Jenner & Block’s San Francisco office, located in the heart of the city, serves cutting-edge clients doing business in California and beyond. Lawyers in our San Francisco office represent companies from a variety of industries, including some of the world’s biggest technology companies, in litigation, investigations, transactions, crisis management, and regulatory matters.
We provide crisis counsel to companies and large organizations in matters where resolution requires a mix of litigation, regulatory, public policy, legislative, and communications skill. And we represent individuals and corporations in complex internal investigations as well as criminal prosecutions.
The San Francisco team is led by its Managing Partner, Reid J. Schar, who also serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s 400-lawyer Litigation Department. Since joining Jenner & Block in 2012, Mr. Schar has represented clients in high-stakes multi-district litigation, nationwide class actions, consumer and securities fraud claims, contract disputes, civil RICO matters, professional malpractice claims, and antitrust issues, as well as in high-profile investigations.
Partner Ann O’Leary, who serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice, is also based in the San Francisco office. A leading figure in both California and Washington, DC, Ms. O’Leary is a crisis leader who has worked on significant workplace, climate, energy, economic, and public health issues. Before joining the firm, she was Chief of Staff to California Governor Gavin Newsom, leading his administration through the coronavirus pandemic, the challenges faced by the state’s energy sector due to climate change, and other major issues.
Our San Francisco team includes Partner Laurie Edelstein, a litigator in the Energy and Complex Commercial Litigation Practices; Partner Brian Hauck, a co-chair of the firm’s State Enforcement and Regulation Practice and a member of the Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice; and Partner Zeb Zankel, a member of the Communications, Internet, and Technology Practice. The team also includes Partner Lindsay C. Harrison, a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court and the Complex Commercial Litigation Practices, and Partner Keisha N. Stanford, a member of the Investigations, Compliance, and Defense and Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practices. Ms. Harrison and Ms. Stanford split their time between San Francisco and Washington, DC.
California has some of the strictest laws and regulations in the US. Jenner & Block lawyers counsel clients on a variety of those laws and regulations, including, among others, issues related to antitrust, consumer matters, and data privacy. With more than a third of all food and beverage federal class actions filed in California, and the vast majority of copyright, trademark, and trade secret cases filed in the state, the firm’s class action and intellectual property litigators provide representation to a number of clients involved in such disputes. The San Francisco office also gives the firm’s Japan Practice a second hub on the Pacific Rim to serve Japanese clients doing business in the United States.
Opened in 2021, the San Francisco office is the firm’s second on the West Coast, after the opening of Los Angeles in 2009. It is the firm’s newest office, following the addition of our London location in 2015. The San Francisco team continues the firm’s core values of excellent client service, collaboration, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion and pro bono service.