News Feed News Description <i>DC Super Lawyers</i> Recognizes 25 Jenner & Block Lawyers <p> Thirteen Jenner &amp; Block lawyers were selected for inclusion in <em>Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers</em>&nbsp;in its 2015 guide to the “top 5 percent of attorneys” in the district.&nbsp; In addition, the publication recognized 12 lawyers as “Rising Stars.”&nbsp;</p> <p> The list recognizes attorneys through a comprehensive, peer-review-based evaluation process, which includes surveying thousands of lawyers and asking them to nominate the best attorneys they had personally observed in action.&nbsp; In addition to being named in two practice areas, Partner <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> was also recognized among the “Top 100” <em>Washington, D.C.</em> <em>Super Lawyers</em>.</p> <p> The following is a complete list of Jenner &amp; Block lawyers listed by <em>Super Lawyers</em>’ primary area of practice:</p> <p style="margin-left:22.5pt;"> <strong>Alternative Dispute Resolution</strong><br /> <a href="">Matthew L. Jacobs</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> <strong>Appellate</strong><br /> <a href="">David W. DeBruin</a><br /> <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> <strong>Bankruptcy: Business</strong><br /> <a href="">David A. Handzo</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> <strong>Business Litigation</strong><br /> <a href="">David W. DeBruin</a><br /> <a href="">Michael B. DeSanctis</a><br /> <a href="">David A. Handzo</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> <strong>Class Action/Mass Torts</strong><br /> <a href="">David A. Handzo</a><br /> <a href="">Michael K. Lowman</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> <strong>Civil Litigation: Defense</strong><br /> <a href="">Thomas J. Perrelli</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> <strong>Communications</strong><br /> <a href="">Michael B. DeSanctis</a><br /> <a href="">Samuel L. Feder</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> <strong>Criminal Defense: White Collar</strong><br /> <a href="">David W. DeBruin</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> <strong>Entertainment and Sports</strong><br /> <a href="">Michael B. DeSanctis</a><br /> <a href="">Thomas J. Perrelli</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> <strong>Government Contracts</strong><br /> <a href="">Julie M. Carpenter</a><br /> <a href="">David A. Churchill</a><br /> <a href="">W. Jay DeVecchio</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> <strong>Insurance Coverage</strong><br /> <a href="">Matthew L. Jacobs</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> <strong>Media and Advertising</strong><br /> <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> <strong>Securities Litigation</strong><br /> <a href="">Larry P. Ellsworth</a><br /> <a href="">Michael K. Lowman&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <a href="">Thomas C. Newkirk</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> <strong>Schools and Education</strong><br /> <a href="">Thomas J. Perrelli</a></p> <p style="margin-left:20.25pt;"> The following is the list of “Rising Stars” and their <em>Super Lawyers</em>’ practice areas: Partners <a href="">Jessica Ring Amunson</a> (Appellate, Civil Litigation: Defense, Constitutional Law); <a href=""><strong>Carrie F. Apfel </strong></a>&nbsp;and <a href="">Daniel E. Chudd </a>(Government Contracts);<a href=""><strong>Melissa A. Cox</strong></a> (General Litigation); <a href="">Matthew E. Price</a> (Appellate, Constitutional Law, Civil Litigation: Defense); <a href="">Joshua M. Segal </a>(Appellate, General Litigation); <a href="">Brian S. Scarbrough</a> (Insurance Coverage); <a href="">Damien C. Specht</a> (Government Contracts, Business/Corporate); <a href="">Adam G. Unikowsky</a> (Appellate, General Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Communications) and <a href="">Scott B. Wilkens</a> (Business Litigation) and Associates <a href="">Marina K. Jenkins</a> (General Litigation) and <a href="">Jan A. Larson</a> (Insurance Coverage).</p> 1 Jul 2015 Intellectual Asset Management’s Guide to the Leading Patent Professionals Ranks the Firm and Four Partners <p> Intellectual Asset Management’s <em><a href=";q=J#office_6053">IAM Patent 1000 2015: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals</a></em> ranks Jenner &amp; Block’s Patent Litigation and Counseling Practice in the “silver tier” and recognizes four partners as leading practitioners.&nbsp; According to the guide, the “compact team punches well above its weight in numbers and acquits itself with distinction in the most sophisticated lawsuits.