News Feed News Description 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 Jenner & Block Named to <i>American Lawyer</i> A-List <p> Jenner &amp; Block has been named to the 2016 <em>American Lawyer</em> A-List, which recognizes the 20 top-performing <em>AmLaw</em> 200 firms across the United States based on financials, pro bono, diversity and associate satisfaction/quality of life metrics.&nbsp;</p> <p> This is the sixth time the firm has been on the A-List since it was created by<em> AmLaw</em> in 2003 as an effort to look beyond pure business performance and identify which of the legal profession's 200 largest law firms “set the standard for their peers” across a broader range of benchmarks.</p> <p> The last time Jenner &amp; Block made the list was in 2013, when the firm was ranked number 19; in 2012, the firm was ranked number 20.&nbsp; This year, Jenner &amp; Block achieved the number 18 spot.</p> <p> “It is no accident that the criteria for the A-List mirror the core values by which Jenner &amp; Block is guided: commitment to excellence, to diversity, to creating a workplace environment where people can thrive and succeed, and to serving our communities through pro bono and public service,” said Jenner &amp; Block Managing Partner <a href="">Terrence J. Truax.</a></p> 1 Aug 2016 Jenner & Block Team Argues for Preliminary Injunction on North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill” <p> On August 1, 2016, Partner <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> argued for a preliminary injunction on North Carolina’s controversial “Bathroom Bill.”&nbsp; Signed into law in May, House Bill 2 requires that access to restrooms and changing facilities in all public buildings be restricted based on whether users are shown as male or female on their birth certificates -- thus effectively barring use by many transgender persons consistent with their gender identities. &nbsp;The firm is co-counsel with Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union in their challenge to the bill.&nbsp; In arguments before a federal judge, Mr. Smith and others on the team contended that H.B.2 is a dangerous violation of Title IX and the Constitution and should be enjoined until the court has ruled on the merits.&nbsp;</p> <p> Several media outlets reported on the arguments. Mr. Smith is quoted in an <a href="">Associated Press article</a> saying that transgender North Carolina residents must choose each day between breaking the law and using restrooms that don’t match their identity and appearance. “They’re eventually left with no option,” he said.&nbsp;</p> <p> Other media outlets reporting on the case include, among others, the <a href=""><em>Winston-Salem Journal</em></a>, <a href=""></a>, <a href=""><em>Triad City Beat</em></a>, <a href=""><em>The Daily Signal</em></a> and <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> In addition to Mr. Smith, the Jenner &amp; Block team includes Partners <a href="">Luke C. Platzer</a> and <a href="">Scott B. Wilkens</a> and Associates <a href="">Mark P. Gaber</a>, <a href="">Thomas D. Garza</a>, <a href="">Lorenzo Di Silvio</a> and <a href="">Nicholas W. Tarasen</a>.</p> 1 Aug 2016 EQIL Recognizes Jenner & Block for “Raising the Bar” on LGBT Inclusivity <p> Jenner &amp; Block has once again been honored by Equality Illinois (EQIL) for providing a welcoming and fair work environment for LGBT employees and paving the way when it comes to LGBT workplace equality. &nbsp;Forty Illinois law firms were recognized as “Raising the Bar” in 2016, based on information gathered from the 2016 Equality Illinois Law Firm survey. &nbsp;The survey was issued to more than 200&nbsp;firms and included questions on employee policies, same-sex partner benefits, diversity training and engagement with the LGBT community. &nbsp;Brian C. Johnson, the CEO of Equality Illinois, notes, “Law firms–as institutions that make the practice of law their business–play a particularly salient role in advancing LGBT equality. &nbsp;When law firms not only fight for equality and inclusiveness, but mirror the world they hope to see within their own offices, they send a powerful message about the importance of fully embracing all coworkers and staff equally.”&nbsp;</p> <p> The keynote speaker at the July 26, 2016 breakfast honoring the recognized firms was US District Court Judge Staci Yandle, the first openly LGBT judge in the Seventh Circuit. &nbsp;Partner <a href="">Howard S. Suskin</a>, Associates <a href="">D. Matthew Feldhaus</a> and <a href="">Brendan A. Donahue</a> and Associate Director of Talent Development, Diversity &amp; Inclusion Jami de Lou represented Jenner &amp; Block at the recognition breakfast at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago.