December 31, 2014

Partner Amanda S. Amert is the focus of a recent article on Inside Counsel ‘s “Women, Influence & Power in Law” blog.  The article, titled “Jenner scores litigation win for Nuveen,” highlights Amanda’s role on the Jenner & Block team that recently won a major victory for firm client Nuveen Asset Management. 

Nuveen had been sued for breach of fiduciary duty and prohibited transactions under ERISA, in a matter involving more than $1 billion in pension plan losses.  The plaintiffs had alleged that the investment firm had acquired the liabilities of FAF Advisors, Inc., a U.S. Bank subsidiary that had managed the bank’s pension plan’s investments during the putative class period.  In November, a Minnesota federal court dismissed all claims against Nuveen.

Amanda told Inside Counsel that the case was notable not only because it required the team to “draw on our whole range of skills,” combining “technical ERISA arguments and contractual arguments, which resulted in a complete win for our client,” but also for the number of women involved in the litigation. 

“It’s refreshing to look around a courtroom and see women (plural!) in prominent positions at both counsel tables and on the bench,” Amanda commented.  “That’s less rare than it used to be, but it still happens infrequently enough to be noteworthy.  More and more, women lawyers are arguing and deciding billion-dollar disputes,” she added.  

Other members of the Jenner & Block team representing Nuveen were Partner Craig C. Martin and Associates Brienne M. Letourneau, Caroline A. Lindsey and Benjamin T. Halbig.