Jenner & Block

Jenner & Block Announces New Partners for 2013

On December 13, 2012, Jenner & Block elected 10 associates to the partnership, effective January 1, 2013.  They are Carrie F. Apfel, Reena R. Bajowala, Benjamin J. Bradford, Michael L. Cebula, Mercedes M. Hill, Sara Tonnies Horton, Jill M. Hutchison, Keith V. Porapaiboon, Anne P. Ray and Peter H. Rosenbaum

“Our 2013 class of partners is a very impressive group of outstanding attorneys,” said Jenner & Block Managing Partner Susan C. Levy. “What makes me personally so proud of them is that, beyond providing exceptional client service, every one of them embodies the Firm’s core value of serving the communities in which they live and practice law. These lawyers are the future of Jenner & Block and all the partners are very pleased to welcome them to the partnership.” 

Carrie F. Apfel

Carrie F. Apfel is a member of the Firm’s Government Contracts Practice and concentrates in Government Contracts litigation.  She has significant experience in litigating a range of matters for major government contract clients, including a number of complex commercial disputes.  Ms. Apfel has worked on numerous trial matters in federal district court, as well as on multiple claims, disputes and protests before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and other administrative agencies.  She has extensive litigation experience, mediation experience and experience with bid protests. In addition, she has counseled clients on a variety of government contract issues, including organizational conflicts of interest.  Ms. Apfel was the recipient of the “2011 Trial Lawyer of the Year” Finalist Award from the Public Justice Center for her work on a nationwide class action on behalf of Native American farmers and ranchers alleging discrimination in the USDA’s farm loan program.  Ms. Apfel is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section, where she serves as a member of the Claims and Disputes Resolution Subcommittee.  Ms. Apfel also keeps an active pro bono practice. As part of this practice, she has participated in briefing on the merits and in an amicus capacity in both the Supreme Court and multiple Courts of Appeals on civil rights and First Amendment issues and has assisted individual clients in the areas of disability rights and human trafficking.  Ms. Apfel authored an article on photo identification laws for the American Constitution Society and co-authored an article on commercial speech for the Washington Legal Foundation and an article on the Christian Doctrine for BNA.

Reena R. Bajowala

Reena R. Bajowala concentrates in complex commercial litigation focusing on class action litigation and ERISA litigation. Her business litigation experience includes representing corporations defending class action lawsuits and representing individual corporations in a wide range of business litigation matters, including consumer fraud and contract litigation.  She also has extensive experience representing major corporate employers in both individual and class-action ERISA lawsuits brought in federal courts, including recent experience with stock drop and excessive fee litigation.  In addition, she counsels clients on best practices for managing and administering ERISA-governed benefit plans.  Ms. Bajowala was recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in General Commercial Litigation in 2011.  She is a Founding Co-Chair of the Firm’s Mother’s Circle of the Women’s Forum and also serves on the Firm’s Hiring Committee, Pro Bono Committee, Women’s Forum Steering Committee and Associate Board of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  Ms. Bajowala is active in several professional organizations including the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), where she serves on the Junior Leadership Council and the Advocacy Committee; the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA), where she serves as Chair of the Membership Committee and was Co-Chair of the 2008 National Convention; and the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Alumni Program, where she serves as Chair of the Ambassador Program.  Her pro bono practice is focused on political asylum and human trafficking matters.  Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Bajowala completed a PILI internship at the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation (CVLS) and a PILI graduate fellowship at the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU-Illinois.  During law school at the University of Michigan Law School, she founded the annual Origins Scholarship Program run by the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), which continues to annually provide financial support for law students working to advance the public interest.

Benjamin J. Bradford 

Benjamin J. Bradford concentrates in intellectual property/technology litigation with a focus on computer and internet technologies.  He has significant experience litigating and counseling patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright issues. Mr. Bradford’s focus on computer and internet technologies stems from his Masters degree in Mathematics/Computer Science and prior computer programming experience.  In addition, he has experience in a wide variety of civil litigation matters including breach of contract, fraud and real property issues.  Mr. Bradford was recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Litigation in 2011 and 2012.  His professional accomplishments have included arguing a Seventh Circuit appeal.  Mr. Bradford is a member of the bars of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit, the Federal Circuit and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  In addition to his private practice, he is also regularly involved in pro bono representation in both criminal and civil matters. 

Michael L. Cebula 

Michael L. Cebula concentrates in complex civil litigation, with a focus on defending professional responsibility claims and securities litigation.  Mr. Cebula also has substantial experience representing clients in a wide range of other civil and criminal litigation in state and federal courts, including complex commercial disputes, finance and securities matters, class actions, law firm partnership fiduciary disputes and bankruptcy.  Mr. Cebula is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and the Professional Responsibility Practice Group.  His recent matters include obtaining a $101 million verdict for a client after a three-week federal jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.  The case concerned interference with our client’s $2 billion public company M&A transaction.  The $101 million jury verdict represents one of the largest awards ever for a tortious interference with business expectation case and was affirmed on appeal.  Mr. Cebula also maintains an active pro bono practice, including representing clients in habeas corpus and other post-conviction proceedings in state and federal courts.  He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Committee on Attorney Malpractice.

Mercedes M. Hill 

Mercedes M. Hill has experience in such matters as mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations, private equity investments and debt financing transactions.  She has played a key role in the Firm’s representation of major clients undertaking financial transactions valued at billions of dollars.  With respect to debt financing transactions, Ms. Hill represents corporate borrowers and private equity portfolio investments with credit facilities ranging from $20 million to $300 million.  Ms. Hill is a member of the Firm's Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Equity/Investment Funds; Securities; and Corporate Finance Practices.  Ms. Hill also volunteers as legal counsel to Ladies of Virtue, a Chicago based not-for-profit dedicated to improving the lives of young women, ages 10 to 18, in underserved communities.