&nbsp;</p> <p> “We remain steadfast in our commitment to diversity and inclusion and are proud to be recognized again by Equality Illinois as one of the top LGBT-friendly law firms in Illinois,” said Managing Partner <a href="">Terrence J. Truax</a>. &nbsp;“We recognize that while there has been much progress on LGBT rights in the workplace and the community-at-large, there is still much work to be done.&nbsp; Our firm is committed to continuing to lead in this area.”&nbsp;</p> <p> EQIL is the state’s oldest and largest LGBT equality organization, advocating on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans for 25 years.</p> 2 Aug 2016 Jessica Hertz Selected as an ABA “Top 40 Young Lawyer” <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Jessica R. Hertz</a> has been selected for inclusion on the American Bar Association’s inaugural “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers” list.&nbsp; The honor recognizes ABA young lawyer members who exemplify high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service.&nbsp; Ms. Hertz was selected from thousands of exceptional young lawyers who were nominated, according to Lacy Durham, chair of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division.</p> <p> Ms. Hertz is a member of the firm’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation; Complex Commercial Litigation; and Communications, Internet &amp; Technology Practices.&nbsp; She represents clients in a broad range of matters, including congressional and federal investigations, as well as corporate compliance and strategic counseling.&nbsp; Her clients include sizeable corporations in diverse fields, including the financial services, aerospace and defense, energy, government contracting, education, and telecommunications industries.</p> <p> Before joining Jenner &amp; Block in 2014, Ms. Hertz served in senior positions in the Executive Branch of the federal government, including as principal deputy counsel to Vice President Joseph Biden; in the US Department of Justice as counsel to the deputy attorney general and as a special assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia; and as a counselor to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the US Office of Management and Budget.&nbsp;</p> 5 Aug 2016 Former FCC Legal Advisor Rebekah Preston Goodheart Joins Jenner & Block’s Communications, Internet & Technology Practice <p> Jenner &amp; Block is pleased to announce that highly regarded communications lawyer <a href="" target="_blank">Rebekah P. Goodheart </a>will join the firm as a partner in the Communications, Internet &amp; Technology (CIT) Practice. Ms. Goodheart has more than 15 years of experience in the communications sector, much of it serving in a variety of positions at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), most recently as legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Her broadband experience is particularly relevant as the FCC continues to evaluate regulations for broadband service, and she will bring that knowledge to bear to the firm’s high-profile CIT Practice.&nbsp;</p> <p> In advising Commissioner Clyburn, Ms. Goodheart played a role in the FCC’s enactment of industry-transforming regulations and gained key insight on the commission’s thinking on future key issues important to clients. In that role, she formulated recommendations and advised Commissioner Clyburn on wireline, broadband, wireless and communications policy issues, including net neutrality, competition and competitive access, privacy, universal service, disability access, and evolving technology issues.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> “We are pleased to welcome Rebekah to the firm,” said Jenner &amp; Block Managing Partner <a href="" target="_blank">Terrence J. Truax</a>. “She is a well-versed communications lawyer with significant regulatory, public policy, antitrust and litigation experience that will enhance our CIT Practice. Her rich government experience adds to our bench strength within the practice specifically and more broadly within the firm.”&nbsp;</p> <p> In her eight years at the FCC, Ms. Goodheart additionally served as Associate General Counsel in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel and Deputy Director of the Technology Transitions Policy Task Force; Associate Chief for the Wireline Competition Bureau; Senior Policy Advisor for the Omnibus Broadband Initiative; and Assistant Chief for the Industry Analysis Division, Media Bureau. Career highlights include spearheading the reform of the approximately $8 billion intercarrier compensation regime (a system of payments between telecommunications carriers for connecting telephone calls); managing the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau under then-Acting Chair Clyburn; playing a key role in developing Commissioner Clyburn’s views on net neutrality, privacy, competition policy and other key wireline issues; and developing policy recommendations for the FCC’s National Broadband plan – an influential blueprint that guides the government’s broadband policy.