbsp; Terry McAuliffe granted a rare pardon to Reginald “Neli” Latson, a 23-year-old African American man.&nbsp; The firm began representing Mr. Latson in 2011 after he was convicted of assaulting a police officer and a jury recommended that he spend more than10 years in prison.&nbsp; The incident occurred after a police officer approached Mr. Latson and demanded his name because Mr. Latson was wearing a hoodie and looked “suspicious.”&nbsp; The firm persuaded the court to reduce the sentence to about two years, most of which Mr. Latson had served.&nbsp; But because of his autism, Mr. Latson became involved and was prosecuted for two additional assaults, including of a prison guard.&nbsp; He ended up spending most of his time in solitary confinement in prison.&nbsp;</p> <p> When the courts of Virginia failed, the team took the cause to traditional media outlets such as the <em>Washington Post </em>and Associated Press as well as to social media. &nbsp;</p> <p> Eventually, organizations such as the ACLU and The Arc, and even the federal Department of Justice, gave their support.&nbsp; Families across the country with children with disabilities flooded the governor’s office with letters.&nbsp; Mr. Latson is expected to be released from prison this week and enrolled into a special treatment program in Florida.&nbsp;</p> <p> The principal team consisted of Partners <a href="">Julie M. Carpenter,</a> <a href="">Melissa A. Cox</a> and <a href="">David A. Handzo</a>.&nbsp; Associates <a href="">Marina K. Jenkins</a> and <a href="">Manuel C. Possolo</a> and former associate Kristen Rogers also contributed greatly.&nbsp; News of Mr. Latson’s pardon was covered by a variety of autism support groups, such as the <a href="">Autistic Self Advocacy&nbsp;Network</a>, <a href="">Autism Speaks</a> and the <em><a href="">Autism Daily Newscast</a></em>.</p> 20 Jan 2015 Firm’s Amicus Brief Urges Certiorari, High Court Agrees to Hear Appeal <p> On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in <em>Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), </em>a case in which an <a href="">amicus brief</a> written by Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Jessica Ring Amunson</a> and <a href="">Julie M.Carpenter</a> and Associate <a href="">Caroline M. DeCell</a> had urged the Court to overturn the Ninth Circuit’s decision in favor of the government.</p> <p> The case presents the question of whether the federal government’s seizures of portions of a farmer’s raisin crop, without paying just compensation, violates the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment.&nbsp; The seizures in question occur annually, pursuant to a USDA marketing order for raisins; the percentage of the crop required to be withheld from the open market and reserved for the government is established by the USDA and announced each year on February 15, long after producers have spent substantial resources to grow and harvest that year’s crop.</p> <p> The firm’s brief, filed in October 2014, on behalf of the DKT Liberty Project and 18 independent California raisin growers, argues that the Fifth Amendment requires that the growers receive just compensation for this taking, that personal property enjoys the same Fifth Amendment protections as real property and that the government cannot condition entry into the stream of commerce on giving up the right to just compensation.</p> <p> The DKT Liberty Project was founded in 1997 to promote individual liberty against encroachment by all levels of government.&nbsp; The nonprofit advocates vigilance particularly over regulations that unduly interfere with the property rights of private individuals.&nbsp;</p> 26 Jan 2015 <i>Illinois Super Lawyers</i> Recognizes 92 Firm Attorneys <p> Sixty-six Jenner &amp; Block attorneys were recently selected for inclusion in <em>Illinois Super Lawyers</em>&nbsp;in its 2015 guide to the “top 5 percent of attorneys” in the state.&nbsp; In addition, the publication recognized 26 firm attorneys as 2015 “Rising Stars.”</p> <p> The list, which will be published in the February 2015 issue of&nbsp;<em>Illinois Super Lawyers</em>&nbsp;magazine, recognizes attorneys through a comprehensive, peer-review-based evaluation process, which includes surveying thousands of attorneys and asking them to nominate the best attorneys they have personally observed in action.&nbsp; “Rising Stars” are the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.<br /> <br /> Chairman <a href="">Anton R. Valukas</a> and Partner <a href="">Howard S. Suskin</a> are each named one of the “Top 10 Illinois Super Lawyers 2015,” consisting of lawyers who received the highest point totals in the balloting, research and blue ribbon review process and automatically placing each of them alsoamong the “Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers.”