Jenner & Block Announces New Partners for 2017
Effective January 1, 2017, Jenner & Block elected 18 lawyers to its partnership.
“We are thrilled to announce the promotion of this group of talented lawyers,” said Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax. “All have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the firm’s core values including excellence, client service and pro bono. The diverse group of 10 women and eight men come from across all of our offices and practice areas and bring to our partnership and clients additional experience in a wide range of complex and sophisticated litigation, counseling and transactional matters.”
Mr. Truax added, “The firm is pleased to see our commitment to diversity and inclusion reflected in the 2017 new partner class. Our diverse team of lawyers has and will add to our ability to exceed client expectations and deliver outstanding service to our clients.” Two-thirds of the firm’s new partners identify as ethnically diverse, LGBT and/or women, which is in line with the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The new partners are:
Jeffrey A. Atteberry (Los Angeles)
Jeffrey A. Atteberry is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and its Complex Commercial Litigation Practice. His practice is situated at the intersection of technology, trade secrets and privacy. He represents clients across a broad range of industries, including internet commerce, software development, finance and manufacturing. As a member of several trial teams, Dr. Atteberry has helped clients reach successful settlements and verdicts in cases involving trade secrets, residential mortgage-backed securities and Digital Millennium Copyright Act issues, among others. He maintains an active pro bono practice, representing plaintiffs at trial in federal civil rights cases, and is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. He also serves on the firm’s Hiring Committee. Dr. Atteberry received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Before becoming a lawyer, he taught courses in the humanities at the University of California, Irvine, where he received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Critical Theory.
Michael G. Babbitt (Chicago)
Michael G. Babbitt is a member of the firm’s Patent Litigation and Counseling and Technology Litigation Practices. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation involving intellectual property and technology. Using his background in electrical and computer engineering, Mr. Babbitt regularly counsels clients regarding high-profile patent disputes. He has deep trial and litigation experience with technologies such as power distribution systems, data centers, consumer electronics, data processing systems, wireless networks, semiconductors, video and audio technology, and computer hardware and software. In 2016, Mr. Babbitt won four major patent rulings in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, including rare reversals of both a district court jury verdict and a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision, as well as a summary affirmance of another PTAB decision. Mr. Babbitt has won victories in four completed trials before the PTAB and been involved in more than 20 PTAB proceedings (the rest of which are ongoing or have settled). Mr. Babbitt is also involved in the firm’s nationally recognized pro bono practice. He won a verdict of not guilty as lead trial attorney for a client falsely accused of attempted murder in Chicago in 2015. He also has argued a direct criminal appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and has represented clients in multiple civil rights matters in federal court. Mr. Babbitt earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he served as editor of the Illinois Law Review and graduated magna cum laude. He earned his B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois. Mr. Babbitt is a registered patent attorney before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Ishan K. Bhabha (Washington, DC)
Ishan K. Bhabha focuses his practice on complex issues of regulatory, constitutional and commercial law that span a variety of substantive areas including securities, media, communications, aerospace, energy, education, sports, copyright, and banking. Mr. Bhabha has also worked extensively with startup companies and helped them navigate the intersection between innovative technologies and existing regulatory structures. A member of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice, he has served as the lead lawyer in matters pending before the US Supreme Court, as well as federal and state trial and appellate courts. Mr. Bhabha clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the US Supreme Court. He previously worked in the Criminal Appellate Section of the Department of Justice. Mr. Bhabha received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as an articles editor on the Harvard Law Review and was a member of the winning team of the Ames Moot Court competition.
Anthony B. Borich (Chicago)
Anthony B. Borich represents companies and individuals in litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and corporate counseling. A member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Real Estate and Construction Litigation, and Technology Litigation Practices, Mr. Borich handles complex contract and fraud litigation. He has considerable experience resolving disputes over a wide range of real property interests; he often represents Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). In the areas of outsourcing and technology disputes, he helps resolve disputes over complex contracts, typically affecting critical business processes. Mr. Borich also maintains an active pro bono practice and has assisted clients with respect to civil rights litigation, capital murder habeas petitions, real estate disputes, and Clean Water Act litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing in Chicago. Mr. Borich is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was senior editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Mr. Borich graduated with Honors and Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from Iowa State University and was the recipient of the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award and the David J. Henry All-University Leadership and Excellence Award.