&nbsp;</p> <p> Before joining the FCC in 2008, Ms. Goodheart was a trial lawyer at the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, where she was on the front line of reviewing telecommunications mergers. Before that, she was an associate at a Washington, DC-based law firm well known for communications law.&nbsp;</p> <p> Ms. Goodheart joins the CIT Practice at an exciting time. In May, the practice secured major regulatory approvals that paved the way for Charter Communications, Inc. to merge with Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks, a record three-way transaction valued at approximately $90 billion. The CIT Practice is led by co-chairs <a href="" target="_blank">Samuel L. Feder</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">John Flynn</a>. Mr. Feder is a former general counsel for the FCC; Mr. Flynn is a previous senior advisor to the FCC chairman and also possesses significant general counsel experience in the communications and technology sectors.</p> <p> “Rebekah has a unique background that enables her to provide counsel on a variety of issues, ranging from questions regarding compliance with FCC rules to strategic planning on high-level public policy issues and how to best advocate before the FCC,” said Mr. Feder. “She will expand our representation of ISPs and other members of the Internet ecosystem; as the FCC considers new rules and regulations, those clients require the experienced, knowledgeable counsel that Rebekah can provide.”&nbsp;</p> <p> “I look forward to joining Jenner &amp; Block. I am excited to build on the relationships I have gained through my career as well as develop new relationships,” Ms. Goodheart said.&nbsp;</p> <p> Ms. Goodheart earned her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. She earned her BSFS in Science, Technology &amp; International Affairs, <em>cum laude</em>, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.</p> 11 Aug 2016 Firm Named a Top Washington, DC FCPA Practice by GIR Just Anti-Corruption <p> Jenner &amp; Block has been named to&nbsp;<em>GIR Just Anti-Corruption</em>’s list of the top FCPA practices in Washington, DC.&nbsp; The publication provides profiles on the leading FCPA practices, recognizing the top lawyers, the cases they have been working on and the clients they currently advise.</p> <p> <a href="" target="_blank">The profile on the FCPA practice in Washington, DC</a>&nbsp;spotlights the extensive experience of the practice’s leading lawyers, mentioning Partners&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Thomas J. Perrelli</a>,&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">William C. Pericak&nbsp;</a>and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Nicholas R. Barnaby</a>. &nbsp;The profile references Mr. Barnaby’s recent work conducting a post-acquisition compliance review of a multinational company, as well as the firm’s recent internal investigations conducted on behalf of a number of clients, including a Fortune 500 company, a US defense contractor, the European subsidiary of a Fortune 100 company and a multinational defense industry company.</p> <p> To read the complete profile, please&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> 12 Aug 2016 Jessie Amunson Discusses Current Legal Landscape of the Voting Rights Act <p> <a href="" target="_blank">Jessica R. Amunson</a>&nbsp;has offered her insight about the Voting Rights Act (VRA) to media outlets reporting on recent court decisions affecting the Act.&nbsp; In an article for <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Hill,</a></em> she discussed recent decisions coming out of several states that demonstrate the new approach Voting Rights Act advocates are taking in court and what these changes mean for litigation moving forward.&nbsp;</p> <p> In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the section of the VRA that explains the requirements for states seeking approval to change the voting laws was outdated.&nbsp; As a result of the decision, Section 5 was rendered moot, and states who met the previous requirements no longer needed to seek approval from the Justice Department or the DC District Court before changing election laws. Supporters of voting rights worried that this would shift the burden of proof from the states to the voters themselves. Before, states had to demonstrate that their proposed changes would not discriminate against minority voters, and now, the voters themselves would have to demonstrate that their rights were infringed upon.