&nbsp; Also named among the “Top 100” for 2015 are Partners&nbsp;<a href="">Bradford P. Lyerla</a>, <a href="">Terri L. Mascherin</a> and <a href="">Andrew W. Vail.</a>&nbsp; Partners&nbsp;<a href="">E. Lynn Grayson</a>, <a href="">Terri L. Mascherin</a>, <a href="">Catherine L. Steege</a>&nbsp;and <a href="">Barbara S. Steiner</a> are among the “Top 50 Women Illinois Super Lawyers 2015.”<br /> <br /> The following is a complete list of Jenner &amp; Block attorneys recognized as 2015&nbsp;<em>Illinois</em>&nbsp;<em>Super Lawyers</em>&nbsp;(listed by&nbsp;<em>Super Lawyers’</em>&nbsp;primary area of practice):</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Antitrust</strong><br /> <a href="">Richard P. Campbell</a><br /> <a href="">James T. Malysiak</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Appellate<br /> </strong><a href="">Barry Levenstam</a><br /> <a href="">Michael A. Scodro</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Banking</strong><br /> <a href="">Carter H. Klein</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Bankruptcy<br /> </strong><a href="">Vincent E. Lazar</a><br /> <a href="">Daniel R. Murray</a><br /> <a href="">Ronald R. Peterson</a><br /> <a href="">Catherine L. Steege</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Business Litigation</strong><br /> <a href="">Debbie L. Berman&nbsp;</a><br /> <a href="">David J. Bradford</a><br /> <a href="">Peter J. Brennan&nbsp;</a><br /> <a href="">Ross B. Bricker&nbsp;</a><br /> <a href="">Michael T. Brody</a><br /> <a href="">Robert L. Byman</a><br /> <a href="">Timothy J. Chorvat&nbsp;</a><br /> <a href="">Michael A. Doornweerd</a><br /> <a href="">Richard T. Franch</a><br /> <a href="">David M. Greenwald&nbsp;</a><br /> <a href="">William D. Heinz </a><br /> <a href="">Norman M. Hirsch&nbsp;</a><br /> <a href="">Chester T. Kamin</a><br /> <a href="">Craig C. Martin</a><br /> <a href="">Terri L. Mascherin</a><br /> <a href="">Joel T. Pelz</a><br /> <a href="">Suzanne J. Prysak</a><br /> <a href="">Lawrence S. Schaner</a><br /> <a href="">Barbara S. Steiner</a><br /> <a href="">Richard P. Steinken</a><br /> <a href="">Matthew J. Thomas</a><br /> <a href="">Andrew W. Vail</a><br /> <a href="">Anton R. Valukas</a><br /> <a href="">Daniel J. Weiss</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Class Action<br /> </strong><a href="">Philip L. Harris</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Construction<br /> </strong><a href="">Joseph G. Bisceglia&nbsp;</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Criminal Defense: White Collar<br /> </strong><a href="">Gabriel A. Fuentes</a><br /> <a href="">Reid J. Schar</a><br /> <a href="">Charles Sklarsky</a><br /> <a href="">Robert R. Stauffer</a><br /> <a href="">Thomas P. Sullivan</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Employee Benefits<br /> </strong><a href="">Matthew J. Renaud</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Employment<br /> </strong><a href="">Carla J. Rozycki</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Environmental<br /> </strong><a href="">Robert L. Graham&nbsp;</a><br /> <a href="">E. Lynn Grayson</a><br /> <a href="">Steven M. Siros&nbsp;</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Environmental Litigation<br /> </strong><a href="">Gabrielle Sigel&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Family Law</strong><br /> <a href="">James H. Feldman&nbsp;</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Insurance</strong><br /> <a href="">Christopher C. Dickinson</a><br /> <a href="">John H. Mathias Jr.</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Intellectual Property Litigation</strong><br /> <a href="">Aaron A. Barlow</a><br /> <a href="">Richard J. Gray</a><br /> <a href="">Donald Harris</a><br /> <a href="">Reginald J. Hill</a><br /> <a href="">Bradford P. Lyerla</a><br /> <a href="">Harry J. Roper</a><br /> <a href="">Terrence J. Truax</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Media/Advertising<br /> </strong><a href="">David P. Sanders</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Mergers and Acquisitions<br /> </strong><a href="">Joseph P. Gromacki</a><br /> <a href="">Thomas A. Monson</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Professional Liability<br /> </strong><a href="">Jeffrey D. Colman</a><br /> <a href="">David E. Jimenez-Ekman</a><br /> <a href="">John R. Storino</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Real Estate<br /> </strong><a href="">Donald