Jenner & Block

Partner Mercedes Hill Named 2016 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago

Jenner & Block Partner Mercedes M. Hill has been named a 2016 Fellow in the Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) program.

The LGC Fellows Program is a 30-year-old leadership development program that brings together Chicago’s most promising young people from the city’s business, civic, nonprofit and government sectors to explore key challenges facing the region.  Ms. Hill is one of 39 individuals who were selected to participate in the upcoming intensive 10-month program.  Through retreats, seminars, service projects and community tours, the fellows will meet with civic and community leaders, as well as those who are directly affected by the tough issues impacting the region, from the economy to housing, education, crime, racial identity and diversity, and healthcare.

The program’s purpose is to cultivate a growing and diverse group of leaders for the area by fostering a lifelong commitment to civic engagement on the part of its “graduates.”  Beginning with its first class in 1984, more than 1,000 fellows have gone through the program, including US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez; Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan; and Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Obama. 

Ms. Hill is a member of the firm’s Corporate, Corporate Finance, Corporate Transactions for Government Contractors, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practices.  She has been a key team member in a  number of the firm’s largest transactions, including the historic “Section 363” sale of GM assets in connection with its Chapter 11 reorganization and, more recently, the $1.3 billion and $440 million carve-outs of Archer Daniels Midland’s global cocoa and chocolate businesses.  Ms.  Hill was named a 2015 “40 Under 40 Emerging Leader” by The M&A Advisor. 

Ms. Hill is also a member of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Hiring Committee, and Business Services and Transaction Executive Committee and a leader of the African American Affinity Group.  She serves as pro bono legal counsel to Ladies of Virtue, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of young women in underserved communities.

Other Jenner & Block lawyers who have been selected for this prestigious program include Partners Amanda S. AmertMatthew D. Basil, Debbie L. Berman, Philip L. Harris, Keri L. Holleb Hotaling, Melissa M. Root, Michael A. Scodro, and John R. Storino.