</p> <p> However, the recent federal court decisions illustrate that voting rights advocates are implementing&nbsp;a new strategy when it comes to voting rights cases. Plaintiffs are now using Section 2 of the VRA, which prevents states from employing procedures meant to deny someone’s right to vote based on their race, as a way to overturn the laws that previously would have been denied under Section 5. This strategy appears to be working, but at a cost. Section 2 litigation can be used only after discriminatory voting actions have already been put in place, and Section 2 cases require more time and resources to win, making the litigation rather expensive.</p> <p> Ms. Amunson commented on these higher costs and the need for voting rights advocates to budget their resources, saying, “The major asymmetry here is that while the states litigate with virtually unlimited resources using taxpayer dollars, voting rights advocates must litigate on their own, in the hopes that they may eventually be awarded their fees and costs if they prevail.&nbsp; This means that, with limited resource, voting rights advocates must choose their battles carefully and thus are likely to pursue only the most egregious cases.”</p> <p> Ms. Amunson is also quoted in a&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Newsmax article</a></em> about the VRA.&nbsp;</p> 12 Aug 2016 Jenner & Block Recognized among Firms that Are “Dominating” the Federal Circuit in 2016 <p> Jenner &amp; Block is recognized among eight law firms topping<em>Law360</em>’s scorecard of firms that presented oral arguments before the Federal Circuit in the first half of 2016 and came out on top, “chalking up wins in high-stakes intellectual property battles before the federal appeals court.” &nbsp;In an article titled “<a href="">These Law Firms Are Dominating the Federal Circuit in 2016</a>,” <em>Law360 </em>announced the results of its midyear survey of patent opinions and judgments issued by the court between January 1 and June 30, 2016.&nbsp; Noting Jenner &amp; Block’s “impressive winning streak,” with six wins and no losses, the article highlights the firm’s win for Duroc, a rival of farming and construction giant John Deere, in which a jury verdict was upheld, and a victory in a paper shredder patent fight from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) – one of a growing number of disputes finding their way to the Federal Circuit from relatively new PTAB proceedings created by the America Invents Act. &nbsp;&nbsp;While “[w]aging a patent fight before the Federal Circuit has always been a high-risk endeavor,” <em>Law360</em> notes, lawyers who navigate the appeals from these PTAB proceedings are “working in uncharted waters.” &nbsp;But firms such as Jenner &amp; Block, the article reports, are taking the lead in these cases, “scoring wins for clients as well as shaping patent law.”</p> 12 Aug 2016 <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> Recognizes 46 Firm Lawyers <p> Forty-six Jenner &amp; Block lawyers are included in <em>The Best Lawyers in America®2017</em>.&nbsp; <em>Best Lawyers</em> lists are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.&nbsp; Only 4 percent of active lawyers in the United Statesare included in this year’s list, which is <em>Best Lawyers</em>’ 23rd edition.&nbsp; Selection was based on more than 7.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.</p> <p> The firm lawyers listed in the 2017 edition and the <em>Best Lawyers</em> practice areas in which they are recognized are as follows:</p> <p> <a href="">Christian R. Bartholomew</a>, Litigation – Securities; Securities Regulation</p> <p> <a href="">Joseph G. Bisceglia</a>, Litigation - Construction</p> <p> <a href="">Michael T. Brody</a>, Commercial Litigation</p> <p> <a href="">Richard P. Campbell</a>, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust</p> <p> <a href="">Jeffrey D. Colman</a>, Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar</p> <p> <a href="">Christopher C. Dickinson</a>, Insurance Law</p> <p> <a href="">David W. DeBruin</a>, Criminal Defense: White-Collar</p> <p> <a href="">Steven R. Englund</a>, Copyright Law</p> <p> <a href="">Samuel L. Feder</a>, Communications Law</p> <p> <a href="">James H. Feldman</a>, Family Law; Collaborative Law: Family Law</p> <p> <a href="">Robert L. Graham</a>, Environmental Law</p> <p> <a href="">Barbara R. Grayson</a>, Trusts and Estates</p> <p> <a href="">E. Lynn Grayson</a>, Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law</p> <p> <a href="">Joseph P. Gromacki</a>, Mergers and Acquisitions Law</p> <p> <a href="">Matthew L. Jacobs</a>, Insurance Law</p> <p> <a href="">Chester T. Kamin</a>, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)</p> <p> <a href="">Christian E. Kimball</a>, Tax Law</p> <p> <a href="">Carter H. Klein</a>, Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law</p> <p> <a href="">David M. Kroeger</a>, Insurance