November 06, 2015

Partner Neil M. Barofsky has been named one of The National Law Journal’s “Winning” litigators for a significant victory on behalf of financially distressed California homeowners.  The honor recognizes lawyers who have prevailed when substantial damages were at stake, setting a legal precedent or overcoming an unfriendly jurisdiction. 

In June 2015, Jenner & Block won a victory on behalf of three nonprofit housing groups when the Superior Court of California in Sacramento ruled that Governor Jerry Brown unlawfully diverted more than $331 million from a mortgage settlement fund that was established to help millions of financially distressed homeowners to instead address budget shortfalls.  In a profile that was published on November 2, Mr. Barofsky said, “It was not just coming up with a legal argument related to California budget law but using the tools of discovery to track down where hundreds of millions of dollars went and the many different paths it took. So the work was done before we walked into the courtroom."

In addition to Mr. Barofsky, the Jenner & Block team included Partners Rick Richmond and Patrick J. Trostle; Associates L. David Russell, Jeffrey A. Atteberry, Tyler C. Anderson and Nayiri Keosseian Pilikyan; and former associates Eric Del Pozo and Ava U. McAlpin.

This is the third time that the firm has been recognized in the NLJ’s annual profile of successful litigators.  In 2009, a trial team led by David J. Bradford, a chair of the Litigation Department, was honored by the publication for its trial victory on behalf of client Equity Lifestyle Properties.  The firm, led by Partner Norman M. Hirsch, was recognized in 2010 for a trial victory on behalf of Energy Northwest in Energy Northwest v. United States.