Newman, Poppenhusen & Stern was born on January 1, 1914. Together, the three name partners – Jacob Newman, Conrad Poppenhusen and Harry Stern – had 75 years of experience. They brought with them three associates. The first offices in the Chamber of Commerce Building at the corner of Washington and LaSalle Streets were “totally inadequate for quarters for our new firm,” recalled one of the early litigators, Edward “The Chief” Johnston. It is doubtful they could foresee 100 years into the future. The firm they started in 1914 would move four times in Chicago, undergo nine name changes and grow into a 450-attorney firm with four offices across the country. Today, in its hundredth year, the firm goes by the name it has had since January 1, 1969: Jenner & Block.
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