News Feed News Description Experienced Private Equity Lawyer Jason D. Osborn Joins Jenner & Block <p> Jenner &amp; Block LLP is pleased to announce that <a href="">Jason D. Osborn</a> has joined the firm’s Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions Practices as a corporate partner in the Chicago office.&nbsp; An experienced private equity lawyer, Mr. Osborn will focus on representing private equity funds and public and private company clients in complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, going-private transactions, joint ventures, divestitures, private financings, recapitalizations and restructurings, and in related corporate governance, executive compensation and general corporate matters.&nbsp;</p> <p> “The firm is committed to growing our corporate practice with talented lawyers of the highest caliber,” said Jenner &amp; Block Managing Partner<a href=""> Terrence J. Truax</a>.&nbsp; “Jason’s transactional and private equity experience is the right fit for our growing corporate practice and responds to our clients’ needs for additional depth and sophistication.”</p> <p> <a href="">Joseph P. Gromacki</a>, chair of the firm’s corporate department, said, “Jason has built a successful private equity practice, and we are excited to add his talents to our growing roster of corporate talent.”&nbsp;</p> <p> Mr. Osborn, who previously worked as a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland &amp; Ellis LLP, has handled matters on behalf of Harren Equity Partners, Hudson Ferry Capital, Prairie Equity, Liberty Partners, GTCR, Evergreen Pacific Partners, Parthenon Capital and other well-known financial firms.&nbsp; He has led transactions in a wide variety of industries, including health care, financial services, retail services and manufacturing.</p> <p> “With its strong corporate and litigation practices, Jenner &amp; Block provides an ideal platform for my clients to receive both highly personal and highly sophisticated legal services,” Mr. Osborn said.&nbsp; “I’m excited to join Jenner &amp; Block's corporate practice and be an important part of its growth and efforts to build upon its presence in the middle-market.”</p> <p> A graduate of New York University, Mr. Osborn received his law degree, <em>cum laude</em>, from the University of Michigan Law School.&nbsp; He is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York.</p> 21 Aug 2014 Boyle Elected to Chicago Bar Foundation Board of Directors <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Gregory M. Boyle</a> has been elected to the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) Board of Directors.&nbsp; Greg began his three-year term in July, 2014.&nbsp; His election follows other service for the CBF, including as a member of the Development Committee and the Young Professionals Board.&nbsp; The charitable arm of the Chicago Bar Association, the CBF brings the legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and make the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone.</p> <p> Greg represents corporations, law firms, lawyers, and other individuals in complex civil and criminal matters in trial and appellate courts across the country, as well as in arbitrations and grand jury and regulatory investigations.&nbsp; He also has an active pro bono practice, in which he has represented individuals seeking asylum and criminal defendants in state trial courts and in state and federal habeas proceedings.</p> 25 Aug 2014 Firm Wins Victory for Viacom in Dispute over Facebook Fan Page Regarding <i>The Game</i> <p> The firm won a victory for client Viacom when a Florida federal judge granted summary judgment in what may be the first case of its kind relating to who owns Facebook “likes.”&nbsp; At issue was a dispute between the Viacom-owned BET cable network and the creator of a Facebook fan page for the BET series&nbsp;<em>The Game</em> over who should control the Facebook page.&nbsp; The page creator, whose campaign was credited with reviving the series on BET after another network cancelled it, demoted BET’s access to the page when negotiations between her and the network to hire her as a social media &quot;freelancer” or buy the page outright fell apart.&nbsp; BET then asked Facebook to “migrate” fans of the page to a BET-created official Series Page, which it did; Facebook then shut down the original page and its creator sued BET.&nbsp; During litigation, the page creator argued that she owned the 6.2 million Facebook “likes” the page had accrued and that they were worth several million dollars.