Jenner & Block

Eleven Jenner & Block Partners Selected as 2012 Washington, DC Super Lawyers

Jenner & Block Partners David A. Churchill, Joseph P. Covington, David W. DeBruin, Larry P. Ellsworth, Steven B. Fabrizio, David A. Handzo, Matthew L. Jacobs, Michael K. Lowman, Lorelie S. Masters, Thomas C. Newkirk and Paul M. Smith were recently named to the 2012 Washington, DC Super Lawyers list, an annual guide to the top five percent of attorneys in the DC metropolitan area.

In addition, Mr. Smith was named one of the “Top 10 Lawyers in Washington, DC” and Ms. Masters was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Women Lawyers” in the District.  Attorneys on these lists received the “highest point totals in the Washington DC Super Lawyers 2012 nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.”

Mr. Churchill, co-chair of the firm’s Government Contracts Practice, was selected for his work in the Government Contracts area.  Mr. Churchill’s practice includes litigation of disputes involving the award, performance and termination of federal contract disputes.  He has an active counseling practice in contract award-related matters and on issues arising during performance of government contracts and subcontracts and in matters involving international public contracts under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales and Foreign Military Finance programs.

Mr. Covington, co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, was recognized for his work in Criminal Defense: White Collar.  Government contractors turn to Mr. Covington for counsel on a wide variety of potential violations; for guidance with company compliance programs; and to conduct internal investigations and advise on resolution strategies.  He also has broad experience representing companies in the international marketplace that deal with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as companies and individuals in significant antitrust grand jury investigations and prosecutions.

Mr. DeBruin was recognized for his Business Litigation work.  Clients seek his counsel primarily on complex Supreme Court and appellate litigation and on securities fraud and white collar criminal defense matters.  Mr. DeBruin draws on his experience as a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and as a former trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where he handled a large number of jury and bench criminal trials.  Mr. DeBruin is Managing Partner of Jenner & Block’s DC office and a member of the Firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice.

Mr. Ellsworth was named for his work in the area of Securities Litigation.  Mr. Ellsworth is a member of Jenner & Block’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement and Class Action Practices.  He defends some of the largest companies in the United States in confidential securities investigations, as well as in private class actions and derivative actions.  He also represents officers of large companies, some involving grand jury investigations, and advises Boards of Directors and audit committees on internal investigations related to a variety of potential violations.

Mr. Handzo was recognized for his work in Business Litigation.  Mr. Handzo is a litigator and a member of the Firm’s Communications and Content, Media & Entertainment Practices.  A Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, he represents Fortune 500 companies in class actions, complex contract disputes, bankruptcy litigation and advertising disputes under the Lanham Act.  He has served as lead counsel in dozens of jury and bench trials and has handled cases all over the nation in state courts, federal district courts, bankruptcy courts, the Court of Federal Claims, the Court of International Trade, and before the United States Copyright Royalty Judges.

Mr. Jacobs was listed for his Insurance Coverage work.  Mr. Jacobs is a litigator who handles complex, multi-party insurance coverage matters in state and federal courts. Corporations also seek his counsel on the availability of insurance coverage for a wide variety of claims, ranging from directors and officers liability and mortgage lending practices to business interruption losses, product liability and regulatory investigations and environmental matters.  He also regularly advises Fortune 500 companies in the placement of various types of insurance coverage.  Mr. Jacobs is a member of the Firm’s Insurance Litigation and Counseling, Reinsurance, Antitrust Litigation and International Arbitration Practices.

Mr. Lowman was recognized for his work in Securities Litigation.  Drawing on his years of experience as counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, he represents public companies and their officers and directors in SEC investigations, securities class actions, individual suits by securities holders and derivative actions.  He has also handled many high stakes corporate and commercial cases, ranging from complex multi-party construction matters and commercial contract litigation to insurance coverage disputes and consumer class action defense.   Mr. Lowman is a member of the Firm’s Securities, Securities Litigation and Enforcement, and Class Action Practices.

Ms. Masters was named for her Insurance Coverage work.  Companies and individuals turn to her for counsel in enforcing insurance coverage under general liability, directors & officers, fiduciary liability, first-party property, business-interruption, and other types of insurance.  Experienced in e-commerce and electronic-discovery issues, Ms. Masters has represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and in arbitrations in the United States and abroad and won significant trials and arbitrations enforcing insurance coverage for her policyholder clients.  In 2010, Law360 identified her as one of the “10 Most Admired Insurance Attorneys.”  Ms. Masters is co-author of two widely recognized legal treatises, Insurance Coverage Litigation and Liability Insurance in International Arbitrations: The Bermuda Form.   

Mr. Newkirk was listed in Super Lawyers’ Securities Litigation practice area.  Mr. Newkirk is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice. Drawing on his 19 years of experience with the Securities and Exchange Commission, he represents companies and their leaders in confidential investigations related to such issues as accounting, disclosure, insider trading, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Mr. Newkirk also counsels corporate boards and board committees with respect to corporate governance and compliance and defends private class and derivative securities actions.

Mr. Smith was recognized for his Appellate work.  He is chair of Jenner & Block’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and Co-Chair of the Media and First Amendment and Election Law and Redistricting Practices.  Mr. Smith has had an active Supreme Court practice for nearly three decades, including oral arguments in 14 Supreme Court cases involving matters ranging from free speech and civil rights to civil procedure.  Among his important Supreme Court victories have been Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark gay rights case, and Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Ass’n., establishing the First Amendment rights of those who produce and sell video games.  In 2010, The National Law Journal named Mr. Smith one of the "Decade's Most Influential Lawyers,”  and the same year, he received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities for his work promoting civil rights and civil liberties.