January 06, 2006

Jenner & Block was recently chosen as one of five finalists by The American Lawyer magazine in its prestigious biennial “Litigation Department of the Year” contest, which features the most accomplished law firm litigation teams since January 1, 2004. 

In honoring the Firm’s litigators, the magazine’s editors lauded the Firm’s impressive courtroom wins for Fortune 250 corporate clients such as General Dynamics, Honeywell, General Electric and Exelon, while making “extraordinary efforts” in providing pro bono services to the needy.

The most significant commercial cases cited were Jenner & Block’s “astonishing” $1.6 billion trial victory in Coleman v. Morgan Stanley and its “landmark” copyright victory before the U.S. Supreme Court in MGM v. Grokster on behalf of the entertainment industry.

The American Lawyer noted that the 2005 competition was the “stiffest yet” and that its five finalists were selected from 120 law firm applications that kept four teams of reporters and editors busy for almost four months.

In its profile of Jenner & Block, entitled, “Public Minded,” the magazine noted that the Firm’s 133 average pro bono hours per lawyer were “by far the highest” among the top litigation departments in the country.