&nbsp; On August 20, 2014, U.S. District Judge James Cohn ruled that the page creator “cannot establish that she owns a&nbsp; property interest in the ‘likes’ on the FB page.”&nbsp; The judge dismissed the complaint in its entirety and terminated her tortious interference, breach of contract and conversion claims.&nbsp; The team representing Viacom includes Partners <a href="">Susan J. Kohlmann</a>, <a href="">Luke C. Platzer</a> and <a href="">Scott B. Wilkens</a>; Associate <a href="">Erica L. Ross;</a> and Project Assistant Francis J. Aul. &nbsp;News of the ruling was reported in <em><a href="">The Hollywood Reporter</a></em> and <a href="">Yahoo! TV</a>.</p> 20 Aug 2014 Jenner & Block Selected as Finalist for <i>NLJ</i> 2014 Chicago Litigation Department of the Year <p> <em>The National Law Journal</em> yesterday named Jenner &amp; Block as one of two finalists in its 2014 Chicago Litigation Department of the Year award.&nbsp;</p> <p> The award recognizes the firm as a “powerhouse” litigation practice in Chicago and is based on case results from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013, client references and pending matters, among other factors. &nbsp;</p> <p> The publication likened the firm’s litigation practice – co-chaired by Partners <a href="">David J. Bradford</a> and <a href="">Craig C. Martin</a> – to “the Army's special forces: highly trained and ready to deploy anywhere at any time. Its ability to tackle an array of legal obstacles makes Jenner &amp; Block a finalist for <em>The National Law Journal</em>'s Chicago Litigation Department of the Year.”&nbsp; The <em>NLJ</em> points to the Litigation Department’s “national reach and experience in more than 30 practice areas.”&nbsp;</p> <p> “We actually try cases.&nbsp; People come to us because they know we will take them to the decisional moment in the case. They come to us with what they consider their biggest, most intractable litigation problems,” Craig told the <em>NLJ</em>.</p> <p> Highlights from the award include some of the firm’s notable victories of the last year: the extraordinary legal victory for <a href="">pro bono client Nicole Harris</a>; the <a href="">14-day jury trial win for Duroc LLC</a> in a $100 million patent infringement case; the bench trial and <a href="">$15.5 million judgment for Sentinel Management Group</a>; and our <a href="">precedent-setting victory on behalf of CRST Van Expedited</a> against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> With 360 litigators, the department is a “group of people who see litigation through the prism of how it will play out at trial,” David told the <em>NLJ</em>. “While I think we're very tenacious and very creative, we never succeed at the expense of truth or in a way that anybody would view as less than civil and cooperative. All of us inherited this practice from people we deeply admire and who had a commitment to public service. It's a torch we're carrying and trying to live up to.”</p> <p> Click <a href="">here</a> to read the <em>NLJ</em> story about Jenner &amp; Block.</p> 26 Aug 2014 Rozansky’s Move to Jenner & Block Featured in <i>Commercial Dispute Resolution</i> <p> Partner <a href="">Daniel A. Rozansky</a> is featured in an article that explores how his move to Jenner &amp; Block reflects the pace of change in the entertainment industry.&nbsp; Titled “<a href="">Out to Entertain</a>,” the article in <em>Commercial Dispute Resolution</em> notes that Dan is widely seen as among the leading U.S. litigators in the entertainment and media industry.&nbsp; Dan, who joined the firm on August 11, observes that it is increasingly important for litigators in the field to be part of the right organization, as such companies face technological transformations that alter the nature of the legal issues they face.&nbsp; “What concerns my clients and general counsel is the ability of their outside counsel to keep up with this relentless change, and the breadth of Jenner’s platform is designed to meet this challenge,” he says.&nbsp; The article also notes that, in addition to Dan’s hire, the firm has been “strengthening its disputes capability in other areas of late, particularly in the government enforcement arena” with the additions of Partners <a href="">Christian R. Bartholomew</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Jeremy M. Creelan</a> and&nbsp;<a href="">Neil M. Barofsky</a> within the past year.</p> <p> Dan’s litigation practice is concentrated in the areas of entertainment, privacy, First Amendment and complex business and real estate disputes.</p> 21 Aug 2014 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> 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