January 01, 2014

On December 19, 2013, Jenner & Block elected nine new associates to the partnership, effective January 1, 2014.

“We are proud that this incredibly talented group of attorneys are continuing their careers with Jenner & Block," said Susan C. Levy, the firm’s managing partner.  “They bring an exceptional dedication and intelligence to their practices, to the firm, to the broader communities in which they live and, most importantly, to our clients.  We could not be more pleased with our 2014 class of partners; they add to the firm’s already bright future.”

The new partners are:

Charles Hughes Abbott

Charles concentrates on commercial litigation, criminal defense, white collar and internal investigations and corporate-compliance advice.  He has significant experience in class action defense for major retailers, financial-service providers and telecommunications companies.  Charles' broad white-collar experience includes defending corporations and corporate executives and counseling major corporations on the structure and effectiveness of their compliance programs.  This often includes reviewing existing ethics and anti-corruption guidance, reporting mechanisms and payment controls.  His extensive commercial litigation experience involves all aspects of civil trial work for clients involved in class actions, mass tort litigation and general business litigation.  He also has extensive criminal trial experience, having successfully litigated five jury trials as part of a volunteer service program with the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.  Charles graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2003.  Before and while attending law school, Charles served on the legislative staff of U.S. Representative David Dreier of California.  There, he handled various domestic policy issues, such as health care, welfare, financial regulation and taxes.

Alexandra E. Dowling

Alexandra’s work involves all aspects of federal taxation, including tax shelter litigation, private debt fund structuring, bankruptcies and restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and tax planning for tax-exempt organizations.  In addition to representing clients on a wide variety of corporate transactions, she has advised clients on significant tax and tax-related controversy matters, including the taxation of Ponzi schemes, and in litigation before the Court of Federal Claims relating to nuclear decommissioning expenses.  She also focuses on attorney-client privilege, tax patents and ethical issues arising in tax practice.  She is a member of the firm's Hiring Committee.  Alexandra worked throughout her law school career, first at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, where she coordinated the center’s academic programs, and then also as a law clerk at Jenner & Block’s Chicago office.  She is the former president of the board of First Slice, Inc., NFP, a not-for-profit that provides high-quality food to the homeless in Chicago.  She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where she served on the Chicago Journal of International Law.

Jeffery D. Larson

Jeffery has significant experience in general corporate counseling and governance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.  He has represented strategic and financial buyers and sellers concerning complex transactions across a variety of industries, including aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer products and services, energy services, healthcare IT, home building products, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceutical, publishing and software.  Jeffery has represented clients in multiple cross-border transactions involving a variety of business units across Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.  In addition to his private practice, Jeffery has represented several nonprofit entities in pro bono matters, including incorporations, applications for 501(c)(3) status and general corporate matters.  Jeffery graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law (Order of the Coif).

Andrew F. Merrick

Andrew represents individuals and corporations in a broad range of complex commercial disputes involving a variety of substantive legal areas, including breach of contract, unfair competition and other business torts, deceptive trade practices and cases arising under the Uniform Commercial Code.  He also has extensive familiarity representing clients in class action and securities litigation matters, as well as significant appellate court and first- and second-chair trial experience.  Andrew’s arbitration practice primarily focuses on the defense and aerospace industry where he has represented clients in a variety of commercial disputes.  Andrew is a member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois and former chairman of the Securities Law Committee for the Chicago Bar Association.  In addition to maintaining an active pro bono practice, Andrew serves as a member of the board of directors of the Compass to Care childhood cancer foundation.  Andrew also devotes significant time to recruiting and mentoring new associates, and he is a recent recipient of the firm’s Associates’ Committee Mentoring Award.  He graduated with High Honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (Order of the Coif), where he served as executive notes & comments editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.

