Jenner & Block

Samuel Feder Named Office Managing Partner of Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC Office

WASHINGTON, DC – December 14, 2015 – Jenner & Block is pleased to announce that Partner Samuel  L. Feder will lead its Washington, DC office as DC Office Managing Partner.

Mr. Feder, co-chair of the firm’s Communications, Internet and Technology Practice, joined the firm in 2008 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where he served as general counsel for four years.  He has been a member of the firm’s Management Committee since 2014.

Mr. Feder assumes the position currently held by Partner David W. DeBruin, who served as Jenner & Block’s DC managing partner for nearly four years.  Mr. DeBruin, who has been with the firm for about 30 years, will continue his work handling a wide array of litigation and appellate work, and white collar investigations.  He has played an important role in helping the firm expand its practice capabilities in District of Columbia, including white collar and government controversies, privacy, government contracts and securities litigation.  He will continue to be involved in firm management as a member of its Management Committee.

“We are excited about the future of Jenner & Block, and I am pleased that Sam will lead our DC office,” said Jenner & Block Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax.  “His leadership will help us continue to foster the growth of this strategic office.”

He added: “I want to thank David for his service to the firm.  His leadership has been key to our efforts to help us further build our Washington platform.”

Established in 1982, the DC office builds on the firm’s traditional core strength in complex commercial litigation and is the center for practices distinct to the US capital, such as appellate and Supreme Court advocacy, communications and SEC work, election law and redistricting, government contracts, and government controversies and investigations.

In addition to Mr. Feder and Mr. DeBruin, the firm’s DC office includes the following partners: David A. Churchill and W. Jay DeVecchio, co-chairs of the firm’s nationally recognized Government Contracts Practice; Jerome L. Epstein, co-chair of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice; Jessie K. Liu, co-chair of the firm’s internationally acclaimed White Collar and Investigations Practice and a former Department of Justice lawyer; Thomas J. Perrelli, former Associate US Attorney General and chair of the firm’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice; and Paul M. Smith, a veteran Supreme Court litigator who skillfully argued 17 cases before the high court, including the landmark gay rights case Lawrence v. Texas.

With three former chief privacy officers, the office serves as the core of the firm’s newly established cybersecurity working group, an interdisciplinary team of lawyers that supports clients in preventing and investigating data breaches, responding to state-sponsored threats and advising on cyber insurance coverage.  The working group is an outgrowth of the firm’s Privacy and Information Governance Practice, led by Mary Ellen Callahan, the former chief privacy officer for the US Department of Homeland Security.

Jenner & Block’s strong commitment to pro bono and public service is reflected in its selection as the number one Pro Bono Law Firm in the United States six times in the past eight years by The American Lawyer magazine.  The DC office is a strong contributor to this commitment of the firm.  Its many pro bono matters include a win in the US Supreme Court for a client on death row that not only gave him an opportunity to have his death sentence reconsidered but also solidified and clarified the Court’s position – first articulated in Atkins v. Virginia – on what must be considered in determining whether a capital defendant’s intellectual disability makes the individual ineligible for execution.  The firm was also instrumental in persuading Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to grant a pardon for a 23-year-old  autistic man whose disability brought him into repeated conflict with the law; our advocacy helped create public awareness of the need for more understanding in dealing with individuals with this condition.

ABOUT SAMUEL L. FEDER

Mr. Feder is a highly experienced communications lawyer with a background in both the private and the public sectors.  He represents cable, telecom, media and technology companies in a wide variety of matters, including litigation, proceedings before regulatory agencies and transactions.  He has represented clients on numerous significant matters before the FCC, including net neutrality, broadband classification, universal service, and intercarrier compensation.  He has litigated a wide range of cases, including disputes over the compensation carriers pay to each other for carrying voice traffic, exclusive arrangements between cable providers and programmers, the regulatory classification of VoIP service and retention marketing. 

Before joining Jenner & Block in 2008, Mr. Feder served as general counsel of the FCC.  He began that role in 2005, at a time when the telecommunications industry was undergoing a process of rapid technological and legal change.  As general counsel, he managed an office of 50 lawyers, advised the chairman and the other commissioners on all decisions facing the agency, supervised the FCC’s litigation before the federal appeals courts, and coordinated agency review of all mergers and acquisitions requiring FCC approval.

Before becoming general counsel, Mr. Feder was a legal advisor to FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin and to FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth.  In that capacity, Mr. Feder provided legal and policy analysis for significant Commission decisions; acted as liaison to senior industry representatives, congressional staff, and consumer groups; and was heavily involved in international issues, meeting regularly with foreign government officials.

Before joining the FCC, Mr. Feder was an associate at two Washington, DC firms focusing on appellate and telecom work.  For two years, he was a civil trial attorney at the Department of Justice.  Mr. Feder also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In 1994, he was a summer associate at Jenner & Block.

Mr. Feder earned his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 1995. At Michigan, he received the Daniel H. Grady Prize for graduating first in his class.  Mr. Feder earned his A.B. in philosophy, cum laude, in 1992 from the College of William and Mary.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON, DC, OFFICE

Established in September 1982, Jenner & Block’s DC office builds on the firm’s traditional core strength in commercial litigation and is the center for practices distinct to the nation’s capital, such as communications and SEC work, government contracts, appellate and Supreme Court advocacy and election law and redistricting.  Other key practices include Content, Media & Entertainment; Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation; and Privacy and Information Governance.  The office exemplifies one of the unique features of the Washington, DC business world — the blend of the private and public sectors.  Our team of more than 90 lawyers includes former senior-level lawyers at the Department of Homeland Security, Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and Department of Justice — including a former Associate US Attorney General — as well as former federal prosecutors.  Office alumni include the current solicitor general of the United States.

ABOUT JENNER & BLOCK

Jenner & Block (www.jenner.com)is a law firm with global reach, with approximately 480 lawyers and offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.  Now in its second century of service, the firm is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions.  Firm clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies and venture capital and private equity investors.  In 2015, The American Lawyer magazine named Jenner & Block as the number one Pro Bono Law Firm for the sixth time in eight years.