In recognition of Jenner & Block’s centennial anniversary, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published an in-depth profile of the firm that ran as a two-part series on January 30 and 31.
The first article in the series, titled “We Can Do Both,” focuses on the development, strength and impact of the firm’s pro bono program, which was started by name partner Albert E. Jenner, Jr. and a few young associates in the early 1950s. Today, Jenner & Block is recognized as having one of the foremost pro bono programs in the country.
The second part, titled “Jenner’s Future and a Bet on a 100-year Past,” examines the evolution of the firm from its three-partner beginnings in Chicago to its current position as one of the most prominent law firms in the country. Noting the irony that the firm was founded by partners who effectively did no trial work, but is now known for its litigation strength, the article also highlights the firm’s focus on and success in growing a dynamic corporate practice and expanding its overall reach well beyond Chicago.
The profile describes the firm’s commitment to its core values: exceeding client expectations; serving the community through pro bono work and public service; promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in society; and creating an unrivaled environment for superior talent. It also notes that these core values combined with a collegial and collaborative environment create a unique culture that differentiates Jenner & Block from other firms and is key to the firm’s longstanding success and continuing vitality.
Many members of the firm’s senior leadership are quoted and pictured in the series, which also discusses a few of the most significant matters the firm has handled through the years.