I. Resnick</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Securities Litigation<br /> </strong><a href="">J. Kevin McCall</a><br /> <a href="">Howard S. Suskin</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> <strong>Tax<br /> </strong><a href="">Christian E. Kimball&nbsp;</a></p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> The following is the list of 2015 “Rising Stars” and their&nbsp;<em>Super Lawyers’ </em>Practice Areas:</p> <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> Partners <a href="">Benjamin J. Bradford</a>&nbsp;(Intellectual Property Litigation),&nbsp;<a href="">Casey T. Grabenstein</a> (Business Litigation), <a href="">Mercedes M. Hill </a>(Mergers &amp; Acquisitions), <a href="">Sara Tonnies Horton </a>(Intellectual Property),&nbsp; <a href="">Jill M. Hutchison</a> (Class Action), <a href="">Nancy C. Jacobson</a> (Criminal Defense: White Collar),&nbsp;<a href="">Jeffery D. Larson </a>(Business/Corp.), <a href="">Paul D. Margolis</a>&nbsp;(Intellectual Property Litigation),&nbsp;<a href="">Andrew F. Merrick</a> (Business Litigation), <a href="">April A. Otterberg</a>&nbsp;(Professional Liability: Defense), <a href="">Rachel S. Morse</a>&nbsp;(Business Litigation),&nbsp;<a href="">Melissa M. Root&nbsp;</a>(Bankruptcy), <a href="">David P. Saunders</a> (Business Litigation), <a href="">Erin R. Schrantz</a> (Business Litigation), <a href="">Allison A. Torrence</a> (Environmental) and&nbsp;<a href="">Bradley M. Yusim</a>&nbsp;(Business Litigation); Associates&nbsp;<a href="">Nicole A. Allen</a>&nbsp;(Criminal Defense: White Collar),&nbsp;<a href="">Jason M. Bradford</a> (Business Litigation), <a href="">Som P. Dalal </a>(Securities Litigation), <a href="">Jennifer L. Dlugosz&nbsp;</a>(Personal Injury Defense),&nbsp;<a href="">Genevieve J. Essig </a>(Environmental), <a href="">Sabrina T. Guenther</a> (Business Litigation), <a href="">Joseph D. Kline </a>(Securities and Corporate Finance), <a href="">Brienne M. Letourneau</a> (Business Litigation), and <a href="">Anna Barreiro Sutti</a> (Securities and Corporate Finance); and Litigation Counsel&nbsp;<a href="">Andrew D. Hoeg</a>&nbsp;(General Litigation)</p> 26 Jan 2015 <i>Southern California Super Lawyers</i> Recognizes Six Firm Attorneys <p> Six Jenner &amp; Block attorneys were recently selected for inclusion in <em>Southern California Super Lawyers</em>&nbsp;in its 2015 guide to the “top 5 percent of attorneys” in the state.</p> <p> The list, which will be published in the February 2015 issue of&nbsp;<em>Southern California Super Lawyers</em>&nbsp;magazine, recognizes attorneys through a comprehensive, peer-review-based evaluation process, which includes surveying thousands of attorneys and asking them to nominate the best attorneys they have personally observed in action.&nbsp;</p> <p> <br /> The following is a complete list of Jenner &amp; Block attorneys recognized as 2015&nbsp;<em>Southern California</em>&nbsp;<em>Super Lawyers</em>&nbsp;(listed by&nbsp;<em>Super Lawyers’</em>&nbsp;primary area of practice):</p> <p> <strong>Business Litigation</strong></p> <p> <a href=""> Brent Caslin</a></p> <p> <a href="">Kenneth D. Klein</a></p> <p> <a href="">Rick Richmond</a></p> <p> <strong>Intellectual Property Litigation</strong></p> <p> <a href="">Nick G. Saros</a></p> <p> <a href="">Andrew J. Thomas</a></p> <p> <strong>General Litigation</strong></p> <p> <a href="">Richard L. Stone</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> 27 Jan 2015 Illinois Governor Grants Executive Clemency to Two Jenner & Block Pro Bono Clients <p> On his final days in office, then-Illinois Gov.&nbsp;Pat Quinn&nbsp;granted executive clemency to two Jenner &amp; Block pro bono clients.&nbsp; On January 12, 2015, the Governor pardoned long-time firm client Johnnie Lee Savory on his conviction for a 1977 Peoria, Ill. double murder.&nbsp; On the same day, the Governor commuted client Willie Johnson’s 30-month prison sentence in a controversial perjury case to time already served; Mr. Johnson was released from prison two days later.</p> <p> In Mr. Savory’s case, the Governor’s pardon, which followed his December 2011 commutation of Mr. Savory’s sentence, resulted from a petition for executive clemency originally filed by the firm in 2003.&nbsp; Mr. Savory was only 14 years old when he was first convicted in 1977 for the murder of his friend James Robinson Jr., and Robinson’s sister Connie Cooper.&nbsp; After Mr. Savory’s initial conviction was overturned because it was based on an involuntary confession, Mr. Savory was again convicted and sentenced to 40 to 80 years in prison, based in large part on the testimony of three witnesses -- who have since recanted – that Mr. Savory made inculpatory statements following the crime. &nbsp;Mr. Savory was released on parole in 2006 as a result of the efforts of the firm and Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Conviction.