Emily L. Chapuis (Washington, DC)
Emily L. Chapuis is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice. She litigates before federal and state courts, including in the US Supreme Court, as well as before federal agencies. Ms. Chapuis’ practice includes high-stakes copyright and hospitality-related matters. Recent matters include an ongoing rate-setting proceeding before the Copyright Royalty Board; infringement and underpayment suits on behalf of the motion picture and music industries; and the defense of a nationwide consumer class action brought against a hotel company. Last year, Ms. Chapuis was part of a jury trial team that successfully defended against a billion dollar qui tam False Claims Act suit. Ms. Chapuis maintains a diverse pro bono practice, which has ranged from contributing to a voting rights appeal in the US Supreme Court, to representing low-income clients in family law and public benefits matters. She was also involved in submitting amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals throughout the country in connection with recent same-sex marriage litigation. Ms. Chapuis clerked for the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. from Tulane University, from which she graduated summa cum laude.
Sarah E. Haddy (Chicago)
Sarah E. Haddy counsels clients on a variety of ERISA and employee benefit matters, with a focus on retirement plans, and health and welfare plans. Ms. Haddy provides advice on significant transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and spinoffs, and she regularly consults with the firm’s ERISA Litigation, Family Law and Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practices about complex employee benefit matters. She counsels employers on qualified plan design and administration, including government reporting, compliance matters and day-to-day issues. Ms. Haddy has considerable experience with health and welfare plans, including establishing and maintaining plans of all types, and complying with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Healthcare Reform), HIPAA, and related laws. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she received her law degree, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law.
Kelly Hagedorn (London)
Kelly Hagedorn is a litigator who focuses her practice on white collar crime, bribery and corruption and international disputes involving fraud allegations. Ms. Hagedorn has acted for both corporate and individual clients in a broad range of sectors, including financial services, oil and gas, and telecommunications, in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations and compliance matters. She also has experience of conducting large-scale commercial litigation before the English High Court. Before joining Jenner & Block in 2015, she served as a senior associate in the London office of an international law firm, and before that as an associate at another large firm. She has also undertaken secondments to the Serious Fraud Office and a major telecommunications company. At the Serious Fraud Office, she worked on a number of cases dealing with the restraint and confiscation of proceeds of crime. During her time with the telecommunications company, she helped develop and implement the company’s group-wide anti-bribery compliance programme. She received her B.A. in Jurisprudence from Hertford College, University of Oxford.
Precious S. Jacobs (Chicago)
Precious S. Jacobs is a litigator who represents clients in trade secrets misappropriation, products liability, bankruptcy, franchising disputes and other complex commercial litigation across a wide range of industries. For example, Ms. Jacobs recently served as a key member of two litigation teams that successfully settled complex trade secrets misappropriation matters. In addition to her diverse private practice, Ms. Jacobs maintains an active pro bono practice. She has defended pro bono clients against first-degree murder charges and secured relief for thousands of Illinois parents and other caretakers wrongly labeled as guilty of child neglect based on the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ continued reliance on a void regulation. Ms. Jacobs has received the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Humanitarian Award; the NYU Alumni Trailblazer Award; and the Family Defense Center’s Major Litigation Award. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, where she received two Rickert Awards for Excellence in Advocacy and Service. Ms. Jacobs graduated cum laude from New York University. Prior to joining Jenner & Block, she completed a PILI Fellowship at the Chancery Advice Desk for Pro Se Litigants through the Chicago Legal Clinic. Ms. Jacobs has been actively involved with the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago and has served as a member of the Associate Board of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Jared Manes (New York)
Jared Manes represents privately and publicly held companies in a broad range of corporate matters. These include domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, capital markets transactions—including public and private debt and equity offerings and secured debt financings—corporate governance, and general corporate law. A member of the firm’s Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Nordic Practices, he counsels clients in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food and beverage, defense, software, retail, banking and finance, energy, technology, entertainment and home improvement. Mr. Manes has extensive experience representing international companies, particularly those based in the Nordics, in connection with operations and M&A activity in the United States and also serves as legal counsel to US companies pursuing potential acquisitions around the world. Recently, Mr. Manes was part of the Jenner & Block team representing Switzerland-based Lonza Group AG in its acquisition of Capsugel from private equity firm KKR for US$5.5 billion. Mr. Manes earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and his LL.M. from The George Washington University Law School where he graduated with highest honors. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alexander J. May (Chicago)
Alexander (Alex) J. May’s primary areas of experience include ’33 and ’34 Act reporting and compliance for the firm’s public company clients. A member of the firm’s Corporate Department, Mr. May has been responsible for advising a number of the firm’s public company clients regarding securities compliance matters and executive compensation reporting matters, most notably in the areas of emerging regulations under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and proxy statements. In addition to Mr. May’s securities practice, he also counsels companies on debt and equity offerings, spin-offs, exchange offers, mergers and acquisitions and complex business transactions. Mr. May has also advised a number of boards of directors and executive officers on fiduciary duties, advancement obligations and corporate governance best practices. Mr. May regularly contributes to the Law Journal Press’ Directors and Officers Liability and provides other securities and corporate governance updates to the firm’s clients. He earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina, graduating with honors and recognized as an Honors Writing Scholar. He earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, graduating with comprehensive honors and Phi Beta Kappa.