&nbsp; By approaching matters with a trial lawyer mentality, its practitioners get the job done regardless of the technology at issue.”&nbsp; Managing Partner <a href="">Terrence J. Truax</a>, former co-chair of the practice, is described as a “top-notch lawyer clients like to gloat about working with.”&nbsp; Partner <a href="">Reginald J. Hill</a> is “a great lawyer with sharp litigation instincts.” <a href="">Bradford P. Lyerla</a> is described as an “urbane and trusted counselor.”&nbsp; Practice Chair <a href="">Harry J. Roper </a>is noted as being a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.&nbsp; Intellectual Asset Management conducts more than 1,500 interviews to create the guide, now in its fourth edition.</p> 1 Jul 2015 Partners Neil Barofsky and Mary Ellen Callahan Named <i>NLJ</i> Regulatory and Compliance Trailblazers <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Neil M. Barofsky</a> and <a href="">Mary Ellen Callahan</a> are recognized among <em>The National Law Journal</em>’s “Trailblazers” in the regulatory and compliance area.&nbsp; The honor recognizes people “who have made a difference navigating the ever-changing mandates of regulatory and compliance,” according to the <em>NLJ</em>.&nbsp; The publication notes that the 2015 selections comprise an “exemplary list that catalogs the extraordinary accomplishments of innovative thinkers and leading practitioners.”</p> <p> In its <a href="">profile of Mr. Barofsky</a>, the <em>NLJ</em> explains that, as the country’s financial crisis deepened in 2008, he became the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program; during that time, he oversaw the Treasury Department’s efforts to ensure compliance related to the $700 billion bailout.&nbsp; “Compliance shouldn’t just be viewed as a revenue-sapping, box-checking exercise,” Neil tells the <em>NLJ</em>.&nbsp; “It needs to be embraced in order to make sure institutions can retain profits and not lose them in settlements.&nbsp; The culture needs to change from the top.”</p> <p> In its <a href="">profile of Ms. Callahan</a>, the <em>NLJ</em> explains that, in 2009, she was named the third chief privacy officer for the Department of Homeland Security and focused on embedding privacy into the infrastructure of the still relatively new agency.&nbsp; She tells the <em>NLJ</em> that she believes the future of privacy is very bright.&nbsp; “The ubiquitous, always-on ‘Internet of Things’ will make it more important than ever,” she says, adding that embedding privacy into the entire life cycle is critical.</p> 2 Jul 2015 Richard Levin Testifies about Bankruptcy Legislation before US House of Representatives Subcommittee <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Richard Levin</a>, in his capacity as chairman of the National Bankruptcy Conference, testified on July 9, 2015, before a US House of Representatives Judiciary subcommittee. At issue before the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law is the Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2015, newly reintroduced legislation that would create a section of the bankruptcy code to safely shut down failed big banks, or systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs).&nbsp; The Conference is a nonprofit and nonpartisan self-supporting organization of approximately 60 lawyers, law professors and judges who are leading scholars and practitioners in the field of bankruptcy law; its primary purpose is to advise Congress on the operation of bankruptcy and related laws and any proposed changes to those laws.&nbsp; Mr. Levin included in his testimony a letter written on behalf of the Conference in which the Conference observed that the new legislation does offer tools to address some problems involved when a SIFI fails.&nbsp; However, the letter went on to say that “other obstacles and issues were not addressed at all or were not addressed adequately” in the proposed Act. It then outlined the Conference’s concerns with the legislation. &nbsp;News of the subcommittee hearing was covered by <em><a href="">The Wall Street Journal</a></em>.</p> <p> Mr. Levin is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization Practice.&nbsp; An author of the 1978 Bankruptcy Code, he is an internationally recognized leader in complex bankruptcy litigation, transactional and special situations.&nbsp; With nearly 40 years in the practice, Mr. Levin has gained a reputation as one of the foremost restructuring, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights lawyers.</p> 7 Jul 2015 Partners Paul Smith and Thomas Perrelli Named To <i>Lawdragon’</i>s “500 Leading Lawyers In America” List <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Paul M. Smith </a>&nbsp;and <a href="">Thomas J. Perrelli</a> have been recognized in the “<em>Lawdragon</em> 500,” <em>Lawdragon’s </em>list of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America” for 2014-15.