News Feed News Description New York Metro <i>Super Lawyers</i> Recognizes 20 Jenner & Block Lawyers <p> Twelve Jenner &amp; Block partners are selected as 2016 New York Metro <em>Super Lawyers</em>, a peer-review guide to the top five percent of lawyers in New York.&nbsp; In addition, eight lawyers are recognized as “Rising Stars.”</p> <p> The partners and their <em>Super Lawyers</em> practice areas are as follows:</p> <ul> <li> <a href="">Stephen L. Ascher</a><br /> Securities Litigation</li> <li> <a href="">Anthony S. Barkow</a><br /> Criminal Defense: White Collar</li> <li> <a href="">Andrew H. Bart</a><br /> Intellectual Property Litigation</li> <li> <a href="">Kevin T. Collins</a><br /> Mergers &amp; Acquisitions</li> <li> <a href="">Wesley C. Fredericks, Jr.</a> (Of Counsel)<br /> Mergers &amp; Acquisitions</li> <li> <a href="">Katya Jestin</a><br /> Criminal Defense: White Collar</li> <li> <a href="">Susan J. Kohlmann</a><br /> Intellectual Property Litigation</li> <li> <a href="">Richard Levin</a><br /> Bankruptcy: Business</li> <li> <a href="">Benjamin R. Mulcahy</a><br /> Entertainment and Sports</li> <li> <a href="">Gianni P. Servodidio</a><br /> Intellectual Property</li> <li> <a href="">Patrick J. Trostle</a><br /> Bankruptcy: Business</li> <li> <a href="">Richard F. Ziegler</a><br /> Alternative Dispute Resolution</li> </ul> <p> The “Rising Stars” and their <em>Super Lawyers</em> practice areas are as follows:</p> <ul> <li> Partner <a href="">Elizabeth A. Edmondson</a><br /> Business Litigation</li> <li> Partner <a href="">Anouck Giovanola</a><br /> Criminal Defense: White Collar</li> <li> Partner <a href="">Gina Reif Ilardi</a><br /> Entertainment and Sports</li> <li> Partner <a href="">Michael W. Ross</a><br /> Business Litigation</li> <li> Associate <a href="">Laura P. MacDonald</a><br /> Business Litigation</li> <li> Associate <a href="">Joshua H. Rubin</a><br /> Business Litigation</li> <li> Associate <a href="">Alison I. Stein</a><br /> Intellectual Property</li> <li> Associate <a href="">Carl N. Wedoff</a><br /> Bankruptcy: Business</li> </ul> 23 Sep 2016 Firm Wins Victory for Marriott when Court Affirms Denial of Preliminary Injunction <p> Jenner &amp; Block won a victory for client Marriott International Inc. in a dispute over a $14 billion merger with Starwood Hotels &amp; Resorts Inc.&nbsp; Two rival hotel owners, Cityfront Hotel Associates LP and Dream Team Associates LLC, claimed the deal would violate exclusivity agreements protecting their properties from neighborhood competition.&nbsp; In June, a New York Supreme Court judge denied their request for a preliminary injunction, saying that the two owners waited too long to bring the action.&nbsp; On September 27, 2016, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division First Department unanimously affirmed the denial of the preliminary injunction, holding that the court “providently exercised its discretion in denying the application to enjoin the announced hotel chain merger for failure to demonstrate that the harm would be irreparable.”&nbsp; Meanwhile, the merger – which will provide more than 1.1 million rooms worldwide – cleared its last regulatory hurdle to close on September 20.&nbsp; The team representing Marriott included Partners <a href="">David A. Handzo</a><em>, </em><a href="">Lindsay C. Harrison</a> and <a href="">Michael W. Ross</a> and Associates <a href="">Previn Warren</a><em>, </em><a href="">William K. Dreher</a> and <a href="">Samuel C. Birnbaum</a>.</p> 27 Sep 2016 Partner Julie Shepard Named among <i>The Recorder</i>’s “Women Leaders in Tech Law” <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Julie Ann Shepard</a> is among only 65 lawyers recognized in <em>The Recorder’s </em>2016 list of “Women Leaders in Tech Law,” an annual guide to California-based women who “handle game-changing, law-shaping, market-moving work in and around the technology sector.”&nbsp; <em>The Recorder</em> highlights Julie’s work on the team that secured a $940 million trade secrets verdict from a Wisconsin jury for healthcare software company Epic Systems Corp. against Tata Consultancy Services.&nbsp; The verdict in April represents one of the largest trade secrets verdicts in US history and perhaps the largest verdict of any kind in Wisconsin.&nbsp; For its profile of Ms. Shepard, <em>The Recorder</em> poses several questions about her interests and career.