News Feed News Description Partner Michael Scodro Discusses Supreme Court Arguments in Same-Sex Marriage Cases on <i>Chicago Tonight</i> <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner&nbsp;<a href="">Michael A. Scodro</a>&nbsp;was a guest panelist on the public affairs program&nbsp;<em>Chicago Tonight&nbsp;</em>on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. &nbsp;The show focused on the oral arguments on the right of same-sex couples to marry that are being heard earlier that day by the US Supreme Court. &nbsp;</p> <p> Mr. Scodro is a member of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice. Before joining Jenner &amp; Block, he served as the solicitor general of the State of Illinois from 2007 to 2014 where he oversaw both the civil and criminal appeals divisions of the Illinois Attorney General’s office. He was a clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor from 1998 to 1999.</p> <p> <em>A video of the segment may be viewed <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</em></p> 27 Apr 2015 Firm Files Amicus Brief in Immigration Matter on Behalf Of Educators and Children's Rights Advocates <p> On April 6, 2015, Jenner &amp; Block filed an <a href="">amicus brief</a> in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of <em>Texas v. United States</em>, in which the Fifth Circuit will review a Texas district court’s decision earlier this year to enjoin implementation of a US Department of Homeland Security program that would grant “deferred action” (i.e., temporary relief from deportation) to parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPR), as well as to individuals who arrived in this country as children.&nbsp; Collectively, these programs (known as DAPA and DACA) would provide security from deportation and work authorization documentation for nearly five million individuals.&nbsp; The amicus brief, written on behalf of a group of educators and children’s rights advocates, describes the public interest in the immediate implementation of DAPA and DACA, specifically because of the benefits of those programs not only to the recipients, but also to the US citizen and LPR children whose parents would be eligible for the relief.</p> <p> The brief details the significant harms currently facing US citizens and LPR children because of the actual or threatened deportation of their parents.&nbsp; When parents are deported, these children face a horrible dilemma: remaining behind without parental support or leaving with their parents to a foreign and unknown country.&nbsp; Children living under the threat of their parents’ deportation suffer enduring emotional and psychological harm, including increased occurrences of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, correlating with poor school performance.&nbsp; The brief cites studies concluding that when parents are provided with some form of legal recognition, the harms to children of undocumented parents can be significantly mitigated and educational outcomes improved.</p> <p> <em>Amici</em> include the American Federation of Teachers, First Focus, the National Education Association, ASPIRA, Educators for Fair Consideration, The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Pomona College and The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis.</p> <p> Partner <a href="">Michael W. Ross</a> and Associates <a href="">Jason P. Hipp</a> and <a href="">Breanne K. Long</a> worked on the brief, with assistance from Partner <a href="">Matthew E. Price</a>, Associate <a href="">Christine I. Lee</a> and Paralegal Cheryl J. Kras.</p> 27 Apr 2015 Jenner & Block Partner Paul M. Smith Discusses the 40-year History of Marriage Equality Cases <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="255" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="450"></iframe></p> <p> In this <a href="">video excerpt</a>, Jenner &amp; Block partner <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> recalls the long history of more than 40 years of “step-by-step” efforts toward marriage equality, resulting in the <em>Obergefell v. Hodges</em> case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.</p> <p> Beginning in 1971 when Pacific Telephone &amp; Telegraph Co. announced that it would not hire a known homosexual, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in <em>Baker v. Nelson</em> — in a five-page opinion without dissent — that&nbsp;the Constitution does not protect “a fundamental right” for same-sex couples to get married. It would be 14 years after&nbsp;<em>Baker v. Nelson</em>&nbsp;before the Supreme Court would issue a major ruling on gay rights — in&nbsp;<a href=""><em>Bowers v. Hardwick</em></a> in 1986, upholding a Georgia law that made it a crime for adult gay couples to engage in homosexual acts in private; that decision was overruled in 2003 by<em>&nbsp;<u><a href="">Lawrence v. Texas</a></u></em><u>,</u> when the Court first recognized a constitutional right of privacy for homosexual acts between consenting adults.</p> <p> Mr. Smith successfully argued that landmark gay rights case <em>Lawrence v. Texas</em> in front of the high court.</p> <p> The video is an excerpt from Mr. Smith’s comments last week at the <a href="">American Constitutional Society’s briefing on marriage equality cases</a>.</p> <p> A partner and Chair of Jenner &amp; Block’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice, Mr. Smith has had an active Supreme Court practice for three decades involving matters ranging from free speech and civil rights to civil procedure. His important victories have also included <em>Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Ass’n</em>, establishing the First Amendment rights of those who produce and sell video games.</p> 27 Apr 2015 Leading Lawyers Network Names Seven Partners As Top Illinois Women Lawyers <p> Seven Jenner &amp; Block partners are recognized among the top women lawyers in Illinois in the recently published <em>Leading Lawyers Network Magazine – Women’s Edition</em> for 2015.&nbsp; Lawyers included in the magazine are nominated by their peers for the recognition.