&nbsp; The list appears in <em>Lawdragon’s</em> <a href="">9<sup>th</sup> annual guide</a>.</p> <p> Mr. Smith is chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and co-chair of the Media and First Amendment, and Election Law and Redistricting Practices. He also serves on the firm’s Policy Committee.</p> <p> Mr. Perrelli is the founder and chair of the Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice. He also serves on the firm's Policy Committee.</p> 14 Jul 2015 Partner Richard Levin Discusses the Role of Bankruptcy in Business <p style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="255" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="450"></iframe></p> <div> “Bankruptcy is a &nbsp;safety valve for the mistakes that get made in business,” explains Jenner &amp; Block Bankruptcy Partner Richard Levin, an author of the 1978 US Bankruptcy Code and recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Bankruptcy. &nbsp;In this video, he talks about the importance of achieving satisfactory returns, of “seeing around corners” in making distress investments where the bankruptcy laws will apply as well as why the best results for investors in distressed debt are always the negotiated results. &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mr. Levin joined Jenner &amp; Block in May 2015 from Cravath, Swaine &amp; Moore, where he chaired its Restructuring Practice. &nbsp;Since 2002, he has served as a faculty member at the Federal Judicial Center’s Bankruptcy Judge Workshops. &nbsp;He has also been a lecturer in law at Harvard Law School and a sought-after speaker and author on a range of bankruptcy issues and currently serves as Chair of the National Bankruptcy Conference. &nbsp;Mr. Levin is resident in the firm’s New York office and is a member of the Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization Practice.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> 14 Jul 2015 Expert Guides Recognizes Lawrence Schaner in <i>Best of the Best USA</i> Guide <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Lawrence S. Schaner </a>has been recognized as one of the top 30 commercial arbitration practitioners in the United States by Expert Guides in its 2015 edition of <em>Best of the Best USA</em>.&nbsp; This is Mr. Schaner’s second consecutive recognition in the biennially released list.&nbsp;</p> <p> The <em>Best of the Best USA</em> names the top practitioners in 16 practice areas.&nbsp; The Expert Guides research process involves sending more than 4,000 questionnaires to senior practitioners or in-house counsel involved in each practice area, asking them to nominate leading practitioners based on their work and reputation.&nbsp; The results are then discussed and refined with a select group of advisers in legal centers worldwide.</p> 15 Jul 2015 Kenneth Lee Prominently Featured in <i>Super Lawyers</i> Article <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Kenneth K. Lee</a> is prominently featured on the cover of the 2015 “Rising Stars” issue of <em>Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine </em>and in a lengthy profile in the publication.&nbsp;</p> <p> Titled “<a href="">A Quintessential American Story</a>,” Ken’s profile describes his journey as a 4-year-old, coming to Los Angeles from Seoul, South Korea, with his parents.&nbsp; It details the trajectory of his legal career after earning his law degree from Harvard in 2000, including two turns at government service – the first as special counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and the second as associate counsel to the White House during the George W. Bush administration.</p> <p> The article notes that Mr. Lee is now a partner at Jenner &amp; Block, currently representing various food corporations in nearly two dozen class action lawsuits over product labeling.</p> 16 Jul 2015 Firm’s Rwandan Energy Project Honored for <i>American Lawyer</i> Global Legal Award in Pro Bono <p> <em>The American Lawyer</em> selected Jenner &amp; Block’s pro bono effort to build a <a href="">solar-powered energy plant in Rwanda</a> as a winner in ALM’s third annual Global Legal Awards contest.&nbsp; The Global Legal Awards contest is ALM’s marquee competition that attracted 225 entries across 30 categories this year.&nbsp; The Rwandan project was honored as the pro bono project of the year in the “Citizenship” category, one of only six winners in that category.&nbsp;</p> <p> The firm’s project involved a complex transaction for the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, home to 500 orphaned and otherwise vulnerable Rwandan youth.