Effective January 1, 2016, Jenner & Block elected 18 lawyers to its partnership.
“We are deeply committed to delivering excellence and fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion that will benefit our clients. We are proud to announce our 2016 class of partners, a diverse group of skilled lawyers from across our firm,” Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax said. “The 18 lawyers – eight women and 10 men – support our well-known practice areas, including Complex Commercial Litigation, Corporate, Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation, Insurance, Restructuring and Bankruptcy, Securities Litigation, and White Collar Defense and Investigations.”
The new partners are:
Angela Allen represents clients in complex bankruptcy and corporate restructuring matters, both in and out of court. She has extensive experience representing debtors, trustees and creditors in bankruptcy litigation matters, including fraudulent transfer claims, avoidance actions and equitable subordination claims. She also regularly counsels corporate clients in financially distressed situations and insolvency planning matters and assists clients in protecting their rights throughout the bankruptcy process. Ms. Allen also has experience addressing restructuring and liquidation issues arising in financial services sector insolvency proceedings. In addition to her bankruptcy and restructuring practice, Ms. Allen dedicates substantial pro bono time and energy to legal issues involving the military. She serves as director of the Illinois chapter of the Military Spouse JD Network and successfully lobbied the Illinois Supreme Court to adopt a rule allowing out-of-state attorneys whose spouses are serving in the military to receive temporary law licenses. She also is active in the Chicago chapter of the Turnaround Management Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors. A graduate with distinction of the University of Michigan, Ms. Allen received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as a research assistant to Prof. James J. White.
Nicole Allen focuses her practice on securities litigation and enforcement actions and white collar criminal defense matters. She represents clients in a range of matters, including criminal cases initiated by the Department of Justice, SEC enforcement actions, FINRA arbitrations and civil litigation matters involving alleged insider trading, commercial bribery, aiding and abetting, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract claims. Ms. Allen also represents clients in investigations initiated by the Department of Justice, FBI, IRS Criminal Division, and Department of Treasury, and internal investigations on behalf of clients in areas such as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Bank Secrecy Act compliance. Ms. Allen is a member of the Trial Bar in the Northern District of Illinois and has tried cases in both federal and state court. She also devotes a substantial number of hours each year to pro bono clients and recently briefed and successfully argued an appeal on behalf of a pro bono client before the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which resulted in the court vacating an adverse judgment against the client. Ms. Allen has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in white collar criminal defense every year since 2012. A graduate with distinction of the University of Michigan, she received her law degree cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
Nicholas R. Barnaby (Washington, DC)
Nick Barnaby is a litigator in the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice. His practice focuses principally on complex investigations, including investigations arising under the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and securities laws. For example, Mr. Barnaby’s recent matters have included successfully defending a government contractor in a government FCPA investigation that was closed without prosecution; conducting an internal investigation into possible procurement fraud under a major municipal contract; and representing a defense contractor in an investigation under the Procurement Integrity Act. In addition to conducting investigations and defending enforcement actions, Mr. Barnaby has assisted corporate clients in designing FCPA training and compliance programs. Mr. Barnaby is also a principal author of the firm’s 2015 FCPA Midyear Update and forthcoming 2016 Guide. Through his pro bono work, Mr. Barnaby has represented death penalty defendants on appeal and collateral attack from capital convictions, including helping secure a unanimous reversal of a death penalty by the Georgia Supreme Court. He has also served as lead counsel representing clients in immigration proceedings, in domestic relations matters, and on appeal from criminal conviction. He is a member of the American Bar Association. Before entering private practice, Mr. Barnaby clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Barnaby earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from The Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from The George Washington University.
Stephen R. Brown (Chicago)
Stephen Brown has significant experience in complex civil litigation, internal investigations and antitrust litigation. His practice concentrates on litigating matters arising from complex financial transactions. Recently, for example, he has represented clients in contractual disputes involving mortgage-backed securities. Mr. Brown also has written several articles, including four published in law journals, on the subjects of jurisdiction and procedure in federal courts. His articles have been cited numerous times in articles and treatises, including Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice and Procedure, as well as by the Iowa Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Before joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Brown completed a clerkship for the Honorable James S. Gwin of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Brown graduated summa cum laude from University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he served as notes and comments editor for the Cincinnati Law Review.