&nbsp; Partner E. Lynn Grayson, co-chair of the firm’s Environmental and Workplace Health &amp; Safety Law Practice, was named as one of the “Top 10 Women Lawyers in Illinois”; Partner Gabrielle Sigel, co-chair of the Climate and Clean Technology Law Practice, and Partner Barbara S. Steiner, co-chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, were among the “Top 100 Women Lawyers” in the state. &nbsp;</p> <p> The seven partners and their Leading Lawyers Network practice areas are:</p> <div> Top 10 Women Lawyers in Illinois:</div> <ul> <li> <a href="">E. Lynn Grayson</a>, transactional</li> </ul> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Top 100 Women Lawyers in Illinois:</div> <ul> <li> <a href="">E. Lynn Grayson</a></li> <li> <a href="">Gabrielle Sigel</a></li> <li> <a href="">Barbara S. Steiner</a></li> </ul> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Top 100 Women Business Lawyers in Illinois:</div> <ul> <li> <a href="">E. Lynn Grayson</a></li> <li> <a href="">Gabrielle Sigel</a></li> <li> <a href="">Barbara S. Steiner</a></li> </ul> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Leading Lawyers in Illinois:</div> <ul> <li> <a href="">E. Lynn Grayson</a>, environmental law</li> <li> <a href="">Terri L. Mascherin</a>, commercial litigation; federal regulatory law; telecommunications law</li> <li> <a href="">Gail H. Morse</a>, tax law: business</li> <li> <a href="">Carla J. Rozycki</a>, employment law; management</li> <li> <a href="">Gabrielle Sigel</a>, environmental law; insurance, insurance coverage and reinsurance law; toxic torts defense law</li> <li> <a href="">Catherine L. Steege</a>, bankruptcy and workout law; commercial redevelopment</li> <li> <a href="">Barbara S. Steiner</a>, commercial litigation</li> </ul> 28 Apr 2015 Partner Paul M. Smith Participates In National Constitution Center Podcast On Same-Sex Marriage <p> Partner <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> participated in a <a href="">National Constitution Center</a> podcast to break down the lines of reasoning pursued by the U.S. Supreme Court Justices about same-sex marriage.&nbsp; This week, the Justices heard two and a half hours of oral arguments in <em>Obergefell v. Hodges</em>, the historic case about same-sex couples who were denied a right to marry after a federal court upheld same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.&nbsp; Marriage equality supporters believe the unions are permitted nationally under the Constitution’s Due Process and Equal Protection provisions.&nbsp; But the four states in the lawsuit believe same-sex marriage eligibility should be determined by the states and that the traditional definition of marriage should be respected.&nbsp; A decision in the case is expected in June.&nbsp; The full podcast is available <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p> Joining Mr. Smith in debating the merits of the issues is John Eastman, the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law &amp; Community Service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law.&nbsp; He is a Founding Director of the Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute.</p> <p> Mr. Smith is chair of Jenner &amp; Block’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and co-chair of the Media and First Amendment and Election Law and Redistricting Practices.&nbsp; He has had an active Supreme Court practice for nearly three decades, including oral arguments in 16 Supreme Court cases involving matters ranging from free speech and civil rights to civil procedure.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> 30 Apr 2015 Experienced Government Contract Lawyer Mark J. Nackman Joins Jenner & Block LLP <p> Jenner &amp; Block LLP is pleased to announce that experienced government contract lawyer <a href=""><span style="color:green;">Mark J. Nackman</span></a>, a former general counsel for a business unit of a Fortune 100 aerospace and defense company, is joining the firm’s nationally acclaimed Government Contracts Practice in the Washington, DC office.&nbsp; With ties to national and regional contractors based in the National Capital Region and extensive knowledge of the aerospace and defense sector, Mr. Nackman will add substantial experience to the firm’s longstanding capabilities in this arena.&nbsp; With his cybersecurity and intelligence community credentials, Mr. Nackman will also allow us to better serve our clients confronted with sensitive issues regarding classified contracts, and his experience will enhance the firm’s growing cybersecurity counseling within the Privacy and Information Governance Practice.</p> <p> “We have a stellar group of lawyers who understand the intricacies and practicalities of doing business with the government,” said Jenner &amp; Block Managing Partner <a href=""><span style="color:green;">Terrence J. Truax</span></a>.&nbsp; “We are excited to have Mark join the team and continue the firm’s longstanding tradition of representing some of the largest defense contractors, as well as small businesses and start-ups, with their most pressing matters and business opportunities.”&nbsp;</p> <p> Before joining Jenner &amp; Block, Mr. Nackman served as vice president and general counsel for General Dynamics - Advanced Information Systems, General Dynamics Corporation’s multi-billion-dollar ISR and cybersecurity government business unit as well as General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions, General Dynamics Corporation’s commercial cybersecurity business unit.&nbsp; In that role, he was responsible for the units’ legal, export controls, contracts and subcontracts and oversaw all legal, contracts and compliance matters including international and commercial transactions, litigation, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions due diligence and negotiations, and divestiture activities.&nbsp; He managed a department of 140 people and seven lawyers.&nbsp;</p> <p> “Mark is a well-suited and valuable addition to our team,” said <a href=""><span style="color:green;">David A. Churchill</span></a>, co-chair of Jenner &amp; Block’s Government Contracts Practice.