Jessica R. Hertz has joined Jenner & Block as a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and the Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice in its Washington, D.C. office.
Ms. Hertz joins the firm after more than five years in senior positions in the Executive Branch. Most recently, she served as principal deputy counsel to Vice President Joseph R. Biden for nearly two years, during which time she provided strategic advice on a wide range of compliance and risk management issues.
Before joining Vice President Biden, Ms. Hertz served in the U.S. Department of Justice as counsel to Deputy Attorney General James Cole. She also served as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before that, Ms. Hertz served in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget as counselor to the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, where she focused on regulatory compliance and public policy matters.
As senior counsel, she will work closely with Partner Thomas J. Perrelli, chair of the Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice, in representing clients with significant disputes with the federal and state governments, with a particular focus on the financial services and education sectors.
Mr. Perrelli recently was appointed to monitor a $7 billion settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and Citigroup over the sale of mortgage securities. In May, Mr. Perrelli was appointed as an independent settlement administrator to oversee compliance by Ashford University and its parent company Bridgepoint Education, with provisions related to recruitment and enrollment practices in a settlement with the Iowa Attorney General.
Ms. Hertz’s association with the firm adds to several high-profile hires in the past year that include Neil M. Barofsky, the former special inspector general for TARP; Joseph L. Noga, the former deputy chief of litigation for GE Capital; and Jeremy M. Creelan, former special counsel to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“The caliber of Jenner & Block’s corporate investigations practice is demonstrated by the firm’s recent high-profile assignments, including its appointment as monitor in several recent cases,” said Jenner & Block Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax. “Jessica’s reputation for the highest quality work enhances our ability to provide our clients with the sophisticated legal services they need, especially where legal issues are intertwined with significant political or policy challenges.”
According to Mr. Perrelli, “Jessica’s blend of investigation, political, and policy experience will significantly augment the firm’s capabilities in representing private clients dealing with regulatory or other disputes with the government. In particular, Jessica’s experience with educational institutions will enhance our growing practice in this area.”
Ms. Hertz graduated cum laude from Harvard College and received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as articles editor of its Law Review. Following law school graduation, she served as a clerk to the Hon. Sonia Sotomayor (now U.S. Supreme Court Justice) at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. She then clerked for the Hon. Barbara Jones, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, before beginning her government service.
Ms. Hertz is admitted to practice in New York.