Daniel T. Fenske (Chicago)
Dan Fenske has extensive experience litigating at the trial and appellate levels. He has served as the primary drafter of appellate briefs and has argued appeals, in both state and federal courts. He has also represented clients at the trial court level, including in antitrust, restrictive covenant, and consumer class action cases. Mr. Fenske also maintains an active pro bono practice. Over a four-year period, he devoted thousands of hours to the pro bono representation of two men wrongfully accused of murder. In both instances, the clients were exonerated and freed from prison after lengthy incarceration. In 2014, the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago honored the Jenner & Block team, including Mr. Fenske, with its Distinguished Service Award for their work on behalf of one of these defendants. Mr. Fenske also represented pro bono a mother found by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to have committed child neglect and an imprisoned client wrongfully sanctioned by the trial court while acting pro se, successfully achieving reversal on appeal in both cases. Mr. Fenske also served as a lead attorney in both the trial and appellate courts representing detained individuals in a Section 1983 suit challenging their conditions of confinement. He is a member of the board of directors of First Defender Legal Aid and the immediate past-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Committee. Mr. Fenske graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law and was executive articles editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.
Anouck Giovanola (New York)
Anouck Giovanola, a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and White Collar Defense and Criminal Investigations Practice, has experience in internal investigations, regulatory and criminal matters, securities litigation and complex commercial litigation. She currently represents a number of individuals in connection with various internal and government investigations. She also serves as national counsel to a group of consumer installment lenders and loan servicers facing civil litigation and regulatory enforcement actions throughout the country, including a first-of-its-kind lawsuit brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Ms. Giovanola maintains an active pro bono practice, representing defendants in the Southern District of New York as well as refugees seeking political asylum in immigration proceedings. She is a member of the firm’s Women’s Forum Steering Committee and is also a member of the Urban Justice Center’s Domestic Violence Project Advisory Board. Ms. Giovanola completed a clerkship with the Honorable Richard J. Sullivan, US District Court for the Southern District of New York. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with Highest Distinction and received her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she served as editor for the Stanford Journal of International Law. She presently serves as co-chapter chair of the Stanford Law School New York Alumni Chapter.
Jessica R. Hertz (DC)
Jessica R. Hertz represents clients in a broad range of matters, including compliance counseling, internal investigations and monitorships, and representing corporations and individuals in regulatory matters, including before the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Communications Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. A member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation, and Communications, Internet and Technology Practices, she leverages her significant experience in Executive Branch positions, including as principal deputy counsel to Vice President Joseph R. Biden and counsel to the deputy attorney general of the United States. Ms. Hertz currently serves clients that include sizeable corporations in diverse fields, including the financial services, aerospace and defense, energy, government contracting, education and telecommunications industries. She is a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School. Ms. Hertz earned her law degree from the University of Chicago, where she was the executive articles and book review editor for the University of Chicago Law Review, and she earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard College.
Joseph D. Kline (Chicago)
Joseph D. Kline is a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Finance and Securities Practices. He focuses on representing public and private clients in a wide range of industries in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. He also routinely advises clients regarding a variety of commercial contracting arrangements and disputes and has represented clients in a number of corporate matters, including reorganizations, corporate governance matters and public and private debt and equity securities offerings. Mr. Kline maintains an active corporate pro bono practice, routinely representing non-profit foundations and organizations in a variety of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and commercial contracting matters. Mr. Kline has been named a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers. He currently serves the firm as a member of its Hiring and Diversity and Inclusion Committees, and recently served the firm as co-chair of its Associates Committee. Mr. Kline earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, graduating cum laude. At the University of Michigan, he served as a senior judge for the Legal Practice Program and as associate editor of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.
Matthew R. Kopp (Chicago)
Matthew R. Kopp practices his corporate disciplines in all types of company contexts – public, private, controlled, Fortune 500 and not-for-profit – and counsels clients in various industries, including real estate, aerospace and defense, agriculture, consumer products and services, food and automotive, among others. Mr. Kopp is closely involved with corporate governance and general corporate counseling for executive officers and boards of directors. He has deep experience in securities law (including, offerings, reporting and compliance) and has worked on multiple mergers and acquisitions and other transactions. Mr. Kopp recently played a key role in Archer Daniels Midland’s $1.3 billion sale of its global cocoa business to Olam International and its $440 million divestiture of its global chocolate business to Cargill. He served as an integral part of the corporate team that represented The Hertz Corporation in its issuances of billions of dollars in public debt and equity securities. Mr. Kopp also assisted in representing General Motors in its $50 billion Section 363 sale out of bankruptcy. His corporate pro bono practice includes business formations, 501(c)(3) tax-exemption filings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and dissolutions. Mr. Kopp has been selected as a “Rising Star” among all lawyers 40 years old or younger by Super Lawyers (up to 5% of the lawyers in Illinois are named to Super Lawyers, but no more than 2.5% are selected as Rising Stars). Mr. Kopp is a mentor to younger associates in the firm’s formal mentoring program and has served on the firm’s Hiring Committee, Associates Committee and Pro-Bono Committee. Mr. Kopp earned his J.D. at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he was an associate editor for the Global Studies Law Review and a teaching assistant for Legal Writing.
