June 20, 2012

Jenner & Block has been named to The National Law Journal’s “Appellate Hot List” for the fourth consecutive year.  The publication’s annual list recognized law firms that made “exemplary contributions to appellate practice during the year” and had “at least one significant appellate win between May 2011 and May 2012” and an “impressive track record overall.”

The NLJ noted that, despite losing star appellate advocate Donald Verrilli Jr. to the Obama administration in 2009, the Firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice has “held its own and has continued to pull in top-tier work.”  The publication highlighted a number of the Firm’s recent victories, citing:

  • The successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which ruled on May 31, 2012, that the ban on federal recognition of marriages of same-sex couples was unconstitutional.  The court was influenced in part by briefs drafted by Partners Paul M. Smith and Luke C. Platzer;
  • Mr. Smith’s Supreme Court victory in 2011, winning a 7-2 ruling that California's restrictions on the sale of violent video games to children violated the First Amendment;
  • Mr. Smith’s lead role in the Firm’s major win for Viacom International Inc. in April 2012, when the Second Circuit reinstated Viacom's copyright suit against Google Inc. subsidiary YouTube LLC, over content uploaded to the Web video service.  Mr. Smith, with Partners Matthew S. Hellman, Susan J. Kohlmann and Scott B. Wilkens and former Of Counsel William M. Hohengarten, convinced the appellate court to overturn a district court's 2010 grant of summary judgment to YouTube.

The story also highlighted Partner Barry Levenstam’s work persuading the Second Circuit to uphold a $431 million arbitration award to client STMicroelectronics N.V., arising out of a dispute with Credit Suisse Securities LLC over compensation for losses from fraudulent investments, as well as Partner John H. Mathias, Jr.’s win for trucking giant CRST Van Expedited Inc., defeating an appeal by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission before the Eighth Circuit.  The EEOC sought millions of dollars in damages and changes to the company's work policies to remedy alleged sexual harassment of CRST’s female long-haul truck drivers.

Other members of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice include Partners Jessica Ring Amunson, Elaine J. Goldenberg, Marc A. Goldman, Lindsay C. Harrison and Joshua M. Segal; Associates Christopher Deal, Irina Y. Dmitrieva, Daniel T. Fenske, Caroline D. Lopez, Matthew S. McKenzie, Matthew E. Price and Adam G. Unikowsky; and Of Counsel Benjamin K. Miller.

To read the entire NLJ article, please click here.