Jolene E. Negre

Jolene represents public and privately held companies in a broad range of corporate and securities transactions and corporate counseling.  She regularly represents public and private clients in a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic investments, technology acquisitions and venture capital and private equity financings.  In addition, Jolene has substantial experience counseling companies regarding securities regulation, corporate disclosure, corporate governance, and other corporate and securities matters.  She has significant experience in telecommunications, media and entertainment, focusing on cable television networks, digital media, telecommunications systems and the technologies developed in those industries.  Jolene also works extensively with technology companies, including semiconductor device and equipment manufacturers, and solar and other renewable energy equipment manufacturers and developers.  She serves as co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Forum.  Jolene graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

April A. Otterberg

April concentrates in professional responsibility litigation, focusing on defending lawyers and law firms in pending or threatened legal malpractice and related claims.  April also represents corporate clients in breach of fiduciary duty and related claims under ERISA, and she has experience representing corporations and employees in trade secret and restrictive covenant cases.  April has represented clients in a range of civil litigation matters, including putative class actions, appellate matters, cases litigated successfully at trial and several matters involving pre-suit counseling, mediation and settlement negotiations.  April has focused her pro bono efforts on criminal defense matters, including her longtime representation of a client on federal death row in connection with his appeal and post-conviction proceedings.  She is co-author of the Illinois portion of the American Bar Association’s The Law of Lawyers’ Liability and of the firm’s outline of Illinois trade secrets law.  April regularly speaks and writes on professional responsibility topics, and was recognized as a “Rising Star” in Professional Liability: Defense by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2013.  For the past two years, April has served as co-chair of the firm's Associates Committee.  She was the 2006 salutatorian of Boston College Law School (summa cum laude, Order of the Coif), where she served as managing editor of the Boston College Law Review.

Tarsha A. Phillibert

Tarsha has significant experience in white-collar defense matters and in corporate internal investigations.  Her practice includes counseling individuals and companies in criminal, regulatory and complex civil matters.  She has conducted internal investigations into financial, accounting and other fraud.  Recently, she represented the court-appointed examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy case.  Tarsha’s civil litigation experience includes securities, copyright and employment matters, as well as appellate advocacy in the Second Circuit and New York appellate courts.  Tarsha is active in pro bono matters, including successfully representing a victim of domestic violence in an appeal for an extended order of protection in a New York appellate court, representing an immigrant in a waiver of removal proceeding in Immigration Court and defending a not-for-profit organization in a breach of contract action brought by a financial institution.  In 2012, Tarsha was selected as one of only four young attorneys to be nationally recognized as a “Rising Legal Industry Star” by Diversity & the Bar, the publication of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.  Before joining Jenner & Block, Tarsha completed clerkships with the Honorable E. Richard Webber, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and the Honorable Charles S. Haight, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Tarsha is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she received the John Wragg Kellogg Prize.

Matthew E. Price

Matthew litigates and advises on complex issues of federal law, concentrating on administrative and constitutional law and in particular, First Amendment issues.  He advises clients and litigates cases concerning Dormant Commerce Clause and federal preemption issues, including those arising in the electricity industry.  In addition, Matthew has represented clients in privacy and copyright cases involving emerging technologies, and he has argued several cases in the courts of appeals, most recently securing victory in an Internet privacy case in the Tenth Circuit.  Matthew has an active pro bono practice in the area of refugee and immigration law, and he has represented victims of human trafficking in civil litigation against their traffickers.  He is the author of Rethinking Asylum: History, Purpose, and Limits, published by Cambridge University Press in 2009.  Before joining Jenner & Block, Matthew clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court and for Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  He also served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Matthew graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as book reviews editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Michael W. Ross

Michael focuses his practice on complex litigation matters in federal court and has significant experience representing clients in business disputes, including in the securities and antitrust areas.  Michael’s practice extends to all stages of litigation, from successfully counseling clients in resolving disputes before litigation to representing clients through the appeals process.  He has also represented individuals and corporate clients in internal investigations and government inquiries.  Michael’s pro bono and volunteer work has been concentrated on immigration matters and election law, in which he has successfully represented clients in federal court and before immigration agencies.  Before joining Jenner & Block, Michael served as a law clerk for the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and for the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He graduated magna cum laude (Order of the Coif) from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he served as a comments editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.