The National Law Journal has named Jenner & Block Chairman Anton R. Valukas a “Litigation Trailblazer and Pioneer of 2014,” one of 50 top legal professionals in the United States who, according to the NLJ, “have helped make a difference in the fight for justice.”
“The ‘Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers’ list recognizes those professionals who have acted as real agents of change in their field, elevating - and in some cases, redefining - the ways in which litigation is pursued, cases are defended or trials are handled,” said Tom Larranaga, publisher of The National Law Journal. “They have raised the bar in several meaningful ways and are establishing important new standards as the legal landscape continues to evolve.”
A profile of Tony in a special NLJ supplement published on December 22, 2014, highlights his first job after law school with the National Defender Project and his second as an assistant U.S. attorney for the northern district of Illinois. It notes that, as an AUSA, Tony helped form the first civil rights unit outside of Washington, D.C. and headed the office’s official corruption unit. During his tenure as U.S. attorney from 1985 to 1989, he prosecuted corruption cases as part of Operation Greylord.
The profile cites Tony’s most “impactful” project as being his role as court-appointed examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2009.
A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Tony focuses on major civil and white collar criminal litigation, representing individuals and corporations in contested proceedings throughout the nation. Fortune 500 companies and public entities seek his counsel on matters ranging from government contracts and health care to class actions, ethics violations and internal corporate investigations.