News Feed News Description Matt Cipolla Selected as One of the “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40” <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Matthew D. Cipolla</a> has been named one of the 2016 “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40” by the National LGBT Bar Association. &nbsp;The award recognizes “outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a profound commitment to&nbsp;LGBT&nbsp;equality.”&nbsp; Mr. Cipolla and the other recipients will be honored at an awards luncheon on Friday, August 5, 2016 in Washington, DC.</p> <p> Mr. Cipolla was recognized with the award due to his steadfast commitment to advocacy for LGBT rights and his particular emphasis on LGBT health and HIV/AIDS.&nbsp; In 2010, he was awarded a Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality for his representation of LGBT asylum seekers who faced persecution due to their sexual orientation and HIV status in their native countries, including India, Jamaica, and Russia. &nbsp;Mr. Cipolla was among a team of lawyers recognized for their high quality, complex work on a number of cases involving the asylum applicants, representing several of them at the asylum office, immigration court and Board of Immigration Appeals levels. He has also conducted human rights investigations and engaged in health advocacy and development work in Papua New Guinea and Cambodia. In addition, he also serves as board member for the Face-to-Face AIDS Project (F2F) which promotes HIV awareness in Malawi and Cambodia and helps integrate HIV-positive individuals there into the community, including sponsoring youth groups for HIV-positive adolescents as well as supporting an HIV-positive youth soccer team, the Rising Stars.</p> <p> Mr. Cipolla is a partner in the Litigation Department of the firm as well as a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice. He has extensive experience representing both corporations and individuals in criminal and regulatory matters whether before the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or New York state and local prosecutors’ offices. In addition, he also conducts internal investigations and provides counsel for attendant civil litigations.</p> <p> Mr. Cipolla joins Partners <a href="">Lindsay C. Harrison</a>, <a href="">Luke C. Platzer</a>, and <a href="">Scott Wilkens</a> who have all been recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association for the award in previous years.</p> <p> Please click <a href="">here</a> to learn more and to view the complete list of winners.&nbsp;</p> 30 Jun 2016 Partner Reena Bajowala Featured in University of Illinois Asian American Alumni Network Newsletter <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Reena R. Bajowala</a> is featured in the newsletter of the University of Illinois Asian American Alumni Network.&nbsp; Ms. Bajowala obtained her BA in English and pre-law from the university in 2001.&nbsp; <a href="">The article</a> features her answers to a series of wide-ranging questions, such as the key to her accomplishments and her greatest current challenge.&nbsp; Ms. Bajowala discusses her view of her Asian-American identity, her experience at the university, and her passionate involvement in the firm’s pro bono program.&nbsp; Asked to summarize her feelings right after graduation versus where she is today, she says: “Uncertainty about the future and my place in it moved inch by inch to greater certainty as I stayed true to my history and culture, worked hard and stayed focused on contributing my talents to work, family and community.”</p> 5 Jul 2016 Partner John Mathias to Receive Award from the Harvard Law Society of Illinois <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">John H. Mathias, Jr.</a> will receive an award from the Harvard Law Society of Illinois (HLSI).&nbsp; Named after the firm’s late Chairman Jerold S. Solovy, the Jerold S. Solovy Award recognizes a Harvard Law School alum who exemplifies “commitment to public service and the highest ideals of the profession.”&nbsp; Mr. Mathias was nominated for the award by former associate Ravi Shankar, who says that Mr. Mathias was his mentor during his time at Jenner &amp; Block.&nbsp; Mr. Shankar worked with Mr. Mathias on several litigation matters and describes Mr. Mathias as the lawyer he strives to emulate.&nbsp; Mr. Mathias will accept the award during the Harvard Law Society of Illinois 2016 Role Models Reception on July 7, 2016.&nbsp; Harvard grads and friends can RSVP <a href=";w=1">here</a>.</p> <p> Mr. Mathias is a senior litigation partner and veteran trial lawyer whose practice focuses upon contract litigation, insurance and reinsurance, labor and employment, class actions, unfair competition, securities, intellectual property, and complex commercial disputes of all kinds.&nbsp; He is chair of the firm’s Insurance Recovery and Counseling Practice&nbsp;and oversees its Reinsurance Practice.