&nbsp; Asked what can be done to tackle tech’s gender gap, she responds:&nbsp; “Commitment and engagement of leadership plays a critical role in helping to create change. Diverse teams should be recognized and rewarded, as studies show that such teams yield superior results. Benchmarking is critical to measuring progress and keeping the public spotlight shining on the diversity gap and making management accountable.”</p> 26 Sep 2016 Partner Mercedes Hill Wins Leadership Excellence in the Law Award <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Mercedes M. Hill</a> is among six lawyers in Illinois to be honored with a Leadership Excellence in the Law Award from the National Diversity Council.&nbsp; The award recognizes lawyers who have distinguished themselves through their leadership, resolve and outstanding achievements for the benefits of their clients, collaborators and communities.&nbsp; The Council is a non-profit organization that brings together the private, public and non-profit sectors to discuss the many dimensions and benefits of a multicultural environment.&nbsp; Ms. Hill will receive the award at the Council’s 3<sup>rd</sup> Annual Illinois Leadership Conference in Chicago on October 4, 2016.</p> <p> Ms. Hill has a practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and corporate counseling.&nbsp; Most recently, she has represented a number of client in cross-border M&amp;A transactions.&nbsp; In addition to her legal accomplishments, Ms. Hill is a 2016 Fellow in the Leadership Greater Chicago program and volunteers as legal counsel to Ladies of Virtue, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of young women, ages 10 to 18, in underserved communities.</p> 28 Sep 2016 Associate Elin Park Elected to Board of Korean American Bar Association of Chicago <p> On October 29, 2016, Associate <a href="">Elin I. Park</a> will be inducted as a board member of the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (KABA).&nbsp; Ms. Park will serve a two-year term on the board. &nbsp;The induction ceremony will take place during KABA’s annual banquet.</p> <p> Ms. Park is an associate in the Litigation Department and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation and Class Action groups.&nbsp; Her practice focuses on class action litigation, as well as matters arising out of contractual disputes and complex financial transactions.</p> 28 Sep 2016 Jenner & Block Represents Petsense in Acquisition by Tractor Supply Company <p> Jenner &amp; Block represented Petsense, a leading specialty retailer of pet supplies and services, in its acquisition by Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States.&nbsp; The transaction price was approximately $116 million, net of acquired estimated future tax benefits of $29 million. Petsense has 136 stores in 25 states; it will operate as a subsidiary of Tractor Supply Company from Petsense’s current headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona and will continue to be led by members of Petsense's senior management team, according to a press release. Tractor Supply plans to continue to grow the Petsense store base at a target rate of 15 percent to 20 percent annually and will convert its two existing HomeTown Pet stores to Petsense stores.&nbsp; The team representing Petsense was led by Partners <a href="">Mark A. Harris</a> and <a href="">Jason D. Osborn</a>.</p> 29 Sep 2016 Partner Reid Schar Profiled in Northwestern Law School’s Alumni Magazine <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Reid J. Schar</a> is the subject of a lengthy <a href="">profile </a>in the <em>Northwestern Law Reporter</em>, the alumni magazine of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.&nbsp; A 1997 graduate of the school, Mr. Schar discusses his passion for following the facts in pursuit of the truth.&nbsp; The profile highlights his successful career as an assistant US attorney for 13 years, during which he prosecuted former Governor Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges.&nbsp; The profile also discusses his move to Jenner &amp; Block in 2012.&nbsp; At the time, he was looking for new challenges.&nbsp; “I began to look around for an opportunity that provided that challenge, and Jenner &amp; Block was a firm that had been able to take people out of the US Attorney’s Office and turn them into successful civil litigation lawyers,” he says.&nbsp; The firm’s commitment to pro bono -- giving a voice to those “who might not have a voice” -- also appealed to him.&nbsp; As co-chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, Mr. Schar applies his experience as an investigator to the complex cases he manages.