October 03, 2012

Best Lawyers has named Jenner & Block Chairman Anton R. Valukas the 2013 Chicago Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year.” 

Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession.  In 2009, in addition to their standard annual list, Best Lawyers began designating “Lawyers of the Year” in the United States in high-profile legal practice areas in large legal communities.  Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is selected for this honor.  According to Best Lawyers, these lawyers are chosen on the basis of the “particularly impressive voting averages” they received in the publication’s most recent peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers.

Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among their peers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

Mr. Valukas is a former United States Attorney and Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He focuses on major civil and white collar criminal litigation, representing individuals and corporations in contested proceedings throughout the nation.   As a civil litigator, he has extensive experience in the areas of mass tort and class actions.  He has defended companies ranging from manufacturers to air carriers in consumer products litigation, product defect and consumer fraud class actions, food contamination, mass accident, and toxic exposure and environmental claims. 

Mr. Valukas has also worked on a wide variety of matters relating to government contracts and issues of fraud and compliance.  He represents Fortune 500 companies and public entities with regard to conflicts of interest, ethics violations and internal corporate investigations, as well as in SEC investigations and civil securities fraud lawsuits.

Mr. Valukas also has broad and significant experience in the health care area.  He has handled many qui tam actions regarding Medicare/Medicaid fraud allegations, as well as the resulting shareholders derivative suits.

In 2009, Mr. Valukas was appointed as the Examiner in the Lehman Brothers Holdings bankruptcy, reputed to be the largest such case in U.S. history.  The resulting seven volume account, coined by the press as the “Valukas Report,” was universally applauded for its clarity and usefulness in determining what brought about the demise of Lehman Brothers, an event many commentators point to as the precipitating event triggering the economic crisis of 2008.