Kate L. Price (Chicago)
Kate L. Price is a member of the firm’s Private Equity Practice. She counsels clients through the fund formation and capital raising processes and provides practical, efficient advice on regulatory compliance and ongoing operational matters. Ms. Price has significant experience in guiding fund managers through the small business investment company (SBIC) licensure process with the US Small Business Administration, having one of the most active SBIC practices in the country. The breadth of her experience with the program and lower middle-market funds enables her to provide a broad market perspective to her clients. She regularly advises clients on regulatory restrictions, including representing funds making SBIC-compliant private equity and mezzanine investments. Ms. Price also represents institutional limited partners making investments in a wide variety of funds, using her knowledge of offerings to streamline negotiations. She advises banks and funds in negotiating lines of credit, and counsels funds in secondary portfolio sales and with winding down operations at the end of a fund’s life cycle. Ms. Price earned her J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas.
Edward L. Prokop (New York)
Edward L. Prokop advises clients in a variety of domestic and cross-border public and private transactions, both on the buy-side and sell-side, including mergers, stock and asset purchases, restructurings and leveraged acquisitions, as well as joint ventures and strategic alliances. Additionally, he represents private equity and asset management clients on a variety of transactions, including acquisitions, portfolio company transactions and the formation of private investment funds. A member of the Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practices, Mr. Prokop has worked closely with clients from a broad spectrum of industries including, among others, energy, infrastructure, healthcare, food production and distribution, manufacturing, media, technology and investment management. Recently, he represented a wireless communications company in connection with its acquisition by a NYSE-traded multinational telecommunications company and was part of a team that assisted Snyder’s-Lance Inc. in its US$1.91 billion acquisition of Diamond Foods Inc. He earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, his M.A. in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University and his B.A. from the University of Connecticut.
Kristin L. Rakowski (Chicago)
Kristin L. Rakowski is a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice. She focuses her practice on criminal and regulatory investigations and corporate compliance. Ms. Rakowski has represented clients in investigations and proceedings initiated by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and federal and state regulatory agencies, as well as in criminal and civil litigation. She has extensive experience conducting cross-border internal investigations and monitorships across the globe. Ms. Rakowski regularly counsels clients on assessing compliance risks and assists them in designing or improving corporate compliance and remediation programs. Her practice spans an array of subject areas, from financial fraud to intellectual property theft to compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Before joining the firm, Ms. Rakowski served as a law clerk to the Honorable David H. Coar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and as a staff law clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She earned her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law, where she was the executive editor of the Northwestern University Law Review, and her undergraduate degree from Harvard College.
