October 06, 2015

CHICAGO, October 5, 2015 – Jenner & Block Partner Reid J. Schar has been inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in the United States and Canada.  Mr. Schar, a co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice who has tried more than 20 cases in his career, was honored this past weekend during the College’s Fall Meeting in Chicago.  He joins 13 other practicing Jenner & Block lawyers who are Fellows of the College and is the 24th Jenner & Block lawyer to be inducted overall.

Founded in 1950, the ACTL recognizes the very best of the trial bar.  Its membership, which is approximately 5,860, is limited to no more than 1 percent of the bar.  Fellows are selected after an extensive investigation of their trial records and integrity.  It is the only organization in which all justices of the US Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Canada are honorary members.  Fellowship is limited to lawyers with a minimum of 15 years of trial experience who have demonstrated exceptional skill as advocates and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards in ethical conduct, professionalism and civility.

“On behalf of all of us at Jenner & Block, we congratulate Reid on his recognition. The firm is very proud of its connection to the American College of Trial Lawyers, and this honor reaffirms Reid’s status as one of the country’s elite trial lawyers,” said Terrence J. Truax, Jenner & Block’s managing partner.  “Jenner & Block is recognized as a litigation powerhouse, and Reid’s induction into the College speaks to the best traditions of the firm.”

Before joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Schar was an Assistant US Attorney  for the Northern District of Illinois.  During his 13-year tenure there, he led the prosecution of some of the most important and significant public corruption cases ever brought in the Northern District of Illinois.  He was lead prosecutor in both corruption trials of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and was a member of the team that helped convict Tony Rezko, a former Blagojevich fundraiser, of fraud, bribery and money laundering.  Mr. Schar also presided over the investigation that led to the first federal indictment that named the terrorist organization Hamas as a racketeering enterprise and the first testimony by Israeli intelligence officers in a US courtroom. 

Since joining the firm in 2012, Mr. Schar has represented clients in complex civil litigation ranging from breach of fiduciary duty, consumer class actions, civil RICO actions, fraud claims, antitrust allegations and breach of contract disputes.  He has also led numerous investigations, including serving as special counsel to the New Jersey joint legislative committee in its high-profile “Bridgegate” investigation.  He has been involved in highly sensitive internal investigations as well as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations throughout the world. 

With his induction into the ACTL, Mr. Schar joins current Jenner & Block lawyers David J. Bradford, Robert L. Byman, Jeffrey D. Colman, Richard T. Franch, David A. Handzo, Donald R. Harris, William D. Heinz, Chester T. Kamin, Terri L. Mascherin, Harry J. Roper, Charles B. Sklarsky, Thomas P. Sullivan and firm Chairman Anton R. Valukas, as a Fellow.  Mr. Byman was president of the College in 2013-2014.