December 15, 2015

Jenner & Block has been recognized by the Financial Times (FT) in its North America Innovative Lawyers 2015 report, highlighting the firm's innovation for intellectual property and pro bono work.

The firm was ranked in the Legal Expertise–Protecting Clients’ Business category for our counsel to Fox Networks and several other broadcasting entities in our litigation against Aereo.  Representing the broadcasters in a series of ongoing copyright infringement cases that threatened the current over-the-air broadcasting business model, the firm has served as lead counsel at every stage – in the Southern District of New York, on appeal to the Second Circuit and in the US Supreme Court – in its lawsuit against Aereo, which captured over-the-air television programming and retransmitted it over the Internet without the authority of the copyright owners. Following the Supreme Court victory, Aereo sought to qualify for a compulsory copyright license available to cable providers, but was again defeated. Aereo eventually filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, in which Catherine L. Steege and others represented the broadcasters, ending in a settlement that entailed entry of permanent injunction. A team comprising Richard L. Stone, Amy M. Gallegos, Julie A. Shepard, David R. Singer and others secured this significant and innovative victory and continue to represent Fox and its affiliates in Aereo-related copyright infringement matters.

The firm was also called a “Standout” – the FT’s highest rating – and ranked #2 overall among all law firms in the Social Responsibility–Pro Bono category for our representation of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda, home to 500 orphaned and otherwise vulnerable Rwandan youth. Our work involved leasing approximately 20 acres of its 144-acre campus to Gigawatt Global for the creation of a solar energy facility.  The lease was signed in January 2014 and construction started in February 2015.  The facility began functioning in September, producing 8.5 megawatts of electricity, approximately eight to 10 percent of all grid-connected electricity in Rwanda.  With no standardized forms to link investors and developers in Rwanda, a multidisciplinary Jenner & Block team, led by Patrick J. Trostle, worked with the ASYV to make the project become a reality.

The FT North America Innovative Lawyers 2015 report is a collaboration between the Financial Times and RSG Consulting, recognizing that highly innovative lawyers “not only service clients better, but also push the legal business into rewarding new frontiers.”  To view the full report, click here.