&nbsp; Clients seek his advice and representation in difficult matters requiring sophisticated strategy, execution and advocacy.</p> 6 Jul 2016 Jenner & Block Represents Hertz in Separation of Equipment Rental Business <p> Jenner &amp; Block represented Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. in the previously announced separation of Hertz’s equipment rental business.&nbsp; Herc Holdings Inc. now operates the equipment rental business and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on July 1, 2016.&nbsp; In connection with the transaction, Hertz received cash proceeds of approximately $2 billion.&nbsp; Partner <a href="">Thomas A. Monson</a> led the team, which included Partners <a href="">William L. Tolbert</a>, <a href="">Jeffrey R. Shuman</a>, <a href="">Raymond D. Sinnappan</a>, <a href="">Jason M. Casella</a>, <a href="">Donald E. Batterson</a> and <a href="">Jeffrey D. Larson</a>, and Associates <a href="">Alexander J. May</a>, <a href="">Jeremy A. Casper</a>, <a href="">Sarah E. Haddy</a>, <a href="">Hannah K. Costigan-Cowles</a> and Sung San “Joe” Kim and Staff Attorney <a href="">Barry J. Shulock</a>.</p> 1 Jul 2016 Media Reports on Partner Kyle Gann’s Move to Jenner & Block <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Kyle Gann</a> has been featured in several articles regarding his move from Kirkland &amp; Ellis to Jenner &amp; Block in June. <em>Buyouts</em> profiled Kyle in its “<a href="">Need to Meet</a>” column (<em>subscription required</em>), which notes his broad-ranging experience in M&amp;A.&nbsp; <em>The National Law Journal</em> recognized him in its “<a href="">Movers</a>” column (<em>subscription required</em>), and the <em>Chicago Daily Law Bulletin</em> mentioned his move in its “<a href="">In the News</a>” column.</p> 7 Jul 2016 Partner Louis Fogel Appointed to University of Chicago Alumni Board <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Louis E. Fogel</a> has been appointed to the University of Chicago Alumni Board.&nbsp; Mr. Fogel earned his PhD in chemistry from the University in 2000 and his JD from the University in 2003.&nbsp; The Board’s mission is to enhance the connectedness of the worldwide University of Chicago community.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Board also recognizes and celebrates alumni achievement, and it helps ensure that appropriate resources and programs exist to further enrich the alumni experience.&nbsp; As an advisory board to University officers and the Board of Trustees on alumni interests, the Board sets policy for the Alumni Association.</p> 7 Jul 2016 Firm Receives Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum <p> Jenner &amp; Block is one of only 31 law firms across the United States to receive 2016 “Gold Standard” certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF).&nbsp; WILEF is the leading forum for the advancement of women in law; its annual Gold Standard certification is presented to large law firms (more than 300 lawyers) that meet the organization’s exacting standards for women in positions of power. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Now in its sixth year, the certification criteria became more rigorous, following WILEF’s decision to raise the bar on some of the criteria that firms must meet to demonstrate their commitment to promoting and fairly compensating women. &nbsp;These criteria include having women as a meaningful percentage of equity partners, partners in high leadership positions including governance and compensation committees and themost highly compensated equity partners.</p> <p> This year, in raising its standards, WILEF changed its definition of “equity partner” to mirror <em>The American Lawyer</em> definition: &nbsp;that a lawyer must receive no more than half of her income on a fixed basis.&nbsp; In addition, the threshold for satisfying the criteria “Women firm and US branch heads” and “Women within the top half of partners in terms of compensation” was raised from 10 percent to 15 percent.</p> 7 Jul 2016 Pro Bono Client Deserves a New Trial, Prosecutors Say <p> Pro bono client Adam Gray, sentenced in 1996 to mandatory life without parole after being convicted of setting a fire that killed two people, deserves a new trial, according to prosecutors in State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s Conviction Integrity Unit.&nbsp; Court papers say that dramatic advancements in fire science have “partially invalidated” expert testimony that was crucial to Mr. Gray’s arson and double murder conviction.&nbsp; The team representing Mr. Gray is led by Partner <a href="">Terri L. Mascherin</a>, who is quoted in a <em><a href="">Chicago Tribunearticle</a></em> about the case saying that the team is confident Mr. Gray would be acquitted at a retrial.&nbsp; “We believe, based on what today’s science makes clear, that there is no evidence this fire was an arson.