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Jenner & Block Partner Andrew W. Vail has been honored by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of the 2016 “40 Illinois Lawyers Under Forty to Watch.”
This prestigious annual list, now in its 17th year, honors 40 of the “most talented young attorneys working in Illinois,” according to the Law Bulletin. Mr. Vail was selected from more than 1,300 nominations received from throughout the state.
In a special supplement published on November 29, 2016, the Law Bulletin notes that, so far this year, Mr. Vail has first chaired civil commercial litigation cases at trial and represented clients in state and federal courts across the country. He has served as second chair for oral argument in the US Supreme Court and obtained post-conviction relief for a pro bono client after months of evidentiary hearings. His clients include Chicago-based Equity Group Investments, LLC, whose chief legal officer, Jon Wasserman, describes Mr. Vail as “an extremely talented litigator, passionate about his work and dedicated to his clients and client service.”
While commercial clients turn to Mr. Vail for “bet-the-company” litigation, pro bono clients turn to him “when their liberty is at stake,” the profile says. Co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, Mr. Vail is noted for his work with Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC); he has contributed thousands of pro bono hours to CWC cases.
The profile also highlights Mr. Vail’s commitment to public service, which extends to the organized bar and law-related community organizations. For example, he serves on the Chicago Bar Association’s Board of Managers and as co-vice chair of the Board of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC). CRFC Board Chair Benjamin Ghess is quoted saying that Mr. Vail “does not perform pro bono activities to fulfill his firm’s commitment, but because he believes that what he does makes a difference in the lives of others.”