&nbsp; The firm and Northwestern have pursued Mr. Savory’s claims of innocence and sought DNA testing in a number of forums including state and federal courts, and before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board and the Governor.&nbsp;</p> <p> The firm’s efforts on behalf of Mr. Savory have been led since 2001 by Partner <strong>Christopher Tompkins</strong>. &nbsp;Over the years, numerous Jenner &amp; Block attorneys and support staff have assisted with various aspects of Mr. Savory’s case, including current Partners <strong>David Jimenez-Ekman</strong> and <strong>April A. Otterberg</strong>, and Paralegals <strong>Mary Frances Patston </strong>and <strong>Daniel O. Garcia </strong>as well as former partners Brent Stratton and Matthew Neumeier and former associate Gabriella Filisko.&nbsp; Partner <strong>Thomas P. Sullivan</strong> also participated in Mr. Savory’s cause, advocating for executive clemency on behalf of numerous prominent members of the Chicago legal community.</p> <p> In Mr. Johnson’s case, he was prosecuted for perjury in 2011 after he recanted 1994 testimony implicating two men in a double murder two years earlier.&nbsp; In that shooting, Mr. Johnson himself suffered nine gunshot wounds.&nbsp; From his hospital bed, he identified Albert Kirkland and Cedric Cal as the shooters, and he later testified against them at their 1994 trial in which they were convicted.&nbsp; After the trial, Mr. Johnson moved out of Illinois and left the gang lifestyle behind.&nbsp; He married and became a stay-at-home father of two young children.&nbsp; Years later, an investigator for one of the two convicted mentracked him down at his new home and persuaded him to sign an affidavit stating that his 1994 trial testimony was false.&nbsp; Mr. Johnson later recanted his 1994 testimony under oath at a post-conviction hearing for the two men.&nbsp; The perjury prosecution was brought under an Illinois law allowing proof of perjury by two conflicting statements, without proof of which was false.</p> <p> In April 2014, 23 former prosecutors and judges&nbsp;sent a letter to Cook County State’s Attorney <strong>A</strong>nita Alvarez, urging her to drop the perjury case and stating that the prosecution of recanting witnesses, based only on their having made two contradictory statements, would discourage truthful as well as untruthful recantations.&nbsp;</p> <p> Mr. Johnson pleaded guilty to perjury and began serving his prison sentence on October 7, 2014, after it became clear that even though his 1994 testimony was far outside the statutory limitations period for perjury, Mr. Johnson could be found guilty of perjury based only on his “two contradictory statements,” without the prosecution having to prove that his 2011 recantation was false. &nbsp;His lawyers at Jenner &amp; Block promptly filed a petition for executive clemency, asking the Governor’s office to act immediately to prevent the case from continuing to deter other witnesses from giving truthful recantations.&nbsp; Mr. Johnson received clemency slightly more than a month after Jenner &amp; Block filed the petition on his behalf.</p> <p> Mr. Johnson’s legal team was led by Partner <strong>Gabriel A. Fuentes</strong> and included Partner <strong>Andrew W. Vail</strong>, Associate <strong>Justin C. Steffen</strong>, Paralegal <strong>Casey J. Gioiell</strong> and former partner Jason J. Green.&nbsp; The firm team also partnered with private attorney Steven A. Greenberg on the case.</p> 27 Jan 2015 Firm Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of 52 Noted Economists in Support of Affordable Care Act Subsidies <p> On January 28, 2015, Jenner &amp; Block filed an <a href="">amicus brief</a> in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of <em>King v. Burwell</em>, which will determine whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may promulgate regulations to provide tax-credit subsidies for health insurance purchased through exchanges established by the federal government under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).&nbsp; The brief argues that the economic underpinnings of the ACA require subsidies to be made available for insurance purchased through federally facilitated exchanges.&nbsp; According to the brief, “Congress well understood the importance of subsidies to the ACA reforms.&nbsp; The basic economic framework undergirding that statute can be analogized to a stool with three legs.