&nbsp; The challenging work often involves Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies and even foreign governments.&nbsp; Mr. Schar also gives back to the legal community by mentoring younger lawyers, writing articles and participating in seminars and debates.&nbsp;</p> 3 Oct 2016 Jenner & Block Wins Federal Circuit Victory for American Power Conversion Corp. <p> Jenner &amp; Block won a victory for client American Power Conversion Corp. (APC) when the Federal Circuit tossed a Nevada federal jury’s $10.8 million patent infringement verdict.&nbsp; At issue was a patent for a power strip used to regulate power flowing to computer servers in data centers.&nbsp; Server Technology Inc. had alleged that APC’s products infringed the asserted claims of the patents.&nbsp;&nbsp; APC argued that it would have been obvious for an ordinarily skilled artisan to have combined pre-existing strips with prior art that included digital displays for power flow.&nbsp; On September 23, 2016, the appellate panel held that the lower court erred in how it construed a claim term.&nbsp; News of the Federal Circuit’s decision was reported in <em><a href="">Law360</a></em>.&nbsp; In August, <em>Law360</em> named the firm among those that were <a href="">“dominating” the Federal Circuit</a> in the first half of 2016.&nbsp; <em>Law360</em> highlighted the firm’s “impressive winning streak,” with, at the time, six wins and no losses.&nbsp; The team representing APC included Managing Partner <em><a href="">Terrence J. Truax<em>,</em></a></em> Partners <a href="">Reginald J. Hill</a>, <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> and <a href="">Adam G. Unikowsky</a> and Associates <a href="">Michael G. Babbitt</a> and <a href="">Peter H. Hanna</a>.</p> 23 Sep 2016 Firm Wins Victory when Bid Protest over $575 Million Contract Is Denied <p> The firm won a victory for client Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) when the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a bid protest by Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems.&nbsp;&nbsp; At issue was a $575million contract that the US Army Corps of Engineers awarded to SAIC.&nbsp; Lockheed filed its protest after being excluded from competing for a high-performance computing modernization program after the Corps determined it could not determine the realism of Lockheed’s costs and identified additional risks associated with the pending merger between Lockheed and Leidos Holdings, Inc.&nbsp; Instead, the Corps awarded the contract to SAIC for offering the best value.&nbsp; The GAO held that agencies should evaluate the risks associated with proposals from contractors in the middle of corporate reorganizations when making award decisions.&nbsp;</p> <p> The team representing SAIC was led by Partners <a href="Gregory%20H.%20Petkoff">Gregory H. Petkoff</a> and <a href="">Mark J. Nackman</a>.&nbsp; The team included Associates <a href="">Carla J. Weiss</a> and <a href="">Joshua A. Violanti</a> and a summer associate, Umer Chaudhry.&nbsp; Government contracts Partner <a href="">Carrie F. Apfel</a> also provided key assistance and transactional Partners <a href="">Brian R. Boch</a>, <a href="">Geoffrey M. Davis</a> and <a href="">Jolene E. Negre</a> were instrumental in assisting.</p> 5 Oct 2016 Partner Michael Scodro Argues Case before the US Supreme Court <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Michael A. Scodro</a> is leading a team of firm lawyers representing the City of Joliet in a case before the US Supreme Court.&nbsp; The case of <em>Elijah Manuel v. City of Joliet, Illinois, et al</em> focuses on Mr. Manuel’s claim of malicious prosecution under the Fourth Amendment.&nbsp; The case involves, among other issues, the claim’s accrual date under this Fourth Amendment theory.&nbsp; This was the third appearance before the Court for Mr. Scodro, who argued his first two cases while serving as the solicitor general for the state of Illinois.&nbsp; The <em>Chicago Daily Law Bulletin</em> wrote an <a href=";utm_medium=CDLBemail&amp;utm_content=1A&amp;utm_campaign=headlines">article </a>(<em>subscription required</em>) about the arguments before the Court.&nbsp; Mr. Scodro was quoted, describing the training involved in appearing before the Court:&nbsp; “You go through this process of bouncing ideas – trying to predict any conceivable angle of interest,” he said.&nbsp; Given the nuances of this case, he added, “you can imagine how many of those we thought there are.”