&nbsp; We believe if this case is retried, the jury will find Adam Gray not guilty.”</p> <p> Other members of the team include Partner <a href="">Daniel T. Fenske</a> and Associate&nbsp;<a href="">Brij B. Patnaik</a></p> 13 Jul 2016 Partners Craig Martin and Paul Smith Named in the 2016 <i>Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America</i> <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Craig C. Martin</a> and <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> are named in the 2016 <em>Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America</em> and will be included in the <em>Lawdragon </em>magazine due out this fall.&nbsp; The guide is developed through a combination of editorial research by <em>Lawdragon</em> staff; submissions from law firms; and an online nomination form that allows visitors to recommend and comment on their favorite lawyers.</p> <p> Mr. Martin is chair of the firm’s Litigation Department.&nbsp; He practices in complex civil and commercial litigation involving a variety of areas, including lawyer discipline and malpractice, civil and criminal antitrust, civil racketeering, civil rights, commercial law, contracts, employment, environmental, ERISA, estates and trusts, financial institution fraud, government contracts, intellectual property, insurance coverage, product liability, shareholder class action and derivative actions, tort and mass tort.</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.&nbsp; He has had an active Supreme Court practice for three decades, including oral arguments in 19 Supreme Court cases involving matters ranging from free speech and civil rights to civil procedure.</p> 13 Jul 2016 Jenner & Block Insights: 2015 Supreme Court Term in Review <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="255" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="450"></iframe></p> <p> On June 28, Jenner &amp; Block hosted a CLE luncheon program during which leading appellate attorneys discussed the implications of the Court's biggest cases of this past Term, including those directly affecting business as well as a discussion on the Court's current vacancy, Justice Scalia's legacy and what to expect next Term.<br /> <br /> Topics included:</p> <ul> <li> Class actions</li> <li> Affirmative Action/Diversity</li> <li> The ACA and contraception</li> <li> Executive authority/immigration</li> <li> Redistricting</li> <li> False Claims Act</li> <li> Insider Trading</li> </ul> <p> &nbsp;<br /> Panelists:<br /> <br /> <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a>, Chair, Appellate and Supreme Court Practice<br /> <br /> <a href="">Jessica Ring Amunson</a>, Partner<br /> <a href=""><br /> Matthew S. Hellman</a>, Partner<br /> <a href=""><br /> Erica Ross</a>, Associate</p> 12 Jul 2016 Jenner & Block Insights: Jeremy Creelan Discusses Changes in Consumer Class Action <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="255" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="450"></iframe></p> <p> Starting in the late 1990s, changes in consumer class action requirements have shifted the playing field for named plaintiffs.&nbsp; In this short video (2:33), Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Jeremy M. Creelan </a>discusses why now is a critical time in this area including new requirements and changes in how the US Supreme Court is interpreting case law following Justice Scalia’s death. For the latest news, visit the <a href="">Consumer Law Round-Up Blog</a>.</p> 14 Jul 2016 Partner Andrew Bart Listed Among <i>Billboard</i>’s Top Music Industry Lawyers of 2016 <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Andrew H. Bart</a> is among only 10 litigators recognized in <a href=""><em>Billboard</em> magazine’s annual list of the top lawyers in the music industry</a>.&nbsp; The magazine highlights Mr. Bart’s twin victories in the past year: one in defense of rapper Jay Z in a sampling case and the other that led to the demise of streaming service Grooveshark.&nbsp; Both “were only the latest in a string of wins for the veteran litigator,” the magazine observes.&nbsp; Mr. Bart is quoted saying that “it’s still fun, because it’s not a cookie-cutter business.”&nbsp; The <em>Grooveshark </em>case was based on 2,807 copyrighted songs found on the company's servers.&nbsp; “The ultimate health of the industry depends on having rates that are reasonable enough to pay artists.&nbsp; Grooveshark perverted that,” he says.</p> <p> Mr. Bart is co-chair of the nationally recognized Content, Media &amp; Entertainment Practice.&nbsp; Clients in the entertainment industry, particularly recording companies, film studios and music publishers, seek his counsel on intellectual property issues and contractual disputes.&nbsp; His cases have resulted in precedent-setting decisions in copyright law, trademark law, the law of privacy and publicity, and artist-label relations.