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Partners Mary Ellen Callahan and Jessie Liu Named National Law Journal Trailblazers

Jenner & Block’s Privacy and Information Governance Practice Chair Mary Ellen Callahan and White Collar Defense and Investigations Co-Chair Jessie K. Liu have been named “Trailblazers” by The National Law Journal.  Ms. Callahan was recognized in the Cyber Security and Data Privacy area and Ms. Liu was selected in the White Collar Crime practice area.  The two were profiled in special supplements published last month.

Describing her as an individual who “helped make a difference in the fight against criminal cyber activity and towards adding much needed layers of data security in an increasingly digital world of commerce,”
Ms. Callahan’s profile lauds her efforts as the US Department of Homeland Security’s third chief privacy officer, to ensure that privacy was embedded into the federal government’s cybersecurity framework.  It also notes that she founded Jenner & Block’s Privacy and Information Governance Practice upon joining the firm in 2012.

Ms. Liu’s profile spotlights her service at the Department of Justice after beginning her legal career at Jenner & Block.  Ms. Liu started at DOJ as an assistant United States attorney in 2002, rising to Deputy Chief of Staff in the department’s National Security Division, then Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General and, finally, Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division before she rejoined the firm as a partner in 2009.  Ms. Liu is quoted as saying that her greatest accomplishments are “the ones no one talks about” – getting the best resolution for her clients out of the public eye.

The “Trailblazers” series was introduced by The National Law Journal in 2013 to recognize lawyers who have “moved the needle” in selected practice areas.  Jenner & Block partners who have been selected previously (and the practice areas in which they were recognized) are Firm Chairman Anton R. Valukas (Litigation), Firmwide Corporate Practice Chair Joseph P. Gromacki (Mergers & Acquisitions) and Partners Neil M. Barofsky and Mary Ellen Callahan (Regulatory and Compliance).