October 05, 2009

Jenner & Block Partners Stephen L. Ascher, Andrew H. Bart, Marc B. Hankin, Susan J. Kohlmann, Andrew Weissmann and Richard F. Ziegler were selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition list for 2009, a peer-reviewed guide to the top five percent of attorneys in New York.

Mr. Ascher was named for his work in Securities Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar, General Litigation.  Currently, Mr. Ascher is 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 represents the Examiner in the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., in which the Examiner was appointed to investigate, among other things, the corporate governance of a company that suffered the largest bankruptcy in history.  Over the course of his career, Mr. Ascher has tried a number of major cases, including matters for clients charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the government.

Mr. Bart 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 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, Grapes Communications’ prepackaged Chapter 11 case and Merrill Corporation’s financial restructuring pursuant to a Section 3(a)(9) exchange offer.  He also has significant experience in international insolvency cases, and has served as counsel to the Guangdong Provincial Government as the beneficial owner of Guangdong Enterprises Group, a Hong Kong window company, and Nam Yue Group in Macau in their out-of-court restructurings.

Ms. Kohlmann, Chair of the Unfair Competition, False Advertising and Lanham Act Practice, was named for her work in Intellectual Property Litigation, General Litigation, and Class Action/Mass Torts.  Ms. Kohlmann has litigated a broad array of high profile disputes, including a case involving world-renowned artist Andy Warhol's estate.  She recently 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.  She is currently representing Viacom in its copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube and Google.

Mr. Weissmann, Co-Chair of Jenner & Block’s 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 represents 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.  Mr. Weissmann recently 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 was one of the largest, if not the largest, award ever made by FINRA.

Mr. Ziegler was recognized for his work in Business Litigation and Corporate Governance & Compliance.  Mr. Ziegler is Managing Partner of the Firm's New York office and a Co-Chair of both the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice and the International Arbitration Practice.  Since joining Jenner & Block two 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.