Jenner & Block Partner Reena Bajowala is one of 10 Chicago recipients of the 2015 Womenetics POW! Award honoring purposeful women. She will receive her award on March 25, 2015, at a reception at the Metropolitan Club in Chicago in addition to being featured on Womenetics’ website for her work.
The POW! Award is a unique and highly regarded designation that honors women who are corporate or entrepreneurial business leaders as well as non-profit, academic and public policy trailblazers. Womenetics presents the awards annually to recipients in Atlanta and Chicago, selecting honorees based on career accomplishments, community involvement and philanthropy.
Reena, a partner in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, has handled a variety of complex commercial litigation matters involving financial transactions, consumer fraud, corporate reorganization and benefits plans. She is an experienced trial attorney who recently served as first chair on two federal trials. A member of the Class Action, Technology Litigation and ERISA Litigation Practices, Reena regularly counsels and defends employers and service providers in federal actions involving defined contribution, defined benefit, employer stock option, short-term disability and other ERISA-governed plans.
She has been actively involved in efforts to foster diversity in the legal profession throughout her career. Reena serves on the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and is one of the founders of the firm’s Mother Circle.
In 2014, she received a “Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award” from the Illinois Diversity Council. She is a 2013 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
In addition to the demands of her busy practice, Reena devotes an extraordinary amount of time to pro bono work and is active in organizations that reflect her priorities. Her example inspires and motivates others. For example, she devoted an extraordinary 3,360+ hours to stop the City of Joliet, Illinois, from using eminent domain as an end-run around the Fair Housing Act. After 95 days of trial, she struck a settlement that should preserve fair housing for hundreds of low-income residents.
Founded in 2009 in Atlanta, Womenetics provides content, programs and services to advance women as leaders. Recognized by Forbes magazine’s Top 100 Website for Women, it is now a globally recognized destination for its unique gender lens perspective on topics about women’s leadership and business.