Sara Tonnies Horton

Sara Tonnies Horton concentrates in complex civil litigation focusing on intellectual property/technology. She has significant experience litigating intellectual property issues, with an emphasis on patent litigation and counseling related to such litigation. Ms. Horton has represented clients in complex patent disputes involving a variety of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, polymers, plastic packaging, computer networks, display systems, alloys and baking technology. She also has experience before the International Trade Commission.  Ms. Horton has represented clients in jury and bench trials. In addition to her trial experience, Ms. Horton has significant experience in all phases of litigation.  She has taken and defended depositions of expert and fact witnesses, managed complex document collections and reviews, drafted Markman briefs and participated in Markman hearings, drafted discovery responses, drafted summary judgment motions, coordinated all aspects of expert discovery and participated in appeals. Ms. Horton maintains an active pro bono practice. She represents pro bono clients in both criminal and civil matters.  Ms. Horton has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property.  She is a member of the Firm’s Patent Litigation and Counseling and Technology Litigation Practices, and is a member of the Hiring Committee and Women's Forum.  In connection with the Constitutional Rights Foundation's Lawyers in the Classroom program, Ms. Horton teaches constitutional law to students in Chicago Public Schools.  In addition, she co-teaches a class on Intellectual Property Licensing at Chicago-Kent College of Law.  Ms. Horton graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2002, where she earned a B.S. in chemistry and earned athletic-academic honors.  While at Notre Dame, she worked in the Radiation Laboratory (supported by the U.S. Department of Energy) as a research assistant. 

Jill M. Hutchison 

Jill M. Hutchison concentrates in complex civil litigation focusing on class and mass tort actions. She has significant experience defending toxic tort, product liability and consumer fraud claims.  Ms. Hutchison has represented clients in state and federal courts and in arbitrations and has developed particular skill in managing the scientific and expert aspects of these cases.  She is a member of the Firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Products Liability and Class Action Practices.  Ms. Hutchison is active in several professional and civic organizations, including the Defense Research Institute, where she currently serves as the Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee’s Women in the Law Vice Chair.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Chicago and as a member of the President's Leadership Council of The Field Museum.  Ms. Hutchison also maintains an active pro bono practice, primarily prosecuting individual civil rights violations and representing individuals seeking orders of protection in connection with domestic violence situations.  Ms. Hutchison regularly publishes on topics related to product liability and toxic torts.  In law school, Ms. Hutchison was a research assistant to Prof. Linda S. Mullenix, assisting in the preparation of the second edition of Mass Tort Litigation.  More recently, she co-authored chapters on medical monitoring and nuisance, respectively, in PLI’s Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies, and Best Practices and the ABA’s Environmental Liability and Insurance Recovery

Keith V. Porapaiboon

Keith V. Porapaiboon concentrates in securities work. He has significant experience litigating class actions, defending government investigations, performing internal investigations and defending derivative actions. He has also worked on cases involving contract disputes, bankruptcy, insurance coverage and products liability.  Mr. Porapaiboon’s professional accomplishments include handling first chair responsibilities at an evidentiary hearing that resulted in a client victory, successfully arbitrating a client’s claim against two insurance companies and arguing a Seventh Circuit appeal. Mr. Porapaiboon is a member of the Firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice.  Mr. Porapaiboon is active in organizations serving the community and the profession, including serving as an investigator for the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and as Finance Director of St. Leonard’s Ministries, an organization serving people recently released from incarceration.  He also maintains an active pro bono practice, including winning a writ of habeas corpus for a client convicted of murder, obtaining asylum for a client fleeing torture and successfully negotiating a plea agreement for a mentally handicapped woman accused of murder.  Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Porapaiboon served as a law clerk for Judge Philip Simon of the Northern District of Indiana.

Anne P. Ray

Anne P. Ray concentrates her practice in complex civil litigation, representing clients in both state and federal court throughout all phases of litigation.  She focuses on attorney malpractice defense and securities litigation.  Ms. Ray has represented large, national law firms in defense of complex legal malpractice claims at both the trial and appellate level.  She has worked on securities-related derivative lawsuits asserting claims under the 1933 and 1934 Acts and has advised the trustee for a bankrupt investment adviser in cases against its brokers, asserting securities fraud and bribery in connection with the purchase of collateralized debt obligations.  Ms. Ray is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the Firm’s Professional Responsibility Practice.  She has an active pro bono practice, focusing on trial and appellate level criminal defense and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.  Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Ray served as a law clerk for the Honorable James P. Hurley of the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey from 2003-2004 and as a court attorney for the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Department from 2004-2006.  During law school, Ms. Ray participated in the Washington, DC Congressional Clinic, where she served as a legal intern in the United States Senate for Senator Christopher J. Dodd. 

Peter H. Rosenbaum 

Peter H. Rosenbaum concentrates in corporate transactions and counseling, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and securities compliance and reporting.  In the area of mergers and acquisitions, he has represented public and private companies as buyers and sellers in a wide range of industries and an array of transaction structures.  His securities practice centers on securities compliance matters and capital raising transactions.  Mr. Rosenbaum has also served as principal outside corporate counsel to a number of privately held businesses and routinely advises these clients regarding commercial contracts and business disputes.  Mr. Rosenbaum is a member of the Firm’s Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Practices.  In addition, Mr. Rosenbaum has provided transactional pro bono assistance to a wide variety of charitable and educational organizations, including the Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University, the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition and the American Association of Rhodes Scholars.  Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Rosenbaum worked for more than six years in the mortgage banking industry.