April 05, 2006

Several Jenner & Block partners were recently named “Champions of Justice” by Lawdragon magazine in its list of the 500 Leading Litigators in America.

Recognized for their “talent and tenacity,” the magazine stated the attorneys were selected by Lawdragon’s editorial staff after extensive research and interviews with legal professionals across the country.

Chairman Jerold S. Solovy and Partner Ronald L. Marmer, Co-Chair of the Firm's Securities Litigation Practice, were chosen by the publication in part for their many courtroom victories, including 2005’s largest individual plaintiff verdict awarded by a Florida jury to client Ronald Perelman, who had sued a leading investment banking firm for securities fraud.  Mr. Solovy was also recognized for defeating Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s claim that the Kennedys owed $53 million for selling Chicago’s famed Merchandise Mart, and for winning a $181 million judgment against DirecTV in a breach of contract lawsuit brought on behalf of General Electric Capital Corp. 

Lawdragon also heralded the “courtroom fighting” of Partner Linda L. Listrom on behalf of Firm client General Dynamics, after having served as lead trial counsel for the defense contractor in several high-profile matters.  Among other courtroom achievements, Ms. Listrom has also successfully represented CBS and its reporters in dozens of defamation cases in state and federal court in Chicago. 

In addition, the article highlighted Partner Harry J. Roper, Chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice, as an “IP star,” pointing to his role as lead trial counsel for Union Carbide in its $152 million patent infringement claim against Shell.  And Stephanie A. Scharf, Co-Chair of the Firm's Products Liability and Mass Tort Defense Practice, was recognized as “redefining the defense of product liability actions” through her work for medical device, pharmaceutical and other manufacturers.

These “courtroom favorites” will appear in the Lawdragon magazine’s Spring 2006 issue, due to be released on April 21. 

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.