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Twenty-nine Jenner & Block Partners and many of the Firm’s practice areas were recently featured in the 2007 edition of Chambers USA, a widely distributed directory that recognizes law firms and attorneys who according to their research have demonstrated “technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment” and other qualities valued by clients. Chambers’ 2007 rankings are based on over 14,000 interviews with clients and other attorneys.
Below is a summary of Chambers’ commentary on the Firm’s practices that were featured in the publication, including the geographic area in which Chambers chose to highlight that practice. Also below is a list of the attorneys who were individually recognized in the publication, listed by practice area.
Antitrust (Illinois): Chambers praised Jenner & Block’s “significant” antitrust practice, reporting that clients have experienced the practice’s strengths in a number of areas. It also noted efforts to “broaden” the practice – after Chambers went to press, for instance, Jenner & Block bolstered its antitrust practice with the addition of six attorneys who recently practiced as Freeman, Freeman & Salzman, an antitrust and complex litigation boutique Chambers praised as “superb.”
Appellate (National & Washington, DC): Chambers reported that Jenner & Block’s Appellate & Supreme Court Practice is “seasoned” and “robust,” and is widely acknowledged for its “ubiquity,” with sources reporting that its attorneys are regularly seen “arguing cases up and down the country.” The practice’s attorneys “can really make a brief sing” the publication said.
The Firm’s appellate attorneys from its Washington, DC office were also recognized as “incredibly astute lawyers,” who are “very good at dealing with people” and “both understand and articulate the law in order to make incredibly compelling arguments.”
Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Illinois): The Firm’s Bankruptcy, Workouts and Corporate Restructuring Practice is known “as one of the stronger players in Illinois,” Chambers said. The directory noted it’s a “top firm with a lot of credibility” in this area.
Communications & Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite: Regulatory (Illinois & Washington, DC): The attorneys in the Firm’s Telecommunications Practice generate “high-quality work, are always efficient and have good client interaction skills,” Chambers said, adding that the practice continues to be highly rated for its “litigation expertise in particular, both in courts and regulatory agencies.”
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Illinois): Jenner & Block's Corporate, M&A and Private Equity Practices were recognized by Chambers as being among the best in Chicago.
Environment (Illinois): Jenner & Block’s Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law Practice was praised as being a “premier, top-drawer” practice that “is just spectacular in every regard” and “continues to develop in strength and size.” Chambers also said the practice was singled out for its “strong ethics” and hailed for its “diverse workforce and pro bono work.”
Government Contracts (National): Chambers praised Jenner & Block’s “strong and growing” Government Contracts Practice, adding that it has been hired for “bet-the-company matters.” “They treat us like their most important client, which very few firms do,” one commentator told Chambers.
Insurance Coverage Litigation (Illinois): The Firm’s “exceptional” Insurance Litigation & Counseling Practice is “clearly synonymous with excellence,” Chambers reported. The directory added that commentators say “they are at the top of their game in the insurance field” both within Illinois and other jurisdictions.
Intellectual Property (Illinois): Chambers said Jenner & Block is a “go-to firm for patent litigation,” that regularly handles “bet-the-company” matters and added that the Firm’s “prosecution capabilities are becoming increasingly recognized.”
Litigation: General Commercial & White Collar Crime and Government Investigations (Illinois): Clients continued to praise the Firm’s “historically strong” Litigation Department, telling Chambers that “in a nut-crunching case, you know Jenner & Block will be there,” and meanwhile noted its “universally admired pro bono practice.” In addition, Chambers highlighted Jenner & Block’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Counseling Practice saying that it “more than holds its own.”
Media & Entertainment (Illinois & Washington, DC): Chambers reported that its research shows attorneys consider the Firm’s Media & First Amendment Practice in both its Chicago and Washington offices to have “creative problem solvers” who possess “a vast amount of knowledge and experience” in the media field. Its attorneys, Chambers said, are “highly recommended, well-respected and high-quality,” and have “a hand in everything,” from First Amendment work to its “unique niche” in the video games arena.
Real Estate (Illinois): Chambers noted that the Firm’s Real Estate Practice has “impressive local knowledge” that leads to a “significant amount of repeat business.”
Tax (Illinois): Jenner & Block's Tax and Tax Controversy Practices were recognized by Chambers as being among the best in Chicago, handling tax matters in M&A, spin-offs, financing and real estate transactions, as well as representing clients in audits and IRS appeals.
In addition, the partners listed below were ranked among the leading Chicago and DC practitioners in the following practice areas:
E. Lynn Grayson
First Amendment Litigation
W. Jay DeVecchio
Media & Entertainment
Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite
White Collar Criminal Defense and Counseling