Jenner & Block

Washington, DC

Established in September 1982, the DC office builds on the firm’s traditional core strength in commercial litigation and is the center for practices distinct to the nation’s capital, such as communications and SEC work, government contracts, appellate and Supreme Court advocacy and election law and redistricting.

The office exemplifies one of the unique features of the Washington business world – the blend of the private and public sectors.  Our team includes former senior-level lawyers at the Department of Homeland Security, SEC, FCC, Department of Justice -- including a former Associate US Attorney General -- as well as  former federal prosecutors.  Office alumni include the current solicitor general of the United States.  Other former DC partners and associates also are engaged in high-profile positions in public service.

The DC office is the home of Jenner & Block’s seasoned Government Contracts practice, led by two of the foremost practitioners in the industry and recognized byChambers USA as one of the leading practices of its kind nationwide. 

We are also the center of the firm’s highly regarded Appellate and Supreme Court practice, named toThe National Law Journal’s “Appellate Hot List” for seven consecutive years and led by a partner who was, in 2010, selected by The NLJ as “one of the decade’s most influential lawyers.”  In 2015, Law360 honored the practice as an “Appellate Group of the Year”; in 2014, Law360 honored the practice chair, Paul M. Smith, as an “Appellate MVP.”  Every Washington lawyer in the Appellate group has served either as a Supreme Court clerk or federal appellate court clerk.  They have argued numerous cases before the US Supreme Court and maintain an extensive amicus practice, playing key roles in some of the most high-profile and precedent-setting decisions in recent history.

 Our highly acclaimed Content, Media & Entertainment Practicehas its origins in the Washington office.   This team of lawyers was honored with the Chambers USA “Award for Excellence” in 2014, marking the second time in three years that this group has been named as the No. 1 media and entertainment practice in the country. Selected as a “Practice Group of the Year: Media & Entertainment” by Law360 in 2013 and 2014, our CME lawyers are lauded for their headline-grabbing work in industry-changing matters. The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The National Law Journal, Legal Times, the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the Washington Business Journal, among others, have recognized our Content, Media & Entertainment lawyers as pre-eminent in their field.

The firm’s Communications, Internet & Technology Practice started in Washington in the 1980s when the firm represented MCI in its historic antitrust litigation against AT&T.  That litigation eventually led to the break-up of the AT&T monopoly.  The practice continues to grow and evolve in this dynamic area of law, with its lawyers on the forefront of novel legal and regulatory challenges presented by the convergence of telecom, Internet and cable technologies.

The DC office also contributes substantially to the firm’s noted pro bono efforts, with a unique focus on matters involving human trafficking, asylum and the death penalty.

Our associates, coming from top-tier law schools and prestigious clerkships, are exposed to a wide range of work in a collegial environment in which they work closely with partners to develop their professional skills.

Washington, DC

1099 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20001-4412
Phone: 202 639-6000
Fax: 202 639-6066