</p> <p> Other members of the team representing Joliet include Partner <a href="">Matthew S. Hellman</a>, Special Counsel <a href="">Clifford W. Berlow</a>, and Associates<a href=""> Erica Ross</a>, <a href="">Zachary C. Schauf</a>. <a href="">Briana T. Sprick Schuster</a>,and <a href="">Christopher M. Sheehan</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; Further, David A. Strauss and Sarah M. Konsky, who work with the firm’s new Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, were involved with the case.</p> 5 Oct 2016 David Singer Discusses What Game Developers Must Understand About IP Law <div> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="" target="_blank">David R. Singer</a> was recently featured in a lengthy <em>Inside Counsel </em>article that discusses what video game creators should understand about the law that protects their investment against copycat game developers. Having their games cloned, or being accused of cloning games, is a growing threat for game developers. Understanding what protections intellectual property (IP) law provides early in the game-developing process can help developers avoid costly lawsuits. In the article, Mr. Singer alerts game developers to the limitations of IP law, offering tips on how to work around the limitations and advising video game creators on what they need to be able to show in order to prove trade dress infringement should they face the threat of a copycat.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mr. Singer is a partner in the firm’s nationally recognized Content, Media and Entertainment Practice. &nbsp;His primary focus is entertainment and media litigation. He has represented major motion picture studios, broadcast and cable television networks, live entertainment promoters, newspapers, book publishers, marketing agencies and technology companies. He counsels and represents clients in many areas, including intellectual property and business disputes, right of publicity, antitrust, trade secrets and trademarks. &nbsp;He successfully defended claims in seminal litigation involving user-generated content and the Communications Decency Act, as well as the first known antitrust case brought against a large social media network.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To read the full <em>Inside Counsel</em> article, please <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> 12 Oct 2016 Jenner & Block Named to <i>GIR’</i>s Guide to the World’s Leading Investigations Practices <p> Jenner &amp; Block has been named to <em>Global Investigation Review</em>’s 2016 guide to the top 100 firms from around the world that in-house counsel turn to “in times of crisis.”&nbsp; According to <em>GIR</em>, two factors elevated firms to the list: experience and trust.&nbsp; Two high-profile monitorships – Credit Suisse’s tax evasion settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services and Citigroup’s mortgage-backed securities settlement with the DOJ – have “distinguished” the firm in recent years, <em>GIR</em> says.</p> <p> <a href="">The guide</a> names the four co-chairs of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice – Partners <a href="">Anthony S. Barkow</a>, <a href="">Peter B. Pope</a>, <a href="">Reid J. Schar</a> and <a href="">Charles B. Sklarsky</a> – and notes that many partners have government experience, particularly from stints in the US attorneys’ offices in Chicago and New York.&nbsp; The profile mentions that the firm was hired by General Motors to conduct an internal investigation leading up to certain recalls stemming from faulty ignition switches and has acted for individuals regarding the global investigations into Libor rate manipulation.&nbsp; “Throughout the decades,” the profile observes, “Jenner &amp; Block’s white-collar work has run the gamut from US congressional investigations to securities fraud matters, FCPA cases and monitorships.&nbsp; Foreign bribery investigations are a specialty of the practice; Jenner has counselled companies on FCPA compliance in close to 50 countries.”</p> 3 Oct 2016 Jenner & Block Insights: Steven Siros Discusses Emerging Contaminants and 1,4-Dioxane <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="255" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="450"></iframe></p> <p> In the wake of the Flint Water Crisis, emerging contaminants such as 1,4-dioxane have faced increasing scrutiny from EPA, regulators and the media.&nbsp; In this video, Partner <a href="">Steven M. Siros</a> discusses 1,4-dioxane issues and the importance of proactively insuring companies that have solvent impacted properties.</p> 13 Oct 2016