Paul B. Rietema (Chicago)
Paul B. Rietema concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation, representing clients in matters such as significant contract and business disputes, fiduciary duty claims against directors and professionals, suits under federal and state false claims acts, and government enforcement actions. He has assisted clients in federal and state courts across the country, including in cases involving overlapping domestic and foreign litigation. Recently, Mr. Rietema was a member of teams that achieved the favorable settlement of a complex software dispute and the successful defense at trial of a long-running challenge to management of a family trust. His practice in connection with government enforcement actions against corporations spans both civil and criminal matters. Mr. Rietema’s substantial pro bono practice has included successfully defending a capital murder prosecution in Georgia, obtaining a multi-million dollar award for a Chicago non-profit, and handling Section 1983 cases involving excessive force and medical indifference. He currently serves on the firm’s Hiring Committee. Mr. Rietema joined the firm after clerking on the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for the Honorable E. Grady Jolly and serving as an adjunct professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude and serving as executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Erica L. Ross (Washington, DC)
Erica L. Ross, a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court; Content, Media & Entertainment; and Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practices, represents clients in the appellate and trial courts. Her practice spans a range of substantive matters, including challenges to administrative actions and the constitutionality of federal and state statutes, commercial disputes in the financial services and hospitality industries, mortgage-backed securities litigation, media and content issues, and federal Indian law. Ms. Ross has served as lead brief writer on a number of matters at all stages of litigation in the US Supreme Court and in federal and state appellate and trial courts. She has presented oral argument on dispositive motions and discovery disputes in the trial courts, as well as arguments in the federal courts of appeals. Ms. Ross also counsels higher education clients on a variety of legal issues. She maintains an active pro bono practice, representing criminal defendants and civil litigants in matters ranging from appeals of criminal convictions to the constitutionality of federal and state actions. Ms. Ross clerked for Judge David S. Tatel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice Elena Kagan of the US Supreme Court. She also served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the US Department of Justice. Ms. Ross received her B.A., magna cum laude, with distinction in political science, from Yale. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she graduated with distinction and Order of the Coif.
Ashley M. Schumacher (Chicago)
Ashley M. Schumacher is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, concentrating on complex commercial litigation. She has significant experience litigating in a variety of substantive areas, including commercial contracts, business torts, class action claims, competition law, employment relationships, government enforcement actions and appellate litigation. Ms. Schumacher is an experienced litigator who handles all aspects of trial, pre-trial, and post-trial proceedings in state and federal courts throughout the country and in alternative dispute resolution forums. She also represents clients in government investigations and enforcement actions, and in connection with regulatory issues. In addition to her litigation practice, she has advised corporate clients in matters relating to business relationships and complex financial transactions, internal investigations and an array of antitrust topics across numerous industries. A member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, Ms. Schumacher has an active pro bono practice that includes defending a client on federal death row and a client in habeas and criminal sentencing proceedings. She also provides legal counsel to educational and community organizations on a broad range of issues. In 2012, she received the firm’s Albert E. Jenner Pro Bono Award for distinguished pro bono service. Ms. Schumacher earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, her M.Ed. from Arizona State University and her B.S. from Cornell University.
Alison I. Stein (New York)
Alison I. Stein is an intellectual property litigator. She focuses her practice on matters involving content protection, copyright infringement, copyright terminations, trademark enforcement, trade secrets, unfair competition, defamation, privacy, licensing negotiations and contractual disputes. A member of the firm's Content, Media & Entertainment Practice, she represents a variety of companies and individuals, including record labels, media organizations, publishing companies, performing rights organizations, television companies, technology companies, financial organizations, authors and individual artists. Her work involves litigation at the trial and appellate court levels, as well as intellectual property counseling. This past year, she has represented the Estate of Elaine Steinbeck, the late wife of renowned novelist John Steinbeck, and all of its beneficiaries, in copyright litigation against Steinbeck’s son and granddaughter. Ms. Stein has also represented corporations and individuals in criminal and regulatory matters and advises clients on compliance issues, including ethics and anti-corruption matters. Prior to her time at Jenner & Block, she served as a law clerk to Judge Kent A. Jordan of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge Kimba M. Wood of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. She also founded a national not-for-profit organization focused on women’s advancement in the workplace. Ms. Stein graduated, summa cum laude, from University of Pennsylvania. She received her J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a senior editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
Anna Barreiro Sutti (Chicago)
Anna Barreiro Sutti, a member of the firm’s Corporate Department, counsels public and private companies, financial institutions and private equity funds in a variety of corporate finance transactions. She has substantial experience with senior secured and mezzanine financings, as well as with subordinated, second lien and unsecured loans. She also has experience representing clients in commercial credit card programs. Her active pro bono practice includes transactional work involving loans and corporate governance issues on behalf of not-for-profit organizations. She has also represented clients in affirmative asylum applications and human trafficking cases. Ms. Sutti is an active member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Before law school, Ms. Sutti worked as an associate for a global trade compliance consulting firm. She graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University’s College of Business Administration.