&nbsp; Earlier this year, he was named one of the top 100 entertainment “Power Lawyers” in America by <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>.</p> 15 Jul 2016 Partner Andrew Merrick Receives Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award <p> Partner <a href="">Andrew F. Merrick</a> has been named the recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s (CBF)&nbsp;2016 Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award.&nbsp; The award is named in memory of two exceptional lawyers – father and son – who each exhibited a lifelong devotion to the law and the community.&nbsp; The son, Maurice S. Weigle, was a Jenner &amp; Block partner in the 1970s and ‘80s.&nbsp; Specifically, the award is based on a lawyer’s contributions to furthering the ideals of the legal profession; making the organized bar an effective force for improving the profession and helping the community; and demonstrated commitment to pro bono and community service.</p> <p> In his 10 years with Jenner &amp; Block, Mr. Merrick has been unquestionably committed to these pursuits and has made a substantial contribution in all of these areas. &nbsp;For example, within weeks of starting his career at the firm, he joined a team representing a pro bono client charged with first-degree murder,&nbsp;examined multiple witnesses at trial, and helped secure an acquittal for our client. &nbsp;Since then, Mr. Merrick has devoted almost 2,000 hours to pro bono work, including regularly supervising and assisting more junior lawyers on pro bono cases. &nbsp;</p> <p> Mr. Merrick has been an active member of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) since early in his career, first helping to revive the CBA’s Securities Law Committee, which was nearly inactive at the time.&nbsp; He became involved and largely through his leadership, the committee thrives today.&nbsp; More recently, Mr. Merrick has turned his efforts to the CBA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, where he currently serves as a chair.</p> <p> In addition, Mr. Merrick serves as board president of Compass to Care, an organization that helps needy families whose children are undergoing cancer treatment.&nbsp; The organization’s founder, who supported Mr. Merrick’s nomination for the Weigle Award, told the CBF, “The impact Andrew is making for our organization, and ultimately for children who need help getting to cancer treatment, is tremendous.”</p> <p> Mr. Merrick was presented with the award at the CBF’s Pro Bono &amp; Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 18 at the Fairmount Hotel in Chicago.</p> <p> Mr. Merrick is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration and Class Action Practices.&nbsp; He represents corporations and individuals in a variety of disputes in state and federal courts and alternative dispute resolution forums across the United States and abroad.&nbsp; His experience spans a wide range of subject areas including breach of contract, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, securities fraud, products liability, and intellectual property matters, and a broad spectrum of industries, including defense and aerospace, pharmaceutical, energy, food and beverage, automotive and transportation, financial services, education, hospitality, and technology.&nbsp; Mr. Merrick has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in the area of business litigation for the past three years.</p> 15 Jul 2016 Jenner & Block Named to <i>Law360</i>’s Inaugural List of “Litigation Powerhouses” <p> Jenner &amp; Block is recognized among 50 law firms nationwide in <em>Law360</em>’s inaugural list of “Litigation Powerhouses.” &nbsp;The law firms were chosen by examining the size of the firm's litigation teams, as well as the outstanding victories those teams netted between March 1, 2015, and March 1, 2016, “whether it was a multimillion-dollar verdict in a high-profile battle, a dramatic reversal in a precedential case before a federal appeals court or a successful resolution of a bet-the-company suit just before trial.”&nbsp; In addition to weighing the nature of the litigation victories, editors also considered the new matters clients had selected the firms to handle, “choosing firms that consistently leveraged a deep bench into outstanding wins.”</p> 27 Jul 2016 Jenner & Block Insights: Mary Ellen Callahan Discusses Cybersecurity Tabletop Exercises <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="255" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="450"></iframe></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Table top exercises help companies better understand their cybersecurity incident response plans as well as their risk mitigation strategies.</p> <p> In this short video (2:59), hear Jenner &amp; Block Partner Mary Ellen Callahan discuss these exercises and the benefits they provide.</p> 29 Jul 2016