Andrew W. Vail is a litigator who has significant litigation experience in both federal and state courts, representing individuals, privately held entities and Fortune 500 companies as both plaintiff and defense counsel. Mr. Vail counsels clients on complex business litigation matters, providing sophisticated, creative and passionate representation at all stages. He also has extensive experience representing clients in internal corporate and government investigations. He speaks and/or testifies nationally, including before legislative bodies, on issues relating to reforms in the justice system and legal ethics.
Mr. Vail has practiced at Jenner & Block his entire professional career, coming to the firm after graduating from law school with honors in 2003. In 2015, Illinois Super Lawyers recognized him in its “Best of the Best” list of the top 100 lawyers in Illinois. He has been honored as a “Super Lawyer” since 2012. He currently serves as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Federal Civil Practice Committee.
Some of his most recent work includes:
Mr. Vail has substantial experience with Illinois civil practice and authors the practice series guide Illinois Civil Practice Guide. Over the last three years alone, Mr. Vail has successfully represented clients in obtaining or defending against injunctive relief in Cook County Chancery Court in at least a half-dozen separate matters involving restrictive covenants, the Illinois Trade Secrets Act, commercial and personal property foreclosure, liquor licensing, agency agreements and other matters. He is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions, appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2009. He also has served as a member of the Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board since 2012.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Vail was awarded the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation’s Exceptional Young Lawyer Award, and he was repeatedly named a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation.
Mr. Vail is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Antitrust and Competition Law, Trade Secret and Restrictive Covenant Litigation and Counseling and Real Estate Litigation Practice Groups. He serves as co-chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee and as a member of the Alumni and Centennial Committees.
Mr. Vail has been recognized for his commitment to the Chicago community, pro bono legal representation and the organized bar. He was profiled in the National Law Journal’s article naming Jenner & Block to its "Pro Bono Hotlist" (click here for full text of article). Among other awards and recognitions, in 2008 he received the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award in recognition of his active and wide-ranging pro bono practice. He serves on the board of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago.