Jenner & Block

Four DC Partners Named to Washington, DC, 'Super Lawyers' List

Jenner & Block Partners Larry P. Ellsworth, Lorelie S. Masters, Paul M. Smith, and Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., were recently recognized in the 2008 edition of Washington, DC Super Lawyers, a peer-reviewed guide to the top five percent of attorneys in DC.

Mr. Smith and Mr. Verrilli were listed for their Appellate work and were also listed in the "Top 100," composed of the lawyers, Washington, DC-areawide, who received the 100 highest point totals in the Super Lawyers review and research process. Mr. Smith has argued 13 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and Mr. Verrilli has argued 12. In January 2008, each of them argued an important pro bono case before the Court. Mr. Smith argued in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board and Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita, challenging the constitutionality of Indiana's requirement that in-person voters present a photo ID, and Mr. Verrilli argued in Baze v. Rees, in which Death Row inmates asked whether the combination of drugs used in Kentucky’s lethal injection protocol amounts to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

Ms. Masters was named for Insurance Coverage, and Mr. Ellsworth was named for Securities Litigation. Ms. Masters is a member of the Firm's Insurance Litigation and Counseling practice and is a well-known insurance coverage litigator on behalf of policyholders. She is a former Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation of the ABA Section of Litigation and the author of two treatises on insurance coverage. Ms. Masters is also the current president of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Mr. Ellsworth, a member of the Firm's Securities Litigation practice, is a former assistant chief litigation counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission who never lost a case he tried in 12 years at the agency.

This was the second consecutive year that these attorneys received this distinction, having each been recognized in the inaugural edition of Super Lawyers for the nation's capital.  Both the 2007 and 2008 lists were compiled through a four-step procedure, beginning with a general survey of thousands of attorneys from the greater Washington, DC, region who have been licensed for five or more years, asking them to nominate the best attorneys they had personally observed in action.  Nominees were scored based on the number of votes they received, with more weight given to votes from outside their own firm.