&nbsp; “His government contracts experience and legal acumen will help clients effectively address their contentious matters, navigate today’s complex regulatory landscape and pursue transactional opportunities.”</p> <p> Before joining General Dynamics in 2011, Mr. Nackman served as vice president and associate general counsel at Alliant Techsystems (ATK), where he provided counsel to executive leadership on all phases of government contracts and international trade compliance.&nbsp; He was previously a civilian attorney-advisor and active-duty judge advocate (JAG) with the US Air Force, including serving as staff judge advocate for an airbase in Iraq in 2005. From 2000 to 2002, he served as a special assistant US attorney in the District of New Mexico.&nbsp;</p> <p> “Jenner &amp; Block has one of the pre-eminent government contracts practices,” Mr. Nackman said. “I am very pleased to join the practice’s deep bench of lawyers who are committed to helping clients respond to ever-changing regulatory requirements. The firm’s overall litigation and corporate capabilities provide an ideal platform for expanding our reach to a broad cross-section of government contractors.”</p> <p> In 2014, Mr. Nackman was appointed jointly by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative to serve as a member of the International Trade Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights, a Federal Advisory Committee.&nbsp; He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Purdue University, his J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law and his LL.M in Government Procurement Law (with the highest honors) from The George Washington University Law School.&nbsp; Mr. Nackman is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, where he teaches in the scholarly writing program and serves as a faculty advisor to the <em>Public Contract Law Journal</em>.&nbsp; He serves on the board of directors for SourceAmerica, an organization that provides employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities.&nbsp; Mr. Nackman is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and former chair of the American Bar Association’s Aerospace &amp; Defense Industries Committee.&nbsp;</p> 4 May 2015 Justice Ginsburg Cites Firm Amicus Brief in Campaign Solicitation Case <p align="left"> U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg repeatedly cited and relied on an <a href="">amicus brief</a> written by the firm in her concurring opinion in the Supreme Court’s recent decision in a case involving the constitutionality of campaign finance restrictions imposed on judges running for office.&nbsp; In <em>Williams-Yulee v.The Florida Bar</em>, the Court held that Florida’s ban on the personal solicitation of campaign funds by candidates for judgeships does not violate the First Amendment.&nbsp; A firm team submitted an amicus brief in support of The Florida Bar on behalf of professors of law, economics and political science who study the effects of judicial elections on judicial decision-making.&nbsp;&nbsp; In her <a href="">opinion</a>, Justice Ginsburg cited the amicus brief’s argument that numerous studies have found that “the money pressure groups spend on judicial elections ‘can affect judicial decision-making across a broad range of cases.’”&nbsp; The brief was written by Partner <a href="">Jessica Ring Amunson</a> and Associate <a href="">Alex S. Trepp</a> with assistance from Paralegal Cheryl Olson and Legal Assistant Sheree Anyiam.&nbsp; Following the Court’s ruling, Ms. Amunson participated as an invited contributor to a symposium sponsored by SCOTUSBlog, authoring an article entitled “<a href="">A Rare Case Indeed</a>,” in which Ms. Amunson compared the Chief Justice’s opinion for the Court in <em>Williams-Yulee</em> with his prior opinion striking down certain campaign finance restrictions in <em>McCutcheon v. FEC</em>.</p> 7 May 2015 Partner Michael Brody Elected as President of 7th Circuit Bar Association <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Michael T. Brody</a> has been elected president of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.&nbsp; Mr. Brody was selected president at the Association’s Board of Governors’ meeting during the 64th Annual Meeting of the Bar Association and the Judicial Conference of the Seventh Circuit, which took place earlier this week in Milwaukee.</p> <p> Mr. Brody has been a leader in the bar association for many years, chairing several committees and serving as a member of the board of governors and as secretary, second vice presidentand first vice president.&nbsp; He is the first Jenner &amp; Block lawyer to serve as president of the association.</p> <p> Interestingly, Mr. Brody follows in the footsteps of his father, James Patrick Brody, a Milwaukee lawyer who also served as a Seventh Circuit Bar Association President, from 1973 to 1974.</p> 8 May 2015 Partner Richard Stone Named 2015 “Power Lawyer” by The Hollywood Reporter <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Richard L. Stone</a>, co-chair of the firm’s Content, Media &amp; Entertainment Practice, has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as one of the top 100 “Power Lawyers” by <em>The Hollywood Reporter </em>(<em>THR</em>).&nbsp; The annual list, which recognizes talent lawyers, litigators and corporate lawyers, is compiled by <em>THR</em> editors and entertainment journalists who have reported on the year’s biggest deals and disputes.&nbsp; Mr. Stone is one of 32 litigators selected on the list.&nbsp; In a <a href="">short profile</a> published online on April 29 and in the May 8 hard copy edition, he is noted for helping engineer television broadcasters' successful efforts in their litigation against Aereo, playing a big hand in battles over Dish Network’s Autohop ad-skipping feature and protecting broadcasters against claims they are exploiting college athletes.