August 15, 2006

Twelve Jenner & Block attorneys are among Lawdragon magazine’s list of “new stars,” chosen for their role in carving “the path to the new heights of the legal profession.”

The 500 attorneys honored in “New Stars, New Worlds” were selected by Lawdragon’s editorial staff after extensive research and interviews with legal professionals across the country.

Partner Andrew H. Bart was described as a “music law giant” and lauded by the publication for safeguarding the record companies’ rights to monetize artists’ performances and recordings.  Partner Debbie L. Berman, co-chair of the firm’s Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Practice, was honored for her trial and appellate work in the seminal case Pepsico v. Redmond, where she “blazed trails in the disclosure doctrine for trade secrets.”

In addition, the article highlighted Partner Kali N. Bracey’s representation of MCI before the Federal Communications Commission, as well as her work in “helping policyholders fight insurers over lead paint and mold.”  As the editors noted, Patricia A. Bronte's practice has included recovery of millions of insurance dollars for policyholders and also advocating for women's rights in newly independent Azerbaijan.

Lawdragon also heralded Partner Steven B. Fabrizio, co-chair of the firm’s Entertainment and New Media Practice, for his role in cutting-edge Internet copyright litigation, where he “opened fire against eDonkey, Kazaa and other file-trading sites.”  Partner E. Lynn Grayson, “formerly Illinois’ top disaster-response lawyer,” was also included for helping clients understand “how to perform environmental due diligence and defend natural resource claims.” 

Partner Joseph P. Gromacki, co-chair of the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practices, was honored for closing “huge Hughes Electronics deals,” including its sale by General Motors and the subsequent acquisition by Rupert Murdoch of one-third of Hughes for $6.6 billion.  The editors also noted Partner Philip L. Harris’s “numerous product liability and commercial disputes for GM, at trial and on appeal.” 

Titled “one of bankruptcy’s best,” Partner Jeff J. Marwil was included in the list of stars for his work in the Kmart, UAL, KB Toys and FV Steel cases.  In addition to her “marvelous” work for WorldCom, MCI and Honeywell, Partner Terri L. Mascherin was also lauded for defending death row prisoners. 

The article also included Partner Raymond N. Nimrod, who “nabs patent-infringement wins for Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic,” and who serves as Vice-Chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice.  And Partner Thomas J. Perrelli, co-chair of the firm’s Entertainment and New Media Practice, was praised for “helping DC voters in a redistricting brouhaha” and for fixing his clients’ “telecom and First Amendment problems."

These “new stars” will appear in the Lawdragon magazine’s Summer 2006 issue.

Lawdragon is an online and print legal-services information company headed by a group of renowned legal journalists and lawyers.  In addition to its quarterly magazine, first published in October 2005, the company offers a searchable database of the nation’s lawyers and other interactive online services.