&nbsp; In the summer of 2013, the firm began representing the Village in an unprecedented effort that is now bringing much-needed electricity, powered through solar energy,&nbsp;to hundreds of thousands of Rwandans – while generating income that will make the Village financially self-sustaining.&nbsp; A multidisciplinary team of 22 lawyers, led by Partner <a href="">Patrick J. Trostle</a>, advised the Village on the complicated deal, which involved leasing approximately 20 acres of its 144-acre campus to Dutch energy company Gigawatt Global to build an 8.5 megawatt solar plant.&nbsp; The plant went online last fall.&nbsp; In January, <em>The National Law Journal</em> recognized the transaction when it named the firm to its “Pro Bono Hot List.”</p> <p> According to ALM, the Global Legal Awards honors all law offices that played a substantial role in the most distinguished international work performed between Jan. 1, 2014, and April 15, 2015, across a wide range of disciplines.&nbsp; In September, all the winners will be honored at a dinner, where the four grand prizes will also be selected.&nbsp; Click <a href=";slreturn=20150616160001">here</a> to read more about the awards.</p> 16 Jul 2015 Firm Wins Appellate Victory for Hospira in Patent Infringement Action <p> Jenner &amp; Block achieved a victory for client Hospira, Inc. in a patent infringement action brought against it by The Medicines Company, when the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated two patents.&nbsp; The case involved Hospira's Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) to the FDA.&nbsp; Those applications sought approval to commercially manufacture, use or sell a generic version of a bivalirudin drug product to be used as an injectable anticoagulant for angioplasty before the expiration of The Medicines Company’s patents.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> In its decision, the court states that “this is not a case where the inventors have requested another entity’s services in developing products embodying the invention without triggering the on-sale bar…the batches were prepared for <em>commercial </em>exploitation.”&nbsp; The ruling now clears the path for Hospira to launch a generic version of the popular anti-coagulant drug, Angiomax.<br /> <br /> This win follows Hospira’s victory before the US District Court of the District of Delaware.&nbsp; The bench trial ended in September 2013.&nbsp; In March 2014, US District Judge Richard Andrews found that our client did not infringe the two patents at issue, either literally or under the doctrine of equivalents.<br /> <br /> <a href="">Bradford P. Lyerla</a> argued the appeal in March.&nbsp; In addition to <a href="">Sara Tonnies Horton</a> and him, other members of the team included Partner <a href="">Aaron A. Barlow</a> and Associates <a href="">Yusuf Esat</a> and <a href="">Chad J. Ray</a>.</p> 16 Jul 2015 Partner Thomas Sullivan Wins the ABA's Thurgood Marshall Award <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Thomas P. Sullivan</a> receives the prestigious <a href="">Thurgood Marshall Award</a> from the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights &amp; Responsibilities this weekend at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago for his many significant contributions to furthering American civil rights and liberties and improving the US legal system.</p> <p> Established in 1992 to honor the legacy of the late US Supreme Court Justice who was a champion of the rights and freedoms of all Americans, the Thurgood Marshall Award is presented to individuals who have made “substantial and long-term contributions to the furtherance of civil rights, civil liberties, or human rights in the United States.”&nbsp;</p> <p> In the 1950s, alongside Prentice H. Marshall and Jerold S. Solovy, Mr. Sullivan helped <a href="">launch the firm’s pro bono program</a>, taking on a stream of indigent criminal defense cases as a young lawyer.&nbsp; In the 1960s, he was a member of the Jenner &amp; Block team that represented death row inmate <a href="">William Witherspoon</a> and convinced the US Supreme Court to spare Witherspoon’s life and, ultimately, the lives of more than 300 others on death row across the United States.&nbsp; In the 1970s, long before the move to reform US drug policies, Mr. Sullivan convinced the Illinois Supreme Court that mandatory minimums in marijuana distribution sentencing laws violated equal protection guarantees.&nbsp; He has worked tirelessly to advance and protect constitutional rights in areas ranging from housing to voting to the First Amendment; to represent indigent criminal defendants, enhance their rights to due process and reform the criminal justice system; and to clean up corrupt or dysfunctional governmental institutions. &nbsp;</p> <p> When Mr. Sullivan served as <a href="">US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois</a>, he set in motion “<a href="">Operation Greylord</a>,” the sweeping review and prosecution of judicial corruption in Cook County.