August 26, 2014

The National Law Journal yesterday named Jenner & Block as one of two finalists in its 2014 Chicago Litigation Department of the Year award. 

The award recognizes the firm as a “powerhouse” litigation practice in Chicago and is based on case results from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013, client references and pending matters, among other factors.  

The publication likened the firm’s litigation practice – co-chaired by Partners David J. Bradford and Craig C. Martin – to “the Army's special forces: highly trained and ready to deploy anywhere at any time. Its ability to tackle an array of legal obstacles makes Jenner & Block a finalist for The National Law Journal's Chicago Litigation Department of the Year.”  The NLJ points to the Litigation Department’s “national reach and experience in more than 30 practice areas.” 

“We actually try cases.  People come to us because they know we will take them to the decisional moment in the case. They come to us with what they consider their biggest, most intractable litigation problems,” Craig told the NLJ.

Highlights from the award include some of the firm’s notable victories of the last year: the extraordinary legal victory for pro bono client Nicole Harris; the 14-day jury trial win for Duroc LLC in a $100 million patent infringement case; the bench trial and $15.5 million judgment for Sentinel Management Group; and our precedent-setting victory on behalf of CRST Van Expedited against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  

With 360 litigators, the department is a “group of people who see litigation through the prism of how it will play out at trial,” David told the NLJ. “While I think we're very tenacious and very creative, we never succeed at the expense of truth or in a way that anybody would view as less than civil and cooperative. All of us inherited this practice from people we deeply admire and who had a commitment to public service. It's a torch we're carrying and trying to live up to.”