</p> 8 May 2015 Esteemed Restructuring and Bankruptcy Lawyer Richard Levin Joins Jenner & Block as New York Partner <p> NEW YORK, May 11, 2015 – Jenner &amp; Block LLP is pleased to announce that internationally renowned restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer <a href="">Richard Levin</a> – an author of the 1978 US Bankruptcy Code and recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Bankruptcy – is joining the firm as a partner in its New York office and becoming a member of its nationally recognized Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization Practice, effective May 18, 2015.</p> <p> Mr. Levin is a distinguished leader in the bankruptcy profession, having forged a pre-eminent reputation as a restructuring, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights lawyer in his nearly 40 years in practice – by leading or playing a major role in numerous precedent-setting domestic and cross-border insolvency proceedings.</p> <p> “Rich is simply one of the foremost bankruptcy professionals,” said <a href="">Terrence J. Truax</a>, managing partner of Jenner &amp; Block.&nbsp; “His reputation for handling all facets of bankruptcy law – including commercial and municipal bankruptcies, restructurings and workouts – is unsurpassed.&nbsp; We are excited that Rich is joining the firm and is a significant additional presence in New York to our Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization Practice. &nbsp;We are a firm of ever-expanding global reach, and Rich’s presence further strengthens our capabilities.”</p> <p> Mr. Levin joins the firm after serving as a partner at Cravath, Swaine &amp; Moore LLP (2007-2015), where he chaired its Restructuring Practice.&nbsp; Among his numerous accomplishments there, he advised on the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on the City of Detroit’s bankruptcy case, coordinating a broad effort that protected the DIA’s priceless collection from the city’s creditors, and negotiated the first and most favorable settlement of clawback claims in the Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities SIPA proceeding.</p> <p> “Jenner &amp; Block has a history of involvement in some of the most high-profile and complex corporate reorganizations, manifested most recently by the service of our Chairman, Anton Valukas, as Examiner in the Lehman Brothers case,” said <a href="">Daniel R. Murray</a>, chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization Practice.&nbsp; “Rich’s entire career similarly has been marked by the highest quality of service to his clients and a deep dedication to the development of restructuring law.&nbsp; By joining Jenner &amp; Block, Rich, with the knowledge, experience and leadership skills he brings, will enable our firm to further its commitment to our clients and remain on the cutting edge of the development of the law in this area.”</p> <p> Before Cravath, Mr. Levin was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &amp; Flom LLP &amp; Affiliates (1997-2007); chief financial officer and general counsel at Whittaker Corporation (1994-1997); shareholder at bankruptcy boutique firm Stutman, Treister &amp; Glatt Prof. Corp. (1978-1994); and assistant counsel to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary (1975-1978).&nbsp; He serves as chair of the National Bankruptcy Conference and is a Fellow and former regent, board member and vice president of the American College of Bankruptcy.</p> <p> Mr. Levin provides additional pedigree to a New York office that has undergone substantial litigation and corporate growth over the past several years.&nbsp; &quot;We are delighted that Rich – unquestionably a superstar in his field – has decided to join Jenner &amp; Block,&quot; said <a href="">Richard F. Ziegler</a>, managing partner of the firm's New York office.&nbsp; &quot;The firm is committed to growing our decade-old New York office, which has quickly become a top choice for superb lawyers of all levels of seniority who value the law as a profession and find great satisfaction in practicing in an intensely collegial setting.&quot;</p> <p> Mr. Levin was a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study Reform of Chapter 11, which recently issued its final report and recommendations, and served as a consultant to the World Bank and the Central Bank of Brazil regarding Brazil’s 2005 bankruptcy legislation.&nbsp; Since 2002, he has served as a faculty member at the Federal Judicial Center’s Bankruptcy Judge Workshops.&nbsp; He is also a lecturer in law at Harvard Law School and a sought-after speaker and author on a range of bankruptcy issues.&nbsp; Mr. Levin has repeatedly been recognized as one of the foremost practitioners of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law by, among others, <em>Chambers USA</em> and <em>Chambers Global</em>, <em>Best Lawyers in America</em> and <em>Benchmark Litigation</em>.&nbsp; He earned his JD from Yale Law School and his SB from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.</p> <p> “With its strong reputation for handling litigation, corporate and bankruptcy matters, Jenner &amp; Block is an ideal platform where my practice can flourish,” Mr. Levin said.&nbsp; “I have known personally and admired many of the firm’s talented partners and have great respect for several of the bankruptcy lawyers with whom I have worked (or been opposite from) on numerous matters.&nbsp; The work they have done in the private equity bankruptcy area is a perfect fit with my practice.&nbsp; I am excited to join a firm so steadfastly committed to excellence and to public service.&nbsp; I am eager to play a role in helping the firm grow its transactional practice and presence in New York.”</p> <p> Jenner &amp; Block’s commitment to public service and pro bono matches Rich’s similar career-long commitment, exemplified by the numerous public service accolades he has received, including the 2013 Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement from the <em>Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal</em> and the 2012 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Endowment for Education Excellence in Education Award.