Jenner & Block

Karthik P. Reddy

Why did you join Jenner & Block?
I joined Jenner & Block because of the firm’s commitment to excellence in litigation and its focus on the community.  True to its word, Jenner & Block encourages junior associates to take active roles in pro bono matters.  This not only ensures that all Jenner & Block attorneys can fulfill their professional obligations to the community, but also provides younger attorneys with valuable opportunities to develop their negotiation and litigation skills.

What kind of work have you been doing?  Pro bono matters?
As a junior associate, I have been able to explore several of the firm's ’s practice areas, including antitrust, telecommunications, and appellate litigation.  This has involved advocacy before federal regulatory bodies, as well as research and drafting for filings in state and federal courts.  I have also had the opportunity to undertake a significant amount of pro bono work, including post-conviction litigation on behalf of an incarcerated defendant.

Name 1-2 things you’ve learned in the last year.
I have learned how important an open door can be.  There come times in every junior associate’s career when the knowledge and experience of a fellow attorney is necessary to solve a difficult issue or think through a novel question.  Attorneys at Jenner & Block are always willing to make time for such advice, which is not only rewarding for associates, but also helps to ensure that the firm delivers superb legal services to its clients.

What are the people at Jenner & Block like?
Jenner & Block's staff and attorneys are intelligent, collaborative, and committed.  The staff and attorneys I have met have varied and interesting backgrounds, which allow them to bring distinct and diverse perspectives to the table.  It is also difficult to find a closed door at Jenner, and I have yet to come across someone at the firm who is unwilling to take time for a colleague with a question or issue.  Above all, everyone at Jenner & Block shares a commitment to pro bono, which helps to make the firm such a stimulating place to work.

What kind of training have you received?
Jenner & Block's  training is both formal and informal.  All first-year litigation associates are encouraged to participate in a multi-day deposition training in Chicago, and there are several trainings conducted in Jenner’s offices throughout the year.  Even more important is the informal training that junior associates receive every day from partners and senior associates, who are willing to make time to provide feedback and ensure that junior associates build the skills necessary to become effective advocates.

What qualities are needed to be successful at this level at the firm?
Jenner & Block's associates need one thing to be successful:  A constant drive to improve.  The firm is flexible, and opportunities like depositions and arguments are open to even junior associates who demonstrate that they are willing and able to take them on.

What should a prospective associate know about being at your level in the firm?
Jenner & Block is a wonderful firm for junior associates who are interested in building skills quickly.  The firm not only encourages junior associates to gain experience in various practice groups before selecting an area of expertise, but also allows junior associates to take on responsibility from the start.

What sets Jenner & Block apart from other firms?
Jenner & Block's focus on pro bono is truly outstanding.  Both partners and associates devote a significant proportion of their time to ensuring that the unserved have an advocate on their side.  I have seen firsthand the contribution that Jenner’s attorneys have made to improving access to justice, which is important not only for the individual clients, but also the system as a whole.  This focus on pro bono work is particularly valuable for associates, as it provides them with an exceptional opportunity to build skills.

Jonathan M. Diaz

What kind of work have you been doing?  Pro bono matters?
As a first-year litigation associate, I work on a wide variety of matters, including a complex civil investigation and a large copyright dispute that is going to trial soon. I’ve also been working on an individual criminal defense matter, as well as a pro bono immigration case.

Name 1 to 2 things you’ve learned in the last year.
Over the past year, the most important thing that I’ve learned is how much learning I had left to do after graduating from law school. Fortunately, my colleagues at Jenner & Block are quick to answer any questions that I have and to provide thoughtful advice and helpful insights.

What are the people at Jenner & Block like?
The people at Jenner & Block are extremely dedicated and passionate about their work. As a junior associate, I feel as though my colleagues at Jenner & Block take a vested interest not only in providing excellent service to our clients, but also in helping me become a better lawyer. Additionally, a strong public service ethos permeates our office—just about everyone here is also committed to serving their communities through pro bono service or other professional involvement in the community.  

What kind of training have you received?
Shortly after I started at the firm, we had several days of training on everything from legal research and writing to technology use to client interaction at our main office in Chicago. I also participated in a deposition training workshop, during which I took and defended several mock depositions. Additionally, I’ve received both formal and informal training and mentoring throughout my time here at Jenner & Block

What qualities are needed to be successful at this level at the firm?
To be successful as a junior associate at Jenner & Block, it’s most important to have strong communications skills, careful attention to detail, and a willingness to learn and adapt.

What should a prospective associate know about being at your level in the firm?
Prospective associates should know that even as a junior-level associate at Jenner & Block, you’ll be doing meaningful and substantial work. In my first year, I’ve led client calls and meetings, drafted sections of motions and briefs, and contributed to high-level strategy discussions. Be prepared to learn quickly and contribute to all your matters from day one.

What sets Jenner & Block apart from other firms?
It sounds cliché—but it’s true—the people at Jenner & Block are what sets us apart. In addition to being accomplished lawyers, everyone at the firm is genuinely supportive of one another’s achievements, both inside and outside the firm. It’s no secret that lawyers spend a lot of time working together, so it’s critical that the people you work with are not only efficient and effective colleagues, but also collaborative and friendly people. 

