Jenner & Block

Los Angeles Partners Honored with Prestigious CLAY Awards

Los Angeles Partners Brandon D. Fox and Andrew J. Thomas were both selected to receive prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) awards, which honor lawyers in the state “who used their considerable talents to bring about fairness.”

Mr. Fox, a partner in the firm’s Investigations, Compliance, and Defense litigation practice, was selected for his role as lead attorney in the successful investigation and trials regarding corruption and civil rights violations within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Fox was the Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section of the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.  In this role, he led the prosecutions of elected Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca and 20 other law enforcement officers for obstruction of justice, corruption and civil rights violations.

A profile about the cases notes the creative strategies Mr. Fox developed to overcome obstacles in the trials and achieve successful outcomes. The profile also lists the cases’ far-reaching results, including the ensuing election of a reform-minded sheriff and the establishment of an independent body to oversee the sheriff’s department. Los Angeles County and the department also entered into a consent decree with the federal government as a result of the prosecutions. Mr. Fox joined Jenner & Block in 2017 after the conclusion of these cases.

As his profile highlights, Mr. Thomas was part of a Jenner & Block team that won a complete victory in a trial over the rights to writer John Steinbeck’s works in September 2017. The team, led by Partner Susan J. Kohlmann, won a federal jury verdict of $13.15 million in damages on behalf of Waverly Scott Kaffaga, who is Steinbeck's stepdaughter and executor to the Estate of Elaine Steinbeck, the author's late third wife.

The verdict clears away confusion about who owns the rights to develop film, stage and television projects based on such classic American novels as East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath. The team also included Partner Alison I. Stein, Associates Jonathan M. Diaz, Stephanie Krent, Brittany R. Lamb, Gretchen O. Stertz and Andrew G. Sullivan. Paralegals Jeffrey Phillips and Alonso Ponce, legal secretary Laura Saltzman and legal assistant Kathryn Schaub also contributed to the litigation.