Jenner & Block Chairman Jerold S. Solovy was recently named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal. The article, entitled “Profiles in Power” and published every four to six years, described the 100 attorneys who the newspaper’s editors selected as having a “national impact” and “the power to shape public affairs, launch industries, shake things up and get things done.”
Described as the “dean of the Chicago Trial Bar” for his work on complex litigation, appeals and high-profile cases, the article highlighted several of Mr. Solovy’s most notable cases, including his role as co-lead trial counsel in the $1.58 billion securities fraud verdict against Morgan Stanley in Coleman (Parent) Holdings v. Morgan Stanley. Earlier this year, The National Law Journal also named the case its “Top Jury Verdict of 2005.”
The profile also mentioned his representation of the Boston-based Kennedy Family in Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. v. Kennedy, when he obtained a declaratory judgment against a $53 million claim by the mortgage-holding insurance company in connection with the sale of Chicago’s famed Merchandise Mart.
In addition to being a “go-to litigator,” the article noted his work on “hundreds of pro bono criminal trials and appeals for indigent individuals” and his contribution to public service organizations such as the International Human Rights Law Institute and the Illinois Death Penalty Education Project.
Mr. Solovy was also included in the list in 1991, 1994, 1997 and 2000.