Jan Larson has broad experience representing corporate policyholders nationwide in complex litigation with their insurers involving a variety of insurance claims. Ms. Larson also counsels policyholders with respect to insurance coverage placement and renewals and has completed numerous in-depth portfolio reviews. She has been recognized as a Washington, DC Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Insurance Coverage every year since 2013. As part of her litigation practice, Ms. Larson recently obtained a notable ruling of first impression under Massachusetts law, rejecting the application of an insurer’s Absolute Pollution Exclusion to Chinese drywall claims. Publications such as Law360 and Mealey’s later named the ruling one of the year’s most significant pollution exclusion decisions. In her counseling role, Ms. Larson recently played a key role on a multidisciplinary firm team, providing in-depth cyber insurance advice to a large health-care industry client who had experienced a significant data breach. As part of her pro bono practice, Ms. Larson is currently advising an arts-related nonprofit on placing insurance coverage as part of its transition to a 501(c)(3) organization, as well as assisting a community housing provider with a water damage-related property loss. She has also been instrumental in launching and leading the Insurance Law Update, a new monthly publication of the firm’s Insurance Practice. A frequent author and speaker on insurance issues, Ms. Larson is a member of the American Bar Association’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee and serves as Co-Chair of the Women in Insurance Network Sub-Committee. She earned her law degree from The George Washington University Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College.
Justin A. Maleson (Chicago)
Justin Maleson represents clients in complex and high-value litigation. He litigates cases spanning a wide range of substantive areas, including matters involving commercial contracts, business torts, trade secrets and other intellectual property disputes, and technology litigation. He has experience in all phases of litigation, and handles cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Maleson advises large corporate clients and small businesses alike in an array of complex and sensitive matters relating to corporate transactions, licensing, technology outsourcing, and internal investigations. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, and is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Mr. Maleson earned his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and in the top five percent of his class, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.
Anne Cortina Perry focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense matters and is a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations; Privacy and Information Governance; and Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practices. She represents, defends and advises corporations and individuals in federal and state criminal cases, civil litigations, and investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Ms. Perry conducts internal investigations of companies in a variety of industries, including financial services, manufacturing and energy, and has extensive experience with investigations involving anti-money laundering, antitrust and fraud. She also advises clients on compliance issues, including ethics, anti-corruption, and employment matters. She has previous experience in criminal, administrative and transactional tax matters. Ms. Perry has an active pro bono practice, focusing on the representation of underprivileged women, including in immigration and family court matters. Recently, she partnered with the National Women’s Law Center on an amicus brief to the Supreme Court. Ms. Perry completed a clerkship with the Honorable Carol Bagley Amon, US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She is a graduate of Stanford University, earning an M.A. in Education as well as a B.A. with Distinction and Honors in the Humanities. She earned her law degree from Yale Law School, where she served as notes development editor for Yale Law Journal and editor for Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. Ms. Perry has served as a board member of the Stanford Women’s Network of New York, and is a member of the Yale Law School Alumni of New York Steering Committee.
Landon Raiford has significant experience in a wide range of bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related matters. He regularly represents debtors, trustees, creditors, and committees in Chapter 7 and 11 cases in a variety of contexts, including complex litigation involving fraudulent transfer and preference claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and disputes over the validity of liens. In recent years, he has represented Section 1114 committees of retired employees in several large-scale bankruptcy matters, including AMR Corp., American Airlines, Walter Energy, Inc. and The Budd Company, Inc., obtaining favorable verdicts and settlements on the retirees’ behalf. He also advises clients in non-litigation matters such as out-of-court restructurings, asset acquisitions and divestitures, “section 363 sales,” pension and retirement plans, and dealings with financially distressed entities. Mr. Raiford has extensive appellate experience and played a key role in achieving victory on behalf of an individual creditor before the US Supreme Court on the issue of the power of bankruptcy courts to enter final orders, in the case of Wellness International Network Limited v. Sharif. He also has extensive experience representing clients in civil, non-bankruptcy litigation involving tort and breach of contract claims in federal and state court. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Raiford is heavily involved in pro bono matters. He successfully represented an indigent client challenging a wire fraud conviction before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in the vacating of her sentence; guided a non-profit LLC through the bankruptcy process; successfully defended individual debtors against charges brought by creditors; and obtained protective orders for abuse victims in the Cook County Domestic Violence Court. Mr. Raiford graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College and cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
L. David Russell (Los Angeles)
David Russell is a litigator who focuses on complex commercial litigation, including class actions, copyright and trademark cases, and technology-related disputes. He has served on several trial teams, including one that secured a significant victory for rap superstar Jay Z in a copyright infringement case, and supported numerous class action lawsuits. In addition, Mr. Russell has briefed and argued appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeal. Mr. Russell also has an active pro bono practice, which has included first-chairing federal civil rights trials and obtaining restraining orders for victims of domestic violence. Mr. Russell has authored numerous articles on the intersection of technology and litigation, which have appeared in Corporate Counsel, Law360 and the Daily Journal, among other publications. In 2015, Mr. Russell was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Southern California Super Lawyers for the third year in a row and also received Jenner & Block’s Mentorship Award. He has served on the firm’s Associate Board of the Diversity Committee and is a member of several professional associations, including the Langston Bar Association. Mr. Russell earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.