Law</p> <p> <a href="">Vincent E. Lazar</a>, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law</p> <p> <a href="">Richard Levin</a>, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law</p> <p> <a href="">Bradford P. Lyerla</a>, Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent</p> <p> <a href="">James T. Malysiak</a>, Appellate Practice</p> <p> <a href="">Craig C. Martin</a>, Commercial Litigation</p> <p> <a href="">John H. Mathias, Jr</a>., Insurance Law</p> <p> <a href="">Terri L. Mascherin</a>, Commercial Litigation</p> <p> <a href="">Daniel R. Murray</a>, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Equipment Finance Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy</p> <p> <a href="">Thomas C. Newkirk</a>, Litigation - Securities</p> <p> <a href="">Ronald R. Peterson</a>, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy</p> <p> <a href="">Matthew J. Renaud</a>, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law</p> <p> <a href="">Donald I. Resnick</a>, Litigation - Real Estate; Real Estate Law</p> <p> <a href="">Harry J. Roper</a>, Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent</p> <p> <a href="">David P. Sanders</a>, Litigation - First Amendment</p> <p> <a href="">Lawrence S. Schaner</a>, International Arbitration – Commercial; International Arbitration - Governmental</p> <p> <a href="">Reid J. Schar</a>, Criminal Defense: White-Collar</p> <p> <a href="">Gabrielle Sigel</a>, Environmental Law</p> <p> <a href="">Charles B. Sklarsky</a>, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar</p> <p> <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a>, Appellate Practice; Litigation - First Amendment; Media Law</p> <p> <a href="">Catherine L. Steege</a>, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy</p> <p> <a href="">Barbara S. Steiner</a>, Commercial Litigation</p> <p> <a href="">Thomas P. Sullivan</a>, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar</p> <p> <a href="">Howard S. Suskin</a>, Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Securities</p> <p> <a href="">William L. Tolbert, Jr</a>., Securities / Capital Markets Law</p> <p> <a href="">Anton R. Valukas</a>, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar</p> <p> <a href="">H. Kurt von Moltke</a>, Corporate Governance Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law</p> <p> <a href="">Richard F. Ziegler</a>, Commercial Litigation</p> 15 Aug 2016 Pro Bono: Protecting Art, Sealing Legacies — The Story of Jason Wulf <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="255" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="450"></iframe></p> <p> Jason Wulf was a well-known graffiti artist in Queens, NY who was killed at the age of 42, electrocuted by the third rail in a Brooklyn subway station.&nbsp; Jason’s death garnered significant media attention.&nbsp; Others in the graffiti community took advantage of that media attention and began selling copies of his graffiti tags and other artwork to make money, without the permission of the Wulf family.&nbsp; This was particularly upsetting for the Wulf family, who did not even have enough money to purchase a headstone for Jason.&nbsp; That is when Jason’s sister, Christina, approached Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA), an organization that connects struggling artists with law firms for pro bono legal representation.&nbsp; Christina was seeking assistance in obtaining copyright protection for Jason’s works.&nbsp; VLA connected Christina to Jenner &amp; Block, and the firm represented her in obtaining copyright registrations for Jason’s artwork.<br /> <br /> First, the team had to navigate New York Surrogate’s Court and close out Jason’s estate.&nbsp; Next, they facilitated the transfer of the copyrights in Jason’s works from Jason’s parents to Christina, which was accomplished through informal mediation between Christina and her parents.&nbsp; Once Christina obtained the right to register Jason’s copyrights, the team selected the right pieces from Jason’s extensive collection of work for which to seek registration – they needed pieces that were broad enough to give Christina the most protection, but artistic enough to be copyrightable.&nbsp; The area of graffiti as copyrightable artwork is a “hot” area in intellectual property law, and the team dug deep into recent case law and academic literature when choosing the pieces.<br /> <br /> On April 29, 2015, Christina received copyright registrations for three of Jason’s pieces of artwork, giving her piece of mind, as well as great pride around her brother’s legacy.&nbsp; The team consisted of Partner<a href=""> Andrew H. Bart</a>, Associate <a href="">Alison I. Stein</a>, and former associate Ava McAlpin.&nbsp; Partner <a href="">Steven R. Englund</a> provided invaluable assistance as well.</p> 22 Aug 2016