</p> 11 May 2015 Partner William Pericak Interviewed Regarding DOJ’s Increasing Use of the False Claims Act to Investigate Criminal Activity <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">William C. Pericak</a> was interviewed by the American Hospital Association for his insight on the US Department of Justice’s increasing use of the False Claims Act (FCA) as a tool to investigate potential criminal activity.&nbsp; In a legal advisory titled <a href="">“DOJ Criminal Division Takes Interest in FCA Cases,”</a> Mr. Pericak, the former assistant chief and counsel to the chief of the Fraud Section of the DOJ, answers a series of questions about the DOJ’s recent announcements that it is “stepping up” the use of cases filed under the FCA.&nbsp; “DOJ’s announced goal is to encourage a ‘culture of compliance’ which organizations can demonstrate, in part, by adopting and adhering to policies that represent ‘best practices.’ DOJ expects compliance programs to be strong on paper and in practice, with sufficient resources allocated to carrying out the mission,” Mr. Pericak says.</p> 12 May 2015 Partner Michael Brody Profiled as New President of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Michael T. Brody</a> is the subject of a profile that focuses on his goals as the new president of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.&nbsp;&nbsp; Titled “<a href="/system/assets/assets/8703/original/Brody_20CDLB_20may_2011_202015.pdf">Pro Bono Pro Wants to Help Pro Se Litigants</a>,” the article in the <em>Chicago Daily Law Bulletin</em> highlights Mr. Brody’s goal of ensuring that more litigants going before Chicago’s federal appeals court have representation.&nbsp; In addition to increasing the ranks of lawyers taking cases pro bono, Mr. Brody wants to spread the word about the benefits of belonging to the Association.&nbsp; “We have a strong membership, but I’d like to see it be bigger.&nbsp; And I’d like to continue to promote to federal practitioners the things that the bar association does well,” he says.&nbsp; The profile also notes that Mr. Brody’s father, the late James Patrick Brody, served as the Association’s president in 1974 and 1975.</p> 11 May 2015 Firm Secures Resounding Victory for Major Record Companies in Grooveshark Copyright Infringement Case <p> Jenner &amp; Block secured a resounding victory for its clients UMG Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group on April 30, 2015, when Grooveshark agreed to shut down after years of litigation, consented to the entry of a $50 million judgment and transferred all of its intellectual property to the plaintiffs, avoiding a looming jury verdict that could have left the company owing $736 million in copyright infringement damages.&nbsp; This victory was hailed by the Recording Industry Association of America as &quot;an important victory for artists and the entire music industry,&quot; which “ends a major source of infringing activity.&quot;</p> <p> Last fall, the firm obtained an important victory in the matter when the US District Court for the Southern District of New York granted its motion for summary judgment and found defendants Escape Media Group, Inc. and its co-founders liable for copyright infringement for directing company employees to upload copyrighted sound recordings to the Grooveshark music service.&nbsp; The complaint asserted that Escape and its founders engaged in this campaign in order to attract users to Grooveshark. &nbsp;In addition to finding the company liable for copyright infringement arising from this conduct, Judge Thomas P. Griesa found Grooveshark’s founders, Samuel Tarantino and Joshua Greenberg, liable for personally uploading copyrighted songs to Grooveshark as well as for their role in directing the infringement by their employees.&nbsp; Grooveshark was also sanctioned for destroying evidence, including source code and data reflecting the uploading of files by Escape employees. &nbsp;More recently, the Court granted plaintiffs’ motion holding defendants to be willful infringers thus increasing their potential liability to $150,000 per infringed work.</p> <p> The team representing the record companies included Partners <a href="">Andrew H. Bart</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Gianni P. Servodidio</a>&nbsp;and <a href="">Adam G. Unikowsky</a> and Associates <a href="">Lindsay W. Bowen</a>, <a href="">Alison I. Stein </a>and &nbsp;<a href="">Ava U. McAlpin</a>.</p> <p> Coverage on settlement can be found in <em><a href="">Billboard</a></em>, <em><a href="">Law360</a> </em>(<em>subscription may be required</em>), <em><a href="">The New York Times</a></em>, <em><a href="">Recode</a></em>, <em><a href="">Reuters</a> </em>and <em><a href="">Variety</a></em>.</p> 30 Apr 2015 Partner Tarsha Phillibert Selected One of New York Law Journal’s 2015 Rising Stars <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Tarsha A. Phillibert</a> has been named one of <em>New York Law Journal</em>’s <a href=";bu=New%20York%20Law%20Journal&amp;cn=20150508&amp;src=EMC-Email&amp;pt=Breaking%20News">2015 Rising Stars</a>.&nbsp; She is among 50 young lawyers chosen by a panel of 24 judges who reviewed nearly 300 nominations of attorneys under 40 who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to their communities and the practice of law in New York and beyond.&nbsp; The list features lawyers from all over New York who work in large and small law firms, in public interest organizations, government, academia and in-house legal departments. &nbsp;A profile of Ms. Phillibert, a partner in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, will appear in a <em>New York Law Journal</em> special section on June 16, and she will be honored at an event that evening at Manhattan Penthouse.</p> 13 May 2015 <i>National Law Journal</i> Names Partner Catherine Steege an “Outstanding Woman Lawyer” <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Catherine L. Steege</a> was selected as one of 75 of the nation’s most accomplished female lawyers in the profession today as part of <em>The National Law Journal</em>’s “<a href="">Outstanding Women Lawyers</a>” feature.