Michele Slachetka represents public and privately held companies in a wide range of matters including civil litigation involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, fraud and insurance claims, bankruptcy litigation, as well as in mediation and arbitration proceedings. In recent years, she has represented several large public companies in internal investigations and investigations initiated by the United States Department of Justice. She has significant experience in the area of attorney-client privilege and co-edits the firm’s privilege outline, Protecting Confidential Legal Information: A Handbook for Analyzing Issues Under the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work-Product Doctrine. As part of her pro bono practice, Ms. Slachetka has successfully represented an inmate at trial in federal court and has represented non-profit organizations in state court proceedings and in filing for tax-exempt status with the IRS. She maintains an active practice on behalf of clients seeking asylum before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Court, and Board of Immigration Appeals. In 2014, she was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the National Immigrant Justice Center for her commitment to ensuring access to justice for immigrants. Ms. Slachetka graduated with comprehensive honors from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and received her law degree, Order of the Coif, from the College of William and Mary School of Law, where she was a member of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.
Justin C. Steffen (Chicago)
Justin Steffen is experienced in all phases of litigation practice and represents clients in a broad range of litigation matters, including breach of contract, commercial lending, financial services, construction, bankruptcy and insurance cases. He has deep experience defending mortgage originators and depositors against breach of contract and tort claims stemming from their sale and securitization of mortgage loans. Mr. Steffen also counsels trustees, creditors and committees in Chapter 11 cases and represents parties in complex bankruptcy litigation matters. As part of his pro bono practice, he has counseled inmates in state and federal court, including representing a client convicted of multiple drug offenses at a criminal resentencing hearing in the Central District of Illinois and on appeal. A summa cum laude with highest distinction graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. Steffen received his law degree magna cum laude from Washington University School of Law.
Leah J. Tulin (DC)
Leah Tulin is a litigator and a member of the firm’s Communications, Internet and Technology and Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practices. She regularly counsels clients on issues relating to communications law and policy and has assisted clients with matters involving net neutrality, data privacy, E911 and other emergency services, local number portability and spectrum allocation and use. She has also represented clients in matters pending before the Federal Communications Commission, including both rulemaking proceedings andinvestigations before the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau. She also has experience in all aspects of complex litigation, from pre-litigation counseling to trials and appeals; she has represented clients in a broad range of matters, including high-stakes litigation and arbitration involving commercial contracts and business torts, defamation claims and False Claims Act cases. Ms. Tulin also maintains an active and diverse pro bono practice. She has represented victims of human trafficking in civil cases against their traffickers, secured settlements for tenants in disputes against their landlord over housing code violations, and counseled public charter schools on a range of legal issues. She also recently served on a team representing an intellectually disabled pro bono client in the U.S. Supreme Court that culminated in the voiding of his death sentence. She has participated in and served as a co-coordinator of the firm’s weekly tutoring program and has volunteered as a coach and judge for Georgetown Law’s annual Street Law Mock Trial Tournament. Ms. Tulin earned her J.D., magna cum laude,from the Georgetown University Law Center; there, she was in the Order of the Coif and executive editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.
Shaun Van Horn litigates matters and counsels clients in competition law, intellectual property and technology disputes, government procurement and complex financial transactions. His practice spans state and federal courts throughout the country and often involves representing foreign clients and addressing international conflict-of-law issues. He focuses his practice on competition law matters, particularly concerning the intersection of competition law and intellectual property. He counsels clients on a range of antitrust topics and across numerous industries, including consumer electronics, healthcare, industrial chemicals, construction, textiles, medical equipment, municipal airports, automotive, social media, dairy products, egg products and intermodal shipping services. He also represents clients with antitrust regulatory issues concerning mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Van Horn’s pro bono practice includes representing criminal defendants before the Illinois state and federal courts. Mr. Van Horn earned his law degree in 2008 from New York University School of Law.