April 07, 2016

Jenner & Block Partner Terri L. Mascherin, a nationally recognized trial lawyer and co-chair of the firm’s Professional Responsibility Practice, has been named a “Woman of Achievement” by the Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Regional Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.  Ms. Mascherin was honored at an awards dinner on Thursday, April 7, 2016 for her pro bono work on death penalty issues and on behalf of those who have been wrongfully convicted or accused.

This is the ADL’s 23rd year of recognizing women who are “outstanding in their field of specialty” and who “embody the spirit and philosophy of ADL through their efforts to improve communication and understanding among the diverse racial, religious and ethnic communities of Chicago.”  Ms. Mascherin is the third lawyer with ties to Jenner & Block who has received this honor: Partner Barbara S. Steiner received the award in 2013, and former firm managing partner Susan Levy received it in 2010.  Past award recipients outside the firm include Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama; Christina Tchen, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; Lynn Martin, former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Andrea Zopp, former CEO and president of the Chicago Urban League; and many other leaders and executives of Fortune 100 companies and leading professional service firms. 

A Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, Ms. Mascherin is a litigator who is highly accomplished in both jury and bench trials.  She is a former president of the Chicago Bar Association who is nationally recognized for her legal work including being Chambers ranked and being honored with a variety of awards by groups ranging from the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  She has an active pro bono practice that includes representation of death row inmates.  In 2012, Law360 named Ms. Mascherin a "Top Female Trial Attorney," one of only 15 women nationally selected for the honor.  In 2007, she was recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal.  Ms. Mascherin serves the firm as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.