&nbsp; The far-reaching results of that effort directly improved the quality of justice in the county for all its residents.&nbsp; In 2000, he was appointed co-chair of then-Illinois Governor George Ryan’s Commission on Capital Punishment (2000-2002) and, later, of the Illinois General Assembly’s Capital Punishment Reform Study Committee (2005-2010). &nbsp;<a href="">The reports of these committees</a>, recommending sweeping changes to Illinois homicide law and procedure, were influential in Governor Ryan’s decision in 2003 to clear Illinois’ death row and Governor Quinn’s signing the bill abolishing Illinois’ death penalty in 2010.&nbsp;</p> <p> The committees’ findings also spurred Mr. Sullivan to lead efforts to increase the electronic recording of custodial interrogations in criminal investigations and to advance reforms relating to eyewitness identification procedures and practices.&nbsp; One of his most recent and significant successes in these initiatives occurred last summer when then-Attorney General Eric Holder promulgated a mandatory electronic recording policy applicable to the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms &amp; Explosives.</p> <p> Throughout a legal career that has spanned more than 60 years, Tom has received numerous honors in recognition of his pro bono and public service efforts.&nbsp; These include <em><a href="">The American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement award</a></em>; <a href="">the ABA John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award</a>; and the Special Walter J. Cummings Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federal Bar Association.</p> <p> Past recipients of the Thurgood Marshall Award include US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1999); former US Attorney General Janet Reno (2009); former White House Counsel and Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the Honorable Abner J. Mikva (2005); and <a href="">fellow Jenner &amp; Block Partner Paul M. Smith (2010)</a>, among other pioneering lawyers and judges.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> 29 Jul 2015 Firm Successfully Concludes Significant US Monitorship of Gun Dealers <p> Jenner &amp; Block successfully concluded an important and innovative monitorship the firm has been handling since December 2006 involving gun dealers the City of New York (under then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg) sued for selling firearms in violation of federal law.&nbsp; The 18 dealers at issue, located in Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, were targeted because of the large number of guns traced back to them that had been used in crimes committed in New York between 1994 and 2001.&nbsp;</p> <p> Partner <a href="">Peter B. Pope</a> has been acting as special master in the matter since 2011.&nbsp; Former partner Andrew Weissmann was originally appointed to the position by Judge Jack Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York; Mr. Weissmann served until he left the firm to become the FBI’s general counsel.</p> <p> The role of the special master was to monitor the sales activities of the dealers in question and ensure that each was in full compliance with all laws regulating the sales and purchases of firearms.&nbsp; One particular initiative was educating the dealers about straw purchases, that is, gun purchases by a person who would not be the ultimate possessor – a frequent tool of the illegal gun trade.&nbsp;</p> <p> The special master’s duties recently concluded, and Mr. Pope submitted his final report to the court.&nbsp; In it, he cited a 2013 study by Johns Hopkins University that concluded that, seven years after the lawsuits were filed and the monitorship established, the NYC Police Department was recovering 84 percent fewer crime guns from the monitored dealers than in the pre-lawsuit period – a strong measure of success.</p> <p> Mr. Pope was assisted by Partners <a href="">Tarsha A. Phillibert</a> and <a href="">Michael W. Ross</a>.</p> <p> Judge Weinstein’s response to Mr. Pope's final report noted, “The Special Master’s final report is received with congratulations to the Special Master for a job well done.”&nbsp; Mr. Pope is photographed and quoted in a <a href="">front-page article</a> in the <em>New York Law Journal</em> that examines the monitorship.&nbsp; He tells the <em>NYLJ</em> that, going forward, he hopes retailers will continue to sell weapons only to eligible customers.</p> 30 Jul 2015