&nbsp;</p> <p> In making their selections,<em>NLJ</em> editors evaluated hundreds of nominations submitted from around the country by law firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations and law schools. &nbsp;They ultimately chose these top women lawyers based on several criteria, including:</p> <ul> <li> Development of successful practices, especially new areas of law or practices typically dominated by men;</li> <li> Attainment of professional leadership roles;</li> <li> Performance in significant cases, including those that resulted in key, often precedent-setting rulings, victories at trial and significant settlements;</li> <li> Influence and stature in the public sector, including high-level government work;</li> <li> Representation of the underserved or indigent;Demonstrated efforts to improve diversity in the profession.</li> </ul> <p> As co-chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy Litigation Practice, Ms. Steege has shown leadership in each of these areas.&nbsp; In 2014, she presented oral arguments before the US Supreme Court in <em>Wellness International Network v. Sharif</em>, a case that could clarify the powers of nearly 1,000 federal bankruptcy court judges and one that stems from a 2011 Supreme Court decision involving late Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith.&nbsp; Ms. Steege was again at the high court when she assisted with the briefing in <em>Law v. Siegel</em>, a case in which the Supreme Court, in a 9-0 decision, ruled for her pro bono client in a decision that addressed the equitable powers of the bankruptcy courts.</p> <p> Ms. Steege also successfully represented the American Airlines’ Section 1114 Retiree Committee in fending off an attempt by the airline’s parent company, AMR Corp., to terminate more than $1.3 billion in health and life insurance benefits for nearly 47,000 retirees.&nbsp; Also in 2014, she represented Emerald Casino Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee Frances F. Gecker, prevailing after a three-month federal trial and winning $272 million in damages for the client.</p> 18 May 2015 Partner Luke Platzer Featured in Legal Blog of The Copyright Alliance <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Luke C.&nbsp; Platzer</a> is profiled in an article that examines his unique practice, focusing on copyright issues on the Internet and emerging media platforms.&nbsp; Titled “<a href="">A Conversation with Luke Platzer</a>,” the article is presented in a question-and-answer format, with Luke discussing, among other topics, when he knew he wanted to focus on IP law, his most unusual case and the best part of working in this field.&nbsp; The article appeared in <em>The</em> <em>Legal Blog</em> of The Copyright Alliance.&nbsp; Mr. Platzer serves as a member of the Alliance’s Legal Advisory Board.</p> 14 May 2015 <i>Chambers USA</i> 2015 Ranks 25 Jenner & Block Practices Among the Best in the United States <p> Jenner &amp; Block has been named as among the United States' top law firms in 25 practice areas on state and national levels in the just-released 2015 edition of<em> Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business</em><em>.&nbsp; </em>Of these rankings, seven practices were “Band 1” distinctions, <em>Chambers</em>’ highest level of recommendation.&nbsp; In addition, 50 Jenner &amp; Block partners received a total of 58 individual rankings; of those, 11 partners were ranked “Band 1.”</p> <p> Newly recognized lawyers include <a href="">Kevin C. Dwyer</a>, <a href="">Steven R. Englund</a>, <a href="">Lindsay C. Harrison</a>, <a href="">Susan J. Kohlmann</a> and <a href="">Damien C. Specht</a>.&nbsp; <a href="">Richard Levin</a> and <a href="">Daniel A. Rozansky</a> are both newly ranked as Jenner &amp; Block partners, having been <em>Chambers</em>-ranked at prior firms.&nbsp; Newly recognized practices include Leisure &amp; Hospitality (Nationwide); Corporate Crime &amp; Investigations (Nationwide); Litigation: General Commercial (California); Media &amp; Entertainment: Entertainment Litigation (New York); and Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded (New York).</p> <p> <em>Chambers USA</em> is a prestigious and widely followed directory that recognizes law firms and attorneys.&nbsp; Ranked firms and individuals must have demonstrated “technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment,” among other qualities most valued by clients and in-house counsel.&nbsp; <em>Chambers</em>’ independent and objective rankings are based on thousands of in-depth, confidential and unattributed interviews with “a vast range” of lawyers and their clients.</p> <p> Below is the list of practices and partners that are recognized in the 2015 directory, with links to each <em>Chambers</em> <em>USA</em> profile.</p> <p> <strong>PRACTICES</strong></p> <p> <strong>Nationwide</strong></p> <p> <a href="">Appellate Law<br /> Corporate Crime &amp; Investigations</a> (Recognized Practitioner)<a href=""><br /> Government: Government Contracts</a> (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder<br /> International Arbitration<br /> Leisure &amp; Hospitality</a></p> <p> <strong>California</strong></p> <p> <a href="">Litigation: General Commercial</a> (Recognized Practitioner)<a href=""><br /> Media &amp; Entertainment: Litigation</a></p> <p> <strong>District of Columbia</strong></p> <p> <a href="">Insurance: Policyholder<br /> Media &amp; Entertainment</a> (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Telecom, Broadcast &amp; Satellite</a></p> <p> <strong>Illinois</strong></p> <p> <a href="">Bankruptcy/Restructuring<br /> Corporate/M&amp;A &amp; Private Equity<br /> Environment</a> (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Insurance: Dispute Resolution</a> (Band 1)<br /> <a href="">Intellectual Property</a><br /> <a href="">Litigation: General Commercial</a> (Band 1)<br /> <a href="">Litigation: White-Collar Crime &amp; Government Investigations</a> (Band 1)<br /> <a href="">Media &amp; Entertainment</a>: