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Seven Jenner & Block Partners are Selected as 2011 New York Super Lawyers

Partners Stephen L. Ascher, Andrew H. Bart, Marc B. Hankin, Susan J. Kohlmann, Patrick J. Trostle, Andrew Weissmann and Richard F. Ziegler were selected for inclusion on the New York Super Lawyers- Metro Edition list for 2011, a peer-review guide to the top five percent of attorneys in New York.

Andrew H. Bart is also listed among “The Top 100 New York Super Lawyers 2011,” which consists of the lawyers who received the highest point totals in the balloting, research and the blue ribbon review process.

Mr. Ascher was named for his work in Securities Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar and General Litigation.  He is a member of the Firm’s Securities Litigation and Bankruptcy Litigation Practices.  Mr. Ascher’s practice focuses on claims for and against financial institutions relating to securities, derivatives, and other financial transactions.  He also represents institutions and individuals in SEC enforcement work and white-collar criminal matters, in addition to general commercial litigation.  Mr. Ascher is currently representing several financial institutions in a wide variety of disputes arising out of the ongoing crisis in the credit markets.  Many of those matters concern swaps, collateralized debt obligations, and other derivative transactions.  Mr. Ascher also represented the Examiner in the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. 

Mr. Bart, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Creative Content Practice, was listed for his work in Intellectual Property Litigation, Business Litigation, and Entertainment & Sports.  An experienced commercial litigator with extensive trial experience, Mr. Bart focuses on litigation in the entertainment industry, especially intellectual property issues and contractual disputes.  He has handled matters that have resulted in precedent-setting decisions in copyright law, the law of privacy and publicity and artist-label relations.  He has also handled and tried a variety of other complex commercial cases, ranging from securities litigation and SEC proceedings to partnership and joint venture disputes to a wide variety of contractual disputes.

Mr. Hankin was named for his work in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.  Mr. Hankin is a partner in the Firm's Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization Practice and Bankruptcy Litigation Practices.  He concentrates on representing debtors and creditors in complex Chapter 11 reorganizations, out-of-court financial restructurings and international insolvency cases.  He also represents investors and counterparties in litigation involving collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), interest rate swaps and credit default swaps.  Mr. Hankin has served as counsel to numerous secured creditors, including the secured bank groups in the Exide Technologies and The Warnaco Group Chapter 11 cases and his debtor representations include Spiegel and Eddie Bauer’s Chapter 11 cases.  Mr. Hankin also served as a team leader in the representation of Anton Valukas as the court-appointed Examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy case. He also has significant experience in international insolvency cases.

Ms. Kohlmann was named for her work in Intellectual Property Litigation, General Litigation, and Class Action/Mass Torts.  She is Chair of the Firm’s Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practice and a member of the Creative Content Practice and is an experienced commercial litigator with extensive trial experience in state and federal courts as well as arbitration proceedings.  Ms. Kohlmann has litigated a broad array of high-profile commercial and intellectual property disputes.  She successfully represented the Estate of Elaine Steinbeck in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a dispute involving termination rights under the U.S. copyright laws. Currently she represents client Viacom in its copyright lawsuit against YouTube and Google for infringement of Viacom’s works on the YouTube website. 

Mr. Trostle was named for his work in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.  Mr. Trostle, a partner in the Firm's Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy Litigation Practices, concentrates on representing institutional parties in complex Chapter 11 reorganizations and international insolvency cases.  He also represents investors and counterparties in litigation involving collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), credit default swaps, and other matters involving subprime mortgage-backed securities.  Mr. Trostle has significant experience in representing creditors and debtors in restructurings both in and out of court.  He was one of the team leaders in the representation of Anton Valukas as the court-appointed Examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy case.  He currently represents five RMBS policyholders in the insurance rehabilitation proceedings of Ambac Assurance Corporation’s Segregated Account and two funds in litigation against Anglo Irish Bank, a bank nationalized by the Republic of Ireland in 2009.

Mr. Weissmann, Co-Chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, was listed for his work in Criminal Defense: White Collar.  A former Director of the Enron Task Force, Mr. Weissmann is a nationally-recognized white collar litigator,  representing U.S. and foreign corporations and executives in connection with criminal and civil investigations, including representation before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state and local authorities.  In 2009, Mr. Weissmann secured a $431 million award for STMicroelectronics N.V. in an auction-rate securities suit before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC.  This award, the largest award ever made by FINRA, was confirmed twice by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and upheld on appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Ziegler was recognized for his work in Business Litigation and Corporate Governance & Compliance.  He is Managing Partner of the Firm's New York office, co-chairs the Firm's International Arbitration Practice, and formerly co-chaired the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice.  Mr. Ziegler focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, including contract, financial and intellectual property disputes, and corporate governance and compliance matters.  Since joining Jenner & Block four years ago, he has handled numerous major commercial disputes, led four international arbitrations and represented clients with multi-billion dollar claims against financial institutions arising from the credit crisis. In the governance and compliance arenas, Mr. Ziegler has advised boards of directors on compliance and stockholder matters and conducted internal investigations.  Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Ziegler served as Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel at the 3M Company.