&nbsp; All three legs [<em>non-discrimination rules</em>, <em>individual mandate</em> and <em>premium subsidies</em>] are necessary to foster stable, functioning insurance markets consistent with Congress’ goal of broad, affordable coverage.&nbsp; Economic modeling confirms what Congress understood:&nbsp; without premium subsidies for every eligible person who buys insurance on an Exchange, the ACA cannot achieve its goals.”</p> <p> The brief was submitted on behalf of a group of 52 internationally recognized bipartisan economic scholars, including economists who served in the administrations of Presidents Johnson, Ford, Carter, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama.&nbsp; The amici include Kenneth Arrow, Peter Diamond and Eric Maskin, recipients of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences; Henry Aaron, a former assistant secretary of the Department of Health Education &amp; Welfare; Alice Rivlin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office; and Lawrence Summers and Laura Tyson, former directors of the National Economic Council.</p> <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Matthew S. Hellman</a> led the team that drafted the brief, assisted by Partner <a href="">Matthew E. Price</a> and Associates <a href="">Julie Straus Harris</a> and <a href="">Previn Warren</a>.</p> 28 Jan 2015 Suskin Discusses Recent Litigation Regarding Mutual Funds <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Howard Suskin</a> is quoted in a January 15, 2015, article in <em>BoardIQ</em>, a Financial Times publication, entitled “N.Y. Life Latest To Be Accused Of Padding Profits With Fees.”&nbsp;&nbsp; The article discusses recent litigation alleging that sponsors of mutual funds have charged excessive fees to investors.&nbsp;&nbsp; Howard discusses how certain types of securities litigation sometimes generates copycat lawsuits against other companies in the same industry</p> 15 Jan 2015 <i>Law360</i> Honors Content, Media and Entertainment Among Media & Entertainment Groups of the Year <p> The firm’s Content, Media and Entertainment Practice has been named among <em>Law360</em>’s Media &amp; Entertainment Groups of the Year, one of only five media and entertainment groups nationwide to win this recognition.&nbsp; <em>Law360 </em>honors the practice for “groundbreaking” media cases last year, including the “monumental” U.S. Supreme Court victory for television broadcasters against online streaming company Aereo Inc., an eight-figure jury award for record label EMI against MP3Tunes LLC.and summary judgment awarded to the three major record companies against music streaming site Grooveshark.&nbsp; This is the second consecutive year and the third time in four years that <em>Law360</em> has counted the practice among the nation’s best.&nbsp;</p> <p> In <em>Law360</em>’s <a href="">profile of the practice</a>, Co-Chair <a href="">Andrew H. Bart </a>attributes the group’s success to its deep bench of 21 partners and 14 associates across offices in New York, DC and Los Angeles,&nbsp; “We really do view ourselves as having a first-team bench that no one else in the marketplace can match.&nbsp; The other thing that sets us apart is just the breadth of experience we have across our three offices. We are not a firm with one or two A-list litigators; we have eight or nine people who would be on most people’s list of recognizable names in the field, and I think the clients recognize the depth of our bench and the scope of issues that we handle.”&nbsp; The profile also quotes Co-Chair <a href="">Richard L. Stone</a> observing that the Aereo case provided a rare opportunity to work a case from the trail court all the way up to the Supreme Court.&nbsp; “Of course, losing at every stage until we got to the Supreme Court sort of added to the sweetness of the victory, having to go through all those obstacles. It’s not often that you have a case that goes all the way to the Supreme Court so that was interesting, fascinating and fun, all at once,”&nbsp; he tells <em>Law360</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p> Regarding the EMI case, Andy and Partner <a href="">Luke C. Platzer</a> represented the record label in a four week jury trial that resulted in the first jury verdict finding a defendant liable for willful blindness of infringing activity despite qualifying for a safe harbor under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.&nbsp;</p> <p> Finally, Andy and Partner <a href="">Gianni P. Servodidio</a> are recognized for the Grooveshark case, in which a judge ruled that Grooveshark infringed copyrights held by Atlantic Recording Corp., Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records&nbsp; Inc. and others.</p> 29 Jan 2015