Litigation (Band 1)<br /> <a href="">Real Estate</a><br /> <a href="">Tax</a></p> <p> <strong>New York</strong></p> <p> <a href="">Corporate/M&amp;A: Highly Regarded<br /> Intellectual Property: Trade Mark &amp; Copyright<br /> Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded</a> (Recognized Practitioner)<a href=""><br /> Media &amp; Entertainment: Entertainment Litigation</a></p> <p> <strong>INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS</strong></p> <p> <a href="">Andrew H. Bart</a>, Media &amp; Entertainment: Copyright &amp; Contract Disputes (New York) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Andrew H. Bart</a>, Intellectual Property: Trademark &amp; Copyright (New York)<a href=""><br /> Joseph G. Bisceglia</a>, Construction (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> David J. Bradford</a>, Litigation: General Commercial (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> Mary Ellen Callahan</a>, Privacy &amp; Data Security (Nationwide)<a href=""><br /> David A. Churchill</a>, Government: Government Contracts (Nationwide) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Carissa Coze</a>, Corporate/M&amp;A (Southern California) (Recognized Practitioner)<a href=""><br /> Geoffrey M. Davis</a>, Tax (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> W. Jay DeVecchio</a>, Government: Government Contracts (Nationwide)<a href=""><br /> Kevin C. Dwyer</a>, Government: Government Contracts (Nationwide) (Recognized Practitioner)<a href=""><br /> Steven R. Englund</a>, Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright &amp; Trade Secrets (District of Columbia)<a href=""><br /> Samuel L. Feder</a>, Telecom, Broadcast &amp; Satellite (District of Columbia)<a href=""><br /> John Flynn</a>, Telecom, Broadcast &amp; Satellite (District of Columbia)<a href=""><br /> Robert L. Graham</a>, Environment: Mainly Transactional (Illinois) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> E. Lynn Grayson</a>, Environment: Mainly Transactional (Illinois) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Joseph P. Gromacki</a>, Corporate/M&amp;A (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> David A. Handzo</a>, Leisure &amp; Hospitality (Nationwide)<a href=""><br /> Mark A. Harris</a>, Corporate/M&amp;A (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> Lindsay C. Harrison</a>, Leisure &amp; Hospitality (Nationwide)<a href=""><br /> Matthew L. Jacobs</a>, Insurance: Policyholder (District of Columbia)<a href=""><br /> Christian E. Kimball</a>, Tax (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> Susan J. Kohlmann</a>, Intellectual Property: Trademark &amp; Copyright (New York)<a href=""><br /> David M. Kroeger</a>, Insurance: Dispute Resolution (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> Vincent E. Lazar</a>, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> Richard Levin</a>, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Nationwide)<br /> <a href="">Richard Levin</a>, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (New York)<a href=""><br /> Bradford P. Lyerla</a>, Intellectual Property (Illinois) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Craig C. Martin</a>, Litigation: General Commercial (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> John H. Mathias, Jr.,</a> Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder (Nationwide)<a href=""><br /> John H. Mathias, Jr</a>., Insurance: Dispute Resolution (Illinois) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Kevin P. Mullen</a>, Government: Government Contracts (Nationwide)<a href=""><br /> Daniel R. Murray</a>, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> Thomas C. Newkirk</a>, Securities: Regulation: Enforcement (Nationwide)<a href=""><br /> Dean N. Panos</a>, Food &amp; Beverages: Regulatory &amp; Litigation (Nationwide)<a href=""><br /> Ronald R. Peterson</a>, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> Donald I. Resnick</a>, Real Estate (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> Harry J. Roper</a>, Intellectual Property (Illinois) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Daniel A. Rozansky</a>, Media &amp; Entertainment: Litigation (California)<a href=""><br /> David P. Sanders</a>, Media &amp; Entertainment: Litigation (Illinois) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Lawrence S. Schaner</a>, International Arbitration (Nationwide)<a href=""><br /> Reid J. Schar</a>, Litigation: White-Collar Crime &amp; Government Investigations (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> Gabrielle Sigel</a>, Environment: Litigation (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> Steven M. Siros</a>, Environment: Litigation (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> Charles B. Sklarsky,</a> Litigation: White-Collar Crime &amp; Government Investigations (Illinois) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Charles B. Sklarsky</a>, Litigation: General Commercial (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> Paul M. Smith</a>, Appellate Law (Nationwide) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Paul M. Smith</a>, First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Paul M. Smith</a>, Media &amp; Entertainment (District of Columbia) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Damien C. Specht</a>, Government: Government Contracts (Nationwide)<a href=""><br /> Catherine L. Steege</a>, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Illinois)<a href=""><br /> Richard L. Stone</a>, Media &amp; Entertainment: Litigation (California)<a href=""><br /> Thomas P. Sullivan</a>, Litigation: General Commercial (Illinois) (Senior Statesman)<a href=""><br /> Andrew J. Thomas</a>, Media &amp; Entertainment: Litigation (California)<a href=""><br /> William L. Tolbert</a>, Securities: Regulation: Advisory (Nationwide)<a href=""><br /> Anton R. Valukas</a>, Litigation: General Commercial (Illinois) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Anton R. Valukas</a>, Litigation: White-Collar Crime &amp; Government Investigations (Illinois) (Band 1)<a href=""><br /> Anton R. Valukas</a>, Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Nationwide)<a href=""><br /> Richard F. Ziegler</a>, International Arbitration (Nationwide)</p> 21 May 2015 Partner Mercedes Hill Named an M&A Advisor "40 Under 40 Emerging Leader" <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Mercedes M. Hill</a> has been named a 2015 “40 Under 40 Emerging Leader” by The M&amp;A Advisor.