January 05, 2012

Jenner & Block Chairman Anton R. Valukas was named a 2011 “Litigator of the Year,” by The American Lawyer, in the publication’s inaugural selection of individual lawyers “who’d had extraordinary results for their clients.”  The honor was announced in the January 2012 issue of the magazine.

Recognizing Mr. Valukas for his work as the court-appointed examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy matter, the AmLaw article noted, “There were few heroes to emerge from the financial debacle of 2008, but Anton Valukas of Jenner & Block was one.”  It credited him with “untangling what caused a historic collapse that helped set off the broader financial crisis.”

The article referred to the 2,200-page examiner’s report produced by Mr. Valukas and the Jenner & Block team that represented him as “a tour de force of truth-telling” and quoted Bankruptcy Court Judge James Peck’s assessment of the report as “the most outstanding piece of work ever produced by an examiner.”

Mr. Valukas has been chairman of Jenner & Block since 2007.  A former United States attorney and Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he focuses on major civil and white collar criminal litigation, representing individuals and corporations in contested proceedings throughout the nation.  Chambers USA has named Mr. Valukas one of the country's leading litigation lawyers for seven consecutive years, and in 2009, Chicago Lawyer named him “Person of the Year.”  Among other awards, he received the Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee in 2005 and the Anti-Defamation League’s First Amendment Freedom Award in 2011.  The American Lawyer recognized Mr. Valukas as the 2010 “Newsmaker of the Year” for his work on the Lehman matter.