Jenner & Block

Our Los Angeles lawyers have helped numerous clients on a pro bono basis, including in the following matters:
  • Won a significant appellate victory on behalf of three groups that assist low-income and minority homeowners. In 2014, the firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of the three groups challenging Governor Brown’s diversions of funds that had been designated to help homeowners from the National Mortgage Special Deposit Fund (NMSDF) to the State’s general fund.  In June 2015 after a one-day trial, the trial court agreed with the firm’s position, declaring “that $331,044,084 in offsets were unlawfully diverted from the NMSDF” and that California “is obligated to restore/return those funds to the NMSDF.”  The State appealed.  Following oral argument in Sacramento, the three-judge appellate court not only agreed with the trial court’s ruling that the funds were unlawfully appropriated, but also went further than the trial court in ordering the full remedy the firm’s clients had requested.
  • Defended in a jury trial a client charged with murder following an altercation outside a Hollywood nightclub that resulted in a fatality.
  • Representing two civilian lawyers who resigned from serving as counsel to the alleged mastermind of the attack on the United States Navy destroyer USS Cole. The lawyers resigned on ethical grounds after finding surveillance equipment in a client meeting room at Guantánamo Bay.
  • Representing prisoners in jury trials involving civil rights claims, including a significant trial verdict on behalf of an inmate for violations of his Eighth Amendment rights.
  • Paired with lawyers in our Chicago office to reach a settlement to wipe out nearly $600 million in debt on behalf of former students of the now-defunct ITT Institute, which had been charged with student loan fraud.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for pro bono clients in a class action challenging a Southern California city’s discriminatory housing ordinances. In 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California recognized the firm with its Homeless Rights Advocacy Award for our work on the case.
  • Representing asylum seekers in immigration proceedings.
  • Providing ongoing pro bono work for the Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP), including submitting an amicus brief in concert with FVAP and 10 other California-based nonprofit organizations that work with domestic violence survivors and their children.
  • Secured an agreement to allow a pro bono client to move forward in building homes for the homeless.  This particular permanent supportive housing project repurposes shipping containers from the Port of Los Angeles to manufacture modular housing units, which drastically reduces the time and cost of completion compared to traditional construction.
Los Angeles lawyers are involved in the community and in service to the bar. Among their significant involvements are the following:
  • President, Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ Los Angeles Chapter
  • Young Lawyers’ Division Co-Chair, Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ Los Angeles Chapter
  • Board Member, Bet Tzedek
  • Secretary and Director, California Club
  • Board Member, Center for Asian-Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE)
  • Trustee, Copyright Society of Los Angeles
  • Chair, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation
  • Director, Crystal Stairs
  • Director, Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter
  • Advisory Board Member, Federalist Society, Los Angeles Chapter
  • Business Law Section Chair, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Chair and Board Member, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Los Angeles Chapter
  • Member, Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Central District of California
  • Director, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Director, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Director, Los Angeles Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Chair, Los Angeles Eagle Scout Association
  • Adjunct Professor of Advanced Trial Advocacy, Loyola Law School
  • Ordained Knight, Order of Malta
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Pepperdine Law School
  • Member, Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee (PREC) for the Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Appellate Panelist, Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
  • Trustee, Western Center on Law and Poverty

Los Angeles

633 West 5th Street
Suite 3600
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2054
Phone: 213 239-5100
Fax: 213 239-5199