&nbsp; Ms. Hill was recognized in the “Legal Advisor” category.&nbsp;</p> <p> The winners were selected for their accomplishments in business and service to the community by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.&nbsp; In addition to Legal Advisor, young men and women in the categories of “Dealmaker” and “Service Professional” were also recognized.</p> <p> Ms. Hill will receive the award and be recognized on June 29, 2015, at a black tie Awards Gala at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, during The M&amp;A Advisor’s 2015 Emerging Leaders Summit.&nbsp; The Summit provides a unique opportunity for current and past Emerging Leader Award winners to connect with peers and prominent global business leaders.</p> <p> This is the sixth year of the M&amp;A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 Awards, which was initiated to recognize high-achieving young professionals in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, financing and restructuring.</p> <p> Ms. Hill has been a key team member on some of the firm's largest deals, most recently the representation of Archer Daniels Midland in the $1.3 billion and $440 million carve-outs of its global cocoa and chocolate businesses.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> 21 May 2015 Sullivan, Brody, Franch Honored at Federal Court Ceremony for Excellence in Pro Bono <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Thomas P. Sullivan</a>, <a href="">Michael T. Brody</a> and <a href="">Richard T. Franch</a> were honored at the United States District Court’s&nbsp;Sixteenth Annual Awards for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service, held on May 14, 2015, at the Dirksen United States Courthouse in Chicago.</p> <p> Mr. Sullivan received the Special Walter J. Cummings Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federal Bar Association “in recognition of his work to improve the system of justice and his career of providing pro bono representation to the indigent.”&nbsp;</p> <p> In his opening remarks to the ceremony, Northern District of Illinois Chief Judge Ruben Castillo credited Mr. Sullivan with “transforming pro bono in our district.”&nbsp; Judge Matthew Kennelly, who presented the award, noted that Mr. Sullivan was key to the beginnings of Jenner &amp; Block’s pro bono program and to the national reputation that the program enjoys today.&nbsp; Judge Kennelly specifically mentioned Mr. Sullivan’s significant pro bono representations of William Witherspoon, the Contract Buyers’ League, Guantanamo detainees and Juan Rivera.&nbsp;</p> <p> Mr. Sullivan accepted the award to a standing ovation from the audience.&nbsp; In his comments, he credited the late Jenner &amp; Block partner and federal judge Prentice Marshall and the firm’s late name partner Albert Jenner with introducing him to pro bono work.&nbsp; And, after a legal career that has spanned more than 60 years, he noted that the cases he remembers most vividly and with the greatest satisfaction are his pro bono cases.&nbsp;</p> <p align="left"> Nominated for the US District Court’s Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service by Judge Joan Gottschall, Mr. Brody and Mr. Franch were recognized by the District Court for their long-running representation of Christopher Mosley.&nbsp; Former partner Keith Porapaiboon, who was also a member of the team, was honored as well.&nbsp; The case stems from an August 1997 fire in Chicago that claimed the life of an elderly resident of the building that burned.&nbsp; The trial court found Mr. Mosley guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated arson.&nbsp;</p> <p align="left"> After a series of unsuccessful direct appeals and post-conviction proceedings, Mr. Mosley filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the Northern District in 2005, and Judge Joan Gottschall appointed Jenner &amp; Block as habeas counsel.&nbsp; The team prevailed on Mr. Mosley’s behalf through two habeas proceedings and two Seventh Circuit appeals.&nbsp; With the State of Illinois electing to re-try Mr. Mosley, Mr. Brody and Associate Shaun M. Van Horn are preparing for trial.</p> <p align="left"> In presenting the award to the <em>Mosley</em> team, Judge Gottschall praised their “zealous advocacy and tireless commitment”&nbsp;in representing their client.</p> 14 May 2015 Partner Paul Smith Receives Honorary Degree from Amherst College <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Paul M. Smith </a>received an honorary doctor of laws degree from his alma mater, Amherst College, on May 24, 2015.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mr. Smith graduated from Amherst in 1976, receiving both <em>summa cum laude</em> and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He then went on to receive a law degree from Yale Law School, where he also was the editor-in-chief for the <em>Yale Law Journal</em>.&nbsp; Today, Mr. Smith is chair of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and co-chair of the Media and First Amendment and Election Law and Redistricting Practices.&nbsp; He has had an active Supreme Court practice for three decades, including oral arguments in 16 Supreme Court cases involving matters ranging from free speech and civil rights to civil procedure.&nbsp; Among high-profile victories before the Court is his win in the landmark <em>Lawrence v Texas</em> case, which outlawed anti-sodomy laws around the nation.&nbsp; On May 23, 2015, as part of commencement ceremonies, he spoke about that experience in a talk called “Witness to a Legal Revolution.”&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> 22 May 2015