April 21, 2015

Jenner & Block Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax is featured in a lengthy interview published as a two-part series in Bloomberg BNA’s “Big Law Business” blog.  In the first part, Mr. Truax discusses what he believes are keys to successfully navigating the increasingly competitive legal market.  Among these are (1) continuing to deliver excellence while delivering value; (2) leveraging legal project management systems to measure performance in relation to clearly stated objectives; (3) increasing the use of technology to create efficiencies and provide better service; and (4) bolstering the firm’s transactional practice to provide a wider range of legal services and cross-sell to clients. 

The second article focuses on the firm’s commitment to pro bono and public service.  In it, Mr. Truax describes the pro bono program’s origins and how it benefits the clients served, the firm attorneys who develop and sharpen their skills through pro bono work, and the bar and justice system.  He adds that partnering with paying clients of the firm on pro bono matters helps strengthen the relationships with those clients.  The article includes quotes from Darryl Bradford, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of firm client Exelon Corporation and former Jenner & Block partner, who states, “If Jenner didn’t share our commitment to diversity and pro bono, we would not use them.” 

But, in the end, Mr. Truax emphasizes to Bloomberg reporter Casey Sullivan that the firm’s involvement in pro bono is grounded in the belief that “we are privileged to be lawyers and one of our obligations is to give back.”