Tassity Johnson

Why did you join Jenner & Block?
I joined Jenner & Block because every attorney during my interviews was warm, genuine, and friendly, and because of the firm’s commitment to pro bono and strong reputation for appellate advocacy.

What kind of work have you been doing?  Pro bono matters?
I am currently working on two investigations, one for an SEC matter and one stemming from our monitorship of a bank.  I’ve also been involved in pro bono litigation for voting rights, First Amendment, and landlord-tenant matters.   

Name 1-2 things you’ve learned in the last year.
Although I’ve only been with the firm for a little over six months, I am constantly learning the meaning and importance of good judgment in practicing law.  

What has been your proudest moment?
Watching my partner-mentor argue an important First Amendment case.

What are the people at Jenner & Block like?
Warm, friendly, collegial, candid, approachable, conscientious, and thoughtful.

What qualities are needed to be successful at this level at the firm?
With the proviso that I’ve only been with the firm for a little over six months, I have observed that success is closely tied with an associate’s ability and willingness to take ownership for his or her cases, which requires having both a detailed, granular understanding of a case’s day-to-day progress, as well as a broad, complex understanding of the case strategy.

What should a prospective associate know about being at your level in the firm?
Being at this level requires a willingness to take ownership, and some degree of introspection about what you want your career to be at Jenner & Block, and how you can best use the resources here (including the attorneys, who are very open to mentoring and giving advice) to get there.

What does it take to get to the next level at the firm?
Building relationships with attorneys at the firm and current and prospective clients, and establishing a reputation for quality work within the firm.

What sets Jenner & Block apart from other firms?
The firm strikes a unique balance between commitment to clients and high-quality work with an appreciation and respect for attorneys at all levels and for staff and personnel.

Karthik P. Reddy

Why did you join Jenner & Block?
I joined Jenner & Block because of the firm’s commitment to excellence in litigation and its focus on the community.  True to its word, Jenner & Block encourages junior associates to take active roles in pro bono matters.  This not only ensures that all Jenner & Block attorneys can fulfill their professional obligations to the community, but also provides younger attorneys with valuable opportunities to develop their negotiation and litigation skills.

What kind of work have you been doing?  Pro bono matters?
As a junior associate, I have been able to explore several of the firm's ’s practice areas, including antitrust, telecommunications, and appellate litigation.  This has involved advocacy before federal regulatory bodies, as well as research and drafting for filings in state and federal courts.  I have also had the opportunity to undertake a significant amount of pro bono work, including post-conviction litigation on behalf of an incarcerated defendant.

Name 1-2 things you’ve learned in the last year.
I have learned how important an open door can be.  There come times in every junior associate’s career when the knowledge and experience of a fellow attorney is necessary to solve a difficult issue or think through a novel question.  Attorneys at Jenner & Block are always willing to make time for such advice, which is not only rewarding for associates, but also helps to ensure that the firm delivers superb legal services to its clients.

What are the people at Jenner & Block like?
Jenner & Block's staff and attorneys are intelligent, collaborative, and committed.  The staff and attorneys I have met have varied and interesting backgrounds, which allow them to bring distinct and diverse perspectives to the table.  It is also difficult to find a closed door at Jenner, and I have yet to come across someone at the firm who is unwilling to take time for a colleague with a question or issue.  Above all, everyone at Jenner & Block shares a commitment to pro bono, which helps to make the firm such a stimulating place to work.

What kind of training have you received?
Jenner & Block's  training is both formal and informal.  All first-year litigation associates are encouraged to participate in a multi-day deposition training in Chicago, and there are several trainings conducted in Jenner’s offices throughout the year.  Even more important is the informal training that junior associates receive every day from partners and senior associates, who are willing to make time to provide feedback and ensure that junior associates build the skills necessary to become effective advocates.

What qualities are needed to be successful at this level at the firm?
Jenner & Block's associates need one thing to be successful:  A constant drive to improve.  The firm is flexible, and opportunities like depositions and arguments are open to even junior associates who demonstrate that they are willing and able to take them on.

What should a prospective associate know about being at your level in the firm?
Jenner & Block is a wonderful firm for junior associates who are interested in building skills quickly.  The firm not only encourages junior associates to gain experience in various practice groups before selecting an area of expertise, but also allows junior associates to take on responsibility from the start.

What sets Jenner & Block apart from other firms?
Jenner & Block's focus on pro bono is truly outstanding.  Both partners and associates devote a significant proportion of their time to ensuring that the unserved have an advocate on their side.  I have seen firsthand the contribution that Jenner’s attorneys have made to improving access to justice, which is important not only for the individual clients, but also the system as a whole.  This focus on pro bono work is particularly valuable for associates, as it provides them with an exceptional opportunity to build skills.

OLIVIA HOFFMAN
Office(s):
New York
Law Schools(s):
Harvard Law School
Practice Area(s):
Litigation
Started with firm:
2016
JONATHAN M. DIAZ
Office(s):
New York
Law Schools(s):
Harvard Law School
Started with firm:
2016
TASSITY JOHNSON
Office(s):
Washington, DC
Law Schools(s):
Yale Law School
Started with firm:
2016
KARTHIK P. REDDY
Office(s):
Washington, DC
Law Schools(s):
Harvard Law School
Practice Area(s):
Litigation
Started with firm:
2016